DescriptionThe 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.
- "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
Part of the Following Groups
|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)|
|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||70|
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BugsDuring the country team selection Poland and Czech Republic have the same flag.
CD versionFIFA International Soccer CD (for DOS) contained improvements of AI algorythms and in-game commentary courtesy of David Anthony "Tony" Gubba.
- 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 teamWhen playing with the EA dream team in the game, a shot with the great player H. Van Smeiter could pierce the goal.
- Amiga Joker
- Issue 02/1996 – #2 Best Sports Game in 1995 (Readers' Vote)
- Issue #4 - #53 in the "Top 100 Video Games of All-Time" list
- 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
- March 1995 - Best Sports Game in 1994
Related Web Sites
- MCV (Rejection, tragedy and billions of dollars - The story of FIFA)
Genesis Credits (61 people)
44 developers, 17 thanks
Jan G. Tian, Matthew Webster, Brian Plank, George Ashcroft, Kevin P. Pickell, Bruce E. McMillan, Joe Della‑SaviaLead Testers: