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As huge football fan, I've always had a passion for football manager games. This is by far the best on the market.
The depth of this games is outstanding. The game allows you to select the teams and players you want to use from the data base. If you select all, then that includes players from hundreds of countries and hundred of thousands of players, including reserve and youth players. Scouting on this game is very important, and with so many youth players, buying the next young talent becomes vital. The ratings given out to players appear to be well relatively and in my opinion relatively accurate.This game play itself is difficult. Finding a winning style of play and a winning formation is hard to achieve. If you go on a winning streak then teams tend to adjust their tactics accordingly in an attempt to defeat you. The transfer market is highly extensive, one problem is negotiations. If you are a managing a lesser club, buying a player is difficult and fees become inflated. Football manager brings in the other aspects of football managing, such as handling the press, your board and of course dealing with the egos of the players in your dressing room. If you can achieve all of this you can achieve true greatness of the game.
Because of the sheer size of the database, I'd recommend just loading the key leagues and players. Game speed becomes incredibly slow with the whole database loaded, to the extent it takes a very long time to complete just one season.
Despite this, FM10 is a very addictive game and time flies when you are playing it. Trying to take your team to the top is great fun and FM10 is the platform to achieve this dream.
I know I will definitely be in a minority here, as I am aware that this version of the game offers a veritable dream of options and variables for the amateur football manager, but I found it hard to get into the game. Perhaps it is because I am from the old school, when this product used to be called Championship Manager, and you used to be able to buy the likes of George Weah very cheaply, while unknown players such as Bakayoko turned out to be incredible, and after a few seasons scorelines of six or seven nil weren't uncommon.
Of course I know to purists that ultimately this isn't realistic, but I just found the older versions of the game a lot easier to use, had more personality and was therefore more enjoyable to play. I just feel this version has so many facilities open to you (including setting players' training schedules and in-match tactics, and even organising to the smallest details where your scouts travel) that it has somewhere lost that sense of fun. When I first bought the game I was excited about playing again, but my sentimentality for the game was soon overrun by the tedious nature of all the game's rules and regulations, and I found that I was losing the will to live before I even got my team on the field for its first league match. I recognise this to be a minority view, and open to criticism that this is probably perhaps more based on sentimental emotion for the older versions of the game than a completely objective and rational critique of this version, but this is just how I felt when playing.
I would hate to think how many hours i have spent on this game, i have had every one in the series dating right back to championship manager 03/04 (before the company split) and the first football manager was made. Ever since this series has been the best offering the best database of players and the most realistic match engine to date.
FM 10 did not dissapoint with the 3d match engine looking as good as ever and real inhancements particuarly for pre and post match interviews and greater media debate and speculation. Loads of bugs from 09 were also cleared up making the game run alot smoother including a much better regen of players in my opinion.
Its ashame that such a great game will soon find itself slowly becoming an antique as the new line in the series was released earlier this month, which boasts even more features such as agents, a better match engine visually as well a vast number of changes including country reputation which 2010 simply doesnt have.
However lets not forget the year spent with this great game, trying to take charge of your local team and make them big time with only a small number of funds. Another great thing about this game is that it could be windowed and thus could run extra applications alongside it such as i.e and itunes alongside it, which was always a favourite for passing the time by.
The only difficulties i experienced were trying to register the game to start with as in recent years the game has become almost reliant on steam (which is like a gaming community) which you have to register with etc, however when it came to downloading the required updates from the steam servers there were untold errors, and because i tried to register on the day it was released there were huge delays preventing me from playing the game as quickly as i had hoped.
This game can also become very frustrating, which is not down to the game itself but due to building a team up who then go and lose a home game to bottom of the league in extra time ... but thats just football!
another great example of this series and i will be sad to depart and start another season with 2011.
Although i will save this game like an archive for a rainy day sometime, it will probably be very easy to pick this game up for next to nothing from most retailers.
I would also like to note that the running specs of this game are suited to most pc's and macs! and by simply turning up and down features (such as the size of the database used, or adding removing countries and leagues) or by simply switching off the 3d engine, you can find a great equilibrium.
Football Manager 2010 is the latest release in the popular management game. This game follows a long line of games released every year with new ideas and features which aim to grab the player.
