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There are some games that go beyond 'playing' and become obsession. Championship Manager 3 is one of those games.
A huge success when it was launched, Championship Manager 3 is arguably the most in-depth and comprehensive football management simulation for its time. But the developers didn't think it was perfect. No they have refined their formula, added plenty of new options and updated all player and team stats to create Championship Manager Season 99/00.
Season 99/00 is a stand alone game but it uses the same engine as Champ Man 3 but with a few alterations. The biggest difference is that Season 99/00 has been 'humanized' to a certain extent. Hundreds of new phrases have been added to the commentary making it much less repetitive and more free flowing.
A lot of attention has also been spent on making the world outside of your football club come to life. The press is very evident and has a great influence on your players and your boss. They will report on players unhappiness, transfer rumours, which managers have been given a dressing down by the chairman, anything and everything that real papers discuss.
The players themselves now have much more personality. Players will now complain about their wages, their conditions, the quality of the stadium, etc; they might even fail to turn up altogether. And along with the players comes their agents negotiating for the best deal.
As a manager your life has been made a bit easier by an improved scouting system which lets you be even more specific with your criteria. Youth development also has an important part to play in the game, particularly if you are managing a smaller club. A carefully cultivated young player can turn your fortunes. And you will need plenty of money as you now have the ability to order stadium improvements or build a completely new one.
The statistics are incredibly accurate, the tactical management is comprehensive.