The FIFA series introduces itself to the Nintendo 64, with all the football/soccer action one can expect from an EA Sports title. Choose your team, whether it be Manchester Utd or Real Madrid, or even a lowly ranked team, and take them through the ranks of the professional sport right up to the crowned kings of their tournament. You can stick with the local leagues (five in all) or take your team onto the International circuit and compete against every team available.
FIFA Soccer 64 can be played by up to 4 players at a time.
Due to being cartridge-based, compared to earlier releases of FIFA, FIFA Soccer 64 is stripped down detail-wise. Reduction to one commentator, the low quantity of different lines spoken by commentator, poor quality of when lines are spoken, poor game performance/frame-rate, over-abbreviating and omitting textual details were all reported problems with this new FIFA release. The sole commentator will often erroneously interrupt himself, sometimes even immediately contradicting himself. This angered many fans due to widespread hype and excitement for FIFA's first 3D soccer game on the N64. Another notable release demonstrating the console's limitations in quality due to its usage of the cartridge form-factor.
Electronic Gaming Monthly named FIFA Soccer 64 as Most Disappointing Sequel citing many of the above problems as the reason.
Unfortunately, the follow-up release to this, FIFA 99 for N64, suffered from many of the same problems for many of the same reasons.