2006 FIFA World Cup
Soccer game from the previous FIFA cup
- Category Sport
- License Trial version
- Size 360.39 MB
- Works under Windows XP / Windows 2000
- Language English
- Program by Easports
Football fans of all ages will be impressed with what 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany has to offer.
Electronic Arts is a well-known developer of PC-based sports games and 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany is yet another example of how this franchise has remained popular. One of the features that sets EA apart from numerous other providers is that they have obtained licences to display real players names, their teams and their likenesses. So, an extra sense of realism is delivered to the gaming aficionado. In this latest edition, the German World Cup is brought directly into one's home. What are some of the benefits and drawbacks of this version?
Impressive Introductions and Cut Scenes
Staying true to form, Electronic Arts has put together graphically rich interludes and introductions to the matches. These are excellent ways to build tension before a game. However, it should nonetheless be noted that this 2006 version may leave a bit to be desire in terms of the graphics offered during the game play itself. Players can appear quite sharp and ragged; much of their lifelike details are lost. We should note that this is partially due to the fact that the game was launched nearly a decade ago.
Graphics aside, true fans of this sport will love the rapid game play and movements of the players. Such a benefit will further add to the realism although once again, this feature is very much the same as it had appeared in the 2005 version. While this may seem to be a bit overly critical, one is left to wonder if 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany brings everything to the table that the packaging claims it does.
We should still mention that this version does indeed boast several improvements in terms of options. For instance, there is a novel penalty system that involves shots becoming more difficult the longer that they are delayed. Also, the ways that a shot is taken has been slightly modified. In the past, holding the "shoot" button down would increase or decrease power levels. The 2006 version has included the angle of release into this same button. The trajectory depends upon the position of the player as well as his directional movements.
Much like previous EA versions, there is the ability to play classic matches and relive their tension. The only downside is that this is only possible with the current players; perhaps detracting from the overall authenticity.
2006 FIFA World Cup is compatible with Windows XP and Windows 2000. It requires a minimum processing speed of 1.3 gigahertz, however a full 2.0 gigahertz will prevent any freezes during high-intensity game play. Analysts recommend that 512 megabytes of memory be made available although the game is able to function on 256 megabytes. At least 32 megabytes of VRAM (video memory) are likewise needed. This game should be played with the Direct X 9.0 video codec.
The Ultimate Verdict
There are a few notable benefits and drawbacks to 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany. Let us list these briefly.
- 127 teams to choose from
- Realistic sound effects
- The ability to include all of the top players in the game
- Rather poor graphics in terms of realism
- Many similarities to previous FIFA versions such as 2005
- Some claim that the game is too easy