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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.

Screenshots

FIFA Soccer 06 Windows During a corner
FIFA Soccer 06 Windows Opening Screen
FIFA Soccer 06 Windows Ready to take Kick Off
FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 When the game starts there's the usual message about memory cards and that is followed by this screen which shows when the database was up to date

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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Critic Reviews

Game Over Online Xbox Nov 21, 2005 90 out of 100 90
PC Games (Germany) Windows Sep 27, 2005 84 out of 100 84
Softpedia PSP Nov 23, 2006 8 out of 10 80
Game Informer Magazine PlayStation 2 Oct, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Extreme Gamer Xbox Nov 24, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Next Level Gaming Xbox 360 Nov 27, 2005 75 out of 100 75
Kombo.com Xbox 360 Nov 21, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
DreamStation.cc Xbox 360 Mar 03, 2006 6 out of 10 60
PlayLipse.fr PSP Dec 08, 2005 12 out of 20 60
Armchair Empire, The Xbox 360 Jan 17, 2006 5.6 out of 10 56

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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

  • 4Players
    • 2005 – Biggest Disappointment of the Year
  • PC Powerplay (Germany)
    • Issue 04/2006 - #2 Sports/Racing Game in 2005 (Readers' Vote)

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