Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 28
  2. Negative: 1 out of 28
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  1. The Xbox 360 is technically superior with no slowdown but it does lose out some features that the current-generation versions have.
  2. The World Cup format alone could have set 2006 FIFA World Cup apart from FIFA 06. Instead EA tweaked the gameplay and came away with yet another winner. Guiding any of 127 countries through qualification gives the game much needed depth.
  3. GamePro
    In all, 2006 FIFA World Cup is a no-brainer buy for soccer fans and is at least worth a rental for everyone else. [Jun 2006, p.82]
  4. The whole game plays faster than FIFA 2006, as here EA has managed to set the perfect pace for soccer.
  5. Game Informer
    This newer game is by far the more impressive choice, with fully fleshed out features, excellent animation, solid soccer gameplay, and an exciting presentation, replete with another batch of great music from around the world. [Jun 2006, p.112]
  6. If you have FIFA from last year, and you're not worried about having the official World Cup Germany licensing and such, or the new Global Challenge mode, then there's isn't that big a reason to upgrade as the gameplay is pretty similar.
  7. 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.
  8. Games Master UK
    More than just a top game - this is an event, and a blinding return to form for flailing FIFA. [June 2006, p.54]
  9. 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.
  10. The classic moment section, which features 125 well-known situations, is one of several nice touches in this game.
  11. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Even though FIFA 06 came out just six months ago, for fans of the beautiful game, 2006 FIFA World Cup is a must-have. [Jun 2006, p.97
  12. PSM2 Magazine UK
    The best FIFA we've played and well worth a rental to fill the gaps between matches come June. It still hasn't stepped out of "Pro Evo's" shadow, though. [June 2006, p.48]
  13. Official Playstation 2 Magazine UK
    If FIFA carries on like this on PS3, it really will start to bother "Pro Evo." [June 2006, p.84]
  14. This is a good game with a lot of challenges and more of FIFA’s acclaimed gameplay. However, innovation and graphical achievements were not included in this "upgrade."
  15. Pelit (Finland)
    Feels more and more like "Pro Evolution Soccer." That is not entirely a good thing. [May 2006]
  16. 80
    If you're looking for a full dose of FIFA action, replete with glorious presentation, exciting gameplay, and plenty of online challenge, 2006 FIFA World Cup should be at the top of your playlist.
  17. 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.
  18. 2006 FIFA World Cup is more robust than the typical World Cup videogame, but even then, its feature set is far below that of FIFA 06.
  19. 2006 FIFA World Cup does a good job of re-creating the carnival atmosphere that surrounds the competition, but it suffers from frequent and obnoxious slowdown.
  20. Priced to sell, World Cup supplies just enough vicarious excitement to bridge the gap between now and early June.
  21. Surely everybody knows the score by now: EA ever so slightly update FIFA. It gets new stats, new players, new kits and slightly better graphics whilst remaining pretty much the same game it always has been.
  22. 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.
  23. AceGamez
    FIFA multiplayer matches have always been great fun and this new instalment is, thankfully, no exception.
  24. The biggest disappointment is the sheer lack of innovation in the game engine and graphics. Yes, the shooting mechanic is a little different, but for the most part the gameplay is the same as the last few FIFA games.
  25. 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.
  26. It's like video gaming's very own Rio Ferdinand: it looks the part, but aside from one or two promising moments, the way it plays is totally unremarkable.
  27. 50
    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.
  28. Play UK
    The problem is the stupidity of your defence - the number on their shirts apparently representing their IQ. [Issue 141, p.102]

Awards & Rankings

#88 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2006
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 33 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jul 20, 2014
    Awesome game play,Nice graphics,excellent player animation and incredible cinematic cut-scenes what else do you want?If you want the feelingAwesome game play,Nice graphics,excellent player animation and incredible cinematic cut-scenes what else do you want?If you want the feeling of world-cup play this game...... Full Review »
  2. OmerA.
    Jun 11, 2006
    this is one of the best soccer games i played. Keep on making these kind of games there are awsome to play and also fun to play.
  3. KeeganH.
    May 23, 2006
    This game is awesome, just like all other soccer games, as long as they keep making them i will keep buying them!