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The single player experience is good, and the multiplayer is great. Unfortunately for me, the Internet wasn’t kind in FIFA Germany as each game I played was choppy and affected the gameplay greatly. I was also frustrated with the sheer number of times in which I had to research for opponents, as they casually back out from the team select screen as soon as they see I chose Brazil (hey guys and gals... play me anyway... your rank is sure to go up!). Hopefully EA will find a fix for that problem, which plagues their sports titles greatly. Other than relatively few complaints, however, 2006 FIFA World up Germany is a solid title and worthy of a rental for most, and a buy for worldwide fans of soccer.
XBox Solution (XBS) (Jul 11, 2006)
Again, this is a great effort from EA. I would have liked more in the way of real ball physics and smarter AI goalies. It sets the bar and I hope that EA and others will set out to beat the mark with the next soccer game due out. It offers plenty and delivers a solid gaming experience. Just know that there are certain areas that still need tweaked. If you enjoy soccer and were waiting for a title loaded with teams and features, this is the best you’re going to find for this year. It showed changes and a new direction for the series and I liked that.
83 (May 07, 2006)
Mit dem FIFA zur WM 2006 ist EA ein durchaus gutes Spiel gelungen. Trotz der genannten Schwächen ist das neue FIFA aufgrund der gelungenen Präsentation und der akribischen Annäherung an den tatsächlichen WM Ablauf ein Muss für alle Fußballfans. Überrascht haben uns auch Details wie die interessanten Informationen zu allen teilnehmenden Nationen oder die Videos zu allen WM Stadien und Austragungsorte. Insgesamt sprechen wir diesem Spiel eine Kaufempfehlung aus. Danke an EA, dass die WM in unserem Lande schon jetzt auf dem heimischen Bildschirm beginnen kann!
Gamer Within (Aug 06, 2006)
The future for EA based Fifa games looks bright if anything can be judged from 2006 FIFA World Cup. The only thing that this bag of soccer goodness is missing is the corruption that riddles the wonderful game of soccer…and the ability to head butt an annoying defender.
TeamXbox (Apr 24, 2006)
Yes, 2006 FIFA World Cup is a full-price title, and yes it shares a good bit with last year’s Xbox 360 launch title, but there’s a lot of extra love coming from EA Canada. 2006 FIFA World Cup is a synergistic title that is virtually complete from stem to stern. There’s good gameplay, excellent modes, palpable pageantry, above average graphics and audio, and even sweet navigation screens.
GameZone (May 03, 2006)
The team management mode is a little light and there is no way to create a player to put into the action, but the look and feel of the game is very solid. This game captures the excitement of the sport and while there are few minor issues, it is still a lot of fun to play and offers a lot of challenge.
Cheat Code Central (May 05, 2006)
2006 FIFA World Cup will rival any video soccer game on the market. It's been inspired by Winning Eleven, which until now, was the game to beat. By incorporating some of the best of Winning Eleven's features, along with some classic EA elements, 2006 FIFA World Cup is a hybrid soccer game that definitely raises the bar for EA.
GameSpot (May 05, 2006)
A little over five weeks from now, the 2006 FIFA World Cup will kick off in Munich when the tournament's German hosts take on Costa Rica. Recent player injuries are already providing plenty of pre-tournament drama, but if you really want to get your experience under way a month ahead of time, you can claim the FIFA World Cup Trophy for your country in EA Sports' 2006 FIFA World Cup. EA Canada's latest football offering does a good job of re-creating the carnival atmosphere that surrounds every World Cup competition, and although the Xbox 360 game still lacks some of the best features from its PlayStation 2 and Xbox counterparts, it's a much easier game to recommend than last year's FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup.
TalkXbox (May 14, 2006)
2006 FIFA World Cup is a much improved soccer title compared to its predecessor on the Xbox 360, Road to FIFA World Cup. The slight gameplay tweaks and changes help make the game more enjoyable to play. The title’s strongest aspect is the way it captures the World Cup event. Like most other World Cup titles, there isn’t a whole lot of replay value here, but the time you spend playing this title will be enjoyable. Soccer fans will at least have to give this one a rental.
Game Chronicles (May 28, 2006)
I find it interesting that this game concept would only work for something as trendy as soccer. If you tried to release an NFL game that had nothing but the playoffs and the Super Bowl you would have a lot of dusty games on the store shelf, but for some reason, soccer has an almost magical grip on its fans, and the World Cup is nearly as iconic as the Olympics for many.
games xtreme (Jun 05, 2006)
This incarnation of the game is a little filler for the next FIFA to come along. They’ll get it right in 2007 hopefully or whenever the next slice of football action comes around. The single player is good and solid, but ultimately it’s a title with a short lifespan unless you’re the kind of person that eats, sleeps, breathes and drinks football 24/7. The game is good for a multi-player football fest with your friends, but online you can forget it. There is more lag and more spatial anomalies than even Doctor Who could solve that combine to bring the online matches to a grinding halt. When it works (which at the moment is rare) then it’s good, but really it should work 9/10 times not 2/10. So that is it, it’s a decent enough game, does what it says on the tin but unless you’re absolutely wanting to get those Gamerscore points or live the World Cup I’d wait for something else to wander along.
TTGamer (May 15, 2006)
Of course there are a few problems with the game such as the fact it’s limited to country teams only (but to be honest and fair, that really was to be expected) and of course once the World Cup is over, chances are you won't want to touch it anymore. However this is the best World Cup licensed game ever produced and EA has made a huge effort to give us a slight glimpse at what FIFA 2007 will look like on the next generation consoles. Konami and EA are continuing to fight for our football gaming dollar and the big winner is the gamer.
EL33TONLINE (Oct 17, 2006)
A superb release with 127 national teams to choose from, loads of atmosphere, fouls and grit to keep the hooligans firmly on their couches. An addictive and engaging soccer experience which can be enjoyed with all your best mates. Now if only there was a head butt feature…
FIFA World Cup 2006 makes some impressive strides over FIFA 06 for the Xbox 360. Changes in graphics and game play are evident, but EA still has plenty of room to improve all aspects of next year’s football game.
2006 FIFA World Cup is definitely the best World Cup game since World Cup 98. There's a lot to do here and you won't simply want to throw the game to one side when you've won the World Cup with your chosen nation. There are problems although none are anything major. It's a shame that frame rate dips occur on all three versions and I had hoped the Xbox 360 version would have been without any slowdown considering the console's capabilities. The rather apathetic AI problem can be cured by simply upping the difficult level. Still regardless of the version you choose there's no question that this is one polished football product that will please those looking to enrich their World Cup experience.
80 (Sep 11, 2006)
Although presentation should be revered, there are some major flaws that keep this game for being one of the better soccer games around. Luckily, there isn’t a better option for a FIFA game other than this Xbox 360 title, but that may instantly change when FIFA 07 is released for all consoles soon. For those who don’t mind the flashy visuals and presentations, it might be a better alternative to go with the PS2 or Xbox versions instead. We’ll see how FIFA 07 progresses soon, but it won’t be too hard for the ever-popular soccer franchise to top this. Still, 2006 FIFA World Cup is as solid as it comes for that retro-soccer fix.
3DAvenue (May 15, 2006)
Of course there are a few problems with the game such as the fact it’s limited to country teams only (but to be honest and fair, that really was to be expected) and of course once the World Cup is over, chances are you won't want to touch it anymore. However this is the best World Cup licensed game ever produced and EA has made a huge effort to give us a slight glimpse at what FIFA 2007 will look like on the next generation consoles. Konami and EA are continuing to fight for our football gaming dollar and the big winner is the gamer.
79 (May 22, 2006)
What FIFA World Cup 2006 provides is a well-rounded experience that is the official virtual compliment to the real world events commencing in the next couple of weeks. As a standalone football game without all the World Cup-related fluff and filling, EA have provided something which is actually good fun to play (both off and online), certainly not like their frustratingly average efforts over recent years. As is usually the case when these bi-annual occasions occur, if you've got FIFA Soccer 2006 then there's really no need to fork out the extra cash for this effort, best sticking with what you've got or holding out for the upcoming release of the Daddy of soccer simulations, Konami's Pro Evolution, that, despite being overshadowed by all of FIFA's official branding, is still superior in terms of play.
GamesFire (May 08, 2006)
EA hat es wieder einmal geschafft und mit FIFA Fußball-Weltmeisterschaft 2006 ein schönes Fußballspiel in die Läden gebracht. Doch Schönheit alleine reicht nicht, denn für spannende und langanhaltende Partien muss auch eine anständige KI her. Für WM-Fanatiker und FIFA-Fans ein Muss, für alle anderen bleibt nur Pro Evolution Soccer als Alternative.
