Having not played a Championship Manager title since Sports Interactive split with Eidos back in 2003 and Sports Interactive went on to form the Football Manager series; going into playing Championship Manager 2010 I really wasn't sure what to expect. Tempted into purchasing the title due to its £2.51 price tag, the game was always likely to represent fantastic value for money, quite how the game would play however was to me an absolute mystery.
Starting out a season with Oxford City in the Southern Premier League, what instantly struck me about the game was how bad it made football look at this level. Players were unable to remain on their feet, falling over at every kick of the ball, with a passing style that was bizarre to say the very least. The football at this level just didn't look right, starting up a new game and playing as Manchester United in the Premier League soon sorted things out however, with the 3D match action then looking a lot more natural and true.
My fun in football management titles tends to come in taking on small teams, attempting to get them promoted as far up the footballing system as possible. With the ugly style of lower level play in Championship Manager 2010, this seemed to take much of the fun out of managing a non-league football team, and this I feel is something that could affect quite a lot of people's overall enjoyment of the game. This is by no means a ruining factor of the game, it's certainly something that has affected the way that I play the game however, and it may well have an impact on your Championship Manager 2010 gaming experience also.
Managing a team from the top-flight, Championship Manager 2010 is a good, solid football management title, and one that is without doubt great fun to play. The screen set-up took a little getting used to at first having played with the Football Manager system for so many years, the controls feel quite natural after a while though, and definitely aren't particularly difficult to deal with.
The graphics of the 3D match action in Championship Manager 2010 is pretty impressive, and the crowd sound also works well within the game. When in the middle of the match it is easy to get your team to change tempo, take a more attacking/defensive approach when necessary, and the tactics also can quickly be altered at any point in the match.
Bugs in the System
Where the Championship Manager 2010 team has seemingly failed in getting this game released is in ironing out the creases; taking out the small bugs and making the game as problem free as possible. One problem I have personally come across in the game is the matter of the match day team talk loop. Having been sacked by Manchester United and moved across to Middlesbrough; I was into my third/fourth friendly with the club, was winning 2-0 at half-time, and found myself stuck in the half-time team-talk, unable to get into the second-half of the match. This is a problem that has been officially identified by the Championship Manager website staff; this is a problem that really should have been removed before the game was released however, and it's quite frustrating to say the least when you do get stuck in a team-talk halfway through a match. When this happens it is not possible to save the game and exit, and you just have to bite the bullet and close the game down. What made this issue ten times worse for me was that I hadn't saved the game for several in-game months, and therefore lost several hours of gameplay as a result of the bug. Admittedly I should have been saving the game more often and then this wouldn't have been so much of a problem, alas I was not though, and several hours went to waste.
In terms of longevity, I found that I played this game for about a month or so before getting bored, which although seems pretty reasonable when you consider that a lot of games fail to retain my interest for more than a week; when you consider that Football Manager keeps me entertained all year round then we have a clear winner in what's the best football management game. To put this in footballing terms, I'd say that Football Manager is the Manchester United of football management video games, a title winning game that's an absolute force to be reckoned with, whilst Championship Manager is more of a Derby County, languishing in the Championship.
Championship Manager will have difficulty ever overtaking Football Manager in terms of popularity, and given that there was no PC release of Championship Manager for the 2010-11 season, merely a Championship Manager 2011 iPhone game, I fear that Eidos may have already thrown in the towel and accepted the fact that Football Manager will always reign supreme as the number one football management sim. It's a shame if Eidos has indeed stopped competing with Sports Interactive for the PC/MAC crowd, if Championship Manager 2010 is the last game in the series as a PC title however, then at least Eidos went out on a high with a game that they can most definitely be proud of (even if it's not a rival beater).
Championship Manager 2010 is quite an impressive football management sim, and whilst it's not without its problems; Championship Manager 2010 is still a game that is well worth playing. It was definitely worth the £2.51 that I personally paid for the game, and if you can find the game for under £10 (current Amazon price at the time of writing this is £7.80) then I'd definitely recommend investing in this one. Admittedly, Championship Manager 2010 is not as good a game as Football Manager 2010 and certainly not as good as Football Manager 2011, as a Football Manager alternative though it's a rather nice title to have in your collection and I personally am glad that I own this game.
