2006 FIFA World Cup Germany Reader Review
EA Sports Fifa World Cup Germany does exactly what it says on the box it's a solid if limited football sim, so don't be expecting leagues and cup competitions as you can only play with international teams. Your main goal in the game is to take your team of choosing to the World Cup finals and hopefully going on to win it all. You can also play in the qualifying modes if you like to test yourself further and get some extra gamerpoints rather than just going into the tournament head on. You can literally pick any side to take to glory which is more than can be said for the 2002 game where you were limited in your choices.
The graphics in game look fantastic and EA have done a good job of capturing the atmosphere of a World Cup. The actual FIFA World Cup stadiums look great however less can be said about the other stadiums which are less detailed. The commentary is probably the worst you've seen in a FIFA game for some time which is presented by Clive Tylesley and Andy Townsend. Townsend gets overexcited by goalkeepers making the easiest saves and both commentators often repeat themselves so for a EA football game this is below par but still better than Pro Evolution Soccer's awful commentary. The crowd does make some noise from time to time but you'll notice it's team pacific. You'll often see managers around the dugout who are frighteningly like their real life counterparts. This only applies to the 32 teams that made it to the World Cup though so it's rather pointless to be honest.
The other main mode in the game is the Global Challenge mode where you can recreate past World Cup matches. This is fun and does add to the longevity of the game but the challenges do become freakishly hard as you progress. So some may give up before they've completed all the challenges, myself included. You also have the usual Xbox Live modes but unfortunately they don't live up to the standard of previous titles. Online you are lightly to suffer lag which can make games all but unplayable plus the fact that there are no tournaments make the Xbox Live mode very dissapointing.
The World Cup is coming to an end so you may question your decision to buy the game now considering FIFA 07 is on the horizon. However FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 is the best football game on the Xbox 360 without a doubt and it can be said that there is nothing like taking your country to the most prestigious cup in all of football. However with the Xbox Live modes being sub-standard and the lifespan of the game relatively short you are probably best with giving this a rental and nothing more. Don't get me wrong it's a solid football game that will keep you entertained for a short-while but it's not worth £40.
7 / 10