Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 39 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 39
  2. Negative: 0 out of 39
  1. The best "FIFA" game to date. The ball's movement seems to be much more realistic. The passes seem more crisp, yet, realistically, the ball doesn't always go where you want it to go.
  2. Soccer fans rejoice! FIFA 06 is, by far, the best soccer game EA Sports has ever produced for the Xbox.
  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. 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.
  5. A true upgrade to the previous years, and as I mentioned before, is possibly the best version of the series since its inception.
  6. The gameplay is extremely solid, the managerial mode is surprisingly deep and the additional features make FIFA 06 a great sports addition for fans of the sport.
  7. 90
    It's certainly very enjoyable, it's incredibly slick, and packed with features, but it still loses out a little to Konami's game on that difficult-to-quantify quality; feel.
  8. 90
    The PS2 version isn't as pretty, but it controls better, while the Xbox version is substantially more beautiful to look at. Either way, though, it's a solid game.
  9. If you just want to play soccer with a bunch of no names, it's "Winning Eleven" all the way. But if you have even an inkling of playing with any of the pro world's best or any official squads, then you can't really go wrong with FIFA 06 Soccer.
  10. It's the solid gameplay and the balanced addition of a revamped game engine and player controls that makes this one a treat to play for fans of soccer.
  11. 87
    A decent improvement over the 2005 edition and it's instantly apparent to anybody familiar with the series. The visuals and physics will the first to grab you and the manager mode will keep you fumbling around menus for hours.
User Score
7.4

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. Bonanza
    Jul 9, 2006
    4
    I've played both WE9 and Fifa, and I can EASILY say that winning eleven is much more realistic. Its gameplay is much better. I've been playing both for about a year, and I can quickly spot where Fifa's weaknesses lie. First, Fifa has the same goal animations. Forget hitting the top of the cross bar. This really inhibits gameplay; you feel as if you're playing the same game and seeing the same goals over and over. Second, the goalie is ridiculously easy to head over, but ridiculously hard to actually kick the ball past. After playing hundreds and hundreds of games, I finally learned how to beat opponents 9-1 regularly. The key to scoring is to cross the ball, and then to head it past the goalie. 80% of headers will be goals. On the other hand, even if you have a spectacular run, forget ever kicking the ball past the goalie (the goalie reacts a couple of milliseconds later). Only once in a blue moon does this happen (it happens if you're on a breakaway against the goalie but other than that not really). Winning eleven has Fifa beat in this; goals feel unique and the goalie is actually realistic in blocking goals that he realistically could get. Another issue is how awkward and stiff everything is. Teams stick to formation perfectly, leaving you with the same opportunities over and over. Players can only move in 8 directions, making movement awkward. There are no fouls, and gameplay is WAY too quick. Finally, to defend all you have to do is hold down A. The players will defend for you, and more often than not he'll come away with the ball. Ultimately, the goal scoring issues keep this game from even coming close to WE. You feel as if you're playing the same game. It is faster, so it'll appeal to kids with no patience. However, if you want a real soccer game, look no further than WE Full Review »
  2. JackS.
    Nov 1, 2005
    10
    Best football game around. much better than any pro evo games.
  3. TheTruth
    Oct 27, 2005
    0
    Basically, if you prefer fifa to pes you must be either a young child or an adult with arrested development. PES gets the feel right and pes 5 absolutely destroys the mockery that fifa has become. However, it never fails to amaze me how a lot of advertising dollars and the fact that today's people are too lazy to do an hour's editing with stuff off the net that takes five minutes to print out means we have to hear so-called soccer experts (give me a break) tell us like puppets that fifa best represents a game of footy. You're kidding right? I mean lol! That is plain ridiculous frankly. As a watcher and a player of soccer but someone who prefers other sports and wishes there was a better rigby or cricket sim out there I can tell you that PES5 is arguably the greatest sports sim of all time...period. While fifa is iceskating with a footyball an array of ridiculous showboat moves befitting a friendly and all the gloss of a porn movie with no decent sex....Sad. Full Review »