Hi today I will be reviewing the 2006 Fifa World Cup game for the Xbox 360.
I paid £3.99 in Gamestation a while ago.
The graphics for the time this game was release are really quite good u can almost see the individual blades of grass in the build up to the game.
The gameplay in this game is OK the players move extremely fast compared to the likes of Fifa 2009. There is a flaw in the scoring that all you need to do is play a through ball become 1 on 1 with the goalie and tap it and 9 times out of 10 it goes in.
In this game there is the main world cup mode and also global challenges. In global challenges you have to recreate classic games in order to complete the primary and secondary objectives. These make the game last a lot longer. I personally used to love this game until Fifa 2009 came out as this game truly is brilliant.
In this game there is the usual 1000GS there is an easy 500 to be achieved as you only have to get 4 achievements the other 500GS are achieved by completing the global challenged which as the difficulty seems to increase as you go along this can take a long time. I have only managed to get the 500 but am still working on the other 500!
The actual game used to be the best in my opinion until Fifa 09 came out as no football game can beat that.
I would recommend this to any football fan that doesn't want to spend the £30 on Fifa09 but still wants a good football game.
This was definitely a good effort at cashing in on the 2006 World Cup and a game I still find myself playing occasionally even now.
The main World Cup mode gives you the option of taking your country through the qualifiers or you can go straight to the final thirty two and just play in the whole World Cup tournament, you are not restricted to just playing as one of the original 32 countries who qualified for the tournament but any of 105 countries available to choose from so for once Scotland can go to the finals.
The game plays really well the action is fast and furious and while sometimes the players not on the ball do not always make the runs you would expect or want from them the AI is pretty good and provides a decent amount of challenge when playing in one player mode.
The players movement on the pitch is pretty good and for the most part the camera tracking is good. At times the movement of the ball in the air is not quite as realistic as it could be but this is a fairly minor fault and does not ruin the game much.
Visually the game is very good, the pre-match build up with camera fly bys of the stadiums is really neat and the crowds are really lively and fanatical which helps to build up the atmosphere.
As well as the tournament mode you have the option of playing friendley games or practising your penalties for when England get knocked out.
Overall this is a good football game and certainly one of the better ones on the market for the 360 and still worth checking out even though the tournament is done and dusted.