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  World Soccer '96 - ©Tecmo 1996

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Game Stats
1 or 2 player


112 Megs
Japanese Name:

World Soccer '96

Released On:


Reviewed By:
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Review Introduction:

This game really is strange. I am more a fan of simulation football/soccer games than I am the more arcadey ones, but I still enjoy the odd kick around on the Super Sidekicks series or on Goal Goal Goal. However, World Soccer '96 is one arcade football game that I am not going to be playing on very much.


So what is so strange about it? Well, it plays much like most other Neo Geo football games, that is until you face one of the opposing teams players head on. When you do, the word "feint" appears and your controls change and you have to side-step up and down/left and right to get past them. This makes the game annoying to play, because instead of being able to run with the ball you are constantly getting caught in these stupid situations. Not only that, but the game is not all that fast anyway.

There are also problems with passing the ball. When you try to aim and pass to a particular team mate you will constantly find that the ball goes to the wrong player. Another thing that I found that really annoyed me was the fact that matches can sometimes end at really stupid points. On the second match that I played, the game was drawn 1-1 in extra time and I had just taken a shot. Suddenly the whistle blew just as the ball was about to cross the line and score me the goal that would have won the match. This annoyed me a lot; I do take my football seriously, so suffice to say my expensive Neo stick almost went out of the window... at least until my temporary insanity calmed and I realised how stupid it would be to do that! ;)


Things aren't that much better on the graphical side I'm afraid. They are not terrible, but are absolutely nothing special either. The animation on the players is not too good and they also suffer from a lack of detail. On the plus side, the game does have some nice animation's for when you score a goal etc., but they look very similar to the ones in Super Sidekicks.

Sound effects & Music:

There isn't anything that can be said about the sound either. There is some decent music and some nice crowd cheering effects but not a lot else. One thing that did make me laugh, was that the sound effects for when you kick the ball sometimes sound like they have been taken from a beat 'em up! Listen out for what the commentator says when you get to the "feint" sections. When you successfully block the computer or vice versa it sounds as if he says "nice dress". If anyone knows what he is meant to be saying then let me know!


If you are looking for a really good arcade football game for the Neo Geo, then you would do much better to check out the Super Sidekicks series, or failing that maybe even Goal Goal Goal. I know that some people out there like this game (judging from a few other reviews I have seen) and there are some much worse football games out there on other systems, but I found that there were too many annoying little faults in this game for me to enjoy it properly.

Not worth your time in my opinion.

Graphics: 6/10
Sound: 6/10
Game play: 6/10
Replay Value: 6/10

Overall Rating: 5.5/10

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- Super Sidekicks series
A much better football series... go try these games out!

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