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      20.10.2012 18:46

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      Great game to play, anytime

      The first two Championship Manager games were responsible for more sleepless nights and broken relationships than practically anything else.

      Championship Manager 3 features an unprecedented level of depth. There are lots of stats for the players, and as you would expect from a game of this pedigree they will be incredibly accurate for its year of release. As well as the English Premiership you can manage teams in the national leagues of Brazil, Sweden, Argentina, Japan and the USA, as well as the European giants. This means when you are successful with one club, foreign teams will come bidding for your services. You can even choose your own nationality.

      Just as in the real world the leagues are multi-national, and a players nationality does count. A foreign player will take time to settle in and adjust and this will effect his performance.

      The entire game engine and interface was rewritten for Championship Manager 3. Probably the biggest difference is that the game is 'windows' based. This makes dealing with the vast array of information very simple. You can also customize the filters on information so that only relevant charactersitics appear. For example instead of having to wade through all of the stats of every striker in the league you can isolate things that you are looking for such as vision or price.

      The way the game processes data has also been completely changed from earlier versions. Tactics and training are as indepth as you want to make them. You can position every single player individually in every possible situation if you desire to, or you can use one of the set tactics. You can even decide on the way you train players. If you can afford it you can hire specific trainers for every single aspect of a players game; shooting, passing, fitness, stamina, etc.

      With multi-player games, minute by minute text commentary of matches, realistic contract negotiations, and much, much more, Championship Manager 3 is a classic footie game.

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      28.06.2009 20:54
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      still a great football management game

      Championship manager 3 is a football management game, the great thing i love about this game is being in control of your favourite team in pursuit of glory or battling for survival at the bottom of the league. Championship manager 3 allows you to manage any club from 15 major leagues, the game is really in-depth and allows you to do anything in the game from promoting and bringing up players from the youth and reserve teams, transferring players by buying and selling players, you can set up your own training schedules which will help improve the players stamina, fitness levels and skills in different areas of the pitch, you control of the tactics of the team and make the choices during the matches such as substitutions which could make vital differences to the end result.
      The game even allows multiplayer using either one computer with players around or online using a local are network.
      I really enjoyed playing this game and found it very addictive and challenging.

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      24.12.2001 03:08
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      Championship Manager 3 was hailed as a breakthrough in the world of virtual football management. The game was released three years after the hugely popular CM2 and, after months of delays to ensure the game was properly fine-tuned, the game was released around March 1998. Since it's release, rival computer game makers have used CM3 as the benchmark for their football management games. In truth, CM2 wasn't a bad effort at all - it was the best in it's field both in terms of statistics and gameplay. It was the most realistic football management sim about, but CM3 simply blew it out of the water. Playing CM3, you actually felt like you were the manager of a real football club, living and dying for your clubs results and as a consequence, it became arguably the most addictive game in history. The main change from CM2 to CM3 was the interface, it became much easier to navigate your way through the game as all the options could be selected from the navigation bar on the left hand side of the screen, and you had your squad details, fixtures and league tables in the main part of the screen. Everything about CM3 was highly detailed - from the finances to the player statistics, and there was a great deal of accuracy involved in the research of clubs, players and staff. Furthermore, there were several leagues, covering the Premiership to the Conference, as well as all the major European leagues. CM has a multiplayer option, so if you fancied, you could get up to 15 mates around and you could each manage a club to see who was ultimately the best manager. This proved very exciting option in 18 team leagues like the Premiership and added to the game enormously. The transfer market was realistic and so were transfers made within the game. The tactics system was also very sophisticated and unlike other management games, the tactical changes and substitutions you made really did matter. Furthermore, CM3 has a news fea
      ture where you will get the latest news both from within your club and from the world of football on a day to day basis. And if that's not enough for you, there's the option to manage your national side as well. CM3 is currently kicking about the bargain basement - if you've not introduced yourself with this computer game phenomenen yet, now is the time to do so.

