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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 Windows The dynamic camera view is the best choice to play the game
FIFA Soccer 06 Windows Tournament/Championship Screen
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

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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

Game Over Online Xbox Nov 21, 2005 90 out of 100 90
IGN PlayStation 2 Sep 30, 2005 8.7 out of 10 87
Jeuxvideo.com PlayStation 2 Sep 29, 2005 16 out of 20 80
GamePro (Australia) Windows Dec 22, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxpo.com GameCube 2005 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Xbox Sep 29, 2005 16 out of 20 80
Boomtown Xbox Oct 17, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Digital Entertainment News (den) PlayStation 2 Oct 25, 2005 6.9 out of 10 69
Game Revolution PlayStation 2 Oct 27, 2005 B- 67
UGO (UnderGroundOnline) Xbox 2005 B- 67

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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)

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