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FIFA Soccer 06

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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.


FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 The team selection and team formation screen. The team formation can be changed in-game as well
FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 There are five tutorials, Pace Control, Dummying the Ball, First Touch, Skill Stick Moves and Tactics. Each shows a short animation but has no opportunity for the gamer to practice the moves
FIFA Soccer 06 Windows Ivan Campo and Hidetoshi Nakata [ Cutscene ]
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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3DAvenue PlayStation 2 Oct 22, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Game Over Online Xbox Nov 21, 2005 90 out of 100 90
GameZone PlayStation 2 Oct 17, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
Gamesmania.de Windows Sep 16, 2005 83 out of 100 83
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Oct, 2005 80 out of 100 80
Game Informer Magazine PSP Nov, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Totally Gaming Network Xbox 360 Jan 17, 2006 7 out of 10 70
Eurogamer.net (UK) PlayStation 2 Sep 30, 2005 7 out of 10 70
DreamStation.cc Xbox 360 Mar 03, 2006 6 out of 10 60
Deaf Gamers Xbox 360 2006 4.8 out of 10 48


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Multiplayer servers shutdown

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


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