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The most realistic and in-depth football management simulation game available, don't be surprised if your social life goes out of the window after purchasing. Tension, joy, agony - it has it all.

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      28.09.2010 23:34
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      A very good game

      Football Manager 2009 is an addition of the Football Manager franchise which I think helped change how we see football management games. I have always found the football manager games some of the best around with plenty to do and very time consuming. The game is about you setting yourself up as a manager of a football team and you can choose from many leagues in the world. You can choose the top sides in the business or the lower league sides and you have to try and reach the targets of your boardroom. If they want promotion or for you to win the league you need to try and reach those aims or face being sacked from your job. The game entails many leagues and players so it takes plenty of memory up on your system but overall you get plenty of enjoyment because you control all aspects of the team you're in control off. If you want to sort out tactics or the formation of a side you do all this and training methods. You can hire and fire staff such as coaches and backroom trainers and you try and scout the world for better players all the time. When playing the game the actual matches you choose the players and tactics of the team you have chosen but it can take a long time for the game to be finished with because you can choose to view only commentary for the games or even view highlights should you wish. The game time takes a while but it covers all aspects of a game and allows you to alter the team in any way you see fit in order to win the game. You get to sell and purchase players in the transfer market and when you do this you have to sort out the wages and the other financial obligations which go towards the transfers of players. When playing the game I find the biggest problem the duration of each match because although I do appreciate the idea of playing a game where you can win matches and trophies it can take forever to get through a season and I find it very frustrating. You do get to control all the club in terms of transfers and how the team works which helps but I just sense the game could offer more if they took some parts out of the game. The match play show highlights but they are not top replays which you might hope to see and the commentary if you play to quickly can end a match much too quickly so this is another problem I have found as well. There is many teams to play and take control over which I find very good and a huge reason to make a purchase of this game and when you play you have to remember you need good graphics and a fast computer otherwise face the prospect of losing out on a great game.

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      11.06.2010 00:08
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      not bad game but coudl easily be improved

      After a very impressive Football Manager game with football manager 2008, i expected i very good addition to the series with football manger 2009 but was sadly i a little disappointed. The much awaited 3D pitch was very poor. The newly added features were fairly good but they were definitely able to be improved and it only really made you want to play football manager 2010 and made you want it to come out straight away. To be honest i much prefer football manager 2008 and would rather spend my time on that game but this is still worth buying if you don't have football manager 2008 as it is an improvement on the ones before that. I think that because it has taken sooo long for them to develop a 3D pitch i was a little ambitious with what i thought they could achieve and expected fifa graphics when really that wont be happening any time soon.

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      03.03.2010 21:52
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      A great game for football fans who think they could manage a team better than their current coach

      Football manager to me is the best game ever; ok I thought I'd get that out of the way. I've been a fan since the Championship Manager days (the main creators moved over - so don't play the championship managers games that are released these days as they haven't been very good). So much so I have yet got round to buying the latest version (which has been out for at least 4 months) I just don't need to really. I am now currently in the 2026-27 season. Yes I play too much. Now the game is a football manager (surprise) simulation where you control a football team from a choice hundreds of leagues and divisions around the world from Barcelona to Accrington Stanley (I am now England and Manchester United manager.) The game is so full of details its astonishing and you can decide how in depth you would like to go (or you can assign your assistant to renew contracts, take team talks, arrange friendly's, sort out the training or you can do it yourself - make sure he's a good assistant if you go down this route) and it's your job to steer your team up the league by playing mind games against other managers, buying the best players, figuring out the best tactics for your team all the while trying not to go bankrupt on anger certain players (some can be volatile like in real life). It's a great game which I play every day on and off (currently at 108 days of game play apparently - Blimey I'm a loser) If you love football and want to give it a go at being the next Alex Ferguson give this game a go and as the game regenerates new players you don't need to play Wayne Rooney until he's 57, a lot of fun comes from finding a new wonder kid and stealing in him from the clutches of one of your rivals. Any questions about the game feel free to message me Tony

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      01.02.2010 22:43
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      Another great installment by Sports Interactive games.

