FIFA Soccer 96
FIFA Soccer '96 for the Genesis is the best 16-bit soccer simulation. Period.
No Strikes, Just Strikers
When FIFA first hit the market three years ago, it became the standard by which all other soccer sims were measured. The latest edition in the FIFA series is no different.
FIFA '96 adds faster and more realistic gameplay; new options like expanded league play, an expert mode, and practice mode; and two playing levels. The Semipro level is a faster-paced arcade game, while the Professional level is tougher and more realistic.
The gameplay and controls, which were choppy at times in the past, have been smoothed out. While the Genesis version still plays a little slower than the SNES version, it also still controls better.
- If you have the ball near your goal and a defender is closely guarding you, press Button C to shoot. The ball will be cleared from your part of the field.
- Let the computer take over as keeper. Unless you've mastered the game, the computer will always be a better keeper.
The one knock against FIFA in the past was that it didn't have a Practice mode, which most soccer sims offered. Critics can offer that complaint no more: The new Practice mode is a great place for beginners to hone their skills and for experts to perfect trick shots.
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 Press Button C quickly to catch the keeper offguard with a one- touch shot.
The graphics have improved from last year, especially for the players. New SGI-rendered animations give these larger sprites more realistic movements.
The superb sound for FIFA Genesis is more exciting than the SNES version's. The crowd chants, sings songs, and basically goes crazy whenever a goal is scored.
If you're into soccer and you're in the market for a Genesis sim, look no further than FIFA Soccer '96. If you don't own a Genesis, go out and buy one. FIFA'96 is that good.
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Companies with competing soccer games will be frustrated when they plug in FIFA '96. No other SNES sim on the market offers the depth found here.
FIFA '96 adds features that make this game one of the top sports sims. New options include two playing levels (Semipro and a tougher Professional level), an expert mode, a new practice mode, and expanded league play. The expanded leagues now feature 12 international leagues with more than 100 teams and 3000 real player names and ratings.
ProTip: If you're playing without any penalties, frequently use the sliding tackle. It's the best way to steal the ball or stop an opponent's attack.
The gameplay and controls are improved, and surprisingly, the SNES version plays much faster than its Genesis counterpart. The players really move across the screen, and a fast dribble feature allows for more breakaway opportunities. No longer can you put one of your strikers directly in front of the computer's keeper, block his punt, and score a goal.
Let your strikers shoot on goal. A fullback won't have as good a shot rating as a striker.
Bound for the Cup
With SGI-rendered graphics, the players sport a much cleaner and slightly larger look. The character animations are more realistic, and even the stadium looks better. The sound for FIFA is a little disappointing for the SNES. It's still better than most, but you won't get that European flavor of crowd noise (like chanting and singing) that made past FIFA games so authentic. The announcer used to go wild when a team scored, but the new English announcer blandly says, "It's a goal."
Although the sound earns a yellow card in this go-around, FIFA '96 delves deeper into the international world of soccer. FIFA Soccer '96 still has no worthy SNES rivals.
This is the Best game of FIFA series from Electronic Arts. Unlike other games, the computer is cleverer, the passes are better given - the ball follows the way you intend it to follow. There are three new leagues: Malaysia, Scotland and Sweden. It is possible to create your own team, player, tournament or league...