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FIFA International Soccer

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Description

The game that started the best-selling series licensed by football's world governing body, this first installment in the long running series used a dimetric (colloquially known as "isometric") viewpoint, previously unusual in football games but quickly imitated by several titles. The televisual presentation, one of the unique points of the early EA Sports titles, with hosts introducing the matches, was another thing making the game stand out from a market dominated by Sensible Soccer and Kick Off games.

Based on international teams (with fictional player names), their abilities in each skill area rated out of 10 to give the player an overall impression of how good they are. The options available follow the standard set: fouls and offsides can be toggled on and off, the match length can be set, and if the timer operates continuously, or only while the ball is in play. Gameplay privileges quick runs, short passes and blistering shots outside the penalty box, and set pieces are controlled by moving a box into the target area for the ball, and then passed, lobbed or kicked directly. On the tactical side, formations can be selected, with 5 different strategies also available (although not all of these combinations make sense) as can the team Coverage - the areas which defenders, midfielders and strikers cover.

Screenshots

FIFA International Soccer Game Gear Player selection
FIFA International Soccer Genesis The game begins with a short commentary
FIFA International Soccer SNES Main Options Screen
FIFA International Soccer Genesis Team select

Alternate Titles

  • "FIS" -- Common abbreviation
  • "FIFA International Soccer Championship Edition" -- Mega CD title
  • "FIFA 94" -- Post-1995 informal name
  • "FIFAインターナショナルサッカー" -- Japanese spelling
  • "EA Soccer" -- Production title

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User Reviews

A useless conversion of an over-rated game Amiga Martin Smith (63054)
An absolutely terrible game, with not even one good point... DOS Jim Fun (222)

The Press Says

Mega Fun SNES Jun, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Digital Press - Classic Video Games 3DO Mar 20, 2005 9 out of 10 90
CD Player 3DO 1996 8 out of 10 80
Megablast Genesis Dec, 1993 80 out of 100 80
Edge Genesis Dec, 1993 8 out of 10 80
GamePro (US) SNES Jul, 1994 4 out of 5 80
AmigaInfo Amiga May, 1997 77 out of 100 77
Total! (Germany) SNES Jun, 1994 2.25 out of 6 75
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Game Gear Mar, 1995 7 out of 10 70
CD Player DOS 1996 7 out of 10 70

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Trivia

Cover

  • Some European editions feature Piotr Świerczewski and David Platt (Poland-England match) on the front cover.
  • The Game Gear, Master System and 3DO cover art was previously used for FIFA Soccer '95, complete with the same font type.

Dream team

When playing with the EA dream team in the game, a shot with the great player H. Van Smeiter could pierce the goal.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1996 – #2 Best Sports Game in 1995 (Readers' Vote)
  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #53 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
  • GameFan
    • 1994 (Vol.3, Iss.1) - Soccer Game of the Year
  • Game Players
    • January 1995 - Best 3DO game in 1994
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #22 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • VideoGames
    • March 1995 - Best 3DO Game in 1994
    • March 1995 - Best Sports Game in 1994
Information also contributed by Big John WV, M4R14N0 and Rola

Related Web Sites

  • MCV (Rejection, tragedy and billions of dollars - The story of FIFA)
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