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============================================== Sega Soccer Slam, 2.0 by Brian (email@example.com) ============================================== Table of Contents: (1) Introduction (2) Copyright (3) Version History (4) The Basics a) Basic Controls b) Game Modes c) How to Play d) Game Menus (5) Team Profiles a) El Fuego b) Subzero c) Spirit d) Volta e) Tsunami f) Toxic (6) Strategies (7) Items/Player Upgrades (8) Codes (9) Credits ============================================== (1) Introduction ============================================== Speed. Skill. Accuracy. Stamina. Clotheslines. Cheapshots. All of this can be yours in Sega's "Soccer Slam" for the Nintendo Gamecube. I must say I was pleasently surprised. A good one player game, a suberb (and infinitely fun) multi-player game, Soccer Slam is the soccer player's long overdue version of "NFL Blitz" and "NHL Hitz". So why a FAQ? Mostly because I noticed that there didn't seem to be one on www.gamefaqs.com. So rather than write a FAQ for a game that 1000 other people have all ready covered, I figured I'd be unique :) ============================================== (2) Copyright ============================================== This FAQ, including its format, wording, and ideas are copyrighted by Brian (that would be me). Soccer Slam, all its names, and so forth are copyrighted by Sega. Nintendo Gamecube is copyrighted by Nintendo of America. This FAQ may not be used on any site, in any publication, in any format or media without my express WRITTEN consent. Basically, you can email me at the contact address below and I'll probably give you permission. All I request is you ASK first. And if you want to use this FAQ to make money, I can tell you now - forget about it. ============================================== (3) Version History ============================================== v 1.0 - this version. The first version. It will be revised. Added codes, basics, and items v 1.5 - added the Spirit, Subzero, and El Fuego team profiles v 2.0 - added Volta, Toxic, and Tsunami team profiles ============================================== (4) The Basics ============================================== (A) Basic Controls You can't expect to succeed if you don't know the basics. The game controls are pretty basic and straight forward (although there is a surprising amount of strategy once you learn the basics). One of the very appealing aspects of this game is the fact that just knowing the basics, you can pick up the controller and play. Below are the default basic controls. Offense ------- A: Pass B: Shoot Y: Protect the ball from steals X: Deke a defender R: Turbo Run (meter in the upper right) L: Team specific power up (individual) R + Hold A: Lob pass (when your Killer Kick Meter is full, it will set high pass to perform your Killer Shot) Defense ------- A: Change Players B: Hit opponent Y: Protect yourself from a hit X: Slide tackle to steal R: Turbo (meter in the upper right) L: Team specific power up (individual) Easy, right? We'll get into strategies later in the FAQ. This will get you started. Next, I'll go through the game modes (note: because this is something basic, and for the sake of time, the descriptions are taken straight from Sega's web site for the game, with the exception of listing the different things you can practice in "Practice Mode") (B) Game Modes Quickstart ---------- In this mode, you'll get right to the field and into the heart of the action, but you'll have to give up choosing your team, venue, and weather conditions (clear, fog, rain, or snow) for the sake of your speedy start. You have total control of your game selections in the other modes. Exhibition ---------- Pummel a friend, or beat down the computer opponent in Exhibition Mode. Once you select your team and venue, it's time to step up and earn your bragging rights. If you're the away team you'll kick off first. Tourney ------- Select your team of rabble-rousers and play your own five-day round robin tournament engaging in up to 15 games. Rankings are updated throughout based on records and goals scored and the team in first place after the fifth day wins the Tourney Championship. Quest ----- The journey to the Continental Cup is one you'll go alone. Select your favorite team for the 10-round tourneys and go on to the playoffs. Along the way you'll pick up cash for your victories to beef up your stellar players with even more hard-core skills. Each team player has three quest items to look for which will increase their skill levels not only in this mode but others as well. Practice -------- If you're going to bring the heat on the field, you've got to get your striking, passing, stealing, and of course killer kicks up to pro level. Take some time out for 16 rapid-fire