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FIFA Soccer 06

MobyRank MobyScore
Xbox
81
...
PlayStation 2
79
2.4
Xbox 360
62
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Description

Featuring a brand new engine (replacing the one used in five titles since FIFA 2003), FIFA 06 features new controls and gameplay, the most visible being more animations and better detailed ball and player physics and animation, the removal of the unpopular Off the Ball controls implemented in their 2004 version and remaking the free-kick interface so it's no longer obvious if the player decided for a shot on goal or a pass to a forward. Also new is the concept of "Team Chemistry" which affects how well a team plays collectively.

Featuring 26 leagues from 19 countries, 29 real stadiums and over 10'000 players with data for the 2005-06 seasons, as well as international teams, the game kept the "Create a player" feature as well as the many managing options untouched from previous versions. Career mode, the 15-year long climb to the top of the game, features new options such as sponsorships (which will only accept good results), player contracts and more weight on the player morale: a demoralized player (usually from not playing or possible influence from random events) is more likely to under-perform as well as pressuring the "Team Chemistry" values downwards and might refuse attempts to renew his contract, leaving on a free transfer.

While there are still many unlockables in the game (mostly third kits), the way to earn points changed. Instead of gaining points from completing tasks (from entering the EA Trax or creating a player to winning the Champions League or completing a career), the player has over 100 scenarios to way in five difficulty levels.

Screenshots

FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 It should be obvious but a network account is needed for network play
FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 The official logos of all the leagues available in the game
FIFA Soccer 06 Windows Ready to take Kick Off
FIFA Soccer 06 Windows Screen from the intro

Alternate Titles

  • "FIFA 06:世界杯之路" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup" -- Xbox 360 title
  • "FIFA 06: En Route Pour La Coupe Du Monde " -- French title
  • "FIFA 06" -- European title

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The Press Says

PC Games (Germany) Windows Sep 27, 2005 84 out of 100 84
PSX Extreme PSP Jan 26, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Futuregamez.net PlayStation 2 Oct 08, 2005 80 out of 100 80
Fragland.net PlayStation 2 Nov 17, 2005 80 out of 100 80
Boomtown Xbox Oct 17, 2005 8 out of 10 80
4Players.de Xbox Sep 26, 2005 76 out of 100 76
Next Level Gaming Xbox Oct 08, 2005 71 out of 100 71
Totally Gaming Network Xbox 360 Jan 17, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Gaming Age Xbox 360 2005 C+ 58
X-Power Xbox 360 Dec 24, 2005 3 out of 10 30

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Trivia

Multiplayer servers shutdown

On 1st September 2007, EA closed their servers for multiplayer games, for the Xbox, Xbox 360, Windows, PS2 and PSP versions.

Awards

  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 04/2006 - #2 Sports/Racing Game in 2005 (Readers' Vote)

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