Yes, without question, the Football Manager series has unrivaled detail. The interface is easy to navigate and it is easy to get wrapped up in the drama of matches, competitions, tactics and transfers.
However, never once have I played on beyond one season. This is not because my attention span is not long enough, but because it takes so long!
It is also extremely difficult to compare players. Barring going through every stat and cross referencing each and every one, you can never know. Real footballers do not have ratings - they have form, experience and personality.
I feel Football Manager is lacking somewhat in approachability for novices. So, as good as it is, only the extreme Football fans who have a lot of time on their hands will find this a worthwhile purchase.
You will essentially need to give up several hours per day of your life.
Football manager is basically a game where you take on the responsibilities of managing a football club; it's produced by the arguably best producers of managing games there is, Sports Interactive. This game is also known as Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006 for those outside the UK, the second soccer game since the former Championship Manager developer SI (Sports Interactive) Games split from Eidos, has been released, and has quietly made it's way into the charts. After this Sports Interactive have still been able to maintain their production of excellent football management games.
This game will have you playing on it for hours on end! However the loading times on slow systems can be very frustrating! But really if you are into football like me, this is defiantly a game to purchase. However after 10 seasons or so you may feel that you have got all you can out of this game and become bored, but player the 10 seasons is definitely worthwhile gaming. The added media involvement within the game quite simply makes the game much more realistic, and adds to the enjoyment factor no end, for example in my game it said Wenger doubts Saxton's title hopes' and you can respond in many ways, from saying that you hate him to wanting to become friends! I usually go for the approach of Saxton cools war of words with Wenger' because I feel that all the talking should be done on the pitch, that's how close this game gets to the real thing.
There is also the addition of half time team talks, allowing you to greatly influence your player's performances, in an attempt to secure the win. At first it's a bit tricky to use, however with practice it is a useful and effective tool, if you don't want to use team talks, you can turn them off or even make your assistant manager do them.
Gameplay can vary; this depends on what team you choose to manage. For example, the game can be very easy if you choose to manage Chelsea, who seem to have an infinite amount of money, on the other hand if you choose a lower league club to manage, e.g. Torquay United, who are more likely to have less money, then you have to spend more time looking around the players market to find the most suitable player for your team. Buying players also depends on your clubs reputation; this makes the game realistic as it stops unlikely transfers and cheating. So Wayne Rooney is not going to go to a team in League 2.
There are a few bugs to the game however; the most frequent one that I come across is the penalty shootout glitch. You cannot do anything about this unless you download a patch from the game manufacturer's website (www.sigames.com). This glitch firstly involves your team participating in a penalty shootout when you have played 90 minutes and extra time. The glitch involves the penalty shootout finishing, and then post match, you find out that the score in the penalty shootout has changed! This can go for you or even against you! When this happened to me, I had just won a penalty shootout 3-1, but then post-match it said I lost 5-4!!! Weird eh?
Picking your team is very simple, you can either click and drag the position your want the player to play in, or alternatively you can right click and the player plays in the position that has not been filled. Team selection is all up to the player, unless you want your assistant manager to pick the team for you, I try to rest my best players against lower placed clubs so that they are fresh for the big games!
If you are new to this game, you can be finally thankful a brand new 20,000 word tutorial has been added into the game and can be accessed at any time. The manual is also enhanced to help you as well.
Well there really isn't really any graphics in this game as it is mainly text based, the match engine still looks good, with very few errors, this aspect of the game is fully customisable, allowing you to play with different balls, nets and kit colours, amongst others which is an improvement of the last game.
There is also limited sound in this game, only on matchdays is when your speakers are really needed. There still are little club specific chants, and to be honest a lot of the sound bites are tacky. However by using a downloadable sound pack to customise your experience, you can put right all of these problems. However, the game's default sounds don't warrant anything higher than a seven.
