Fifa '06 (Fifa 2006)
EA Sports most hallowed soccer game returns
and improves an already perfect franchise with more responsive controls
with the latest soccer statistics from 2005 that include over 21 leagues
and 10,000 world class and real-life players. Probably one of the
biggest competitors for EA in the sports gaming world is Pro Evo that
although not as graphically impressive as Fifa 2005 had one of the best
gameplay engines of all soccer titles. EA have listened to the fans and
now offer gamers a choice of different control schemes (one based as Pro
Evo) to ensure that Fifa 2006 still remains the most definitive soccer
The control system of Fifa '06 has been vastly improved since we
reviewed the previous title in 2004 and the game now supports a wide
gamut of new gameplay features that almost makes this title the most
realistic soccer simulation out there. It should also be noted that
although this new control system is easy to master, some aspects of
these new controls are a lot more forgiving then previous instalments
and when you pull off those one touch shots off for the first time, it
may seem like a miracle but as you continue to play, you'll soon find
out that the game is sometimes rather forgiving. However, the analogue
stick now allows you to perform a variety of soccer tricks without
memorising difficult or ridiculous combinations. A great move by EA!
The presentation of EA Sports is like a Hollywood blockbuster and as
soon as you put the disc in, you know that you are in for a treat. The
developers have also added little touches in the game such as players
are now limited by their weight, which prevents heavier players from
running past lighter players. The artificial intelligence of the players
have also been upgraded that now play with almost human precision. The
upgraded Manager mode now lets you control club budgets, manage coaching
staff, choose formations and tactics and participate in a revised
transfer market system for those hardcore sport manager fans.
Graphically Fifa '06 is a pure masterpiece that once again showcases the
XBox gaming console and features superbly designed gaming environments
from realistic stadiums to perfectly animated players that move with
grace and realism. Match that with realistic texture details from the
clothes that players wear or the realistic grass blades and add a blend
of realistic lighting and once again EA have proven themselves in the
As with the graphics, the audio commentary of Fifa '06 flawlessly blends
with the gameplay and nothing sounds too forced or contrived. Apart from
the kick @#%! soundtrack of Fifa '06, another staple feature of EA
Sports, the game also contains all the screams, sounds and everything
else you would hear at a world soccer match. With that said, it should
also be noted that the crowd are not a monotonous mob but they actually
change their shouts and jeer as the match progresses.
In conclusion, Fifa '06 is a great soccer game that features a 15 season
Manager Mode, a FIFA Lounge, a Tournament Mode, Tournament Creation,
Xbox Live Play, and Team Management and also a plethora of other special
features that I'm sure all soccer fans will simply adore. With great
graphics, a highly improved gameplay engine and some of the best damn
gameplay of this side of an Italian soccer team, Fifa '06 is a must
Fifa 2006 Features:
As the Midfield General battle your rivals using physical play and
on-the-ball skill. All-new tackling, dribbling and shielding with the
ball give you complete control on the pitch.
ALL-NEW MANAGER MODE:
Determine the fate of your club in the 15 year career mode. Control club
budgets, manage coaching staff and decide on tactical formations or
search a new fully-functional transfer market for potential star players
of the future.
The definitive officially licensed soccer game, FIFA 06 contains over 21
leagues, 10,000 world class players and the latest 05/06 statistics.
Experience all-new multimedia videos that highlight the golden moments
and heritage of soccer history past and present.
ALL-NEW FIFA LOUNGE:
Play offline with up to 8-players in the FIFA LOUNGE match up system.
Setup competitions via Match Central then take on your friends to find
out who’s the ultimate champion. If you rank high enough you’ll be
granted special rewards you can use to gain the competitive edge in your
Shape FIFA 06 into your own personalized soccer world. With the all-new
Create-A-Player you can now design a star from scratch, customizing
everything from his passing ability to his appearance and body-type.
Then take it one step further and use My FIFA and Team Management to set
each aspect of the game to fit your individual playing style and
Play online against up to 2 other players or even enter the FIFA
Interactive World Cup to challenge soccer fans from all around the
world. Discover if you’ve got what it takes to be the best.