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FIFA Soccer 96

MobyRank MobyScore
SNES
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4.3
PlayStation
82
1.4
SEGA Saturn
82
1.9

User Reviews

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

Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
DOS 15 3.5
Genesis 5 3.0
PlayStation 4 1.4
SEGA 32X 1 0.0
SEGA Saturn 2 1.9
SNES 2 4.3
Combined MobyScore 29 3.0


The Press Says

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100
GenesisElectric Playground
FIFA Soccer has replaced EA Sport's NHL series of games, as my second favourite sports games from the company (NBA Live takes top spot). Every time I get into a game of FIFA, I can't believe how much I enjoy the soccer experience (because as a lot of you know, I don't like real soccer very much). FIFA 96 is the best FIFA of the lot, so consequently, it is the best soccer game you can get for the Genesis. However, I'm going to have to let you make up your own mind as to whether the new SGI rendered players, the new moves and the complete world league rosters are enough to keep you in the 16 bit game for one more year. One thing you can't ignore, FIFA's on PSX and Saturn now.
100
DOSHigh Score
Grafiken är mycket bra, ljudet skönt och spelkänslan helt okej.
94
DOSPC Games (Germany)
Auf EA Sports ist Verlaß: kaum schickt sich ein Softwarehersteller an, am Thron eines ihrer Spiele auch nur leicht zu wackeln, so schütteln die Kanadier mal schnell eine neue und wieder tonangebende Version aus dem Ärmel. Das ausgeklügelte Paß- und Schußsystem, die obergeniale Optik und die flotten, stets passenden Sprüche von Wolf-Dieter Poschmann machen FIFA Soccer 96 zum besten Sportspiel aller Zeiten!
93
PlayStationGame Players
FIFA '96 is the best FIFA yet and that means it's the best anywhere. While some may prefer scores like 9-8, there is plenty of action in the 2-1 games of FIFA. A must-have for any soccer fan and a great game for anybody.
92
DOSPC Gamer
Multiplayer and modem options; brilliant graphics; realistic play; comprehensive league and tournament play. You'll need a Pentium 90 or better to really enjoy the high resolution graphics. If you're in the market for a top-notch sports sim, look no further.
92
SEGA SaturnGame Players
There's no doubt that FIFA '96 is currently the best football game on the Saturn, any kind of football, that is. A game for soccer fans of great games alike, FIFA '96 is an excellent continuation of a superb series.
90
GenesisPlayer One
Légèrement relooké et bourré de nouvelles options géniales, FIFA 96 garde tout son charme mais aussi quelques-uns de ses défauts de jeunesse.
90
DOSPC Joker
Der Tabellenführer von gestern ist auch der von heute.
90
SEGA SaturnConsoles Plus
Un jeu complet et doté de graphismes réussis, à réserver aux techniciens accomplis.
90
PlayStationUltimate Gamer Magazine
VS: Virtual Stadium - the buzz word of the next generation of EA Sports games. A truly 3-D playing field with some nice little soccer players peppered on top running about is what you will get. Some great gameplay as seen on the 3DO version, but this time the graphics are souped-up as is the audio, which boasts over a million possible combinations of color commentary. Not bad.
90
GenesisGamePro (US)
If you're into soccer and you're in the market for a Genesis sim, look no further than FIFA Soccer '96. If you don't own a Genesis, go out and buy one. FIFA ;96 is that good.
90
SNESGamePro (US)
Although the sound earns a yellow card in this go-around, FIFA '96 delves deeper into the international world of soccer. FIFA Soccer '96 still has no worthy SNES rivals.
90
DOSGameSpot
Even with the league features, FIFA Soccer '96 might ultimately be viewed as too simplistic for real soccer strategy junkies, who'd probably prefer a text-based player management simulation anyway. But as John Motson might say, for the rest of us, it's one cheeky little game.
88
DOSPower Play
