Advantages Incredibly large database, full 3D match engine, incredible immersion, massive amounts of control
Disadvantages No real sounds to speak of besides crowds, a lot of data, football knowledge extremely helpful
Having taken over from the highly Championship Manager series in 2005, Football Manager has continued to build on the success of its predecessor, improving every year in a seemingly relentless drive towards management simulation perfection. Football Manager 2011 makes few changes to last season’s version of the game, but existing features have been improved and the changes that have been made only add to an already rich and engrossing experience.
For those unfamiliar with the series, Football Manager involves taking up the Manager’s post at a club of your choosing (or you can start unemployed and apply for jobs) and then carrying out everything that a football manager would. The matches themselves are now shown in a full 3D match engine, a feature that has only been present since the 2009 version but that now is really starting to take shape, if still a little short of looking like the latest FIFA title. How you manage your team is up to you; formations, finances, training, you name it, you sort it. The amount of options in the game is remarkable and truly, truly vast.
These new features add a more personal feel to the game and make the people that you interact with feel much more real. Agents have been added to the game, meaning that when negotiating contracts with existing players or transfer targets, the agents own personal attributes, such as his negotiating flexibility and his current feelings about you, impact on the outcome of the negotiations. There is also a new ‘Private Chat’ option, where a conversation takes place between you and a player, and you can discuss anything from their recent form to possible transfer targets. The nature of your relationship with the player alters how likely things are to go well and how they respond to you; players who you keep at a respectful arms length or new players might say ‘Hello, you wanted to see me?’, whilst those you’ve had around a while might say ‘Good to see you boss’. It keeps the game feeling more realistic, and more than just statistics, numbers and graphsMind you, if you are a bit of an anorak for the records, charts and statistics that are constantly drawn from football (a bracket I sit worryingly proudly in), then you will not be disappointed. Whilst the managerial options are impressive, the database the game uses is enormous.
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Platforms: Windows 7 Windows Vista Mac OS X, ESRB Rating: Everyone
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