Despite the problems of the graphics and small problems with sound, this is due to the fact that not everybody has super fast computers and neither do I. The graphics and sounds are made up however brilliant gameplay which will have you glued for hours or even days! I managed to find this game for a very cheap price from amazon.co.uk for just £19.99 but it depends on what delivery you choose. It can be available for much cheaper on Amazon Marketplace.
This game is so addictive. You can choose nearly every team in the world. The game had an easy to use interface in which you can navigate around. The stats of the players are very realistic to their real abilities in my opinion and this adds more depth to the game. It is now more difficult to purchase world class players and is more realistic. You can now also express your opinions to the national press so it gives you more of an indepth experience. As mentioned the game is very addictive as you start your carrer and move upwards you can easily lose track of time playing this so be careful.
If you have nothing planned for the next six months, them FM 2006 will fill that gap perfectly. Simply place the CD into your PC and lose yourself in the hectic world of football management.
The game is very detailed, has hundreds of thousands of real-life players for you to choose, realistic in every way, even down to the half-time team talk.
There are so many features in FM2006 that it would be imposible to list here, but suffice to say I am still learning new tricks and tips almost 6 months after first playing the game.
I have played many football management games in my time, and this has to be most realistic to date. Highly addicitve, so be warned!
What can I say, this gaem gets better each year!! From the makers of the great Championship manager, comes Football manager! So many management games to choose from, I will always stop here first! Football manager has all the features we used to dream about when playing other management games. Team talks, media involvement, and so much more. You can control so many aspects if this game, so much that it takes you weeks to master every thing invloved. 2007 is out now, with so much more than this 2006. If you can't afford to update, never fear. Play on with 2006, it is so indepth, you can play so long your social life begins to break down!! Buy 2007 now!! Great game!!
Football manager never fails to suprise me, every year i think when i play this game that there is no way of improving it, then the day it comes out i buy it then play it, and it just amazies me, the board manager transaction is must better, the training it totaly revemped at is 100% better and the communication with the players is very exciting, the thing i like most is the way you can choose your wage budget and transfer money it gives it an extra edge, very impressed must get for all football fans
Another wonderfully crafted management / simulation game from Sports Interactive. I was blown away with Football Manager 2005, with the huge stride towards a realistic and complex football management game from the previous Championship Manager series.
Originally called Championship Manager for a long while, under the partnership of Sports Interactive and EIDOS, the brand was changed to Football Manager after both parties had mutual agreement in termination of the partnership, with EIDOS keeping the brand of 'Championship Manager' and SI taking the game format - it has to be said that Sports Interactive ended up the winner with the hugely successful Football Manager series, both 2005 and 2006 so far.
When I bought Football Manager 2006 on pre order from play.com for £24, I recieved it on the day of the general release in the shops. Before I installed it for the first time, I didn't know how they would better the previous version.
Of course, like any 2005 fans, I looked up on the internet for the new features, for screenshots, etc - and were intrigued as to how they would work out, etc.
On install, everything went smoothly and took no time to install, I thought. Most of the interface, graphics, layout, etc were pretty much the same as 2005 - which was fine with me as I quite liked how it looked on 2005 anyway.
As I started a new game with Liverpool (whooo !) I knew how to go around the general idea of the game seeing I had been almost became a static fixture on my chair for the past year playing the previous version.
FM 2006, as they have with FM 2005, had options to make the game slightly easier for newbies - such as the assistant manager taking control of contracts, coach automatically assigned to appropriate training methods, etc
If you want to set yourself a challenge, to prove to be a great manager, to be up there with the likes of Shankly, Clough, Paisley, Ramsey, etc - you can just simply not use the options to have assistance on things you'd like to do yourself.
The manual that came with the game, as always, was very clear, and organised in sections - newbies will have no problem picking up what is this and that with the help of the manual.
The new features for 2006 were :-
Team talks - Users now can give team talks at half time and full time, to boost their confidence or to encourage them to keep it going, etc. You can set talk for the whole team or give different talks to individual players. Excellent addition to the game.