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        25.10.2001 20:48
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        Championship Manager 3 Game: Have you ever wanted to take control of Manchester United or Arsenal or perhaps even Barnsley or Fulham? Well this game is your chance to make it big as a premiership manager. You have to make all the decisions as a manger of a football club. You have to mange the bank balance and decide who is to be played and who is going to stay on the bench for that big game against another team. Gameplay: The game takes a while to load up but this is because of the shear size of the game there are 35’000 players, managers and coaches from all across the World. You can play as any team in any country and there are all the championships available like Sirrea A and FA Cup. The game is made up from various screens which all have different tasks. Like you can send scouts out and you can see your squad among others. When you play your matches they are played in a screen which flashes up any news of what’s happening in the game, Advantages: This game is huge there are so many players that it would take years to see how good they all are. There is so much you can do like you can give certain training jobs to certain players. Disadvantages: There is lack of control of what is going on in your stand. It would be nice to be able to build more seats and upgrade your facilities. The game can also get a bit boring and the data gets out of date very quick. Conclusion: Championship Manager 3 should be on a budget release by now so make sure you snap up a copy or one of the newer ones.

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          26.07.2001 02:37

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          A very good game. Loads of information. - Advantages: Massive. Loads of info. - Disadvantages: A bit too complex in places.

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          16.06.2001 09:08
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          • "Its all the same"

          Do you love football? Do you wanna be the manager of your team? If the answer is no, then why are you reading this review, because this is the best football managment game ever made-and thats it, its a footy managment game, nothin more. You get to be the boss of any team practically in the world, all the players are genuine and the details of all the clubs too. There are so many statistics in this game that youd have thought compiling them all together to make a game would have been an impossible task, so for that alone, the game becomes great. The team that you choose then is totally under your control as you are the boss,however as in real life,there are people to answer to-the fans and the board. Each clubs fans and board will have different expectations from you, so if you were to manage Barcelona, then you'd have to win most matches, finish in the top two or maybe win some silverware and if you dont then your out, simple as that, is the sack for you. However, if you were to manage Swansea City, then their expectations would be much lower, and just to survive relegation would maybe mean saving your job. Probably the most fun part of the game is the buying and selling of players, the board will give you a certain amount of cash for your disposale on new players and you must send out your scouts across the world and they will report back to you on the talent that is available. Looking for players is what you will probably spend most of your time doing on the game, and believe me, this becomes very addictive, especially if you pull off a deal bringing in Ronaldo or Batistuta to Everton (by far the greatest team to have graced this land). Tactically the game has everything, combining the statistics of all the players (and there are a hell of a lot for each player-like pace, finishing, aggresion etc) and placing them together in your first eleven strategically different for each opposition ( or 4-4-2 every game-whatever you
          like). Then it comes to the match, unfortunately you dont get to see any of the game visually but instead get a commentary of the game(this is a hell of a lot better than it sounds) on the screen, and when you score the screen flashes-simple yet effective! The only major part of the game which i found unrealistic to real life though, is the Bosman rulling. The Bosman rulling allows players out of contract to go to another club without the other club having to pay a transfer fee to the players club. In real life this works fine(or does it?) but in the game its possible to create a world class team without even spending any money on transfers, all you have to do is, in December make a search for players ending their contracts in July and shortlist them, you will then be told immediately when you can have contract disscussions with them, this doesnt allow you to buy everyone, but it does allow you to constantly get world class players in for a nominal fee-different to real life. But hey, what am i complaining about, this game is so big that not everything is going to work about perfect. After six hours of sitting at your computer playing this game, you are completely addicted, it becomes boring-very boring, just screen after screen of statistics, yet somehow it captivates you and you are held there playing this game until you get the sack(eventually its gotta be inevitable hasnt it?). One more thing this game was made by Everton fans, the greatets fans of the greatest team of all time(good bye and good ridance francess jeffers) so that has got to qualify this game as the best there is, the best there was and probably the best there ever will be!

