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  • Summary: You can experience the excitement of international soccer competition in FIFA 06. Extensive coaching options give you the opportunity to take control of all of your players on the pitch and determine their formation and strategy. FIFA 06 offers game modes ranging from a tournament to individual skill games. You can also play with real players from famous international teams from around the world. Multiplayer modes let you challenge other gamers. Collapse
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  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. A true upgrade to the previous years, and as I mentioned before, is possibly the best version of the series since its inception.
  3. 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.
  4. FIFA is still doomed to feel a little stiff due to its reliance on set animations to govern play, and there are plenty of frustrating AI mistakes that linger. [Oct 2005, p.128]
  5. For 2006, soccer fans will get the most complete representation of the top leagues, best players, and fanciest skills, but will still be waiting for the total killer app package. This one is a good step in that direction. [Nov 2005, p.118]
  6. FIFA 2006 has so many features to get you going and playing. I am not sure what more you can ask for in a soccer game.
  7. 50
    It might seem a little harsh, but we really do have to punish FIFA for regressing this year - what did EA Canada have to gain by going against the series' strengths? Wait for the Xbox 360 version, or jump to the "Pro Evolution Soccer" camp, but don't settle for this.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 4 out of 9
  1. NickS.
    Oct 5, 2005
    Fifa is a non-stop fun filled game. Fifa 06 is much better than winning eleven. Great game all around.
  2. RonH.
    Oct 5, 2005
    Best fifa yet.
  3. JackS.
    Nov 1, 2005
    Best football game around. much better than any pro evo games.
  4. SamuelG.
    Sep 28, 2005
    This game is good overhaul of the game. Everything is much more fluid, and allows for alot more strategy than the old pass thru with the "Y" button, kick and score.. You now have to pass around and wait for the cpu/player mistakes, and then try and capitalise on them. I also love the new corner's idea, where you have to guess where the ball is getting crossed to, instead of know exactly who and when they are getting it. The freekicks at goals are a lot harder, since you cannot choose the amount of spin and where in the goal you are shooting it at, but i am sure with a little bit more practice, it will be worth it. I am loving the new pin point passing idea, and how the ball rolls properly and consistantly with real life physics. The game as a whole is much more fluid, and allows a good 200% more control over plays, attacking, ball defence, on and off the ball control, goal keeping and my favourite, being able to elbow and nudge players when fighting for the ball. This game is easily the best soccer sim. I cannot recommend highly enough. O, did i mention... total re-working of commentary. Fantastic. There are a whole lot more changes, but i will let you discover them. Why didn't i give it a 10... cause 10's are reserved for my favourite sports game... Basketball. Expand
  5. Bonanza
    Jul 9, 2006
    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 Expand
  6. BillLee
    Oct 11, 2005
    Basically if you give this game a high review, you haven't played the PES/WE series before. I have both and FIFA is terrible as always. Players on both sides are 100% predictable resulting in easy ways to create chances and arcade style play. It does have more licenses than PES5/WE9 but there are always several great patches available for PES/WE the day after it comes out. It is mind boggling to me that anyone who has both would favour FIFA over PES/WE. If you prefer FIFA you have either not playes PES/WE or have never watched an actual game of football/soccer. Expand
  7. TheTruth
    Oct 27, 2005
    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. Expand

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