FIFA International Soccer
- Manufacturer: Electronic Arts
- Machine: Sega CD
If soccer is your game, move to Brazil! No, just kidding. This is a great soccer game, with plenty of action and detailed atmosphere. Say, if you can't use your hands in soccer, do you push the controller buttons with your feet?
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- Machine: Sega CD, Genesis;
- Manufacturer: Electronic Arts; Extended Play
What if you were like me and wanted desperately to experience a World Cup match in person but lacked the required moolah and means to get there? Well, we both may still be able to fulfill our dream - in a vicarious sort of way.
FIFA International Soccer, which has already steamrolled its way through the competition on SNES and Genesis much like Brazil did against its opponents during the month-long World Series of Soccer, has made its way to the Sega CD. And it has brought the sights and sounds of international soccer with it. Full-motion video and CD-quality sound appear first in an impressive three minute intro, but continue to make their presence known throughout the game. The crowd's chants, cheers, and songs are so realistic that you could close your eyes and imagine yourself among the masses, or keep your eyes open and enjoy even more of the realistic atmosphere contained in this video game. Detailed player and crowd animations have been improved for the Sega CD version, making the game resemble the sport even more.
But with a CD product comes access time - and plenty of it. Fortunately, there are no interruptions during the action, yet between menus and during half-time you have to sit through quite a few static screens. The game play itself is marginally slower than the Genesis version, but that doesn't do much to dampen the game's overall enjoyment. The computer opponents have been strengthened somewhat or, if you prefer human competition, you can join three of your soccer fanatic friends on the pitch (with EA's 4-Way Play).
If game play is your main concern you might invest in the Genesis version. But if you're willing to sit through a couple of "Loading... Please Wait!" screens in exchange for more of the atmosphere associated with international soccer, look no further.
- Machine: SNES
- Manufacturer: EA/by Extended Play
Soccer fans have been inundated with sims hitting shelves in preparation for the World Cup. EA Sports' FIFA International Soccer set the standard on Genesis, and now it's ready to make the jump to SNES.
The new FIFA isn't an exact transfer of the Genesis version = there are both negative and positive variations from the original. For example, the graphics, sound effects, and music are weaker, but control is aided by a power meter and the L and R buttons, which make putting aftertouch on the ball a breeze. There are no scouting reports, but the game selects a "Man of the Match" at the end of each contest.
The realistic and action-packed game play, which provided the Genesis version's solid foundation, has essentially remained unchanged. The only noticeable differences are that the SNES goalies aren't as good at keeping the ball out of the net, and dribbling through the defense is much tougher and requires more passing skill. A give-and-go button has been added, but it turns out to be impractical most of the time.
FIFA's three-quarter overhead perspective and the 45-degree angle of the field give you a superb look at the action. You're automatically given the opportunity to scan the field for open defenders on corner kicks and throw-ins, and can place the cursor on the spot you want to deliver the ball. The chants and graphics aren't as dynamic as on Genesis, but all in all FIFA easily jumps to the head of the SNES soccer class.
Hot on the heels of last year's strong Genesis version, EA Sports' FIFA International Soccer comes to the Super NES with equal success. Incredible graphics, with the usual EA Sports attention to detail, create a truly realistic soccer simulation. The ability to hook up five players on Hudson's Multi-tap makes this sure-fire sports entertainment.
Options galore are at your fingertips in this game. Since FIFA stands for the Fédération Internationale de Football Association, EA Sports has crammed 30 international teams, each with unique strengths and weaknesses, into this game. You can play against the computer or team up with four other players in every possible combination and in three game modes (Exhibition, Tournament, and Playoffs).
Strong and varied game play makes this the most realistic soccer game for the SNES. Although you play one on-screen player at a time, you have full control of your team's roster of 20 players, each of whom is rated in 14 skill categories. If you think a player isn't pulling his weight, bench him and replace him anytime during the game. Additional player-control options include manually adjusting your players' field coverage, adjusting the aggressiveness of play, and setting team formations. With a smooth interface and quick controls that efficiently execute your moves, the strategic possibilities are endless!
- Let your teammates catch up to you before you shoot at the goal. Additional players offer more passing lanes and different angles for your shots.
- Slide into a dribbling opponent from the front or at an angle. Don't attempt this move from the back, because he's usually running too fast for you to catch him.
Sights, Sounds, Soccer!
In general, FIFA has good visuals and audio. Cleanly rendered figures and smooth side-scrolling animation follow the movements of the ball. The angled field is attractive, but because you're watching from the corner you can see only a third of the field at once, a disadvantage when you charge downfield with no idea of what defensive or offensive formations await you. Start-up screens feature a hip, stereo, soundtrack, but sound effects are kept to a minimum during game play. The authentic, digitized crowd chants from various international stadiums create an eerie sense of realism.
