Metascore
62

Mixed or average reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 39
  2. Negative: 4 out of 39
  1. Strikes a great balance between simplicity and flexibility. [Dec 2005, p.165]
  2. There are certainly worst ways to spend your money, but then again, there are much better games on the Xbox 360 lineup right now.
  3. It brings the sport of soccer to life in vibrant detail and fairly solid controls, even though the lack of modes is a bit off-putting.
  4. The game comes with many buzzes and whistles even though some were left out, but what good are all the graphics and controls if the game falls flat on gameplay.
  5. Its lack of variety in the game mode department will turn off those gamers who love the FIFA Soccer series but at least it plays well enough to keep soccer fans busy until next year’s game.
  6. Not quite the next-generation game I was hoping for... But the World Cup mode is still very strong, and there is Xbox Live, which is always a good thing.
  7. This is not a bad game but it does feel like you are getting a lot less of the game for a higher retail price compared with the Xbox version.
  8. 75
    A very good start for EA with this franchise, as they tuned up the sim, tuned down the arcade, and created a nice cushion to bounce off for future titles.
  9. For those wanting a fully featured franchise experience (with club teams) and a better set of online options, waiting for "FIFA 2007" might be the way to go.
  10. There's little denying that the game lacks substance, however EA have at least ensured that what is here is representative of what the 360 should offer and thankfully not just an "enhanced port" of the current-gen FIFA 06.
  11. It’s a little disappointing that the feature set is so thin but it does depend on what you were planning to get out of it.
  12. 70
    The passing system seems to have regressed a bit and takes us back in time to the days where tapping the pass button in FIFA was like showing your complete faith in the forces of chance.
  13. Accept it for what it is - the best (and only) single-player and Xbox Live footy game you can buy for Xbox 360 until "FIFA 07" or "Pro Evo 6} shows up. [Official UK Xbox Magazine]
  14. 69
    While EA provides a decent, yet very shallow, base for its first next-generation soccer title, it's evident the team over at EA Canada could have done a lot more. As such, we will be eagerly awaiting "FIFA 07."
  15. Next time EA you need to give us your full game the first time around, don't make us buy Fifa 06' just to turn around and release Fifa 07' a few months later being a much more polished and complete game.
  16. Road to the World Cup can be fun, but it really doesn’t offer as much as the Xbox counterpart.
  17. Shows promise, but it’s unlikely to be heralded as "next gen" by soccer aficionados.
  18. Yet another EA Sports title that needlessly sacrifices most of its core gameplay for some shiny new graphics that really aren’t as good as they would have you think. The animation is better than ever but a lot is lost in the finer details and washed out colors.
  19. It's disappointing to get a same old game on a fresh new platform. [Holiday 2005, p.80]
  20. My biggest complaint about FIFA is its name. It simply isn’t a FIFA game, it should simply be called World Cup 06 or something that accurately describes it and distinguishes it from the game that EA wants you to believe it is when you’re buying it.
  21. The game plays fine I suppose, but there just could be a lot more put into it, and shoul definitely be passed up until Electronic Arts gets it together for next year.
  22. It gets the job done in terms of visuals and audio, you just cannot beat that grass hands down. But the gameplay and lackluster features will drag this game through the dirt and back, unless you are a hardcore Fifa fan pick this up at the local rental store just to see the grass and take out a few Frenchman just for kicks.
  23. It might come as a surprise, but I would actually have preferred a direct conversion of FIFA 06 to this.
  24. Inferior to its Xbox counterpart in just about every way imaginable, and is undoubtedly one of the most disappointing games available for Microsoft's new console at launch.
  25. A highly enjoyable, if a bit simplistic two-player experience. However, the single-player experience is ridiculously shallow, and consists of nothing more than playing game after game in sequence.
  26. 60
    Whether you're in the EA or Konami camp when it comes to soccer, you're probably better off waiting for "Winning Eleven" when it comes - less rushed - to the 360 later in 2006. [Jan 2006, p.48]
  27. Unless you’ve got an urgent need to launder $60, there’s not a single reason to go out and buy FIFA 06 for the Xbox 360. Go out and by the far superior (and cheaper) FIFA 06 for the PS2 or Xbox – both versions are excellent.
  28. For a game that shows great promise on the field, all the extras really bring the game down. It is hard to recommend FIFA Soccer 2006 for anyone looking for a single player experience, as with the lack of options, they will likely grow tired of it quickly.
  29. If you're a soccer nut FIFA 06 is your only fix for the Xbox 360, but it'll probably disappoint you with a complete lack of "standard" features.
  30. You'll need to go back one generation of Xbox to find video gaming's fines football title ["Pro Evo Soccer 6"]. [Issue #3]
  31. Looks good and plays decent, but lacks the next-generation punch one would expect it to have.
  32. It's just a shame so much of the extras that made the previous FIFA games great were sacrificed.
  33. 50
    The graphics are amazing, the gameplay isn't perfect, but decent, and the loading mini-game is very promising for what developers can do in the future with this new hardware. Unfortunately, the frame rate is atrociously choppy during replays, and the online is possibly the worst I've ever experienced with any online game that actually connected me with an opponent instead of just not connecting.
  34. FIFA 06: Road to FIFA World Cup lets the goalie out of the box by telling us the name of the game's only mode right there in the title. What it fails to mention is that there's nothing else here for FIFA, Winning Eleven, or soccer fans in general.
  35. Not only did EA fail to put in any significant new features; not only did they serve up a plate of castrated game features; not only has the core gameplay taken several measurable steps backwards for the genre, but the graphics, conceivably the most basic measure of the game’s prospective success, are not only unimpressive, but buggy, distorted, and ugly. Color me shocked.
  36. 40
    If you still own an Xbox or PlayStation 2, there's absolutely no reason to purchase this game. Especially since it'll cost you $10 more and offers about 25 percent of the content.
  37. 20
    Let it be made perfectly clear, FIFA 06: Road to the World Cup is the Xbox 360’s turkey.
  38. To describe what EA has produced here as dreadful would be to do a terrible disservice to things that merely inspire dread.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 32 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 13
  2. Negative: 5 out of 13
  1. ChrisL.
    Jul 6, 2006
    10
    Love it! Pace-that's the new trend.
  2. Jan 6, 2014
    2
    Muito ruim Full Review »
  3. ChrisB.
    Jul 16, 2006
    4
    I could waist more than an hour criticizing this game, instead my only commen will be what was EA thinking when they released this game? and also nice rip off by making us believe fifa 06 for 360 was the same for xbox. Full Review »