If you've got World Cup fever then this game delivers the excitement of it in spades. If you're solely looking at it though for the online tournaments, or Xbox Live play against friends perhaps give it a rent first to see how you feel about it after a few hours of game time. All this game needed was just a bit more graphical tweaking and better online options and it would have been a classic.
72 (May 05, 2006)
Das offizielle Spiel zur WM punktet in erster Linie mit einer grandiosen Präsentation, dank offizieller Lizenz akkuraten Stadien sowie Original-Spielernamen. Doch so gut die allgemeine Präsentation auch ist, vermisst man eine emotionale Steigerung der Atmosphäre. Ein Quali-Spiel oder auch die Vorrunden-Begegnungen zeigen sich genauso stark bzw. schwach wie das Finale. Hier wäre mehr drin gewesen. Und spielerisch? Trotz propagierter Änderungen fühlt sich die WM-Edition 2006 (mit Ausnahme der deutlich verbesserten 360-Variante) nicht wesentlich anders an als das normale FIFA 2006 – schwache KI, fehlendes Pressing und viele ähnliche Tore zeigen die Unterschiede zur Konkurrenz auf. Technisch stark, spielerisch nicht schlecht, aber wahrlich nicht berauschend hinterlässt die virtuelle WM angesichts des nicht ausgeschöpften Potenzials ein „Nicht-Fisch-Nicht-Fleisch“-Gefühl.
70 (UK) (Apr 28, 2006)
Luckily for EA, the crucial single-player element really does have a lot going for it, and for once it's possible to consider World Cup as more than simple by-the-numbers cash-in effort. It's still a high price to pay for what it is, but if you've avoided FIFA for a few years, this is undoubtedly the most solid release for some time - providing EA sorts out the online play.
Video Game Talk (Jun 13, 2006)
If you found yourself with a sour taste in your mouth after playing Road to the World Cup then you'll definitely want to tackle EA's "apology" release. Everything about FIFA 06: World Cup is better though I can't help but feel that instead of two separate releases we should have just received one solid package. That's roughly $120 you'd have spent on what should have been the same game. Not only that, the fact this version is $60 instead of $30 like the other console editions doesn't help matters either. Regardless, if you are a soccer hooligan looking for a game to sink your teeth into this is a semi-flawed but good package. I don't see it winning over a new audience but then the FIFA name speaks for itself.
70 (May 08, 2006)
2006 FIFA World Cup is a perfectly playable football title that happens to include a fair amount of content for a game based on a single tournament. Gameplay still lags behind the mighty Pro Evolution Soccer in a few areas, but the 'first touch' and 'off the ball' systems continue to impress. Presentation is great as expected, making this the perfect title to celebrate the World Cup with, even if it's not the perfect footy game. If the Xbox 360 is your only gaming system, then this is also the best game of football you're going to get for a few months, but you'll have to decide if you want better visuals or the slightly superior playing current-gen version.
There's no doubt that fans of the series will be happy with what they get in 2006 FIFA World Cup. It looks great, it's easy to play and there are plenty of game modes to get through. But the loose and clumsy gameplay still has some way to go before it can match the ongoing king of football games, Pro Evo. And - readers please take note - it's not worth getting if you have the massively similar FIFA 06. Still, it's the best of a limited choice, so if you fancy a kick-about on your next-gen powerhouse, this is the one to go for.
Club Skill (May 02, 2006)
So, no, 2006 FIFA World Cup isn’t going to score lower than a five. Frankly, it’s one of the best FIFA titles in years and really encaptures the spirit of the World Cup. Yes, it has its problems, especially online, but single player offers a solid footballing experience which is very enjoyable. If you’ve steered clear of the last few instalments, then I highly suggest you invest in this, because you’ll be pleased with the results. It’s far from perfect, but this is a frivolous footballing game. Now, England, win the World Cup for me.
Gaming Age (2006)
Even though the game is vastly improved, the price tag of 60 dollars will make owners of the first FIFA 2006 wonder if buying this upgrade is worth the price. To you I can only say, it is a better game all around and if you can get a great trade in deal for FIFA 06, then go for it. For anyone looking for a great soccer title for their 360 who has not yet purchased FIFA 2006, it is a no brainer to shoot for World Cup. Finally, if you are part of the lot who played the demo or the full version and wasn't impressed the first go round, I don't think there is much here that will change your mind, even with all the improvements.
