Product Type: Electronic Arts PC games
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A football management game that won't ruin your marriage!
FIFA Manager 08 (PC)
Member Name: paulie1975
FIFA Manager 08 (PC)
Advantages: Easy to pick up, good graphics, solid but not overwhelming options
Disadvantages: Sometimes it can be a bit too easy
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 While it is now two years out of date, it doesn't ruin the experience for me, as I can still buy the players I want from other clubs and also consider younger players who at this time might not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.
Summary: A football management game that won't ruin your marriage!
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