In game tutorial - Good for newbies, with this switched on, there will be tutorials here and there. According to them, they are 30,000 tutorials available to guide the newbies and maybe even the seasoned users through the features in the game.
Injuries reporting - The physios now will report to you whenever a player is injuried and advices you which treatment would be suitable, etc. In previous version, the manager had to seek out for the injury prognosis.
Manager contracts - Another excellent addition to make the game realistic, now contracts are negotiated and given to the managers whenever they take up new job or renew their contract. The manager can negotiate by demanding guarantees from the board to some things such as increasing wages budget, transfer funds, stadium expansion, etc. The downside is that you can easily undersell yourself by giving yourself a very low wage in exchange for better guarantee (not exactly realistic in that sense, is it ?)
Touchline commands - Now you can change team tactics, individual responsiblities, etc from the touchline without pausing the game and going into the 'subsitution mode' - after confirming, the changes will be made when the ball goes out of play.
There are several more new features such as weight and height into the players stats, option to have graphical overview of various things instead of numbers, referees' profiles, news on ticker tape (including during match), ability to get into UEFA for Fair Play, and many more.
The game itself can be tough to start with, but with good scouting in place and some wheeling and dealing - you can build your team into a champion team (unless you started with Chelsea !)
Advisible to scout for young talents you can buy for cheap or free - sometimes you end up with players who did not develop enough to play at the top, but there will be a few who will, just exactly how it is in the real game :D
At the time of writing this, it is nearly time to go running for FM 2007, with scheduled release date around October - and from what I seen with the screenshots and the new features list. I would advise you all NOT to buy Football Manager 2006 ! :D
Although FM 2006 is wonderful and addictive game and recommended buying for anyone looking to get into this kind of game, you would be better off being patient and wait until october for the next version to come out.
If, unfortunately, you're not patient and, fortunately, loaded - then go ahead and buy FM 2006, just as long as you get FM 2007 too !!!
Long live Sports Interactive !
Football Manager 2006 is a great Managing game. It allows you to manage any team in the world and buy and sell players. This game allows you to create your own tactics and allows you to set your players to go on runs with the use of a freehand arrow. You see the games in 2 D mode and have an option to watch the highlights of the game once it has finished.
The game shows you , your managing qualities and also your faults and gives you a rating out of 20 on things eg How you as the manager handle the media.
The game allows you to establish yourself as a top manager and create an unbeatable team.
This is a phenomenal game, possibly too phenomenal... You will find yourself sat in front of a computer playing it during all your waking hours. Serious ally you'll get up to eat and pee and thats it, it's just such a great game.
To non football fans, you may not like it; it's basically a database in which you make managerial decisions. However for football fanatics this game is a must buy as said above it has all the players, all the teams. =).
Football Manager 2006 is a PC/Mac game wherby you are the manager of your chosen team. I bought this game on the day it come out in November 2005 and have been playing it ever since.
If you have any interest in the wonderful world of football, then you should buy this game, and bring glory to your team. Many people say, and have said to me (mostly women mind), 'what is the attraction of just watching and not actually playing?'. It's a good question, but I think the beauty of watching the match unfold infront of you is that you are not controlling it, you have used your footballing wit to create tactics, buy new players and train your players effectively, and now you are watching them play and seeing how well you have done and what you need to change to improve in your next match. If you were to actually play the match then your tactics would not be what determines the score but how good you are at the game.
There are hundreds of teams to be on the game stretching from the English Conference North/South to South Africa. In edition to that there are thousands of other teams who you cannot manage (and will probably have no desire to anyway) such as Egyptian clubs and the like.
The database of players is incredibly big and so, before you start your new game you state how large you want the database to be and what league you want to run in detail (if theya re not in detail then you cannot manage clubs from that country), as well as any additional nations you want to have players froom but you will not be able to play as clubs from that country. This is because, the bigger the database, the slower the game runs as it has more to load and run. If you have a very good, fast computer however, you could run all if you wish.
