FIFA International Soccer (Genesis)

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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.


FIFA International Soccer Genesis Goal!!
FIFA International Soccer Genesis Title screen
FIFA International Soccer Genesis Substitutions
FIFA International Soccer Genesis League Standings

Alternate Titles

  • "FIS" -- Common abbreviation
  • "FIFA International Soccer Championship Edition" -- European 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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Critic Reviews

GamePro (US) Dec, 1993 5 out of 5 100
Game Players Jan, 1994 93 out of 100 93
ASM (Aktueller Software Markt) Feb, 1994 11 out of 12 92
SEGA-Mag (Objectif-SEGA) Oct 20, 2008 9 out of 10 90
Power Unlimited Jun, 1994 8.8 out of 10 88
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Dec 10, 2003 8 out of 10 80
High Score Feb, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Edge Dec, 1993 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Oct, 1993 77 out of 100 77 Jul 14, 2014 6 out of 10 60


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  • 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.


  • 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

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