Generally favorable reviews - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. FIFA multiplayer matches have always been great fun and this new instalment is, thankfully, no exception.
  2. The lack of an online tournament mode did not go unnoticed and it's something that needs to be addressed in next year's version - and considering how good this game is, you can be rest assured the series will continue.
  3. 2006 FIFA World Cup does a good job of re-creating the carnival atmosphere that surrounds the competition, and it plays a good, fast-paced game of soccer to boot.
  4. 84
    EA put together its most solid soccer gameplay experience yet and the deepest World Cup title of all time. Still, it's hard to argue that the gameplay, an obvious imitation of Winning Eleven, is better, but with star players and a nifty new shooting mechanism, it would be hard to argue it's worse.
  5. It's a good representation of the sport, but "Pro Evolution Soccer 5" is still the benchmark for all PC football games. [June 2006, p.93]
  6. Still awfully limited relative to the encyclopedic scope of regular FIFA games, 2006 FIFA World Cup features just enough content to sate footie fans who aren't getting enough of a World Cup fix from their tube. [Aug 2006, p.91]
  7. The perfect warm-up for a long, hot summer of football. [July 2006, p.72]
  8. While it's never going to match "Pro Evolution Soccer" on the pitch, the authenticity does genuinely make a difference. [July 2006, p.79]
  9. 79
    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.
  10. A fun football simulation for newcomers and the best FIFA of recent years. Even so, competitor "Pro Evolution" still has the virtual World Cup firmly in its grasp.
  11. 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.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 44 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 1 out of 8
  1. MichaelD.
    Oct 6, 2006
    Probably the best soccer game that I've every played.
  2. JakeG.
    Sep 4, 2006
    Good gameplay! A wide variety of countries to choose from. The graphics are medeocre which is why I gave it a 9.
  3. VictorB.
    Jul 6, 2006
    Very good sports game! Good graphics!