Currently, after playing many single player games, i am playing an online game with my friend. I couldn't believe how easy it is to start an online game. All you need is for everyone involved in the online game to have Football Manager 2006, and an active internet connection. Then you simply exchange IP addresses, type them into the relevant box on the game and you are connected, and the entertainment of it is second-to-none.
I have been involved in one other online game which was for a 'clan'. Clan's are groups of people who all play an online game together and write about their season on the game. The one i was involved with was called EPL Challenge and involced around 10 of us. We played every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday night for a couple of hours and it was so ejoyable.
I have done this review as i'd like to share the love for FM and perhaps spur people to go out and buy it. FM 2007 is due out at Christmas and should be even better than 2006, but because of this, FM 2006's price has dropped significantly and a new copy can be picked up for £10 in some places.
For a game that never gets boring due to it's sheer size and the choices it gives you, buy Football Manager 2006, and become a Manager.
You come to expect a certain degree of excellence from each new release of this great game, and the 2006 installment sure doesn't disappoint.
As I fired the disk up on my admittedly, rather new and hence pretty fast machine, I contemplated what I could do to fill my day while I waited for the extensive database to load up, but I was actually pleasantly surprised that I barley had time to boil the kettle before this game was up and running, well, that's the first improvement over it's predecessors then. In fact, most of the game is a huge improvement on previous versions in terms of loading times, advancing through each day is lightning fast and you have the option to run the match simulator in the background while you go about your day to day tasks as a football manager.
The interface is sleek, and while boasting an array of buttons, still actually quite easy to navigate. There is an endless number of options and settings which enhance the overall playing experience, admittedly, a little overwhelming at first but once you start to find your way around, you can become immersed in the game play, and when you do finally decided you really should get some sleep after a few hours solid playing....it's then that the realization hits you that, 2 jobs, 3 trophies, and countless transfers later, you've in fact been playing for 3 days, missed work, and consequently lot your actual job! but not is all lost, such is the realism of this football managerial simulator, Roman Abramovich will be on the blower sighting you as Jose's successor in no time ;)
This is not a pick up and play game, it requires dedication and a good temper, why good temper? well, one thing this game does lack is the "kick football boot in players face" a la Alex Ferguson button, it can consequently lead to you going through more keyboards than you've had hot meals when your team is not playing how you told them!
To summarize, if it's a football managerial game your after, you won't be disappointed if you buy this game.
What can I say...This really is one hec of a good game. It's got everything a budding manager could need. All the teams, All the players and All the highs and lows of the football world. This game does an amazing job of taking people to the next level. It combines all the good aspects of the champ manager series and even adds in some of its own. What a game. A sure fire match winner!
I have just sat back with a look of enormous satisfaction on my face. My lads at Wigan Athletic have just lifted the Champions League trophy. The fans love me I am in the boards good books and I have made a great dollop of cash to add to the coffers. All in all a good day.
If you do you have not played Football Manager you may turn round and say What on earth is he on about? If you have then you will well know the feeling I have described above.
Such is the addictive nature of this game that you do end up really caring what happens to the team you are managing. You find yourself in the supermarket thinking about who you will play on the left wing in Saturdays big game at Chelsea or you are worrying about who you can get in on loan as cover for your injured left back.
Overstated? Maybe a little, I will try to sort out the details of the game but in the end you will have to play it to find out.
In the box you get the game disc and a fairly comprehensive instruction manual. Once you have mastered the basics though the only real way to discover the intricacies of the game is to play it.
So what is all the fuss about?
Football Manager 2006 is the latest in a long line of Football management games from SI Interactive distributed by Sega. The series started as Championship Manager before the franchise was split with Eidos two years ago when the new name was born.
So to the game.
As you can imagine from the title you take the role as the manager of a football team and try to guide them to success. Whether you take charge of Chelsea and try to win the Premiership in your first season in charge or whether you take charge of a lowly conference side and try to work their way through the leagues, that is up to you. You could even take charge of continental clubs and see what success you have there or maybe you fancy Sven Gorans job and try to bring the World Cup back to England, that is entirely up to you. So large is the scope of this game.
