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
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.
- "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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- Some European editions feature Piotr Świerczewski and David Platt (Poland-England match) on the front cover.
- Think the Game Gear, Master System and 3DO cover arts look familiar? It's because EA used the same cover from FIFA Soccer '95, complete with the same font type.
If you use the EA dream team in the game, and you shoot with the great player H. Van Smeiter making one of the special tricks available, you could also pierce the goal.
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- Amiga Joker
- Issue 02/1996 – #2 Best Sports Game in 1995 (Readers' Vote)
- Issue #4 - #53 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
- 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
- March 1995 - Best 3DO Game in 1994
- March 1995 - Best Sports Game in 1994