right well i know there are a lot of reviews circulating around but as i got the game this morning (amazon you beauuuutaayy!) and i was a very avid 06 fan i thought i would give you a little insight. as for how good i was at 06 just to gauge the review, i would be winning the world cup with USA by 30 points per game so it got a little boring. Firstly when i loaded up the game the first thing that was cool was the opening video of world cup tries and tackles. nice little touch. anyway i went straight into a game after completing the tutorial (which by the way is EXACTLY the same) England vs Australia in Australia stadium. As soon as the game starts from the panning view over the stdium the pitch looks dramatic and stylish, the players walk out in their new official kits and sing their anthems to bellowing sound from the fans. then the game started and the camera angle was brilliant! (im a seasoned veteran of side view) it zooms in and out depending on it being a ruck or maul and when a there is a clearing kick, it pans out showing the whole pitch to launch a counter attack, or to close off the attacking full back. When i first started however i did score two very quick tries, through the hands to Jason Robinson into the corner and i heard the old alarm bells ringing, was this going to be money down the drain?? however with Mike Catt as the kicker (EA have Tait and Catt as 10 and 12) i wasnt landing too many over. Then Australia came back at me, absolutely obliterating my midfield with Mortlock and Giteau. Mortlock scored one try almost length of the half, shouldering through two consecutive tackles and gassing my fullback! This seems to be something that EA have worked on, the special moves now seem a lot quicker and effective, as does the passing, especially from set peices. On several occasion i had Larkham hit a flat miss pass out to Mortlock steaming up the centre. The AI seems to have been worked on well and their use of support is brilliant, now when it is two AI attackers on one of my players i dont simply smash the ball carrier and now you have to think about what will be a more tactical approach. Along with this Larkham loved to dummy going through my line twice and sometimes throwing a few in a row. Im not too sure about the drop goals, i used to like having to practice them to become good but now it requires on the skill of stopping a filling bar between two points, whooopie! Also i think, but dont qoute me on this but i put dan ward smith on at no8 and bloody EA put his position as Centre :rahh: But i bought him on red exclamation mark or not and he played really well and get this, he didnt knock it on! ill go and try it again in a but with a fly half or something. I ended up losing the game i played 31-24, thanks to Palu scoring in the corner and bouncing off Jason Robinson. I do think this is a truly better game though i probably will get used to it and be able to smash a team 50-0 easily. for now though im attempting to beat Ireland with argentina in a classic match!