It is a complicated game; there is no denying that. You have to manage all aspects of your club from hiring and firing both players and staff to sorting out tactics and training schedules.
The management side of the game is played through a series of menu linked screens where a range of tasks are accomplished.
Possibly the most important is the player screen. This holds all the qualities of the player with each having a value between 1 and 20 (the higher the better) Other useful facts and figures such as contract details, value and condition amongst others are also to be found here. There are also links that enable you to discipline the player or offer him a new contract etc.
One big plus that this game has is that all club, player and staff names are authentic and an army of researchers try to make sure that the players statistics are as close to reality as possible.
Through the media screen you are given a wide range of news items such as interaction with other managers or whether a bid you have put in for a player has been accepted. News of injuries to your players comes through this screen, as does feedback from both your Board of Directors and from fans amongst many other items.
Possibly the most fun part of the game is spending the clubs millions on new players. Whether you want to buy that classy Brazilian striker or you are in the market for an ageing pro on a free contract there are literally thousands to choose from. To make the searching easier there are filters that allow you to make your search more refined. Once you find the player you want then it is up to how much money you have and how good your negotiating skills are. Firstly you have to get the other club to sell him to you and then negotiate a contract with the player that he is happy with.
So does that sound like a lot for your money? Well we are not finished yet. Once you have bought and honed your team of world-beaters there is matchday to test your managerial skills to the limit.
Once you have picked your team and sorted out which tactics you will use the match is played using a 2D match engine. Circles on the screen represent your players as they move around the pitch with a running commentary at the bottom. It is up to you how much of the game you watch and the speed that it is played. You have to make substitution decisions and can change your tactics at any time during the game.
At half time you get the chance to talk to your players. You can praise them if they are winning 4-0 or can shout at them if the score is the other way round. What you say at half time will affect how they perform in the second half so be careful what you choose to say to them. At the end of the game you get the chance to comment on their performance as well. Links are available throughout the game allowing you to see match facts and anything that might allow you to improve how your team is doing. Scores in other games can be seen as well so if it is the last day of the season and you need Arsenal to lose 5-0 to Sunderland to get you into Europe then you can see what is happening.
Throughout the match there is crowd noise and chants to add to the occasion.
Throughout the game any comments that you may make about players or in response to other managers words to you affect the team either by buoying up or putting a dampener on their morale. In some cases it might even upset one of your players so much that he puts in a transfer request. So the moral is watch what you say.
As in real life the managers job is a precarious one. Keep winning and everybody loves you. Look like you are going to get relegated and suddenly you are public enemy number one and very quickly you could find yourself looking for another job.
There is a job centre, should you be in the unfortunate position of having parted company with your old employers. All the available jobs are to be found here. You can apply for any of them of course prospective employers might be a bit wary of you if you have just got your last team relegated so dont aim too high.
So that is it. There is much more detail in the game than I have been able to mention here and I wont deny that it is a complicated game to the Football Manager virgin. I think it is well worth persevering with it and you will find out just how absorbing it gets. Just dont be surprised if the Mrs gets annoyed when she cant get your attention for hours on end or you say that you cant go to the cinema because you have got Juventus away in the Champions League. So for new players you have it all before you and for old hands there are plenty of new features for you to get to grips with
Problems? I suppose the only real grouch is the loading and processing time that can be quite long especially if you have an ageing PC. This has been addressed from older versions of the game where loading times were horrendous. This version allows you to do tasks whilst the processing is carried out in the background which is good. Apart from that I have no complaints apart from the fact that sometimes the choice of comments you are given for certain situations may not fit exactly what you think should be said but that is a very minor point.
Multiplayer is possible but as I have not tried it I dont feel qualified to expound on its quality.
Purchasing details, Football Manager 2006 is available at a wide range of software sellers at a wide range of prices. Play.com have it for £17.99. That is the cheapest I have seen.
This is the PC version that I own but it is available in slightly different form on both the Xbox 360 and shortly the PSP.
