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Authenic and enjoyable soccer sim

Soccer fans looking for an officially licensed game will find the detail they want in this game and while it isn't the greatest football sim out there, if you've played all the rest, it's worth a look. The game features all the 16 teams from the '96 European Championships, along with all the players, and provides a number of playing options. These include a full championship, friendlies, and practice matches. The practice games are a good place to start, and allow you to hone your shooting skills in preparation for the real deal. The control system is nicely simple to pick up, but with enough depth to ensure that it will take time and skill to pull off the more complex moves. Graphically and sonically, the game takes a fairly realistic approach, with smooth and well detailed visuals, and plenty of background effects, including some comprehensive commentary. Generally, a good game of soccer is to be found here, although the AI isn't exactly the greatest, with matches being pretty easy to win. This really is the biggest drawback, with the added authenticity making this an attractive option for those after a deeper soccer sim than something like Sensible Soccer 2006, although for many Actua Soccer 3 remains the benchmark.

Relieve the UEFA '96

In my opinion, this is one of the better football games of the nineties. It's the reenactment of the 10th UEFA European Football Championship that took place in England in 1996. You can play with all the 16 squads who participated with the European Championship of 1996. You can choose to train, play friendly matches and the championship. The gameplay is very realistic, and you even have various camera views of the game, bird view, isometric, from the field itself and so on. The AI might be troublesome, since it doesn't put up much of a fight, so some would consider the game too easy.The graphics are really good and the animations are also splendid. The music is very appropriate and the game is followed by very authentic sounds of the crowd cheering and the commentator narrating the game. All in all, a pretty decent football game, and for other football games, try Football Manager or FIFA Soccer.
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UEFA Euro 96 England (pc game)
4.56 out of 5 (36 votes)

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  • Main menu
  • Team presentation
  • UEFA Euro 96 England pc game
  • Free kick
  • Start the game
  • Goal kick
  • Germany team
  • Counterattack
  • Half time
  • Czech Rep team
  • The ball at center
  • Fixtures groups
  • Game introduction title screen - cover
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