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Description

In 1995 the increased power of the new wave of systems made 3D football games a possibility several companies investigated. Most of the features people later took for granted in football games were pioneered, or at least fairly fresh, when they appeared in the first of the Actua Sports titles.

Multiple camera angles were available to view the full-3D action, with 3 Sheffield Wednesday FC players providing motion capture. 44 international squads of 22 players, each with 8 individual skill attributes, were featured. BBC commentator Barry Davies provided a full flowing commentary over the top. A full range of customised tournaments were available, as well as multi-player options allowing for both same-system and networked play.

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VR Soccer '96 SEGA Saturn Team selection for the cup mode.
VR Soccer '96 SEGA Saturn Substitution.
VR Soccer '96 SEGA Saturn Audio and graphics settings.
VR Soccer '96 SEGA Saturn In-game menu.

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Alternate Titles

  • "VR Soccer" -- Saturn title
  • "ranSoccer" -- German 1996 re-release
  • "Fotball Feber" -- Norwegian title
  • "Actua Soccer" -- European title
  • "アクチャーサッカー" -- Japanese spelling

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Critic Reviews

GameFan Magazine PlayStation May, 1996 88 out of 100 88
Gameplay (Benelux) DOS Dec, 1995 82 out of 100 82
GamePro (US) PlayStation May, 1996 4 out of 5 80
Score DOS Dec, 1995 7 out of 10 70
PC Joker DOS Dec, 1995 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot DOS Jun 04, 1996 6.9 out of 10 69
High Score DOS Feb, 1996 3 out of 5 60
Video Games PlayStation Apr, 1996 59 out of 100 59
GameSpot PlayStation Dec 13, 1996 5.1 out of 10 51
Génération 4 Macintosh Jan, 1997 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 50

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