FIFA Soccer 96
|FIFA Soccer 96|
North American Saturn cover art
|Developer(s)||Extended Play Productions
Probe Entertainment (SNES, Game Boy and Game Gear)
Black Pearl Software (Game Boy and Game Gear)
|Mode(s)||Single player, Multiplayer|
FIFA Soccer 96 (also known as FIFA 96: Virtual Soccer Stadium) is a video game developed by Extended Play Productions and released by EA Sports in 1995. It was released for the Mega Drive/Genesis, Sega Saturn, Sega 32X, Sega Game Gear, PlayStation, Super Nintendo Entertainment System and DOS systems.
FIFA 96 is the third entry in the FIFA Series, its tagline being Next Generation Soccer. It was the first in the series to feature real-time 3D graphics on the Sega Saturn, PlayStation, 32X, and DOS versions, using technology called "Virtual Stadium". The SNES and Mega Drive editions used the FIFA '95 engine. It is also the first in the series to present players with real player names and positions, with ranking, transfer and team customisation tools.
FIFA 96 features 15 songs which were composed and arranged by Graeme Coleman.
The game was a bestseller in the UK. IGN gave the PlayStation version 7.8 out of 10, while GamePro gave the same version 4 out of 5. For the DOS version PC Gamer gave a 92 out of 100. Sega Saturn Magazine gave the Saturn version an 80%, applauding the comprehensive selection of players, customizing options, and camera angles, but complaining that the animation is "both slow and slightly jittery." They concluded, "Fifa '96 makes a brave attempt to capture the real thrill of football. At the end of it all though, it lacks the smoothness and speed to merit championship distinction."