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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.

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FIFA Soccer 06 PlayStation 2 It should be obvious but a network account is needed for network 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 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 Still part of the initial setup process. This screen allows the gamer to choose different styles of game play

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Alternate Titles

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

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Critic Reviews

GameSpot Oct 12, 2005 9 out of 10 90
GameZone Oct 17, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
Gamesmania.de Sep 16, 2005 83 out of 100 83
GameCola.net Jun 01, 2006 8.3 out of 10 83
Futuregamez.net Oct 08, 2005 80 out of 100 80
GamePro (Australia) Dec 22, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Sep 29, 2005 16 out of 20 80
Next Level Gaming Oct 08, 2005 71 out of 100 71
Eurogamer.net (UK) Sep 30, 2005 7 out of 10 70
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 (1883) added FIFA Soccer 06 (PlayStation 2) on Sep 30, 2005
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