lessons so you can lead your team to victory. The 16 different practice sessions are: (1) Passing (2) Give and Go Pass (3) Volley Passes (4) Give and Go Volley Pass (5) Aiming Passes (6) Turbo (7) Steals (8) Hits (9) Dekes (10) Protecting (11) Shooting (12) Flip Shits (13) One Timers (14) One Timer Volley Shots (15) Spotlight Shots (16) Killer Kicks (C) How To Play (or, what the heck am I doing?) Like I mentioned above, the game is simple enough that you can just pick up the controller and play. For the sake of people who don't play sports games often, lets go through the basic mechanics of gameplay. Passing ------- Learn it, love it, you'll need to be a pro at passing. When you have the ball, you'll notice two different arrows - a flashing one and a outline. When you pass, the ball will go in the direction of the flashing arrow. To peform a "Give and Go", press the A button after you first pass the ball (before it gets to who you are passing to). As soon as the ball reaches the first player he/she will pass it right back again. Very useful for setting up one timers. Shooting -------- You can't win if you can't score, and you can't score if you can't shoot. Basic Shot: Tap B to shoot. If you hold down the B button, you will power up your shot. You can aim the shot by pressing the control stick in the direction you want the ball to go in. So if you want to shoot to the lower left, press the stick down and left. One Timer: To hit a one timer, pass the ball to your shooter. As the ball is traveling towards them, tap the B button. If done correctly, a one timer will occur. Very useful (and the easiest way) for scoring and beating the goalie Spotlight Shot: Occasionally, when you control the ball in the offensive half of the field, you will see a spotlight with your team logo appear. If you shoot from the spotlight, you will get a "Matrix" like slowdown and a red target to aim the shot. Very cool. Killer Shot: As you perform combos, steals, hits, etc., you will notice your power meter at the bottom of the screen fills up. When this is full "Killer Kick" will start flashing. When you see this, you can perform the "Killer Shot". Hold down the R button and hold A. The player controlling the ball will lob a pass high into the air, and a green cone of light will appear on the field. Move your player into that cone and press B. A "Matrix" like sequence will occur, allowing you to aim the shot. If done correctly, you will see a spectacular rocket shot. If aimed correctly, you will actually score ;) (D) The Game Menus In this section, I'll quickly discuss the game options (they are pretty self explanatory, however). Game Settings ------------- Difficulty: Sets the diffculty of the computer, from "I want to win by 20 goals" (Novice) to "Learn to call the computer 'Daddy' (Expert) Half Time: Sets how long each half is (1-10 minutes) Game Speed: Fast, Slow, Normal (do I REALLY need to explain this?) Goalie Control: On - CPU, Off - you control him/her/it Rumble Motor: Do you want to feel the hits? Items: When you purchase items in Quest Mode (items discussed below) you can use them in the other modes if this is set to "on". Save and Exit: What do you think it means? Camera Settings --------------- Cam Position: Where you see the action from. Sounds useless until you can't see around the goal in some of the stadiums you unlock. Zoom: Initially set to "5". How close do you want to be to the field (0-20). Killer Kick Camera: If it is set to be on, you will zoom in on the Killer Shots. Good for taunting human opponents. Spotlight Camera: See "Killer Kick Camera", as it's the same notion. Auto Replay: Another good taunting tool. Set it to on to see all the glory of your goals (and alternatively, to see when you screw up). Control Configuration --------------------- If you don't like the way the controller is set up, you can change the buttons around, or you can choose from two other preset configurations. Records ------- If you have a username, see your record with it. Credits ------- Duuuhhhh.... ============================================== (5) The Teams ============================================== (A) El Fuego With the Jungle Canopy as their home field, make sure to bring your machete with you! Perhaps one of the more well balanced teams in the game, El Fuego is a fiery combination of a Mexican Wrestler, an Agentinian soccer legend, and a Brazilian black belt. All are formidable individually, but together they form a fireball that cannot be stopped. Speaking of fireballs, they have the unique ability to power-up into a speedy fireball. El Diablo --------- Literally, "The Devil", El Diablo is a former professional wrestler from Mexico. Hiding his face behind a mask, he strikes fear into the hearts of his opponents. Although events leading up to it are hazy, he was scarred in a fight with chicken as a child. His size, as expected, makes him less apt to steal or be speedy, but he can hit with the best of them. To augment this, his items (horns, wristbands, and his belt) will help his stealing and speed, and make make him a much fiercer - if that is possible - hitter. Rico ---- Rico is the son of an Aregentian soccer god, and therefore believes that in addition to himself, soccer is the center of the universe. In so far as his town goes, this is true -- without him, La Plata would be an unknown place. An incredibly well balanced player, he is good at all aspects of the game. Unfortunately, this plays against him, he is good, but not spectacular at everything. In order to help him out, you can buy items to increase his skills at hitting, shooting, and speed. Madeira ------- A dancer turned martial artist/soccer player, Madeira is a Brazilian that doesn't know the word "quit". Because of her dancing and martial arts background, Madeira is exceptionally quick. Sadly, because of her tiny size, she may be quick and agile, but her power is lacking. To compensate, the soccer shop has items to enhance her hitting. (B) Subzero Pack your long john's, kids -- we're off to the Alpen Castle to meet Subzero. Perhaps the hardest hitting team in the game, Subzero is a force to be reckoned with. With two huge bruisers and a small quick girl, they will knock you down and score before you even realized what happened. As if this weren't bad enough, using the powerup of ice, they will leave you feeling the frigid sting of picking the ball out of your own net. Half-Pint --------- Perhaps more aptly named "Half-Ton", this British punk would as soon tear your head off as score a goal. Just by looking at him, one can tell his forte is hitting and shooting. And just as equally obvious are his weaknesses -- stealing and speed. While it is a scary thought that the soccer shop sells not one but TWO items to increase his hitting, you can increase his speed as well. Kiril ----- Madly devoted to Mother Russia, Kiril is the cream of the ex-cosmonaut crop. Large, steadfast, and he is on a mission to prove the superiority of Subzero and Russia to the rest of the soccer playing world. Although lacking in the speed and stealing departments, his hitting, shooting, and passing are second to none. Add his items to inprove his speed, passing and stealing abilities, and he is almost...unstoppable. Lola ---- A club loving, highly energetic girl, Lola is a small town girl who moved to Berlin early in life. A incredible defender, her speed and stealing make her the quickest on the team. This is compensated by her lack of shooting and hitting skills. Thankfully, one can buy some fashionable accessories to improve her hitting, shooting, and stealing skills. (C) Spirit Hidden deep in the desert, team Spirit will vex you at their Tribal Oasis. Be sure to pack plenty of water! Bringing together different spiritual forces from three corners of Africa, Spirit is very proficient at shot combos. A unique combination of speed and shooting, opponents should be very wary of what they can (and can't) see happening right in front of them. Zari ---- A Nigerian voted 7 years in a row "Female Athlete of the Year", she has abs that most guys would envy. After starting starting Africa's all woman high altitude, multi-sport training grounds, soccer seemed the way to go. Another excellent all around player, her one fault is her speed. But her items improve her speed and passing, which makes her a formidable force. Djimon ------ A mysterious Kenyan with even more mysterious origins -- no one is quite sure where is he from. All that IS known is he uses magic. A fairly tall individual, his aerial shots are spectacular. Also and not bad at hitting, he suffers greatly in the passing and speed department. Although his passing can be helped with his soccer shop items, his speed is something that has to be lived with. Kaimani ------- A South African with a love of surfing, Kaimani seems to be able to predict the future, even on the soccer field. Fighting the sharks and getting slammed with waves has made him a strong Kahuna -- unfortunately they didn't help his stealing or speed. But he can lay out most anybody and hit some serious hard shots. Hit the soccer shop to get items to improve his speed, passing, and stealing. (D) Volta Be prepared to be shocked by Volta's Riviera Ruins Stadium. Although "Team Ego" would be a good nickname for Volta, there is no denying the skills Volta's members possess. A Scottish Boxer (I dare you to make fun of his kilt), a snooty Frenchman who likes to smack camera men around, and an Italian superstar who has the best hair in the known world (if you ask him) will take you to town with their unmatched speed combined with the strength of a