There is a patch available for download that includes all the data for the last transfer window so if that is applied the data on your new game will be totally up to date.
© Docpov April 2006
Football Manager 2006 is the second game from Sports Interactive since their split from Eidos and the "Championship Manager" brand name. Football Manager 2005 was a success (which it was always going to be considering Sports Interactive were the owners of the popular Championship Manager game engine) and Football Manager 2006 continues with this.
Gameplay and game engine
Football Manager 2006 is very similar to Football manager 2005 in a lot of ways. They have the same sort of look and set-up. You have the option of a quickstart (which just basically sets you up in the lowest possible options), new game, load game, load last game and network game (setting the game up online so you can join and play through leagues with your friends). You can set up as many leagues as your computer recommends and you're off and running.
The great thing about the FM series is it's gameplay. The core dynamics of the game is really quite simple. You take control of nearly any football club in world football. You then run the daily ins-and-outs of that club, from signing new players to keeping the club afloat by paying off debts or watching what you spend. The FM interface makes this so easily to do that you shouldn't get lost or anything.
The improvements for FM2006 are mainly deep into the game. These include minor changes such as contract options and training schedules. The main feature that is new to FM2006 is the ability to give out team talks during the matches. You get to choose via a drop-down menu how you think of a certain player or the whole team in general. So if your team is playing poorly you can give them a rollicking or even praise them if they've got the game in the bag.
FM2006, of course, doesn't come without it's faults. The AI is sometimes very poor. A well-known glitch is where you dominate a match having 20+ shots on goal yet still end up losing to a team who had only 2 shots on goal. This can happen a few times in a row and can get quite frustrating. Other smaller problems include certain far-fetched transfers during the course of the game.
Look and graphics
There aren't much graphics to talk about when it comes to FM2006. Being a sim game the most amount of graphical prowess you can expect is probably a fancy 2D pitch model. This isn't a bad thing though. Fancy graphics can sometimes make up for other let-downs in the gameplay. FM2006 has no such issues.
The look is often important to a sim game and FM2006 gets this right. You can choose the main sub-menu to be either on the left or the right (really up to what hand you use). You can also download skins off the internet to apply. These can range from almost anything and are very easy to install.
Like FM2005 and the Championship Manager series before that, FM has never really been a resource hogger. You don't need an expensive graphics card or tons of RAM to run it and it runs quite solidly on an average computer. Although more RAM wouldn't hurt. It would also let you run more leagues without long loading times. The loading times are usually quick though (a part from certain international matches in the game).
I run FM2006 pretty well with 256 RAM. Sure the loading times are a bit long, but nothing too out of the ordinary for any previous FM owner.
Overall I think Football Manager 2006 is a sufficient improvement on FM2005 and I would recommend it to any fan of the FM series. It may not be a massive leap from FM2005 but the improvements and updates are worth it for the relatively budget price.
As you might know football manager 2006 is really an update of the 2005 version with some added features. these are:
manager/player interaction - You can resolve your players issues such as requesting first team football or feeling threatened by new signings.
Manager negotiations - You can negotiate your own contract as well as prioritising wage and transfer budgets with the board.
In game tutorial - If you have never played a football manager game then this is worth doing.
New injury module: There are improved physio assessments and new treatment decisions - make short term fixes for critical games, or you can take care of your players fitness in the long term.
New tactical options: You can now time waste and swap player positions
New tactical working - Monitor your opponents tactical changes via the formation panel in order to counter their changes as the game is played out - no need to pause the action (which is great)
They are just some of the new features in this game. I would say this is the best manager game i have ever played because you can play it all the time and it never gets boring.
One of the many fan-inspired features to make it into FM 2006 will be that, for the first time, managers will be able to negotiate with their board of directors - not only for a better contract for themselves, but also for improved player wage budgets and increased transfer budgets or even stadium expansion. Be aware though, if you push too hard and don't reach the heights that the board specify, you'll soon be looking for a new job.