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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 SEGA CD Before the match
FIFA International Soccer SEGA CD Foul!
FIFA International Soccer SEGA CD Someone gets fouled.
FIFA International Soccer SEGA CD Kick off

Promo Images

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

There are no reviews for the SEGA CD release of this game. You can use the links below to write your own review or read reviews for the other platforms of this game.


Critic Reviews

Player One Sep, 1994 94 out of 100 94
Mean Machines Sep, 1994 92 out of 100 92
Consoles Plus Sep, 1994 88 out of 100 88
Game Players Oct, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Mega Fun Jul, 1994 86 out of 100 86
Video Games & Computer Entertainment Sep, 1994 8 out of 10 80
Video Games Jul, 1994 77 out of 100 77
Digital Press - Classic Video Games Jan 29, 2007 7.5 out of 10 75
All Game Guide 1998 3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars3.5 Stars 70
Sega-16.com Dec 24, 2009 6 out of 10 60

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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)
Kevin Johnson (102) added FIFA International Soccer (SEGA CD) on Dec 10, 2004
Other platforms contributed by Luiz Pacheco (1303), Bock (176), Rebound Boy (17758), Kabushi (256460), Terok Nor (30532) and Big John WV (27218)
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