man in a skirt. Arsenault --------- He's cocky. He's bald. He's French. Perhaps one of my personal favorite characters, Arsenault learned his trade in the city of Nice (side note - I got lost in Nice several years ago and true to my American form, located a McDonalds). He is fast as greased lightning, but he can't shoot or hit to save his life. You can Improve his shooting, stealing, and speed with the help of his store items. Angus ----- At first glance, Angus might seem like a distant cousing of William Wallace, but is much more dangerous. Behind his Scottish lilt and attitude lurks a powerful soccer player. A good all around player, but particularly strong and fast. In the great balances of life, however, his shooting is horrible. Buy him Scottish accessories at the store to enhance his hitting, stealing and shooting. Dante ----- Ask him - he's the best player in the league. He does have the best hair in the league, however. In terms of soccer playing abilities, Dante is hellishly (get it? Dante, Hell? Nevermind.) good at almost everything except passing. Unfortunately you have to live with that, as his items only improve his speed and shooting. (E) Tsunami Keep a look out for the hula girls, palm trees, and white sands at Tsunami's Pacific Atoll home field. One the more odd combinations of teams -- an Australian, a Japanese girl, and a Hawaiian, Tsunami is the most accurate team in the league in terms of shooting. Kahuna ------ Kahuna is the kind of guy who would go bungee jumping, hit his head on the ground, then go do it again. It is this kind of mentality that makes him a fearsome hitter. Throw in the fact he is a heckuva shooter and it is just down right scary. Thankfully, you have about a year to get out his way, thanks to his incredible lack of speed. Boomer ------ No no, not the old Bengal's quarterback. Boomer is an Australian from the Outback who can't say no to the pub, kangaroos, or meat pie. Like Kahuna, he has a bazooka for a shot, and you'll know it when he hits you. Thankfully, he is also slow -- you would be too with a spare tire like his. His speed, stealing, and passing are all improveable, with the help of his Cup Quest items. Rumiko ------ Convinced, COMPLETELY convinced, technology is the answer to the world's problems. One would tend to agree with her when party to speed, shooting, or hitting (thanks to jets, boosters, and a metal arm available at your local soccer store). The technological wonder she is, Rumiko is an all around player -- good at just about everything except passing (c'mon! There may be no "I" in team but there is a "Me"...). (F) Toxic Make sure to bring your Geiger Counter and lead suit -- you'll need them at Toxic's home field...THE REACTOR CORE. Who could have thought a self-centered jock, a militant eco-protector, and a whiz kid of the First Nations could have made a lethal soccer team? With a passing ability that is tough to match, team Toxic can make it down field in a blink. Unfortunately, with the exception of Duke, the team lacks in real muscular strength. Duke ---- Duke is your typical jock - big, strong, and always gets to date the head cheerleader. One gets the feeling that he fit in quite well in his college fraternity. It should be no surprise he is a native Californian. As one would expect, Duke is quite good at hitting a shooting, but will need the help of his store items to improve his speed, stealing, and passing. Nova ---- When one thinks "A+ Honor Student", Nova should jump right to mind. He has a mental prowess like no other. Unlike Duke, Nova prefers to use his speed, stealing skills, and passing abilities to dazzle opponents. Those who can see through this know Nova is horrible at shooting and hitting. Sadly, there is nothing you can do to help his strength, but you can improve his shooting and passing abilities with the help of store items. Raine ----- A shaved headed, vegetable loving rebel, Raine is a little trouble maker. She is super super fast, an excellent passer, and a great stealer. Sadly, her strength in these skills has caused her power and shooting to get neglected, so she is not so great in those areas. Both those and her stealing can be improved with a little boost from the store, however. ============================================== (6) Strategies ============================================== Next Version! ============================================== (7) Items / Player Upgrades ============================================== Team: El Fuego -------------- El Diablo: a) Demon Fiesta Horns -- Enhances stealing, $500 b) Wrestling Wrist Bands -- Enhances hitting, $100 c) Trophy Belt -- Enhances speed, $900 Rico: a) Rough 'Em Up Wristbands -- Enhances hitting, $600 b) Smokin' Shinpads -- Enhances shooting, $700 c) Fireball Earring -- Enhances speed, $200 Madeira: a) Sizzling Arm Guards -- Enhances hitting, $400 b) Blazing Backpack -- Enhances stealing, $600 c) Smoldering Shipads -- Enhances hitting, $500 Team: Subzero -------------- Half Pint: a) Anarchy Armbands -- Enhances hitting, $700 b) Ear Spikes -- Enhaces speed, $300 c) Hefty Helmet -- Enhances hitting, $500 Lola: a) Hard Core Cuffs -- Enhances hitting, $400 b) Rave-Star Necklace -- Enhances shooting, $300 c) Bad Girl Backpack -- Enhances stealing, $800 Kiril: a) Mighty Medals -- Enhances speed, $1000 b) Military Hat -- Enhances passing, $200 c) Storming Shinpads -- Enhances stealing, $300 Team: Spirit ------------ Zari: a) Haunted Hair Pins -- Enhances speed, $300 b) Bootylicious Bracelets -- Enhances passing, $500 c) Eerie Earrings -- Enhances passing, $700 Kaimani: a) Paranormal Turtle Pads -- Enhances stealing, $800 b) Spirited Sandals -- Enhances speed, $600 c) Supernatural Seashells -- Enhances passing, $100 Djimon: a) Voodoo Mask -- Enhances passing, $900 b) Charmed Skull -- Enhances passing, $400 c) Netherworld Kneepads -- Enhances shooting, $200 Team: Volta ------------ Angus: a) Sturdy Shield -- Enhances hitting, $700 b) Lightning Lance -- Enhances stealing, $600 c) Tartan Tassels -- Enhances shooting, $300 Dante: a) High Voltage Cufflinks -- Enhances speed, $400 b) Striking Shinpads -- Enhances shooting, $400 c) Light-Speed Earrings -- Enhances speed, $600 Arsenault: a) Electric Earring -- Enhances shooting, $200 b) Supercharged Shinpads -- Enhances stealing, $500 c) High-Voltage Flask -- Enhances speed, $800 Team: Tsunami ------------- Kahuna: a) Shark Tooth Wristband -- Enhances passing, $200 b) Shark Bite Shins -- Enhances stealing, $1000 c) Turbo Towel -- Enhances speed, $300 Rumiko: a) Robotic Arm -- Enhances hitting, $600 b) Hydraulic Boosters -- Enhances shooting, $400 c) Fusion Jet Pack -- Enhances speed, $500 Boomer: a) 'Roo Ring -- Enhances stealing, $200 b) Crocodile Claws -- Enhances speed, $700 c) Reptile Hat -- Enhances passing, $600 Team: Toxic ------------ Raine: a) Camouflage Cap -- Enhances stealing, $400 b) Eco-Warrior Weapon -- Enhances hitting, $500 c) Veggie Power Pack -- Enhances shooting, $600 Duke: a) All Star Helmet -- Enhances speed, $900 b) Champion Cuffs -- Enhances passing, $200 c) Superstar Shinpads -- Enhances stealing, $400 Nova: a) Handy Hip Pack -- Enhances stealing, $200 b) Crazy Calculator -- Enhances shooting, $500 c) Contact Lenses -- Enhances stealing, $800 Being done typing the items (it got old after awhile) -- PRICELESS. ============================================== (8) Codes ============================================== Yes, there are codes. Officially, they are discoverable by buying the artwork in the Quest mode. Simply view the art and zoom in. The codes are sorted by team in the order the teams are described in (6). Input them at the title screen. El Fuego -------- Cheat: Eyeball Ball Discovered: El Fuego Art #2 Code: R, RIGHT, DOWN UP, X, X Cheat: Black Box Ball Discovered: El Fuego Art #3 Code: R, LEFT, LEFT, DOWN, X, X Cheat: Big Hits Code Discovered: El Fuego Art #5 Code: L, R, UP, UP, X, Y Subzero ------- Cheat: Kids Play Ball Discovered: Subzero Art #2 Code: R, RIGHT, UP, DOWN, X, Y Cheat: Kid's Block Ball Discovered: Subzero Art #3 Code: R, LEFT, RIGHT, RIGHT, Y, Y Cheat: Big Head Mode Discovered: Subzero Art #4 Code: R< L, UP, UP, Y, Y Spirit ------ Cheat: Earth Ball Discovered: Spirit Art #2 Code: R, RIGHT, RIGHT, LEFT, X, X Cheat: Rusty Can Ball Discovered: Spirit Art#3 Code: R, LEFT, UP, UP, Y, Y Cheat: Max Power Mode Discovered: Spirit Art #4 Code: L, R, LEFT, RIGHT, Y, Y Volta ----- Cheat: Infinite Spotlight Mode Discovered: Volta Art #1 Code: L, R, DOWN, RIGHT, Y, X Cheat: Old School Ball Discovered: Volta Art #2 Code: R, RIGHT, LEFT, LEFT, Y, X Tsunami ------- Cheat: Beach Ball Discovered: Tsunami Art #2 Code: R, RIGHT, RIGHT, DOWN, Y, X Cheat: Crate Ball Discovered: Tsunami Art #3 Code: R, LEFT, DOWN, RIGHT, Y, X Cheat: Infinite Turbo Discovered: Tsunami Art #5 Code: L, R, RIGHT, UP, X, X Toxic ----- Cheat: Modern Film Mode Discovered: Toxic Art #2 Code: Y, X, Y, X, Y, X, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT Cheat: Classic Film Mode Discovered: Toxic Art #3 Code: X, Y, X, Y, X, Y, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT, LEFT, RIGHT ============================================== (9) Credits ============================================== The creators of the game, for finally realizing soccer is a contact sport, and putting out a much needed arcade soccer game. Nintendo, for the same reasons. The websites I visited when I discovered my information was spotty - they made this beginning FAQ much more solid. As always, I'm always open to suggestions/idea/information to put in the FAQ. You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com