Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival

After over 25 years, Kick Off is back. But even for a budget proposition, the stripped-back package seems too miserly to be truly enjoyed.

Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival review

Talk about kicking it old-school. The signing of one-man brand Dino Dini should have been a real coup for Sony. Coming over 25 years after Kick Off 2 - still a totemic 16-bit scrambler, as beloved in its own weird way as the all-conquering Sensible Soccer - the announcement of Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival had the makings of an irresistible comeback. Here was the return of a coding legend with a thumping reboot of his signature game, promising a stripped-back antidote to the iterated bloat of the FIFA/PES monetary industrial complex. Kick Off Revival would also be a six-month exclusive on PS4 with a Vita version apparently warming up on the touchline. For the players, indeed.

Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival

Publisher: The Digital Lounge

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Here's the first gameplay of the new Kick Off

Dino Dini's Kick Off Revival comes out on 17th June.

That's in the middle of Euro 2016. Will England have been knocked out by then? With Gary Cahill at the back, anything's possible.

The Digital Lounge released the new Kick Off's first gameplay. Check it out in the video, below. It looks a lot like Kick Off!

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Making peace with the monster: The return of Dino Dini

Kick Off's creator on coming back for some unfinished business.

Some tensions never let up, even after well over 20 years. Do you remember the battle between Kick Off and Sensible Soccer? For most of us it was one of countless 90s playground spats - SNES vs. Mega Drive, Blur vs. Oasis - that's passed into the irrelevance of childhood memory. For Dino Dini, it remains a little more personal than that.