Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Though always attempting to up the ante on their long time rival, this year’s FIFA actually seems more of a step back when compared to the 2005 iteration.
  2. FIFA 06 is a great game for both soccer novices and enthusiastic players alike, and is a worthy investment to a soccer fan’s entertainment library.
  3. FIFA 06 is particularly unusual in that it ditches some of the series' recent innovations in favor of tried-and-tested gameplay mechanics. However, it also adds plenty of new features that help make it the most realistic and accessible (and best) FIFA game to date.
  4. Better than all previous offerings, an awesome football experience, but still not quite on a par with "Pro Evolution Soccer."
  5. The fluid animations and in-depth gameplay will allow experienced and first time players to pick up the game and have fun.
  6. AI feels way too scripted to be fun.
  7. 72
    Now more than ever if you haven't already started to look at "Pro Evo" perhaps you should, it plays much better and feels like more a game of football than FIFA 06 ever will.
  8. Hardcore soccer fans who wanted even more realism from this series will enjoy playing around with the new controls but if you’re a player who thought "FIFA 2005" wasn’t a great game might as well rent this game or stay away from it cause you won’t be missing much.
  9. Oh EA what have you done; we we’re getting to enjoy FIFA once again and now this. We’re never ones to severely criticise an average game, however FIFA 06 beggars belief.
  10. Shielding, tackling and dribbling have been boosted for better on-pitch control, while business in the boardroom looms with a more comprehensive management game and careers judged over a 15-year span.
  11. On the occasions when the game flows it’s possible to produce some breathtaking football, but all too often the game slows to a crawl and it’s extremely difficult to produce anything like a constructive passing move. [Nov 2005, p.116]
  12. The franchise is improving, but gameplay niggles keep it from taking the title. [Nov 2005, p.92]
  13. FIFA 06 does deserve a purchase but it simply doesn’t offer up anywhere near enough improvements for owners of "FIFA 2005" to part with cash this year.
  14. FIFA 06 may not be perfect, but it is perfectly playable, and is probably the best we could have hoped for. Apart from EA buying Konami. [PC Zone]

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