Live the life of an up-and-coming superstar in this unique football career game. Start out as a 16 year old lad and work your way to the top to become a footballing legend!
User reviews:
Overall:
Mixed (205 reviews) - 66% of the 205 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Sep 27, 2012

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Reviews

“NSS5 provides that 'just one more turn' feeling that very few games contain.”
8.5 – OperationSports.com

“This electronic product is ideal for any lout who has a passing to high level of interest in foot-to-ball.”
RockPaperShotgun.com

“A ton of fun and highly recommended.”
DIYGamer.com

About This Game

Live the life of an up-and-coming superstar in this unique football career game. Start out as a 16 year old lad and work your way to the top to become a footballing legend! You need to train hard, play matches, make transfers, do interviews, stay in touch with friends, sign sponsorship deals, go to the casino, buy cars, and more! With so many distractions in a footballer's life is it any wonder that so many don't make it? But what about you? Can you become a new star?

Key features:

  • Thousands or clubs and hundreds of leagues to play in, with realistic continental and international competitions.
  • A global leaderboard lets you compare your progress and transfer value against other players around the world.
  • Pulsating match action with interactive fans and cameramen!
  • Newspaper reports highlight your highs, lows and outright scandals!
  • There are 7 keys skills to build up as you grow from young wannabe to international legend.
  • You have 8 relationships to maintain including the boss, fans, girlfriend and sponsors.
  • Casino games and horse racing allow you to fritter away some of your hard-earned riches.
  • Haggling for a better contract or giving a post-match interview – there are loads of mini-games to master.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X

    Minimum:

    • OS:Windows XP
    • Processor:1 GHz
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:128 MB of video memory
    • Hard Drive:256 MB HD space
    • Sound:OpenAL compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:A gamepad is highly recommended

    Recommended:

    • OS:Windows 7
    • Processor:2 GHz
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB of video memory
    • Hard Drive:256 MB HD space
    • Sound:OpenAL compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:A gamepad is highly recommended

    Minimum:

    • OS:MacOS 10.4
    • Processor:1 GHz (Intel)
    • Memory:1 GB RAM
    • Graphics:128 MB of video memory
    • Hard Drive:256 MB HD space
    • Sound:OpenAL compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:A gamepad is highly recommended

    Recommended:

    • OS:MacOS 10.7
    • Processor:2 GHz (Intel)
    • Memory:2 GB RAM
    • Graphics:256 MB of video memory
    • Hard Drive:256 MB HD space
    • Sound:OpenAL compatible
    • Other Requirements:Broadband Internet connection
    • Additional:A gamepad is highly recommended
Helpful customer reviews
7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
241.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2015
This is an okay game with a bunch of flaws, but fairly easy to win once you have the hang of it and can be fun especially if you played games like footballer of the year back in the day, this is very much an update of that where you actually play the game in full (if abbreviated) rather than just shooting at the goal.

You start off as a lowly footballer who can't shoot, pass, run, dribble or anything. Day by day you can practise, buy toys, go out with the girlfriend (if you have one), try to build up a rapport with your team mates, fans, or boss, etc. Initially the main thing is to build the skills and you do training drills where you have to bend the ball, beat defenders, tackle, dribble around cones, etc. in a limited amount of time/attempts, if you do your skills when you play games improve in the appropriate area.

In terms of playing matches you start off as a sub only having a few minutes, and maybe not being picked at all. Based on doing well in various in game stats you try to get good game ratings, which will get you picked more often, or even a starting position in the team if you keep doing well. At this point you start to having to manage your energy by buying toys to keep you occupied during matches, NRG drinks (which often give you cramps during a game), etc. You also need to spend energy managing relationships if you want your teammates to pass to you, your girlfriend not to dump you, your friends not to hate you, etc. So you get into a balancing act of all these things, and you have to learn how to play the minigame puzzles (pair matching for relationships, "simon says" for the media), etc.

The main in game challenge isn't really about winning matches, once you know the AIs weaknesses this is fairly easy (for example the quick turn to lure defenders into sliding tackles to clear the way, the banana dribble close to the goalie to lure him out and then walk the ball into the net, the direct vertical run outside the goal to curl into the same side top corner, the diagonal curling out/in balls, etc.). The problem instead is trying to use the match to improve your ranking and stats - so doing lots of safe passing in your own half to build up teammate approval without spending energy, getting some tackles in without getting cards, and otherwise building up your stats for passing/tackles/set pieces to increase your transfer value and wages higher, etc., as the benefit from just scoring more and more goals and winning games is capped - you have to become more rounded to be the best.

