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FIFA Soccer 96

MobyRank MobyScore
SNES
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4.3
PlayStation
82
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SEGA 32X
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Description

FIFA Soccer 96 is a football (soccer) simulation. The game includes eleven leagues from all around the world, ranging from the unknown players of the Malaysian league to the celebrated stars of the English and Italian leagues. 59 International teams are also featured, and it's possible to match the teams you want to against each other through friendlies, or you can also choose to play domestic tournaments or International ones such as the World Cup. If you're not satisfied with the composition of the various teams, you can create your own dream team through the custom team creator.

British commentator John Motson comments all the incidents and happenings on the pitch in real-time. The ambient commentary is varied, and systems with more than the minimum memory level get extra commentary phrases. The Virtual Stadium technology has numerous pre-defined camera angles.

Screenshots

FIFA Soccer 96 Genesis Nice intro with the title flowing in front of your eyes
FIFA Soccer 96 SNES The goalie just made a save
FIFA Soccer 96 Genesis Options - and quite a lot of them, compared to earlier soccer simulations
FIFA Soccer 96 SNES Replay controls allow to follow the action

Alternate Titles

  • "FIFA 96: Virtual Stadium Soccer" -- Saturn in-game name
  • "FIFAサッカー96" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

A Truly Good Game DOS Andrew Hartnett (2254)
Addictive, playable and realistic -- FIFA'96 is a true classic. DOS Ola Nymo Trulsen (59)
A good conversion of a horrible game. DOS Tomer Gabel (4394)

The Press Says

Electric Playground Genesis Dec 15, 1995 10 out of 10 100
Game Players PlayStation Jan, 1996 93 out of 100 93
PC Gamer DOS Dec, 1995 92 out of 100 92
Game Players SEGA Saturn Mar, 1996 92 out of 100 92
GameSpot DOS May 01, 1996 9 out of 10 90
Ultimate Gamer Magazine PlayStation Jan, 1996 9 out of 10 90
GameFan Magazine SEGA Saturn Feb, 1996 85 out of 100 85
All Game Guide SNES 1998 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) SEGA Saturn Feb, 1996 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) DOS Oct, 1997 76 out of 100 76

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Trivia

Referee

It's actually possible to run straight through the ref in FIFA 96. Although a good referee should try to avoid being too dominant and visible, making him invulnerable is probably a bit drastic...

References

The Mega Drive/Genesis is the only console to have player creation and trading. However, as teams are limited to 16 players and trades are done by swapping players between a team and the reserves, there are some free players. And who are those? Amongst the top rated (skill 89 or above), there's some unknown players such as B. Plank, S. Taras, N. Wlodyka , T. Sylka and R. Kaill. While unknown in the footballing world, they are no less than some of the game developers!

SEGA 32X version

A North American 32X version was planned, but ultimately cancelled. At the end of 1995, support for the 32X was dropping rapidly and Electronic Arts decided only to release it in Europe, where soccer is much more popular. This makes it one of the two unique European 32X releases. The other one is DarXide.

Stadium

For the first time in the series (and one of the first in the genre to do so), the game used a 3D stadium, and EA quickly hyped this naming the Saturn version FIFA 96: Virtual Stadium Soccer in-game. Players, however, are still sprites. Anyone who played both 32 and 16-bit versions will find that most movements use the same sprites, although obviously they take a hit on quality in the Mega Drive and the SNES.

Awards

  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 01/2007 - One of the "Ten Most Influential PC-Games" ( It is one of the first games which used aggressive and exclusive licensing without neglecting the quality of the game. It is the start for Electronic Art's monopoly of yearly updated sports games which suppress almost all other sport series.)
  • Power Play
    • Issue 02/1996 – Best Sports Game in 1995
Information also contributed by Luis Silva and Sciere

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