FIFA World Cup: Germany 2006 Xbox

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
Buy On
  1. A true simulation of soccer with all the hoopla of competing for the only real "world" championship with excellent online play kicks FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 into the net of quality video gaming soccer.
  2. 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.
  3. Thought the French should have won? Get inside the greatest show on earth with this sublime soccer sim, packed with trademark EA finesse and magic.
  4. The whole game plays faster than FIFA 2006, as here EA has managed to set the perfect pace for soccer.
  5. 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.
  6. Game Informer
    85
    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]
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. The controls are more responsive than the 360 platform, and there is the create-a-player option to put you squarely into the heat of the battle.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. What FIFA does well is give you time in possession. Play a through ball and get yourself in the opponent's penalty area and you're allowed to control it.
  13. To be honest, this game has a stubborn American like me excited to watch the World Cup next month. That's an accomplishment, EA!
  14. There's good gameplay (aside from some framerate choppiness), excellent modes, palpable pageantry, above average graphics and audio, and even sweet navigation screens. The lack of online tournaments is the biggest detriment.
  15. Priced to sell, World Cup supplies just enough vicarious excitement to bridge the gap between now and early June.

Awards & Rankings

#34 Most Discussed Xbox Game of 2006
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Kevin
    Aug 3, 2006
    10
    This is a great game, except when you win the world cup, dont get me wrong thats awesome, but all thats left is to win the world cup with This is a great game, except when you win the world cup, dont get me wrong thats awesome, but all thats left is to win the world cup with another team...Other than that the Graphics are better than Fifa 06 and it is def worth getting. Full Review »
  2. HapC.
    May 30, 2006
    10
    World Cup mode is great.
  3. rdgd
    May 26, 2006
    10
    Close to Fifa 2006 but better in graphics and gameplay.