The choose your own price promotion at the time of Championship Manager 2010's release was definitely a masterstroke in gaining back the fans that perhaps deserted Championship Manager after the Eidos/Sports Interactive split; in not releasing a PC/MAC title for the 2010-11 season I definitely feel that Eidos missed out on a trick though, as had a game been released then I'm sure there are plenty of people that would have checked it out.
Championship Manager is definitely a game that I'd recommend for fans of football management games, don't expect it to be a Football Manager beater though, just expect it to offer something a little different.
Before I meet my fiance, I had never heard of any of these manager games - I was happy playing super mario and that was about it. I could not understand how he could just sit for hours and hours and just play. So a couple of weeks ago I thought to myself "if you can´t beat them - join them!". So I installed it and as any other woman I read the instructions so I knew what I was doing.
And before I knew it, I was hooked. Much to my annoyance, I am now completely stuck in it! It is just pure genious and it´s very stimulating as you need to think and make endless decisions all the time. To me the controls was very easy to understand and you quickly get the hang of things.
It might not sound like the most exciting games, yet after a while I found myself talking to my players - telling them how rubbish they were or shouted with joy when they scored. You can play for how short or long you want as you can save at any point, except for during a match.
The authenticity I believe is very close to real life and to find the right players you need to invest in good scouts and you can decide exactly everything, who takes care of training, if they should train on the day after a match - the options and opportunities are just unbelievable!
Me being from Sweden, I was surprised that I could actually play the whole league - with several of the lower divisions included - fabulous!
A big bonus is the season update you can get, so you will be kept up to date with the real league that you are playing!
After Football Manager 2009 let me down I started to seek an alternative to hone my managerial skills. As if by magic Championship Manager was being offered around for the princely sum of £1. This must be a sign from the Gods I thought and in I jumped with two feet.
On release day I downloaded the game and first impressions were very impressed. Work had been done on the title and it looked good. This all changed within a couple of hours for me as the novelty wore off. A few features were not working form me, these have been fixed in patches since release, and the game ran slowly especially at 8:00am, game time, on a Monday after a set of fixtures. Once again there is a fix for this but it only speeds things up slightly.
Overall after the initial excitement of playing a new game a found myself switching it off an uninstalling it. Ironically one of the major faults with this game was that it was not Football Manager. It did not seem to flow like Football Manager at its best does. The User Interface was no where near as user friendly. There are some neat features and maybe a new gamer to this type of game will forgive its flaws but I'm afraid I have been spoilt by the best and as such could not get into this game. On the plus side I only spent £1 on the game, £3ish after admin fees, so I can't complain about being ripped off!
I absolutly love football manager games and after a few years of playing on the older versions, decided to go out and buy the latest in the Championship Manager range, 2010. Ive played on the older versions for many years and knew what I was hoping for when I bought this game.
So far ive completed five seasons and it has lived up to my expectations and I am not dissapointed at all. Initially the game interface is a lot different to the older versions and took me a while to get used to, however, now that I have it is a very simple interface and is simple to navigate through the menus without getting lost.
You have a much greater control over the players and comments as you are able to talk to the media, praise your players performance, respond to transfer speculation and much more which gives a far greater depth to the game as your players will resond to your media comments with their performances. You have a backroom staff which will always offer advice for future purchases and training improvements, again, plus much more, which gives the game a much more of a manegerial feel as previous games havent allowed you to do this despite having a backroom staff. It allows you to employ the best staff to give you the best advice, thus improving your performances in matches.
One change is that it is very difficult to buy players whose club doesnt really want to sell. Previous games would see a bid of £20m+ accepted generally without question, however, now i have been bidding for a £10m player for around £30m and still not been accepted. Although this makes it more realistic it does make the game a lot more difficult to move up to the next level.
There have been a few regen players coming through the ranks now and in previous games their values would rise and rise, however with this one their values only rise if you alter their training to improve their performances, or play them. Again, this makes it more realistic but a lot more difficult to manage everybodies development at the club.
As a side note, if you do decide to buy this game and become like me, you will spend almost all of your free time playing on it as it can be extremely addictive!
Overall I do really like the game, the changes have been introduced for the better of the game to give a much more overall managerial 'feel' to the game. The previous ones were quite easy to jump through the leagues and gain promotion, this one is much more difficult and therefore realistic. I think that this makes it a far better game overall, however, I do realise that a lot of people would not like these changes as it makes the game much more difficult! For the money, I paid £29.99, I think it competes with any other game on the market.