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            24.05.2001 20:56
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            Firstly I am sorry for putting this opinion in this category when I am actually going to talk about Championship manager 00/01, for some strange reason I cannot write an opinion about it in the championship manager 00/01 part but now that I have explained myself.... This game offers a huge in depth study of how to be a football manager, even though this will never happen to the majority of us some of us beloved football fans like to dream of managing our favorite team into the premiership and European cup and the one true and most realistic way is to do this through championship manager 00/01. This game offers a lot of actions you can take towards your players and the board and even the FA, actions towards the players include Fining them, releasing them on a free transfer and you can even tell them either how much the club need them or that they are not needed by the club anymore and in this game now more then ever the players get emotional about certain things i.e. Being substituted or if they think the club is not buying enough players. The actions you can ask the board for are : Stadium expansion, more money, better training facilities and if you are not doing so well you can ask for a bit of confidence and the FA you can ask to postpone a match or complain about the referee. When you have got your side and you want to start training them and setting the tactics this is very easily done but it is very in depth as well you can do as much or as little training and tactics as you like but it will affect your teams performance. The transfer system is very easy and does not really need any explaining. There is about 26 countries leagues to choose from and this gives the game the depth I was talking about and the statistics are all accurate and up to date for when the game was released and there is a game editor for all the new transfers that game does not have on you can do them. The media get involved a lot more then before asking you questions about your pl
            ayers and you can defend or criticize your player or you can just say no comment. This game is the best football/soccer manager sim ever made and I think that no game will ever beat it Matthew Buxton

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              04.05.2001 04:05

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              A Very Good game - Advantages: Lastability, Playability - Disadvantages: Repetitive

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              17.04.2001 10:13

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              Having played CM 97/98 and loving that I was really looking forward to playing this. One little criticsm I had of the previously mentioned game was that it could really have done with a LITTLE more depth. With CM3 I got that and more. There is padding a game out and then there is padding it out with confusing gibberish. No longer was I sure of what was the right approach to take, no longer could I be sure I had bought the right player. CM3 is supposed to be more realistic. In that respect it succeeds brilliantly but its use of al the information is not so good. Half the time I didnt know what was the right tactics to use. In the real world you can keep changing things, moving players around etc. but its not much fun in a computer game. There are just too many variables. Its a matter of trial and error a lot of the time to find out what works. You certainly need patience to get a grip of this game. Despite all that, this is by far THE best football management game out there. You certainly dont want to check out any of the other inferior offerings, but you certainly need to put in a lot of time and thought which some people wont want to do.

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              15.03.2001 22:17
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              I loved playing this game. I say loved, because I could only play a few seasons before the software gave up on me. It's probably just a conflict between my hardware, which is getting on a bit, and the game which is at it's minimum requirements. So I'll give it the benefit of the doubt. But time after time it would hang and I uninstalled and reinstalled the bloody thing but it always went west just before something interesting was about to happen, you know, a) the next game was to clinch promotion, or b)I was about to bag David Beckham for Hartlepool, or sack Sir Bleedin' Alex Ferguson....again. Presuming it does work ok for every body else then it's a great management game, if that's your bag. No action to speak of, no moving parts at all in fact, if you discount the option of flashing text. Statto will love it. It's all facts and figures and if you install the whole game, which takes up acres of hard drive space by the way, it is very comprehensive, right down to the non league clubs. Some pictures, and a few ooohs and arrrrs from Villa fans helped the game along, but held up the game a bit. You can choose any club to start, from Man.U in the Premier League as it was called then (where is the challenge in that?), right down to Hayes in the Conference. Or choose a foreign league as I believe they play the beautiful game in other countries, oh yes. You have endless options as a manager, most of which I ignored as fortunately I do have a life. I found them unnecessary as it was all to easy to submit to the temptation to cheat as I took Hayes to FA Cup glory. I would have won the Premier League as well but for the software hanging. Basically you create another player, manage ManU and he buys all your bad players for a fortune, and Bob's you father's brother, to coin a phrase. And ManU get relegated and become bankrupt. Great! So now I hate it and it's back on the shelf w
              here it will remain. Until the next time I'm bored probably. I can't wait to fire Ferguson again. Now where did I put it.......?

