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FIFA 96 Soccer

Electronic Arts/ EA Sports

Platform ReviewedSony Playstation
GenreSports Simulation
Number of Players1-8
Multiplayer ValueObviously, great.
Skills RequiredHand-Eye Coordination, 'Sports Sense'
Interface DevicesPlaystation Joypad
Interface DesignExcellent, once technique is fully grasped.
Game Design and PlayabilitySuperior. The best Soccer game, period.
Type Of FunSport
Replay ValueHigh
Overall ValueVery High
QualityThe Best
The BestExquisite, perfect Soccer game. The finest footie fun available. The Best.
The WorstI would have added custom camera positioning, as well as 'regular' FIFA view from the carts.
How much would I be willing to pay for this 65 Bucks


FIFA 96 Soccer IS Soccer. It is hard to imagine a more perfect simulation, except by expanding on the basic design already present.


Association Football, or 'Soccer' as it is sometimes called in backward places like America, is the most popular team sport ever played by the human species in the entire history of the world. No other team sport, in any time or era even comes close. This is partly due to the fact that the majority of all humans who have ever lived are alive currently (a result of massive planetary overpopulation) and partly due to the fact that Association Football is the fanatical obsession of most of the earth's population.

Almost every civilization on the planet, therefore, claims to have invented the planet's most popular game, usually hundreds to even thousands of years ago. Nevertheless, the current game of Football as the world knows it today, can trace it's roots to 1863 Great Britain. By 1904, a governing body was created to administer the world's game, the Federation Internationale de Football Association, or FIFA. Today, FIFA has over 140 member nations, and oversees the activity of more than 39 million players worldwide. Quite a team sport indeed.


EA Sports Playstation version of FIFA 96 is, quite simply put, the current benchmark against which all other Football games must be measured. It is a crown achievement in electronic football. Within a virtual stadium, rendered players act out the running game that owns the world in smooth 3D. Actual teams from around the planet are faithfully represented, and the controls are quick and effective. There are more options than can be easily described, and the effort lavished on this product is apparent in every portion.

My few objections are these; that I would have liked to create a custom team with my own original names, as can be done in FIFA 96 on the Genesis, and I would like to have had the option of setting up my own camera angles for play according to my whim. There are a plethora of camera choices to be sure, but I am rather persnickety about such things. Other than that, if Football is your game, the Playstation version is the one to buy. Highly recommended.

Reviewed by Jennifer Diane Reitz, Dec. 23, 1995

Jennifer Diane Reitz is a Game Designer and Computer Artist, and one of the founders of Happy Puppy. She is the creator of numerous games and software products, including Boppin' , Shark Chums, Elsewhere, and many others. She has worked for such companies as Activision, Sculptured Software, Epyx, SRI, and Electronic Arts, and founded Accursed Toys. She has been active in the computer gaming industry since it's earliest days. She considers games to be works of artistic merit and achievement, and views computer entertainment as the most important media of our era.