First of all I will say that I havent bought any of the championship manager series for a few years, after being seriously unimpressed with thier efforts after spliting with Eidos, who create Football manager and have always been a loyal follower of the football manger series ever since.
There are just two reasons why I decided to try the game this season. The first is that it was released about a month before the new football manager and had been much hyped. The second reason, and quite honestly the main reason in fact is that if you pre-ordered it before 11th September you could choose how much you pay for the game (as little as a penny!) I went to thier website, filled in the required information and chose to pay 21p for the game (a random number I know!) and was taken to the final payment screen, where the site then stated that there was an addtional payment of £2 for administration/ costs etc. which I thought they could have stated earlier, however despite this I still continued and paid along with my 21p.
A couple of days later on release date I was sent an e-mail from championship manager with a link to thier site where I could download the game. Although the actual download took quite a while, around two hours, it was quite easy to do and the instructions were simle and easy to follow. Once the downlaod was finished the install wizard kicked straight in and the install took about ten minutes and was again simple and easy to follow.
Into the game now, set up was simple and there are a number of options to suit the induvidual player, detail level, experience level etc.
This where the good points end. Into the game the screens and options are all in silly places that make no sense, its difficult to find and do alot of things that you feel should be in the game. Player stats are done as a mark out of a hundred which is a very large scale, out of twenty would be easier to follow and understand, as well as this certain players abilities seem to a bit lower than you would expect compared to some players that seem outstanding when they are in reality not so great.
In game the main match screen is alright, nothing special as well as tactics and the majority of the game, in terms of features, although not very exciting or deatailed is adequate. The biggest bugbear of all however is the absolutely ridiculous amount of processing time the game seems to have, my laptop is very high spec and runs quickly with any programs or games, but just to progress one day on this game takes about five minutes and all the post game processing about the same.
All in all this is a reasonable game if your a very patient person and a newcomer to football management sims, however I would rather have Football manager every day of the week, its just better on every level.
At last a decent CM game
CM09 was dreadful. Bugs, long loads, daft difficulty curve, clumsy menu system. CM10 at last rectifies some of this.
Firstly, it works. Which sounds lik a given, but with CM09 it wasn't. There is no hang when you use the replay function in games. The loads have calmed down a bit too. The wait between games is now acceptable. The 3D match engine is coming on. Not quite perfect but you do get a sense of the ebb and flow of games.
There are some cosmetic changes to the game and the menu system feels much more intuitive to me now. It seems clearer to navigate. The press conferences still feel a bit rubbish, but advice from your management team (e.g. on tactics before games) generally works well.
I have fond memories of CM2 and this is the first version since then which would entice me to give up my life and play football management games for hours on end!
This is a disaster of a game. I am not sure whether Eidos felt it needed to 'do something' about the recent superiority of Football Manager in the market or just felt it needed to make a fool of itself.
Championship Manager 2010 has more crashes than a F1 rally and Eidos seem not to be in a hurry to solve them. They kept telling people to submit crash reports yet nothing has been done about them.
The 'progress' button sometimes goes on and on forever (for six minutes sometimes) without indicating whether you may continue the game or not. The games sometimes doesn't go past a certain month and loading saved games is a little bit confusing.
The only saving grace is the quality of the game interface and the 3D game-play which I think is superb. Other than these, there is nothing to like in Eidos' new creation.
I have always been a massive fan of games which fit into the football manager genre. I have been buying them ever since the advent of lma manager back in about 1997.
Since then, i have owned virtually every title. Ranging from the brilliant (football manager 2008) to the damn right poor (Premier manager). Therefore, i believe that i have a good grasp of this market.
Championship manager is created by Eidos. This company used to be massively successful when it ran in conjunction with sports interactive. However, the pair split, with Eidos retaining the champ manager name, and sports interactive beginning to produce Football Manager series.
Get the latter.
Ever since the pair have split, Sports interactive's version has been by far the superior, and this is a theme which is continued by this version of Championship manager.
The game runs tediously slow, which is a massive problem for those who enjoy busting out a few seasons without waiting around - everybody.
It also has a massively confusing ratings system. With every ability being marked out of 100 and not the 20 system that Football Manager uses. In my opinion this is ridiculous. How can one player be one point better on this scale, it really does mean nothing.
