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FIFA Soccer 96 (Genesis)

Critic Score
100 point score based on reviews from various critics.
User Score
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User Reviews

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Our Users Say

Category Description User Score
AI How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be 2.8
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.) 2.8
Graphics The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines 3.0
Personal Slant How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes 3.0
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 3.2
Overall User Score (6 votes) 3.0

Critic Reviews

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Electric 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.
Player One
Légèrement relooké et bourré de nouvelles options géniales, FIFA 96 garde tout son charme mais aussi quelques-uns de ses défauts de jeunesse.
GamePro (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.
Video Games
Spielerisch überzeugt mich auch FIFA‘96 nicht völlig. Dribbeln hat immer noch nichts mit Geschicklichkeit zu tun, der Computer entscheidet, ob Ihr am Gegenspieler vorbeikommt oder nicht. Da Ihr das gesamte Spielfeld nicht im Überblick seht, sorgt der Computer dafür, daß lange Pässe fast immer beim eigenen Spieler ankommen, obwohl Ihr den Ball eigentlich blind nach vorne drescht. Die vielen neuen Features machen diese Mankos aber mehr als wett. Die Trainingsoption hilft tatsächlich im Spiel, während des Spiels reagiert Euer Team prompt auf Änderungen der Taktik, Mit Customize könnt Ihr Euch Euer Dream Team zusammenstellen, ich wollte schon immer mal Baggio beim FC Bayern spielen sehen. Oder wie wäre es mit dem FC Video Games mit den besten Spielern der Welt? FIFA ‘96 ist klar der Höhepunkt der FIFA-Serie und lohnt sich auch für diejenigen, die alle Vorgänger kennen.
The 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.
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?