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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 The team selection and team formation screen. The team formation can be changed in-game as well
FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 Player creation. This allows lots of customisation, there are even separate settings for upper and lower lip, colour of the tape around the player's ring etc.
FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 After all the preamble, this is where the game starts
FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 Still part of the initial setup process. This screen allows the gamer to choose different styles of game play

Alternate Titles

  • "FIFA 06:世界杯之路" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "FIFA 06" -- European title

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Critic Reviews

1UP Oct 11, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GameSpot Oct 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GameCola.net Jun 01, 2006 8.3 out of 10 83
Gamesmania.de Sep 16, 2005 83 out of 100 83
GameSpy Oct 18, 2005 4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars4 Stars 80
Fragland.net Nov 17, 2005 80 out of 100 80
DreamStation.cc Dec 12, 2005 7.5 out of 10 75
Eurogamer.net (UK) Sep 30, 2005 7 out of 10 70
Digital Entertainment News (den) Oct 25, 2005 6.9 out of 10 69
Gameplanet Nov 04, 2005 3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars3 Stars 60

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Trivia

Multiplayer servers shutdown

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

Awards

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

Bazajt (1884) added FIFA Soccer 06 (PlayStation 2) on Sep 30, 2005
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