Embrace the nostalgia.
ISS Pro 98 on Sony Playstation was an absolute masterpiece. Even today it remains a really enjoyable game to play, and you can't say that about many games that were released in 1997.
ISS Pro 98 had great graphics for the time, and the kits in particular looked fantastic, but there was one small issue with the game's authenticity... They couldn't use the real player names.
Now, many a brilliant football game hasn't been allowed to use the official player names, thanks largely due to EA Sport's FIFA franchise, but game developers got creative back then. The boys at Konami decided the best way to let you know who you were using, was to make them as close to the real thing as possible without being illegal. The result? Hilarity.
Here is the Irish squad as they lined up in ISS Pro 98:
Analysing the smilie-faces:
The smilie-faces were ISS Pro 98's way of telling you how "up for it" your players were. For this particular clash with Scotland, our lads were a mixed bunch.
Dennis Erwin is completely depressed, and he's bringing down everyone around him. Normally a player would be dropped in this mental state, but such is Erwin's consistency that he has to start the game. Even Roy is gutted for him.
Say tuned for more ISS Pro 98 content, we've got big things planned. Big, Alan Kellie, Jeff Kennagh, and Gary Brean things... Muahahahahaha!