I loved fifa 06, and when I saw there was a new world cup game I was really excited, waited like 15 days for it to finally ship to me and I have to say it was like opening a Christmas present when you were 5 years old and getting socks. The controls are HORRIBLE, absolutely god awful. By the time you have them down, you could have designed and published a better game, honestly it was just god awful. The computer is constantly making you switch charactars and you can never handle the ball the way you'd like to. The graphics aren't noticeably better than the last game either.
Please, please, rent fifa 06 if you're looking for a soccer game, this was horrid.
If you've spent your entire life playing sports games then you may find this one a good game if mildly irritating. If you are like the rest of us there is only one word to describe this game, "Frustrating"
I had a heck of a time figuring out how to actually play this game. Because it came from gamefly there was no manual, and because it's an EA game that isn't madden there is no tutorial. If you are like most gamers you will probably end up checking the controller set up to figure out all of the buttons. Unfortunately their descriptions of what does what are not at all helpful. Also they mapped the B button to three different actions. One of them is "shoot the ball into the goal" while the other two seem to be "wing the ball high into the air in a random direction"
Right trigger is your standard "run fast" button, I am guessing it is linked to some sort of stamina gauge that if you use it too long your player will have an asthma attack and keel over. However the game will decide to switch players on you so much that this is never really an issue.
On defense every A B Y and the bumpers are mapped to "milling about" while X is mapped to "Kick 'em in the shins and get a yellow card."
On offense the A button is "pass", while the Y button is "pass to the other team". X is "boot the ball out of bounds" and B is your three action mystery button which may or may not get the ball in their goal. The right stick just taps the ball 3 feet in whatever direction you tap the stick.
Also while on defense your teammates seem to be afraid of the ball. Either that or they suffer from laziness. I even caught one of the lazy little buggers leisurely walking away from the guy with the ball while he was lining up a shot on my goal.
On the other hand when I have the ball all of the defenders swarm around me like angry bees. while my team is hanging out on our half of the field.
It's like being in middle school PE all over again.