- Center your teammate's cursor in front of the goalie before a Corner Kick so that he has the best shooting angle.
- Before kicking the ball back into play, put your teammate's cursor off to the sidelines and aim the kick at the cursor. This is better than kicking the ball into centerfield, where more opponents have a chance to intercept it.
Super Soccer Sim
Players of all calibers will be able to instantly pick up and play this game; however, mastering the game and the high-caliber computer opponents will be long-term challenges. Fortunately, FIFA is so good you'll want to keep kicking to the end.
How do you improve on the best soccer game? You don't! Thank goodness EA Sports didn't mess with FIFA International Soccer for the Sega CD. Like the excellent SNES and Genesis versions before it, this FIFA has it all: superior graphics, the coolest crowd noise, and truly realistic soccer action.
- When you're on defense, and racing toward the ball, press Button C for an extra burst of speed.
- On corner kicks, aim for the back post. When the ball Ls airborne, move a player into position for a shot. Press Button C quickly to catch the keeper off guard with a one-touch shot.
The CD version pulls slightly ahead of previous versions with the addition of new video highlights from past World Cups. The game is basically the same, however, featuring the same wide range of options, including 48 international teams, three play modes, the ability to change team formations, and four-player control via the 4 Way Play adapter.
The controls are the weakest part of this game. Occasionally, the players respond sluggishly, and you can't control the ball's flight on shots or passes, a common feature of soccer games. It's also difficult to coordinate players in the four-player game setting.
If it's late in the match and you're ahead, change your formation to "sweeper" and your strategy to "all-out defense" to counter any offensive push by your opponent.
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The excellent sound effects have a definite European flavor. Instead of the typical musical soundtrack, the disc roars with realistic crowd chanting and singing, just like the kind you'd hear at World Cup matches.
The graphics are almost as impressive. Although the players are small, they sport realistic movements. EA also added great touches like crowd action and sideline advertisements.
If you already have the Genesis FIFA, save your money because there aren't enough changes to justify the CD price. If you don't have any FIFA games yet, get the CD, because FIFA is still the World Cup champion.
Chalk up another victory for EA Sports. What it did for football with the John Madden series, EA Sports has done for soccer with FIFA International Soccer for the Genesis. FIFA has excellent graphics, the coolest crowd noises this side of the Atlantic, and some of the most exciting game play of any soccer game on the market. Simply put, this is already the World Cup champion.
FIFA features 48 of the world's top soccer countries competing in three different modes: one-on-one Exhibitions, one- to eight-team Tournaments, or 25-game League seasons. The Tournament and League modes even have passwords so you can kick around anytime you want.
FIFA also utilizes the new 4 Way Play adapter, enabling you to share the fun among four players simultaneously. You can play three against one, two on two, or four against the computer. The only drawback with four players is that the high speed of the game sometimes makes it hard to determine who's who on-screen. This is especially true when playing four-vs.-the-computer games.
- Let the computer take over at goalkeeper. Unless you've mastered the game, the computer will always do a better job.
- If you have the ball near your goal, and you've got a defender closely guarding you, press Button С to shoot. The ball will be cleared from your part of the field.
- When taking a shot, aim high and for the far post. The goalie will have a difficult time coming up with the save.
- On corner kicks, aim for the back post. When the ball is in the air, move one of your players into position for a shot. Quickly press С to catch the keeper off-guard with a one-touch shot.
Sights and Sounds Deliver a Kick
The sound effects for FIFA have a definite European flavor. Close your eyes and you'll think you're watching a match in London. EA Sports doesn't miss a trick! You get great crowd reactions to diving saves and near misses. There's also rhythmic chanting, just like at real soccer matches.
FIFA's graphics are top- notch. Check out the lifelike movements of the players as they execute diving Head Shots and Bicycle Kicks. The playing fields, stadiums, and sideline ads provide even more realism. The only minor problem is encountered with the perspective. Some might find the angled side view a refreshing change, but the behind-the-player view of most soccer games is still the most natural for plotting strategy. Consequently, FIFA's viewing perspective may take some getting used to.
One other flaw is with the control of players when you're on defense. Defenders are sometimes difficult to maneuver and slow to respond. They'll start out fast. However, once they get going a few yards, they'll slow to a turtle's pace.
World Class, World Cup
These drawbacks, however, are minor compared to the game's strengths. If you love fast-paced soccer action with superb graphic details and real-life sounds, then FIFA International Soccer is for you.
This is a fine football simulator with the superb graphics, sound effects and animation, the convenient controls and the opportunity of the team game for players.
The game includes national teams, and real player names are not used, their abilities in each skill area rated out of 10 to give the player an overall impression of how good they are. Gameplay privileges quick runs, blistering shots outside the penalty box and short passes, and set pieces are controlled by moving a box into the target area for the ball, and then passed, lobbed or kicked directly.