FIFA 96 ist schlicht und ergreifend das beste Fußballspiel, das ich kenne. Bis zum letzten Byte edel aufgemacht und super spielbar, wurden die Hardwareanforderungen im Vergleich zum ähnlichen NHL 96 trotz meiner Meinung nach ebenbürtiger Grafik leicht heruntergeschraubt. Besonders freut‘s mich, daß die verschiedenen Perspektiven sehr übersichtlich und ständig auf Bauhöhe sind, während ich hier bei NHL ‘96 nach wie vor meine Problemchen habe. Hochkomplex und vielseitig, aber nie frustrierend, so präsentiert sich die Steuerung mit einem 4-Button-Joypad. Nahezu alles läßt sich mit den Spielern anstellen, seien es präzise Kurzpässe oder spektakuläre Fallrückzieher. Alles wirkt sehr professionell, lediglich der deutsche Kommentar von Wolf-Dieter Poschmann nervt nach ein paar Spielen trotz der 18 000 Sample-Kombinationen mit den ständig selben Phrasen.
88
DOSPC Player (Germany)
Hat man sich einmal an die Steuerung gewöhnt, reift allmählich ein klares Fazit heran: Auf PC-Bildschirmen gibt es zur Zeit nichts Besseres in Sachen Fußball. Das beneidenswert durchgestylte FIFA 96 erfüllt auch gehobene Sportsimulations-Ansprüche.
85
PlayStationSuper Power (Sweden)
32bits-versionen av Fifa '96 är visserligen bättre än den till 16bitarna, framför allt på grund av grafiken och ljudet som tillsammans skapar den helt underbara atmosfären. Det är ändå fortfarande långt ifrån perfekt. Spelarna fjantar fortfarande omkring för mycket och lägger inte upp någon vidare taktik, samtidigt som de är både tröga och svårkontrollerade. Åtminstone till en början. Det blir bättre när man väl vant sig, men så fort man slår på SNES:en och pluggar i Konamis mästerverk igen inser man hur mycket roligare det är. Kort sagt är FIFA '96 det bästa fotbollsspelet till 32bitarna hittills, men lever mer på sitt utseende än på det som finns innanför.
85
SEGA SaturnGameFan Magazine
I'm not as much of a soccer enthusiast, but this is definitely a quality title. The animation is nice (but a bit framey), the screen movement is generally smooth (but a bit choppy), the soccer play mechanics are EA solid...Not up to the 3DO version, but quite good.
80
SNESAll Game Guide
FIFA Soccer 96 also lets you play an exhibition game (Friendly), Tournament (twenty-four team World or eight team Domestic), League (eight teams play members of the league twice), Playoffs (four rounds involving eight teams), and Practice, where you can perfect the various moves in the game. The best thing is that FIFA Soccer 96 includes battery backup to save your progress during the League, Playoff or Tournament games. That's right, no more passwords! If you can live with the uneven pace and slightly restrictive view, then FIFA Soccer 96 will more than satisfy those craving some depth in their sports titles.
80
PlayStationGamePro (US)
FIFA '96 rolls on the Playstation with all the glory of a World Cup final match. While there may be more 32-bit soccer games on the horizon, you'll be hard-pressed to find any sims that bring home a more realistic soccer experience.
80
SEGA SaturnElectronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
FIFA '96 utilizes 3-D perspectives to bring this soccer game to life. The multiple viewpoints let you catch the action from different angles. This title doesn't leave much to be desired, including traditional soccer moves and play-by-play commentary. The action could be more intense, but that's about all it's lacking.
80
PlayStationVideo Games & Computer Entertainment
More than 3800 real player names and ratings, unlimited camera angels with seven preset ones, commentary amounting to 18,000 different phrases, new moves like the Dummy, Nutmeg and Crossover Fake, 12 international leagues with tons of teams and multiple skill levels. What do you think about that kids? Not too shabby, eh? If you've got a Playstation go pick up one of these bad buys, it'll make you smile.
80
SEGA SaturnGamePro (US)
FIFA puts all the strategy and intensity of the world's leading international sport at your fingertips. If you're looking for a realistic soccer challenge on the Saturn, prepare to be knocked on your grass.
