I recently bought this following the release of FIFA Manager 11. This might sound like an odd statement, but I find quite often that when a new Electronic Arts franchise comes out for the following year, previous copies reduce in price significantly. In this case I managed to get a copy of this for £5.75 on Amazon.
I chose FIFA Manager 08 for the simple reason that I read the reviews on here and on Ciao.co.uk and on Amazon and decided that for some reason the game had peaked at this point, as reviews of last years and this years versions were terribly disappointing mentioning bugs and awful programming errors.
The reason I wanted a copy of this game, was because I had a copy of one of the earlier versions (Which also had a bug) and had enjoyed the mix of excellent graphics and a reasonably detailed (but not to the point it can ruin your normal life like Football manager) game play.
The game itself is a traditional management game, you can choose a club of your choice from a wide range, as it is an EA Football title, the clubs and player names are all entirely real. While it is now two years out of date, it doesn't ruin the experience for me, as I can still buy the players I want from other clubs and also consider younger players who at this time might not have been on the radar but are now widely known such as Jack Wilkshere of Arsenal or Jack Rodwell of Everton.
The game allows you to simply manage or you can take control of the team also during matches and play games, this is not as good as playing FIFA but has a similar movement system and can help you get a few extra points in some of the big games through your own skill rather than relying on the variables of football management.
The game has a massive number of leagues and players to look at, you can scout in a much more realistic way than some other games. Rather than having all player statistics at the touch of a button, you literally have to go watch them or send a scout to have any idea of their potential and their current performance. This does offer you a bit more opportunity to scout unknown gems and ensures that not every team in the world knows about every player, meaning when you find a real future star sometimes it is down to your hard work and research and not simply scouring a couple of databases.
The game also proves really good fun in the new communication system between Manager and players, you have many more options to encourage or discipline players and their performance does correlate to what you tell them. If you promise to make them the club captain and then never play them, their confidence will suffer, but manage them properly and their performance levels will rise accordingly.
One of the key things for me about this game is it is easy to pick up and play. With Football Manager, you really need to concentrate on every aspect of the team to develop in anyway which rewards time and dedication, this game doesn't have nearly as many features and means it can be a nice game to play for football fans who want to relax for an hour or two without being utterly consumed by it.
I enjoyed the transfer system, the management of the game is fun, it doesn't have the complexity of future versions apparently, but the gameplay is simple with better graphics than rival games and it offers a realistic but not life altering opportunity to control your local team or any club of your choosing.
This game is for casual players and football fans alike, its well worth £6 and has decent graphics, gameplay that will last for at least a few months if not longer and a challenging but not overwhelming number of options.
Well worth a look for those intimidated by the complexity of other football management games, or put off the later versions of this game by reviews, as I have been.
In a world dominated by football manager this game is a strong contender for top spot.
The graphics are very similar to the actual FIFA games which means they are much better than all the other manager games.
One of the highlights of the game is not the actual management but the 'be a pro' mode where you can be a player and the computer is the manager, it can be really fun especially if you take the role of a good player...but being a bad player is a bit boring (Damn steve mclaren for not picking lee cook for the Left midfield roll!).
The game allows you to really tinker with the formation and tactics in ways never seen before. Encourage players to make runs or hold back even tell players to play dirty or dive! Shocking!
OVerall this game is great and i would definatly recommend it to all footballing fans!
frankly,the best managing game i have seen so far,many interesting details have been included comparing to last year`s version,exiting features such as player manger mode,many more possibilities in the personal area and many more great features. in short,a game to enjoy!
Football Manager 2008 is the King in the jungle of the manager games, but that doesnt mean that FIFA Manager will not try to challenge their superior position so again this year they try their luck with the FIFA Manager 08.
AT a Glance
At a glance it seems an interesting alternative in its category that means a football manager tycoon game. FIFA Manager makes sure that highlights the reasons that make it different from its competition from the beginning of the game when you have loads and loads of interesting and more than satisfactory options to play with.
So you can seat on the bench of your favourite team, you can try your luck as an manager of your national team, you can become a football player (try Beckham its great!) or you can congregate your dream team and try to manage them! You even have the choice to be player and manager at the same time if the digital manager you choose is between the ages of 8-40!!!Really cool option to think about! Its very clever. After you make your choices your career can start.
I have to mention here that the choices you are making on the initial screen are very important as they will define the role that you are going to play as a manager or coach or a captain of the team and a programme does the management for you (!) if you choose to be a coach or football player.
