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This iteration of the FIFA lineage includes commentary from John Motson with summaries from Andy Gray, with the between-match sections covered by Des Lynam. All player moves are from David Ginola using the MotionBlending technology. Full interactive replays are included.

You can play a league or cup tournament, and practice your skills before playing. The game can be tailored to action or simulation style, with fouls, injuries and offsides available to toggle on or off. This version also includes a 6 vs 6 indoor play mode, and various multiplayer options


FIFA Soccer 97 SEGA Saturn Opposing players standing around looking at the ball.
FIFA Soccer 97 SEGA Saturn A game in progress
FIFA Soccer 97 SNES Choosing formation
FIFA Soccer 97 Genesis Indoor soccer

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Alternate Titles

  • "FIFA 97 Gold Edition" -- Genesis and SNES in-game title
  • "FIFA 97" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

Video Games SEGA Saturn May, 1997 88 out of 100 88
PC Games (Germany) DOS Dec, 1996 88 out of 100 88
PC Joker DOS Jan, 1997 85 out of 100 85
PC Player (Denmark) Windows 1996 85 out of 100 85
Mega Fun Genesis Jan, 1997 83 out of 100 83
Video Games Genesis Jan, 1997 82 out of 100 82
Video Games SNES Jan, 1997 80 out of 100 80
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Feb, 1997 76 out of 100 76
Mega Fun SEGA Saturn Apr, 1997 76 out of 100 76
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM) PlayStation Feb, 1997 6.8 out of 10 68


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3D models

This is the first in the series to represent the players using 3D models instead of 2D sprites, except for the Genesis and SNES versions.

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