      I have always loved football management games ever since the early days of Premier Manager 3 for the Amiga. It is certainly interesting to see how well management games have progressed during recent times and how realistic they are now. Football Manager 2009 is, for me, the first step in the next generation of football management games. It has now introduced the 3d match engine which allows gamers to see the players on the pitch playing the tactics that they have been ordered to follow. On the 3d match engine you can shout orders from the touch line and make quick and easy substitutions to try and steal a victory from the clutches of a draw. From realistic transfers to a huge database of clubs, players and teams. You can manage team from anywhere in the world and on every continent. You can manage from the low leagues of the Blue Square Premier to the heights of the Champions League, even the Nations of the world can be managed as you can bid to win the world cup. The only problem for me about this game is that the user interface and layout has not been dramatically changed for a while, for me this shows a lack of vision and although many new features are always being added, it is becoming increasingly confusing how to navigate across some areas of the interface. You can also play against friends over the internet and at home on a Local Area Network. Overall this is a brilliant management game that is much better than its Championship Manager rival.

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        07.01.2010 11:21
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        5/5

        As a big, big fan of Football, it's only natural that I would love to take charge of my favourite football teams and take them to the top of the football world. Football Manager 2009 has been improved since the previous edition, in so many ways. The match engine has been totally revamped and runs a lot smoother and crisper. However, I have always been a fan of playing with just the commentary, therefore I knock all the 2D match engines off as it allows me to play the game quicker. The transfer system has been revamped and is far better than it used to be with you having to pay more realistic prices for bright youngsters, or those who are more reliable experienced professionals. The game has nearly every league and country to manage from which is really nice, because you can be nearly every team in the entire world, ranging from Adelaide United to Wisla Warsaw. The improvement of Feeder and Parent clubs is good as later on in the game you can choose what type of feeder club you would like, which will help your board find an appropriate source. The interactivity has also been improved with the addition of press conferences which add more realism to the game. After playing Football Manager since they were first released, up until Football Manager 2010, I would say that Football Manager 2009 is by far the best version of the game, and even the newest version hasn't come close to the game. I would recommend this game to everyone who enjoys football, as it is probably everyones dream to manage their favourite team and players.

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        27.11.2009 10:09
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        Excellent game, by far the best for PC

        Every time a Football manager game comes out, it goes straight to the top of the gaming charts, and 2009 was no different. They get bigger and bigger every time which means that the developers have a lot of work to do to make it better than the previous one. Of course the succeeded with this game and it was much better than 2008. This was the first football manager to have the 3D match engine. It is still a long way until we see graphics like we see in Fifa in the match engine but its a start, it looks like Fifa graphics from back in the 90's. The only reason the graphics are so bad in the match engine is because you would need a very powerful computer just to run it. You need at least 2GB of RAM to play this game with the match engine turned off and about 4GB if you want it on and if the graphics were like Fifa, it simply wouldn't run. The player database is truly outstanding, with all first team players, reserve team players and youth players. As always you can decide what active leagues you want in the game, I usually pick the big 3, English, Spanish and Italian leagues but you can turn the others on if you want to. There still aren't many player faces in the game but you can download your own face packs from the internet and put them in the game folder which is a simple process. The managing tactics and formations are fully customizable, if you want to change something about the way a player plays then you can. You can also download other people's tactics and use them for your own team. There are 2 ways in which you can load this game, via steam of via the offline method. If you use steam, you will get automatic updates and you will no longer need the game disk. If you use the offline method you have to do the updates yourself and you will need the game disk each time. It's easy to see why Football manager dominates the football managing games genre simply because nothing comes close to it. The only other rival is Championship manager which will never be as good, it's kind of like the Fifa vs. Pro Evo war, Fifa will always win and so will Football manager. 1 word of warning, if you play this game it will ruin your life because you won't be able to stop playing it!

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        02.11.2009 15:16

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        More feature rich than 08 but gameplay is slightly compromised

        Another installment in the football manager series and this time it has a 3D match engine. I was really excited about the 3D match engine but felt it didn't run very smoothly and the loading time for matches was slightly too long to encourage several hours of game play which the other games in this series encouraged. However as usual sports interactive have produced a very playable and enjoyable game with a few more options than in the 08 version. These features include a new player rating system and improved match stats which allow you to analyse games better than before. Press conferences have also been introduced and while they seem like a good enjoyable addition to start with they become tedious quickly and you end up always sending your assistant to them instead. There is also greater interaction between you and your assistant which adds a little to the game but isn't much different to the previous games.

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        22.10.2009 14:04
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        Brilliant if you like you football.

