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Fifa Manager has for a few years now been an offering I have given a chance to as I enjoy being able to watch my team perform out on the pitch and once again this offering from EA Sports allows for you to view your matches but have things moved on from Championship level last year or are the playoffs the best that can be hoped for?
Fifa Manager 11 once again brings fans the opportunity to manage their favourite clubs with over 25 leagues on offer (much less than Football Manager 2011 offers up but very respectable still) including the major leagues like the English Premier League, Spanish LaLiga, Major League Soccer and the Bundesliga.
The game delivers a very good presentation style allowing you to manage your side whilst watching the game unfold and thus enabling you to make decisions quickly if you see things needing to be changed out there on the pitch. Excellent graphics and sound throughout the game ensures that the game offers up an excellent chance to view a game and feel the true tensions felt by managers in the real life game (not to the same extent admittedly).
EA Sports have developed the transfer market to ensure that it is more user friendly that previous versions of the game. If you wish to use the clubs funds to bring in new players then the new transfer market improvements make this a much easier option for you and with scouting available then finding the perfect player to fit the bill is even easier than ever before. The game now offers greater player versatility enabling you to try players outwith their favoured positions and use training and allow them to develop their skills and comfort within their new positions.
EA Sports have continued with their developments to offer up greater control over your sides tactical approach to the matches with the tactics wizard making it easier than ever before to make changes to your setup.
The game offers up a great amount of media interaction which has been something EA Sports have continued to push on with each year to try to develop the depth of this feature and once again it is prevalant in this offering which is something I personally find to be really good as the real life game is so media intensive so to bring a little of this to the management experience in the game is really good and brings a lot more realism to the intensity you would go through in the real life job.
The game does offer up a good game depth but when you do compare this to Football Manager 2011 then you are going to find that it does fall very much short of the levels achieved by them. This is all down to how much depth you wish to experience and how challenging you like to have your management experience.
Overall if you are wishing for a game aimed at entertainment over depth of game play then this will be an excellent choice but I would still always recommend Football Manager 2011 for overall longevity and gaming experience.