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Overall, Striker '96 barely nudges this game off the podium for being the best 32-bit soccer title while FIFA '96 places a distant third. You can't go wrong with VR Soccer.
Electronic Gaming Monthly (EGM)
VR Sports has put all of the ingredients together and made one great soccer game. With Major League Soccer in its infancy and the profile of the game increasing all the time, VR Soccer has a lot of balls. Headers, bicycle kicks, precision passing - this game has it all. If you enjoy great sports games, give it a try.
Video Games & Computer Entertainment
Which game should you buy? Hard to say. But when I picture a couple of guys up at four in the morning, sweating over a fierce futbol match. I see VR Soccer on the screen, not FIFA.
Another solid contender, Adidas Power Soccer from Psygnosis, is due out this summer. But if you're ready to kick in some dough for a soccer title now, you'll get the most boot for your buck with VR '96.
All Game Guide
VR Soccer Œ96 has lots of things going for it and will entertain most soccer fans for hours on end. There are plenty of options, teams, and players and (for the most part) a high degree of verisimilitude. The soccer players and the stadiums they play in look good, and the sound effects are very pleasing. However, most of the FIFA soccer games from Electronic Arts are more fun and have steadier player and ball control.
In the final analysis, suffice to say that other soccer sims do it better for the same price.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Actua Soccer came out of nowhere in 1996 and grabbed the football crown from EA's Fifa. Since then, a clutch of better contenders have come, but Actua still provides a worthwhile game of soccer. In-game the perspective is right in at the player, which showcases the motion-capture animation to its best effect. The stadiums look good, including their show-off video screen effect. The game is somewhat afflicted with traditional footy game problems, namely erratic scrolling and limited goalie intelligence, plus it's been supeceded by the nippier Actua 2.