Real Soccer 2009 is a terribly uncreative name for a videogame

Are you tired of playing Super Monkey Ball by tilting your iPhone, or stabbing at your DS’ touch screen in The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess Phantom Hourglass? Perhaps you’re itching for some on-the-go soccer action. If so, Real Soccer 2009 may just be your cup of tea. Designed specifically for the DS, the title offers touch screen controls and boasts 198 teams with real players, along with full 3D graphics. I should probably note that EA is developing FIFA 09 for the DS, so you might want to check that out as well.

That all sounds pretty bad-ass, but a review of last year’s Real Soccer 2008 noted that the titled appeared as if it had “originated as a cellphone experience.” Here’s hoping that the developer, Gameloft, learned their lesson and is actually building the game from the ground up for the DS this time around. Still, I can’t help but mention something that stuck out to me when I saw this in my inbox.

When the gang at Gameloft was brainstorming names for their mobile gaming soccer franchise back in 2006, was “Real Soccer” the best title they could come up with? I mean, really? This might have been acceptable back in the days of Tennis on the NES, but as far as I’m concerned, unless you’re actively trying to be retro — which I’m assuming Gameloft wasn’t, since all the games in the series have been in 3D — that stuff doesn’t fly nowadays.

Real Soccer 2009 will be available for the DS this November for $29.99. Go to Gameloft’s Web site for more, and hit up the gallery below for four screens.

Samit Sarkar