        Football managing games have been around for over a decade and have shown to be some the most addictive games out there. You basically get to chose a football club and then you are able to manage them on their attempt to rise the ranks and win all the top leagues and trophies. The in game options let you manage all aspects from tranfers, to the funds, to the matches, who plays where, who palys in what match etc etc. The character stats in this game are brilliant you will not find more accurate results. They have lots of different individual stats for all kinds of football techniques as well as their personality traits and so on. Once you do all this you can even decide on the footballer's training reigemes and how you are gonna control all the in game reserves you have. Overall the main aim is to get to the top whether you chose to start off as Arsenal or a lower division team like Chesterfield. The hard part is maintaining that level of being on top. The game is brilliant show of how addictive and good a football managing game should be. Lets hope the 2010 addition gets even better

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        17.10.2009 13:10
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        Expect to be stuck to your computer for weeks on end

        Football Manager 2009 This is really a great game. If you have played any sort of strategy game before and enjoyed it and you are a football fan chances are you will love this game. I have lost track of the number of hours that I have spent playing on this game and it's predecessors, Which is a good thing because it is probably a matter of weeks rather than hours! FM have introduced a number of new features on this game to make it easier to play, including; a more important role of the assisstant manager; 3D game play; transfer centre; post and prematch interviews, which you can attend or send your assisstant manager too. Of course they have also updated the database to include all the new squad for all the leagues. Unfortunately they have also made it more realistic with how the transfer market is at the moment, so expect to pay big bucks for any good players, which makes it much harder to the lower leaguer clubs to progress. Overall a great game, I would change very little and I am excitingly waiting for the new seasons version.

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          16.10.2009 15:56
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          Great potential

          I bought football manager 2009 after purchasing the previous years since 2005. After reading the information on their website and finding they had finally included a 3D game option, I was excited that 2009 would be a big step up after the relative disappointment of 2008! The game does definately have may new and improved features such as the media centre and the transfer rumours page. However I get the feeling the actual gameplay and match experience has not improved year on year. Interaction on the pitch is still very basic and tactics can often be annoying to get exactly what you want! Having said that the database has improved and it is much easier to navagate through the whole game! What I think they need to remember is how everyone fell in love with the original football and championship managers and make the game as fun to play as possible rather than always trying to make the game so realistic that people dont enjoy it as much. Having said that 2009 was my first experience of online play and I really enjoyed it, so well done for that!

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          01.10.2009 14:55
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          A must buy for any football fan!

          Anyone who enjoys the game off football yet has not played football manager is defiantly missing out! There is nothing like sitting on the weekend watching live football and then searching for the real player on the game to see what their stats are, even though it may be a bit sad. But, never the less the new 3D match day view allows just that little bit more realism, which makes you feel like that 80th minute subs run down the wing creating a goal, was more to do with you than pure luck. There is also nothing more satisfying than scouting out the next gem from some unknown Brazilian club, then taking them and through your personalised training schedule moulding them into the next Ronaldo or Messi! Another thing i love about this game is that you can play into 2020 and still get the enjoyment off buying the great players and making your beloved club the worlds best team! Overall, ive never brought a better game!

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          26.09.2009 09:20
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          The best football management game out there

          Football Manager 2009 is very addictive game where you control almost any professional football team you can think of, as well as many others. The Football Manager series has been a very successful series where a new version is released every year for each football season. Every year there are changes to the game. Some years the changes will be small and some years they will be bigger. This current season of Football Manager sees a total of 51 countries available to manage in. All competitions in these leagues are up to date and there is a massive 350,000 odd real players in the game. New for this season sees a 3d match engine which is pretty accurate although there is a lot of work to be on this. But for a first year and the amount of programming that must have to be done it is a very good effort. The tactics are as variable as ever. Some may even think there is too much and it can get very very specific. Even choosing where every player in your team should be standing for a corner kick, defensive and offensive. There is so much to this game that it would take a whole day and more to write about all its features and addictiveness. Another great feature to this game is the option of database change. In this you can change pretty much anything you want about a player or team. Not just the basic things like stats but also things like reputation, possible future transfers. The list of changes that can be made are almost endless. There are many great websites out there where you can download software interfaces for a more personalised look to the game. They also usually supply forums where discussions and downloads take place. A favourite of mine is to download a specific league someone has created and a challenge had been set. Such as a fictitious team who start with 100million but no players. You may think its easy with that money. But try and buy 20-25 players for a squad and its less than £5m per player. In the Premiership, that money doesn't buy you much class. There are endless challenges you can set yourself and it will take a very long time to be bored of this if you are into management games. If you are more of an action sports player this is not the game for you.