Overall the game is quite good fun at times, although it can be frustrating as well, and your team mates need a lot of managing/adaptation to actually be useful to you given how braindead they are, and the out of match stuff makes for a reasonably interesting balancing act. Once you are successful it does all become fairly formulaic however, as once you are fully skilled up and have largely capped out your relationships it is relatively easy to deal with any new off the field problems, and winning matches/championshops/cups is a breeze once you have the skills and know the AIs strengths and weaknesses. I am not sure I would recommend it to most people however at full price, as I doubt most will play it for long enough to really justify the price tag, and apparently it hasn't been on sale for over a year at this point, but this could be a fun game if you like the idea (and have a controller!) and can put up with some bugs/flaws.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: February 1
There is a summary at the bottom in case you don't want to read a text wall for whatever reason.

New Star Soccer 5 features a decent soundtrack, a basic menu that has a tad bit of a learning curve and simple gameplay that requires a bit of finesse.

The game starts with the player creating a character and choosing a team. After following the tutorial, the player can join in matches against the AI teams. During matches, the player can be penalized and even injured preventing them from playing in the next few matches. After the matches are completed, the player gains funds and can gain/lose reputation among various factions e.g. boss, team, friends, etc.

If the player is not favorable among factions, there is usually some form of consequence on the player, such as a lower "happiness rating", which affects their character's playing performance. The player may participate in mix-and-match mini-games to boost the reputation of factions.

The player may spend their funds in the shop on various items. The vast majority of the items contribute to "lifestyle rating" which aids in finding a girlfriend, which drastically increases the "happiness rating" of the character.

The player may also participate in training to boost the character's stats, which helps in their overall performance during matches.

One of the most amusing aspects of New Star Soccer 5 is the Leader Board. From the Leader Board, you can see your global ranking compared to other players. This makes things competitive, as you can strive to be the #1 player of New Star Soccer 5, globally.

Summary:
New Star Soccer 5 is a simple, mildly entertaining game with various features. I recommend this game, but I advise you to try out the free version that is available on the website first. This will allow you to see if $15 is a good value for being able to play the game infinitely each day.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: January 21
A nice rpg/soccer game for people who grew up with soccer games of 80s and early 90s

Pros:
+ Gameplay (Matches): Similar to Sensible Soccer serie of Amiga era. Sensible Soccer gameplay was great compared to Kick Off 2 since KO2 was too fast for my taste. (Hint: Teenagers and Fifa era players stay away, you wont get the fun of it.)
+ Gameplay (Rpg/Sim): Transferring yourself, training stuff, buying things and managing personal life adds a great flavour to the game.
+ Art: Actual matches looks too similar to Sensible World of Soccer with great animation, crowd and weather effect add-on.

Cons:
- Sound: Music is bad. Sfx does its part on matches but could have been far better.
- DRM system: Signing on to a server (which fails to connect most of the time) is not a good idea (PS: You dont have to be signed in to play).
- Needs more improvement and rpg flavour (maybe NSS6?)

Final verdict:
I've spent many fun hours with the game. It was nice remembering my teenage years which wasted on soccer games :) NSS needs its next installment. So far 7/10
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51 of 62 people (82%) found this review helpful
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2014
THIS GAME USES DRM OF THE WORST KIND. You've been warned.

The dev doesn't care about this version anyway, he just works on mobile ports now. Guess that's where the real money is nowadays. NSS5 is still kinda fun, but the game has huge amount of small problems (completely broken match rating system, the game's too easy).

NSS5 is still better than 4 (in which the dev tried to use a 3D engine and failed miserably) but it's just not worth any money. Get NSS3 or 2.
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41 of 50 people (82%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
Urgh, this is just a terrible game. I enjoyed the mobile game until the developer got greedy and turned it into a pay to win game, I played some of the older NSS PC games and found them to be challenging but fun...

This version feels lifeless, a grind against a ruthless manager and players that have as much vision as a 15 year old labrador with cataracts. As a player you feel like you're a golf cart with the slow turning speed and wide turning circle. You can use your ability to read the game to make through balls which can set your team up with a scoring chance and possibly even praise from your manager. This is something that your fellow teammates cannot do, when you call for the ball they go straight to your feet, since this isn't immediate in some cases you have to turn yourself (golf cart) back into the position you were in and by that time the play is dead and in most cases the ball is lost, all your fault

I'm sure with more play I'd adapt to the way the game wants me to play it, but in a world of FIFA and PES there is no room for such amateur gameplay

The energy issue is a common problem in modern NSS games. I lost 40% of my energy on a plane journey to east Europe as part of Europa League game; did I walk? was I pulling the bus? So you buy NRG (oops.. stomach cramps!) and it gives you barely enough energy to last an entire game; if you come on as a sub you get barely enough time to get into the game, try to crank the game time up and you get asked to become a premium member

The developer has fallen far from grace, once a beloved indie developer turned cash hungry EA type wannabe who clearly no longer cares about the PC fan base that gave them their fame
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