Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. A delightful experience. The game truly captures the atmosphere of soccer.
  2. The game's secret weapon this year, though, is the ball-juggling minigame... I killed more hours trying to keep David Beckham's balls off the ground than I can reasonably justify. [Nov 2005, p.123]
  3. Evidently, EA Sports has been hard at work these past six months, because FIFA 06 not only addresses the aforementioned problems, but also adds online play and an entertaining ball-juggling minigame to the mix.
  4. A true upgrade over the previous version, and as I mentioned before, is the best handheld soccer game ever created.
  5. With the camera pulled back so far, the ball can get pretty tiny. Other than that, it's all solid, and a big improvement on last season. [Nov 2005, p.98]
  6. 80
    Ultimately, FIFA is a fine game that vastly improves on the past PSP outings, but still isn't up to [Winning Eleven's] par.
  7. FIFA 06 is a very good game, but since it follows its predecessor by a little over six months it’s not a huge leap forward.
  8. 80
    Throw in a slightly Euro-trash sound track (with excellent play-by-play commentary) and a consistent and fluid control scheme and FIFA 06 is a great way for soccer fans to hook up for some foot-to-foot action via the online infrastructure mode or some solo season play.
  9. It's fun to play, even if the managerial options of our season are missing. [Nov 2005, p.182]
  10. The animations ... are much smoother than the choppy ones in the initial PSP soccer offering, and the loading times have been cut dramatically.
  11. 74
    It's smoother, feels better and doesn't feel so much like a PS2 game squeezed into a PSP's body.
  12. Meanwhile, the other kids, with their super accurate Casio watches and Dunlop trainers, will take one look at the Wayne Rooney adorned menus and go straight back to "Pro Evolution Soccer 5," smiling quietly, knowing that they, yet again, have the better game.
  13. 65
    Anyone who is an arcade soccer fan would be best advised to pickup "World Tour Soccer," and if you're a simulation fan then it is highly advisable that you wait for "Pro Evolution Soccer 5" to come to the PSP.
  14. 62
    Normally, FIFA 06 wouldn't be such a bad game, but I feel that it basically just feels like a launch title.
  15. FIFA's class is not in doubt, but for a series already in a clear state of transition, the move to a new platform is a bridge too far. [Christmas 2005, p.117]
  16. Initially it appears that EA have been happy to just release last year’s version albeit with an unneeded visual lick of plaint and this season’s player/team data; further play however reveals that the game actually takes a step backwards in many areas.

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