Fifa International Soccer (Nintendo SNES, 1994)
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|Electronic Arts' first soccer game for the Super Nintendo features a three-quarter perspective of the field, crowd chants in stereo sound, detailed animation, and moves such as diving headers, slide tackles and bicycle kicks. Be careful with those tackles--referees will throw down yellow or red cards for players who are too aggressive. Up to five players can play at once with Hudson Soft's Super Multitap.
Play modes include Exhibition, Playoffs and Tournament, where you can choose from a total of 30 international teams. Other options include fouls, adjustable half times, manual or computer controlled goalies, variable weather conditions, and either an arcade or simulation style of play. A password feature will let players resume their tournament or playoffs at a later time.
FIFA International Soccer is a video game that created one of the earliest full simulations of association football. In particular, the game is based on international matches. The game utilises an isometric viewpoint, unlike other football games at the time such as Sensible Soccer which utilised a birds-eye view or Kick Off which used a top-down view. The player controls one of the eleven footballers on their team at a time, with the ability to switch players on command. The game allows up to four human players at the same time, each controlling a different footballer. The players can choose to control a footballer on the same team or on opposing teams. The remaining footballers are controlled by the computer.
The game features 48 national teams in total, plus a team called EA All Stars. Every team has 20 players. The players are fictional (some of them, e.g. Tim Ansell of England or Joe Della-Savia of Italy, are named after people credited as the development team) and look the same, except for the fact that the players of certain teams have a darker skin.
FIFA International Soccer received mostly positive comments from the press. GamePro gave the SNES version a positive review, commenting that "Strong and varied game play makes this the most realistic soccer game for the SNES." They also praised the graphics, animation, digitized crowd chants, and accessibility to players of all skill levels.
|Game||FIFA International Soccer|
|Platform||Super Nintendo Entertainment System|
|Control Elements||Gamepad/Joystick, Hudson Soft's Super Multitap|
|Number of Players||1 - 5|
|Game Series||FIFA Soccer Series|
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