Actua Soccer (a.k.a. VR Soccer ‘96) is a soccer game developed by Gremlin Interactive and published by Greenwood Entertainment Software in 1995 for DOS. This was one of the first soccer game to b...
Actua Soccer (a.k.a. VR Soccer ‘96) is a soccer game developed by Gremlin Interactive and published by Greenwood Entertainment Software in 1995 for DOS.
This was one of the first soccer game to be made with 3D graphics and the first of the Actua series. The game was made with the help of the Sheffield Wednesday football club whose players provided the motion capture for development.
Actua Soccer did not have licensing to be able to use actual player’s name or league stats. It still was able to give you the realism in player movement and even sports commentary by Barry Davies. The use of multiple camera angles also enhanced the overall experience. At the time it was developed in a rivalry with EA’s FIFA series and definitely gave them a run for their money. Actua Soccer is a little more difficult to play in that FIFA only had ‘pass’ and ‘shoot’ as options and Actua features 3 different moves a player can make to gain control of the ball and score. Actua will take some practice to get good, but it is a rewarding experience when you can make nice goals.
Actua Soccer did well in its own right, even with stiff competition. Though beaten out as the first 3D soccer game on the market, as other games had 3D fields with 2D sprites. Actua was still the first to offer true 3D gameplay in the use of polygonal players as well.
Review by: Tasha
Published: 11 March 2017, 4:55 pm