The FIFA series began in 1994, and has been updated pretty
much every year since for all the various consoles. This version for the PS2
without doubt tops FIFA 05 hands down.
game is great fun, and as is usual with these games, there are different
modes you can play, including ‘practice’ mode and ‘tournament’ mode, but the
best new feature is ‘manager’ mode.
06 offers a very realistic journey through this epic manager mode, where you
can manage your team to the limit. This includes scouting for youngsters
which is a new feature to the game, and is very good, especially when
searching for youngsters. Staff management is very detailed which is great
as it’s the first time FIFA have included it in the game. As overall manager
of a club, you have various coaches and staff, e.g. defensive coach,
attacking coach, stadium manager and transfer negotiator. Once you find a
potential signing, it’s down to you to sign him before another team does,
and you have to arrange the contract.
your staff and coaches helping you build your club, its then down to you to
play the matches and get your team to the top of the league. When playing in
manager mode, your board will give you objectives such as getting promotion,
avoiding relegation or qualifying for Europe.
Playing the matches is
great fun as it’s very realistic. Crossing the ball is one area that has
improved a lot, as you can vary the type of cross you make much more than in
previous FIFA games. Passing the ball has also improved, while you can rely
on your keepers to do a much better job than previously.
are incredible as the detail in the player faces is superb, while the
stadiums and pitches are also very realistic, e.g. Highbury and Anfield etc
really look like the real stadiums. The crowds as usual are not as good as
they could be, but are better than in other football games. Overall the
games are much more enjoyable as the match graphics are excellent.
commentary in the matches is very good because there is a lot less
repetition in FIFA 06 than in previous games. The match commentators are
Clive Tyldesely and Andy Gray, and they are much better than the last game
with Ally McCoist. The background music played in between matches (while you
are managing the club), has a good mixture of different types of music and I
think the choice is excellent.
10,000 players and 26 leagues to play with, as well as the different modes,
the lifespan of this game will be huge. The game is also licensed by the
major leagues which allow it to use the real club, stadium and player names.
In addition, the ability to edit every part of the game from the look of the
player to the club they play for means that you can make real life transfers
in this game, e.g. Michael Owen to Newcastle.
This game is
superb as you get to manage your club as well as play the matches. The
graphics are very good, while the ability to edit bits means that the game
will keep you occupied for a long time.
Overall Score: 92%