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            17.09.2009 16:12
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            Definitely worth buying and looking forward to next years version

            Football manager 2009 has continued the football manager series with the same features and layout of the game as the past versions, but this time features a new 3D match view. The game has many good features that would make me more willing to buy this game over the biggest competitor, LMA Manager 2009. Firstly, the game can be installed very quickly, and you can choose the countries and the leagues who wish to play in, or buy players from. For example, if you only wanted to play in the English leagues, you can do so by only entering the English leagues to play in, however if you then in future wanted to play in another countries' league(s) you would have to hope that that country or club makes you an offer to manage them. If not you will be stuck with only being able to take over teams in the country that you have selected. Many fans of the game will take over their local team and try to lead them to the premier league and beyond, before the game really gets to a point where it just becomes boring winning the premiership over and over again. So for the first few seasons it is quite fun and addictive. So far, I have taken my local team of Peterborough to the Championship where they are first in the league and should be promoted to the Premiership soon enough. The 3D match screen is a nice little improvement, and graphically Sega have done well because the players do look somewhat realistic and true to life. The only problem with watching the game in the 3D match view is the annoyance when you see your players running slowly away from the goal with the ball of passing the ball around badly. However with the good teams the match view does look very good. On one saved file I have cheated a little by buying all the best players for Manchester United, and the match view does look very neat with all those great players I have bought playing. Despite having all these good players I often struggle to actually get a result, with brings me to my next point and the only one where I find a fault in the game. With a world class player in every position and my best set of tactics, I still find that sometimes I get beaten by a team at the bottom end of the table, which I find very annoying and weird at the same time that a team with such quality can be held back by a team where all the first team players are not even as expensive as a single player in my squad. Other than that though I really do enjoy the game as it can bring hours of fun and having played the LMA Manager a few years ago, I can say this series by Sega is the better game of the two. It is a good feeling to see a tiny club that you support go from rags to riches and the Johnston's Paint Trophy to the Champions League. On thing to mention about the game is not to buy it second hand, as the game requires an activation code that can only be used once, so after using it the serial code on the back of the users guide is useless.

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              16.09.2009 01:23
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              For £9.99 you can't lose

              Sega's 2009 edition of the nation's favourite football management simulation sees a brand new 3d match display as the major improvement. The Football Manager game series allows you to immerse yourself in statistics and take control of your favourite domestic or national side and pit your wits against some of the top managers in the world. Compared to the 2008 edition there are not that many changes, the 3d match view is one and there has been some aesthetic changes to the layout. An improvement in the game's AI system means that managers can now "learn" your tactics and implement counter tactics in an attempt to defeat you. Currently priced at £9.99 on Amazon this is a bargain for any football fan who wonders if they are the next Mourinho or Arsene Wenger however if you can afford to then maybe it would be best to wait a few months for the newer Football Manager 2010. All in all it's not a bad game, but I prefer Football Manager 2008 as I feel the game plays better and is generally more enjoyable.

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              15.09.2009 21:06
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              Be prepared to waste a lot of hours trying to make Torquay United the rulers of the football world!

              I'm not much of a gamer but one game that had me glued in front of my PC for much of my teenage years and a fair few of my adult years was the Football Manager (formerly Championship Manager) series. Everyone you speak to will tell you how man hours they've wasted taking a non league side to Premiership glory. Being a Saints fan Football Manager is my only chance to see Southampton lift the Champions League trophy! This brings us on to the latest edition of this football simulation, Football Manager 2009. Because Sports Interactive release a version of FM every year it is difficult to find ways of improving the game but this year they have really hit the jackpot with a 3D match engine that allows you to watch your team in real time. Although the graphics aren't in the same league as Fifa Soccer or the like, they are a vast improvement on the old 2D engine. The other new feature is the addition of a press confrence feature before and after each important match. The best thing about the recent editions of Football manager is the fact that you can go to various internet sites (www.fmlive.co.uk or www.sortitoutsi.net) and download face packs and other graphics to enhance your game play even more.

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