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FIFA Soccer 06 (PlayStation 2)

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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 PlayStation 2 Team  selection. First use left/right to select the league then swap to the team and use left/right to select the team.
FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 Still part of the initial setup process. This screen allows the gamer to choose different styles of game play
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
FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 Unlike other games which start with a snazzy animated introduction, this game starts with a live action montage

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

3DAvenue Oct 22, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
GameSpot Oct 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GameCola.net Jun 01, 2006 8.3 out of 10 83
GameSpy Oct 18, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 29, 2005 16 out of 20 80
Video Game Talk Nov 30, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Futuregamez.net Oct 08, 2005 80 out of 100 80
4Players.de Sep 26, 2005 76 out of 100 76
Next Level Gaming Oct 08, 2005 71 out of 100 71
Eurogamer.net (UK) Sep 30, 2005 7 out of 10 70

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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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Bazajt (1888) added FIFA Soccer 06 (PlayStation 2) on Sep 30, 2005
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