Another area is the userface. Its abysmal. Its tricky to use, hard to see and it takes you about 4 days to get to what you actually want, against the brilliant football manager skin, which has even be revamped to be better in the forthcoming edition.
Therefore, do not waste your time buying this game. It will be a complete waste. Wait until that beautiful day that is the 30th october 2009, and buy probably the best game on the market.
That is of course, Football manager 2010.
I have always been a fan of football management games and the first one I experienced was Championship Manager 2 back when I used to play against my best mate but following on from years of step ups there was a sudden drop in the quality of Championship Manager that led to many people (including me) switching to Football Manager but thankfully this game sees the series back on top where it deserves to sit.
The game sees you take charge of your favourite team (I recommend you don't start with them on your first try as seeing your team do badly is never nice) and develop your club through a multitude of managerial decisions including transfers, tactics, training, etc. This may sound simple but remember that transfers need money and this means sales, tactics need trained and this leads to the need for you to decide on your coaching staff and improving them. One of the great new additions in the game is a percentage of knowledge for each region in relation to the players in the region and this is only improved through scouting which takes funds.
All sounds easy? The game is not a simple game to master but one that you will need to work hard at to get your team where you want but along the way you get to sit back and watch your team in 3D matches and see where you are going right and where you are going wrong and above all you get to enjoy the game itself.
The good points:
- Simple navigation
- Excellent 3D match engine
- Excellent transfer system including scouting networks
- Brilliant training availability
- Great depth of staff available to improve the club with
- An enjoyable gameplay
- Great team talks
- Media and mail systems are easy to understand and navigate
- Reserves and also youth teams to help you decide on your best 11 and develop new talent
- The game does take quite a high spec machine and can be slow loading.
- Not as tactically challenging as Football Manager which is a personal preference and for me Championship Manager comes out on top everytime.
So what do I make of the game? This is a return to form for Championship Manager and is a truly enjoyable game with an excellent control system, improved match engine, good depth of transfer market for players and staff and most importantly a generally high quality and great depth of game all round.
Like the previous reviewer, I also took advantage of the £2.51 pre-release download. It's the first time I have paid to download a game but I was very impressed with the service and delighted to get the game for such a low price.
Again, as previously mentioned, it takes time to adjust to the ratings being out of 100 and not 20. I thought the 20 rating worked fine so I didn't see the need to change it. I have always been a Championship Manager fan. I was totally hooked on 03/04 and played that game until 2025! I was sad when the rights changed so I gave Football Manager a go and hated it.
Thankfully, 'Champ' is back!
The Scouting system is superb. You can decide how much money you want to dedicate to scouting different areas of the world and all players have a scout rating where it gives you a percentage of how much you know about the player. Some of the stats are masked until you know close to 100% about a player. A handy tool when searching through the vast player database.
New leagues have been added so you can work you way up from further down the footballing ladder.
You have a lot more interactions with the player and you often get to talk to them. An example would be giving a player a reason as to why he's been transfer listed. This is great for either forcing a player out, leaving on amicable terms or making the player determined to prove his worth.
There's also greater tactical options and you could spend days playing with the different run and feed sections on the team screen. You also get to view training drills and decide which is best for your team. It can get a bit complicated but it is possible to play the game without all the tactical knowledge.
The down side for me is the match engine. While it's nice to see the players performing and such. Some of it can be very unrealistic. Like instead of just smacking the ball into the net they often slide in and put it straight at the 'keeper or when taking shots or heading at goal it often loops, which is stupid! Dribbling and passing can be poor too leaving you very frustrated!
All in all, I am very happy with the game, despite being sacked after finishing 16th in my first season as Coventry manager. I did clear all the debts and start to build a great team but my board pleas fell on deaf ears. Oh well.
The only downside, as I say, is the match engine.
I have always been a football manager man to be honest, however, due to me being pretty much skint and finding out from a friend that the makers of championship manager were offering a downloadable version for a minimum £2.50 before release. So i jumped at the opportunity!
And i pleased to say that it was a wise investment, as it not only save me £20 but also its on par if not better than football manager.
For those who already play football manager then i would say to defiantly consider this option for this season. Although it take time to adjust to the stats being out of 100 and not 20, after a while it becomes normal.
Other little things like being able to invest in your scouting network and receiving regular reports is far superior to football manager. There are also a lot more team talk options to motivate your players, and you can also set actions against the other team like winding up certain players!
In conclusion this game is as good as football manager if not better!!