FOK!games (May 09, 2006)
Al met al laat de game dus redelijk wat liggen. De besturing is op zich prima, maar door de vele irritaties en bugs ga je je er toch aan ergeren. Daarnaast is de game erg beperkt waardoor je er niet al te lang mee zoet zult zijn. Grafisch doet de game niet meer dan wat hij moet doen; de spelers en ook de coaches zien er goed uit, maar het publiek is één hossende massa van exacte klonen. De game is met vrienden wel leuk om te doen, maar daar kun je elke willekeurige FIFA wel voor kopen. De punten die je verdient waarmee je extra's kunt kopen maken de game er ook niet veel uitdagender op en ook de scenario's zijn niet meer dan een kleine extra. Dit maakt dan ook dat de game eigenlijk alleen leuk is voor mensen die per se het WK willen naspelen. Leuk voor de sfeer, maar meer ook niet.
GameSpy (May 04, 2006)
In conclusion, 2006 FIFA World Cup is a fun experience for single player or on-the-couch trash talking. While it's not the deepest game, it's got enough in the way of modes, including the fairly tough Global Challenge Mode, to keep players going until the next FIFA installment next fall. Also, it's not terrible for armchair multiplayer, and the now-muted visuals and excellent presentation lend themselves to the package. However, there is no way that this game can be recommended for Xbox Live. With stuttering performance, freezing screens, and five out of six attempted games dropping, it's an intolerably bad package. Players looking for a solid online game would be better suited picking up either the current-gen versions of this title and sacrificing graphics and better controls or going for the now-backwards compatible Winning Eleven 9.
Factornews (May 31, 2006)
Coupe du Monde de la FIFA 2006 est un FIFA tout ce qu’il y a de plus classique, avec sa jouabilité qui partage les joueurs, son visuel agréable et la licence officielle qui va bien. Question cœur du jeu, on ne peut qu’être déçu par le manque flagrant de nouveautés. On se prend une nouvelle fois à rêver d’un rapprochement des deux séries phares du foot sur console : le gameplay et les options tactiques de PES avec les modes de jeu et l’enrobage made in FIFA. On peut toujours courir...
Lawrence (Apr 28, 2006)
At first glance, FIFA will suck you in with all the bells and whistles of excitement. But the more you play it, the more it feels the same. This isn't a swan song by any means and if you didn't pick up FIFA 2006 during the regular season, this might be worth checking out, especially due to the extra Global Challenge mode that allows you to replay certain historical matches. But don't expect the attempt to emulate the Winning Eleven series to knock your socks off.
1UP (May 02, 2006)
All of the things EA did right with FIFA World Cup 2006 are overshadowed by the simple truth that what should be the most fun part of the game -- having exciting scoring chances -- is completely negated by shoddy game performance near the nets.
FZ (May 02, 2006)
Fyra år har passerat sedan Brasilien fick lyfta VM-pokalen på Yokohama-stadion i Japan, men nu är fotbolls-VM bara någon månad bort. Sjävklart kan inte en aktör som EA Sports låta ett sådant tillfälle gå dem förbi och de släpper i dagarna det officiella VM-spelet till alla tänkbara format. Efter att ha testat Xbox360-versionen går det emellertid bara att hoppas på att den verkliga turneringen blir betydligt bättre och roligare än den virtuella.
RewiredMind (May 06, 2006)
Sometimes, I really do wonder what goes on in people’s heads. 2006 FIFA World Cup came out just over a week before this review was written, and I purposefully held back from submitting my review, just to see if I could have a look at some of the reviews from the larger sites and to see if I was going completely crazy. It seems that I must be mad, since everyone else is running reviews praising EA for making an above-average game. In my eyes, this is a new low for the FIFA series.
The Video Game Critic (Aug 14, 2007)
The default camera angle is extremely wide, giving you a good view but making the goals and players look incredibly small. The stadiums are fairly massive, and the blizzard of balloons and confetti coming from the stands looks great (I feel bad for the digitized groundskeepers who have to clean up all that stuff!). World Cup's commentary is exceptionally good, and I love it when they describe the ball as being "dispossessed". But there's really not much to like about World Cup. Whether you're a casual fan or a soccer maniac, I doubt you'll derive much enjoyment from this dull, dry soccer title.