Excerpt: England probably won’t win the World Cup, but at least with the official game you can pretend they are good enough by putting the difficulty level on easy and ripping through the world ranks as if your team was made up of tireless Brazilian workhorses. Forget about England’s woes and play this instead, it beats being depressed about our national teams inevitable exit from the competition.
Conclusion: Safety First—Make it to Neptune without losing a life. (10 points) Tough Guy—Make it to stage 7 without obtaining any bonus weapons. (10 points) Good Start—Get 12,000 points in the first stage. (10 points) Sharp Shooter—Kill all ships on the first 3 bonus levels. (10 points) Exploring Uranus—Make it to Uranus. (10 points) Exploring Saturn—Make it to Saturn. (20 points) Exploring Jupiter—Make it to Jupiter. (20 points) Mars Attack—Make it to Mars.
Conclusion: Yes, 2006 FIFA World Cup is a full-price title, and yes it shares a good bit with last year’s Xbox 360 launch title, but there’s a lot of extra love coming from EA Canada. 2006 FIFA World Cup is a synergistic title that is virtually complete from stem to stern. There’s good gameplay, excellent modes, palpable pageantry, above average graphics and audio, and even sweet navigation screens.
Excerpt: With World Cup excitement almost reaching fever pitch, only to be lessened somewhat by the injury of England's star player, the release of EA's FIFA World Cup 2006 on every platform means that everyone can have a shot at World Cup glory. We looked at the current-gen versions recently, which turned out to be rather fun, but the Xbox 360 version is the game with most to play for.
Conclusion: The 5th is to complete all scenario's (challenges) and unless you really love to Achievement seek you wont bother. On any difficulty you can win, qualify and beat Germany in the World Cup and complete one scenario (of your choice). For 500G, pick it up and avoid retailers selling you the crappy "Road to.." game which they tried to twice to my Mother.
Excerpt: From the moment you pop in EA Sports’ newest soccer title, 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany , you’ll be instantly impressed with the visuals. While the stadiums are great, they are also not jaw-dropping. Where you will certainly be impressed, however, is when looking at any of the close-ups of the player models. Their skin seems to have the perfect amount of shine, and the clothing looks equally rich. It’s not to say the game is completely without graphical issues, however.
Excerpt: 2006 FIFA World Cup lets gamers and soccer fans experience every footballer's dream of bringing home the biggest prize in world football. This EA Sports game challenges you to lead a nation's team through the highs and lows of qualification, as you play teams from your chosen continent in order to amass enough points to take you to the World Cup Finals. Alternatively, you can skip the qualifying and get straight to the tournament in all its Teutonic finery.
Summary: 2006 FIFA World Cup takes elements of the best soccer games and gives it a unique spin. It still dosen't match up to Pro Evolution Soccer, but it has improved and become more refined and innovative. EA have done a very good job, and have made it their best World Cup game yet.
Pros: Nice gameplay, easy to control, well laid out control scheme.
Cons: Frustrating gameplay, still dosen't come close to Pro Evolution Soccer.
Excerpt: Sometimes, I really do wonder what goes on in people’s heads. 2006 FIFA World Cup came out just over a week before this review was written, and I purposefully held back from submitting my review, just to see if I could have a look at some of the reviews from the larger sites and to see if I was going completely crazy. It seems that I must be mad, since everyone else is running reviews praising EA for making an above-average game.