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                01.01.2001 04:21
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                Championship Manager is a series of simulations where you try yourself as a manager of teams from the conference to the premiership. It is the most realistic manager game of all time and also the most in depth and popular! I am now going to name a few important players which you cannot afford not to have in your team: 1:Tonton Mokouko 2:Michael Duff 3:Tom Cowan 4:Justin Walker 5:Richard Logan 6:Chris Hope 7:Izzy Iriekpen 8:Carl Laurie 9:Dale Watkins 10:Richard Wellens 11:Tom Youngs 12:Titus Bramble 13:Jeffrey Minton 14:Robert Douglas 15:James Flood 16:Kevin Sandwith 17:Geoff Pitcher 18:Kevin James 19:Michael Barron 20:Mark Smith 21:Robert Trees 22:Stephen Foster 23:George O'Callaghan 24:Paul Emblen 25:Mark Nicholas 26:Danny Higginbotham 27:Jamie Victory 28:Andrew Duncan 29:David Rush 30:Chris Beech I must remind people that most of these players are brilliant if you're starting in the Conference/third division and later on in the game . Although some are worthy of more. In Championship Manager you can manage tactics, training, contracts, part exchanges and your clubs finances. You don't actually get to watch the matches. This is an excellent idea because watching the matches wastes time and believe me the more time you have on this game the better. I had a game going for 22 seasons! The best teams to be are: conference:Telford 3rd division:Scunthorpe, Cambridge 2nd division:Bristol Rovers Instead of watching the game you watch commentary on screen and during the game you can make substitutions according to your player ratings. At the end of the day your hard work and efforts are rewarded when you get manager of the month, hopefully! You cannot afford to miss this game. It is well worth the money that it was bought for. WARNING: Do not buy if you have exams soon, it becomes rath
                er addictive!

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                  04.12.2000 17:23

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                  After i had bought this game, i was totally hooked on it. It is one of the best games, not only on the PC, but in the world. Most other manager games that I had played on were not very good, but this game is just so addictive. Even after around ten seasons, it is still as addictive, there is just so much to do, you have to try to win everything, and you have to try to find good, young players for the future. If you had to buy one game to last you the rest of your life, this would have to be that game!

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                  17.11.2000 19:38

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                  I have been a fan of football management games ever since I used to watch a bunch of stick men score or miss on my spectrum many moons ago. But this game has so much detail it is like being a real manager. This game is so addictive and I was playing it so much I was close to failing a year of university study, very sad I know. But for every football fan out their who lkes management games beware you could end up losing your job and becoming a recluse. The format of CM3 is better than previous CM games and is much more detailed. It is also a lot harder and can be very frustrating. But their are many web sites that can help you with tactics and who are the best players. You can also download a data editer which allows you to change anything in the game. For example you could put yourself in the Manchester United squad.

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                  17.11.2000 18:57
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                  I'll ask you a simple question, and it goes like this, have you ever played premier manager before? If yes then you will see why champ manager 3 is without doubt the mother of all management games. Premier manager attracts people with it's pathetic little highlights feature which you hardly ever use, champ manager has proper features like player histories and player manager disputes. The whole game is so realistic that you never get bored simply because you never complete the game because there is always a new season to compete in. You can but players cheap (Scandinavian players) and develop them into better players who even pick up the nations language. Young players become world class and as they develop they become able to take on the worlds best players such as Totti, Vieri and who could forget the almighty Rivaldo. One word of warning though, if you want to still have a social life DO NOT BUY THIS GAME because it is that addictive that your friends may not recognise you the next time they see you.

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                  10.11.2000 13:15

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                  Have you ever dreamed about managing your favourite football team? Training you players, buying and selling, qualifying for Europe, winning the league, all of this is possible with Championship Manager. Championship Manager is an excellent game. As soon as you run the game, you are greeted with a screen asking you to choose your team and type in your name. You can even password protect your games. Then when you have started the game there are just so many possibilities that I cannot mention them all. However, I will mention some. You can even go on holiday, resign, retire, arrange friendly matches, arrange a tour of a country, even arrange a tournament and a whole lot more. So if you see Championship Manager in your local shop, I would highly recommend you to buy it.

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