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NDS: FIFA World Cup 2006
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Date: 2006-06-22
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Fifa World Cup 2006

FWC 2006 is the second of its breed on the DS, it comes with all the National teams
that can appear on a World Cup, once again a full 3D presentation, very similar to the first one

Presentation/graphics 5

Not so many teams as Fifa 06, however a better overall presentation on this one.
A 3D map shows the countries and there are more instant, non interactive replays to go
with the interactive ones, the Crowds are animated now and the players seem to have a
larger poly count, However everything comes with a cost...

Music/sound effects 7

Also back are the real songs, however more ethnical to reflect the various countries
involved on the WC, the comments are from a different voice, higher pitched, richer but more annoying.
No option to get music ingame again.

Gameplay 4

Hereīs where the cookie crumbles, first, all the eye candy comes priced with a hell of a slowdown, even
on the mid field with not so many players, the game slows down to a crawl, that in conjunction with the
next issue makes this game a letdown.
Second, remember when i emphasized the arcade qualities of Fifa 06, well, this one have a little turn
to the reality, you see, on most football games when a player have the ball, it "sticks" to him, even if
he stops running, the ball stops with him, well, not here.
On FWC 2006 the ball is an entity into the field with itīs own physics, so if a player stops running,
the ball keeps going,
if you use the faster running, you kick the ball with more power, it goes further and you lose the "time" to pass it or kick it.
Now combine this with slowdown, CRAPTASTIC.

DS factor 6

There is the interactive replay controlled on the touch screen, a customizable team that you get to draw its emblem, team tactics selected "on the fly" with the lower screen, the 3d engine, it is quite a complete package of DS football.

Nothing new here, keep going...Wait, instead a complete package, you get a rushed job to get a better game with the same engine.

Learning curve 6

You will learn just fine in 15 minutes, the thing is try to pass when the game stutter and the ball outrunned you, this will take some 5 hours of you.

Lasting appeal/game modes 5

Less teams, worst gameplay, slowdowns, even with a good assortment of game modes, you will not spend much time around this one.

Final considerations

It should be a better game but it is not, keep Fifa 06 and play with international teams.



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