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Description

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 games.

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.

Screenshots

FIFA International Soccer DOS GOAL
FIFA International Soccer Genesis League Standings
FIFA International Soccer SNES Goal
FIFA International Soccer Game Boy The scoreboard shows a hula dancer animation.

Promo Images

FIFA International Soccer Magazine Advertisement
FIFA International Soccer Magazine Advertisement
FIFA International Soccer Magazine Advertisement

Trailer


Alternate Titles

  • "FIS" -- Common abbreviation
  • "FIFA International Soccer Championship Edition" -- European 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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User Reviews

A useless conversion of an over-rated game Amiga Martin Smith (78737)
An absolutely terrible game, with not even one good point... DOS Jim Fun (243)

Critic Reviews

Secret Service / New S Service DOS Dec, 1994 300 out of 300 100
Game Players Genesis Jan, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Play Time SNES Jul, 1994 93 out of 100 93
Player One Game Gear Nov, 1994 90 out of 100 90
CU Amiga Amiga Dec, 1994 89 out of 100 89
PC Loisirs DOS Sep, 1994 17 out of 20 85
High Score Genesis Feb, 1994 4 out of 5 80
Score Genesis Aug, 1994 80 out of 100 80
Video Games & Computer Entertainment SEGA CD Sep, 1994 8 out of 10 80
All Game Guide SEGA CD 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70

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Trivia

Bugs

During the country team selection Poland and Czech Republic have the same flag.

CD version

FIFA International Soccer CD (for DOS) contained improvements of AI algorythms and in-game commentary courtesy of David Anthony "Tony" Gubba.

Cover

  • Some European editions feature Piotr Świerczewski and David Platt (Poland-England match) on the front cover.
  • The Game Gear and Master System cover art was previously used for FIFA Soccer '95, complete with the same font type.

Dream team

When playing with the EA dream team in the game, a shot with the great player H. Van Smeiter could pierce the goal.

Awards

  • Amiga Joker
    • Issue 02/1996 – #2 Best Sports Game in 1995 (Readers' Vote)
  • FLUX
    • Issue #4 - #53 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
  • GameFan
    • 1994 (Vol.3, Iss.1) - Soccer Game of the Year
  • GameStar (Germany)
    • Issue 12/1999 - #22 in the "100 Most Important PC Games of the Nineties" ranking
  • VideoGames
    • March 1995 - Best Sports Game in 1994
Information also contributed by Big John WV, M4R14N0 and Rola

Related Web Sites

  • MCV (Rejection, tragedy and billions of dollars - The story of FIFA)
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