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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.


VR Soccer '96 DOS The goalie has the ball.
VR Soccer '96 DOS Main menu
VR Soccer '96 DOS Copy protection
VR Soccer '96 DOS Playing soccer...

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VR Soccer '96 Screenshot
VR Soccer '96 Screenshot
VR Soccer '96 Screenshot
VR Soccer '96 Screenshot

Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

Gameplay (Benelux) Dec, 1995 82 out of 100 82
PC Games (Germany) Dec, 1995 79 out of 100 79
Power Play Dec, 1995 74 out of 100 74
Score Dec, 1995 7 out of 10 70
PC Joker Dec, 1995 69 out of 100 69
GameSpot Jun 04, 1996 6.9 out of 10 69
High Score Feb, 1996 3 out of 5 60
PC Player (Germany) Dec, 1995 58 out of 100 58
Electric Playground Aug 28, 1996 5 out of 10 50
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Aug, 1996 2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars2 Stars 40


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Matthew Bailey (1277) added VR Soccer '96 (DOS) on Mar 27, 2000
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