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Evolution of Soccer Video Games From 1980-2010: Video

atari video game system Evolution of Soccer Video Games From 1980 2010: VideoIt’s incredible to consider how soccer video games have evolved from the early 1980s to the latest versions of FIFA and Pro Evolution Soccer. The realism of today’s games blows everything away from the past, but it’s important to consider where we came from to better appreciate today. Even if the graphics of old games weren’t as pristine as today, the playability in many ways was easier and more fun.

Take a journey with us back in time from 1980 to 2010 to view highlights of the soccer video games that we spent hours playing:

Intellivision Commercial featuring the ‘Incredible Realism’ of Intellivision Soccer (1980)

Atari Soccer (1980)

Championship Soccer for the Atari 2600 (1980)

Atari 2600 RealSports Soccer (1983)

NES Soccer (1985)

Nintendo World Cup (1990)

Sensible Soccer – Amiga (1992)

FIFA International Soccer (1994)

Winning Eleven 1 (1995)

International Superstar Soccer ’98 – Nintendo 64 (1998)

PES 5 / Winning Eleven 9 – PS2 (2005)

2010 FIFA World Cup – PS3/Xbox360 (2010)

FIFA 2011 HD gameplay (2010)

Special tip of the hat to The Best Eleven for the initial idea and several of the videos.

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Founder and publisher of World Soccer Talk, Christopher Harris is the managing editor of the site. He has been interviewed by The New York Times, The Guardian and several other publications. Plus he has made appearances on NPR, BBC World, CBC, BBC Five Live, talkSPORT and beIN SPORT. Harris, who has lived in Florida since 1984, has supported Swansea City since 1979. He's also an expert on soccer in South Florida, and got engaged during half-time of a MLS game. Harris launched EPL Talk in 2005, which was rebranded as World Soccer Talk in 2013.
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6 Responses to Evolution of Soccer Video Games From 1980-2010: Video

  1. Q says:

    Nintendo World Cup 1990 FTW!

  2. Fernando says:

    FIFA 94 still looks good. Classic Sega.

  3. Yespage says:

    I liked World Cup Soccer for the PC. Clear the ball out to the side, run up to about 1/2 into the offensive side, shoot the ball… score. I don’t think I ever scored a goal from close up… and that tactic got me the World Cup with soccer powers Egypt and North Korea… and of course the US.

    I seem to remember Fifa 98 or 99 having a crowd cheering what sounded like “Platypus”.

  4. Chris says:

    Sensible soccer was amazing, but you’ve forgotten it’s rival Kick Off 2 The Final Whistle. The goalkeepers were so good in Kick Off 2 that it was almost impossible to score. You had to win a penalty and hope that you could score it.

  5. Soccer Speed says:

    Wow! This brings back some memories! Thanks for the post.

  6. jarkt says:

    I think Fifa ’98 on the PC was my turning point, on when soccer on arcade got real interesting.

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