I want to make a retro-ish soccer game. I want to keep it as simple as possible. I thought about basing it on 'Exciting Soccer' (video) or 'Nintendo World Cup' (video).
The only problem is making the AI. The ideal scenerio would be that I can first make the game AI only (so it basically plays itself) and later add an option for the user to take control of one player.
I'm not aiming for a super intelligent AI, but rather for a 'kind of interesting to watch' AI.
I am aware of the book 'Programming AI by Example' wich has a whole chapter on this topic. And I don't own the book, but I have seen videos of the result and I'm not really impressed. If you look at this video you might understand what I mean. It seems like only the players closest to the ball are doing anything. Also note what players 4 and 7 are doing at 0:14.
I find the AI of Exciting Soccer way more interesting, although it's actually very stupid. I just like how all the players are moving along with the ball and the game.
So my question is: Does anybody have any advice on how to make this? How do I make a fun-to-watch game of (seven a side) soccer where all players in the team seem to be playing together?