Academy of Champions Soccer

Common Sense Media says

Fast-paced soccer fantasy story with Pele and Mia Hamm.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

It takes practice, training, and hard work to get good at something. Natural talent will only get you so far.

Positive role models

Some of the students you'll be able to recruit as teammates have some kind of personality issue—a big ego, a bad temper, etc. But you can win them over. In general, the kids at the Academy exhibit great spirit, teamwork, and willingness to work hard for their goals.

Ease of play

The game is pretty challenging. If you can't start winning games right away, you're given the opportunity to practice a lot and rack up experience points to get better. The controls scheme is very easy to learn and remember.

Violence

Players on defense can "tackle" their opponents, which means sliding or diving at them. This sometimes makes the person being tackled fall over. Some characters can perform a magical tackle that makes them spin like a tornado and knock people down.

Sex

There is one boy who will only join your team if it has enough girls on it. There's nothing lewd about it, though.

Language

No language, but the Rabbids characters, which guest star here, make a series of noises, some of which sound like burps and farts.

Consumerism

Characters from other UbiSoft games make guest appearances, including those from Rabbids, Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell.

 

 

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that the highlight of this exciting, unrealistic sports game is the story mode, which features real soccer stars Pele and Mia Hamm running a castle-like school for budding sports stars. Academy of Champions Soccer is as much a fantasy as any of the Mario sports games, in that supernatural settngs and special powers come into play. Children looking for a realistic sports sim will be disappointed, but those simply looking for an engaging tale based around sports action will find a lot to get excited about. The game does allow you to unlock characters from other Ubisoft games to play soccer, but it seems like a disconnect when some are from M-rated games like Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell.

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What's it about?

ACADEMY OF CHAMPIONS SOCCER tells the story of a young soccer fanatic who gets a Golden Ticket offer to start school at Pele's school for gifted athletes. The school looks more like Hogwarts than any sports camp you might envision and that's in keeping with the almost-magical soccer skills children can learn there. Through the course of a full school career, the player will make friends, build a team, undergo a lot of practice drills, and compete in loads of matches to earn a spot in the Championship Tournament against the villainous soccer brutes from rival academy, Scythemore. Games are played on fantasy-inspired fields that may be loaded with Greek ruins or Amazon jungle trappings.

Is it any good?

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The career mode of Academy of Champions Soccer is as much a plot-driven role-playing game as it is a sports simulation. Following your characters progress from his or her first day of school all the way to the final championship game of the last term is actually rather riveting. Along the way you build friendships and rivalries. You'll come to know and like some of the supporting characters just as much (if not more) than your hero. The experience point system allows you to keep building your character's skills even if you're not doing well in the beginning -- which makes your chances of actually finishing the game all the better.

The ability to unlock and recruit secret characters from other UbiSoft games will mostly appeal to older kids, given that several of  those characters are heroes from M-rated games like Assassin's Creed and Splinter Cell to name a few. But the regular student characters should have enough personality to please most. The soccer games themselves are kept short (usually 8 minutes) to keep the pace moving nicely, and magical special moves add a nice touch of fantasy action.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of practice. Why is it important not to get discouraged if you don't excel at something right away? How do famous athletes rise to the level of fame thay have? Do they earn it through hard work?

  • Parents can also discuss good sportsmanship. Is being a good winner as important as not being a sore loser?

  • The teams in Academy of Champions have a good gender mix. What is the benefit of playing co-ed sports?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo Wii
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:UbiSoft
Release date:November 2, 2009
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo Wii)

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