This is what makes it different from football Manager 2008 BUT its my biggest objection/negative thing I have to mention about this game. If its about managing a team (FIFA MANAGER 2008 it says on the title) why does it giving you the option to be something else and have nothing to do with the management of the team/players??
INTERFACE ABOUT THE GAME
Nothing new really in comparison with the FIFA Manager of the past but that can be a good thing as it didnt take loads of time to acclimatise myself with the new version.
If you havent played it in the past you will have no problem whatsoever to get into the game as the keys and the menus are very user friendly and with some practice you will be ready to play.
I found the vertical menu on the left very practical with the automatic hiding that offers useful links and advices and it doesnt take any space.
FIFA Manager 2008 in not about only your and you teams activities in the field but also in the activities outside of it. That means that if you have chosen the hard way with absolutely everything to pass through your own hands then you have to deal with the sponsors, merchandising, with the tactics that you are going to follow with the teams, regular coaching transitions, contracts, technical team, academies, facilities, press conference and generally everything! The very practical and user friendly menus can make this a piece a cake for you rest assured!
You can still have personal life as a manager as in the previous ones and you can create a family before or after the beginning of our career. You can spend as much time as you want on doing your hobbies, you can buy all the luxury items you like as well!
You can watch the matches in four different ways : 3D match mode, text mode, videotext mode and instant results.
The 3D match mode transfers you in the field and broadcast the game by using the machine pattern of FIFA 2008 : the courts, the players, the gameplay,narration everything is FIFA products which is probably a positive point!
The environment and the atmosphere are satisfactory and the football grounds are spot on. I thought that the realism during the games was limited and pixelised on many occasions but apart of these all were working fine!
The text mode it reminded me the mythical Championship Manager with written notes and comments and you have loads of info, reports και statistical analysis. The interesting thing in this mode is that you can intervene as a match is taking place and you can chose between two options that one of your players have which at times is really handy!
The videotext mode it will remind you as it did to me TV teletext and simply informs you about the score and the instant results mode is only taking you to the screen with the final results. Its seems boring but again is about the options you have made at the beginning of the game.
The training of the team is pretty cool. Nothing spectacular but good. You can help one of your players to concentrate on improving an area that needs improving and you can also create your own unique tactics. You an use the Match Analysis Tool (MAT), a useful tool that can give you ideas and suggestions about your players (e.g sell them!) or how successful are the tactics you are having.
The most interesting part of the game that has taken all my valuable time is the out of the football ground activities. The public relations, the merchandizing, the tickets, the facilities etc.
This aspect of the game is unique and none else is offering it not even the Football Manager.
As an example, your comments on the press can play vital role on the atmosphere that your team has as well as the conversations that you can have personally with the players of the team. You can tell them what you want from them and how you plan to use them in the future. The first time I made use of this, after a few matches a player approached me and he wanted to know if I am in his immediate plans as he felt his talent has been neglected! Fascinating!
For your club to be ok, financial stability is needed. That means for example that you need to strike good deals with the sponsors. You have the option to sell the name of the football ground that you are using see Chris Moyles Stadium of the Featherstone Rovers Rugby League Football Club!! If you see that you are ok financially leave these to your assistant and get involved with the team- tactics, training etc depending on your initial options.
Your information regarding issues of your team is coming through
in-game internet sites and newspapers!
In comparison with the previous FIFA Manager, the 2008 version has more than 2.000 extra pictures of players and the addition of the Australian, Irish and Czech Republic championships. No bad addition but you will never go through all these!It is good I suppose to have options!!!
A problem that I had during the installation of the game is that when it was the time for the element «Ankaragü.tga» to be loaded, a message cropped up asking me to put the DVD in the Drive!!! While the DVD was in the drive! I didnt do anything and the installation was aborted! It freaked me a little bit. I did it again and the same problem appeared. Before I take it back and demand a refund I did some research on the internet and I realised that was a frequent problem of FIFA Manager 2008! The suggested solution (copy all the files from the DVD to your PC and rename the «Ankaragü.tga» to «Ankaragu.tga»and thats it!) worked for me and after a game I forgot all about it!
Generally, its a little bit better than last years but it cannot stand against Football Manager if we try to compare it. The way I see it is a brilliant alternative to Football Manager with the unique features of becoming a general/technical and marketing manager as well as the 3D coverage of the matches and the very interesting player editor as strong points.
Purchased from Amazon.co.uk:£24.97 there is a £0.01 - £0.03 variation in the price from retailers like game.co.uk and tesco.com or even cheaper on eBay.co.uk if you fortunate!
Thank you for reading!