FIFA World Cup 2006 for XBOX
Soccer fans can play along with their favorite international stars in this interactive adaptation of the 64-match, 2006 FIFA World Cup tournament held in Germany between June and July. Using an enhanced version of the graphics engine featured in 2005's FIFA Soccer 06, the game includes 125 national teams and all-new modes of play. The main mode focuses on qualifying and advancing through World Cup competition in the country's 12 official stadiums, while Global Challenge lets players re-create 40 historic moments from past World Cup tournaments.
The game also introduces a context-sensitive shooting system that takes into account multiple variables, including the athlete's shooting ability, the amount of defensive pressure, and his proximity to the goal. Animations for players on the pitch have been expanded, with signature-style moves for nearly 100 top-ranked superstars, from Claudio Reyna to Frank Lampard to Xavi. Throughout each mode, players have the chance to unlock rewards such as legendary athletes and licensed apparel for use in multiplayer games. Up to eight players can challenge one another offline in custom ladder matches.