80
PlayStationComing Soon Magazine
FIFA Soccer '96 for the Sony Playstation and the Sega Saturn comes with great graphics, many teams, and provides the feel of realistic play, but we found that FIFA Soccer on the 3DO easier to play!
80
SEGA SaturnComing Soon Magazine
FIFA Soccer '96 for the Sony Playstation and the Sega Saturn comes with great graphics, many teams, and provides the feel of realistic play, but we found that FIFA Soccer on the 3DO easier to play!
78
PlayStationIGN
It doesn't get much better than this. I'll say this now - if you're a soccer game fan, you must own this game. Whether you like arcade-style action or deep simulation, FIFA has it all.
76
DOSGameStar (Germany)
Ran an die Joypads! An FIFA Soccer führt kein Weg vorbei. Auf das Gebolze in der Halle kann ich locker verzichten, und in Sachen Spielbarkeit steht FIFA 96 der jüngsten Auflage kaum nach: Exzellentes Paßsystem, spannende Torszenen und eine atmosphärische Soundkulisse – Fußballerherz, was willst du mehr?
75
GenesisThe Video Game Critic
Probably running out of ideas of how to improve an already outstanding soccer game, EA decided that this edition would concentrate on realism. The players are modeled from 3D animations, and although most of the detail is lost in their small size, the players definitely look more realistic than they did in past years. The new animations look fine, but the gameplay has lost some of its arcade sensibility. The computer opponents are extremely quick and it's hard to maintain possession of the ball for more than a second. Passing is difficult, and the game definitely seems less fun and more frustrating than past editions. However, if you've mastered the other FIFAs and are hungry for a challenge, this game is for you. And soccer die-hards are sure to appreciate the 3800 players from 237 teams in 12 worldwide leagues. Personally, I think the series peaked with FIFA '95.
70
PlayStationAll Game Guide
Overall, if you can tolerate the control issue, you will find yourself digging in deep to Electronic Arts' first PlayStation sports title FIFA Soccer 96.
70
SEGA SaturnAll Game Guide
The big picture is this, FIFA Soccer 96 offers quality soccer action that is just as good, if not better than competition even with the sluggish controls.
65
SNESTotal! (Germany)
Alles in allem bleibt „FIFA Soccer '96“ hinter de Erwartungen zurück, denn Playability und Features reichen nicht an das momentane Referenzmodul Int. Superstar Soccer Deluxe heran. Gerade gegenüber der MD-Version wurden deutliche Abstriche gemacht. Wer jedoch mit kleinen Defiziten leben kann und dafür mehr auf Options- und Team-Vielfalt steht, sollte sich das Game ruhig einmal genauer anschauen. Außerdem, bei welchem anderen SNES-Spiel kann man in die Haut der Bundesliga-Stars schlüpfen und auf Torjagd gehen!?
60
GenesisSega-16.com
Overall, FIFA ’96 is a good game. A lot of effort has been into it, the memory backup is very good and the amount of options is innumerable. However, the game lacks the pure fun factor of its two predecessors and of especially of its main rivals – Sensible Soccer and ISS Deluxe. And isn’t fun what’s gaming all about after all?
50
SEGA 32XSega-16.com
Other than that, there is one other thing worth noting: FIFA ’96 isn’t region locked, so you can play the PAL Mega Drive version on your NTSC Genesis without any modification whatsoever. Whether you would like to want to after reading this review, though, is an entirely different affair. Due to a lack of any competition, FIFA ’96 is the best soccer game released on the 32x. That doesn’t mean it’s good, though. Jerky animation, dodgy camera, and AI of a dubious quality severely hamper any fun this game has to offer. Pretty much like the platform itself, it doesn’t compare very well to either to its Mega Drive or Saturn variants. If you have a 32x, that automatically means that you got the 16-bit console it needs to run on. So if you need your soccer fix, grab ISS Deluxe or Sensible Soccer for that one and leave the “upgrade” one alone.