This game has been done with all the transfers from last season and the game involves you becoming a manager and you have to try and lead a team of your choosing to success. If you take over a side in the lower leagues your aim usually is for promotion and if you are a big team they want you to win the trophy.
The game has become very realistic because the prices of the contracts and wages and even transfers are becoming much more accurate and even the personal accounts of each football team is virtually spot on as well.
Imagine playing a game which was inaccurate and how you might feel so finding a game with plenty of realistic fact is very good. The game is very big so when installing you should check if your computer reaches the requirements needed to install this game. When installed you begin by selecting which leagues around the world you want to have on your game.
When the game has taken many minutes to install and set up the correct game for you then you pick a football team and then the fun begins. You can pick teams, transfers, scouts and much more.
You are aiming to find the right tactics to make your team successful but also do good business in the football transfer windows which is key sometimes to how successful you can be. When you play football matches you can keep an eye on the match by the match pitch view so you get to see what sort of formation your team is taking or you might just want commentary.
The length of the game can be passed quickly but usually around 2 minutes per game but there is plenty to keep you going in between. Contracts for players and sending scouts out on missions for the latest talent is one of those things you need to be doing. Not only do you need to do that but try and sort out training as well.
You have to attend press conferences to make sure you give the right responses because the wrong sort of conclusion to a press conference can make other managers agree with you which are not good for you or your team.
You can leave a team if you wish and take over another team which is good and you can even take over national teams as well. Players who are prone to injuries in the real game we see week in week out tend to be injured frequently on the game and all players you might expect to leave clubs do as well.
The reason this game is so good in my view is because you control everything and you are the sole reason the team will win trophies or suffer relegations. I love starting out on tough missions and aiming to get the best of those teams before moving on. You have to work out how best to win matches and change tactics and making sure you do make wise purchases when the time comes.
Ive been playing this series of games since Championship Manager 00/01 when at the start of every season Tottenham would buy Markus Stewart from Ipswich for £9m or something. Since then I have purchased it ever year for the PC, then Football Manager after the SI/Eidos split. If you love football, i guarantee you will love it straight away, if you dont like football you will probably enjoy the man management and building a team aspects of it. This years is the most in depth yet, press conferences for most situations, tlak to your players went they arent happy, build a team of players, get the best of your back room staff, demand more transfer money. Every year I love it, the sense of acheivement when things are going well, the genuine frustration and enraging moments where you end up shouting at the screen when you concede a last minute equaliser. I would thoughly recommend this to everybody who evens likes football. The only draw back I can think of would be I can be daunting for newcomers to the game, with hundreds of menus, stats and messages to navigate.
Football Manager 2010. This game is by far the most addictive, funnest game I have ever played. If you love football, and you love trying to win this game is for you. This is a simulation game were you manage one of the thousands of football teams available to you and try to get success with them. The game allows you to make transfers, choose you captains, pick you team, train you team, sign your own staff, watch the matches, create a tactic, have press confrences and there are many more. If you enjoy games like FIFA then the chances are you will like this game. You dont control the team like on FIFA, but you tell the team what to do, and hope they can win. This game sometimes can make you really angry (for example when a team score in the last minute) or can make you really happy that you have achieved something. Football Manager 2010 is a difficult game to get used to at first, but it soon becomes easy. It is a great game, the best game ive ever played in fact. Just be careful, because its truely addictive!
Football Manager 2010
Possibly THE best managment game of all time, however - its much more than a game - its a lifestyle change. The choices at the beginning are endless - by setting up a game you can select which leagues you want to play with - from the well known league of Spain and England to the smaller and more challenging leagues of Scandinavia and South America - the choice is down to you. Many people, including myself, select their favourite team to begin with - to aid during the "bedding in period". This is a challenge in itself - do you strive to emulate your favourite managers of all time or do you want to put yourself on that pedestal and work your way through to the top tier of football?
The game itself is massive, you can have a career by taking over a small club to begin with, or even more difficult to start the game unemployed and apply for vacancies when they appear. With that team, put together half a season of good results and the league above you may beckon, a good cup run can also put you in the spotlight. This works the other way though, bad results and you will find yourself on the scrap heap scraping the barrel as to who will employ you. You can sign your favourite players or use your scouts to find the next Rooney or Messi - this is the most fun part of the game as that gem could either promote your team, or provide enough money to buy some new players.
The background stuff is also a challenge to get involved in, but a challenge well worth accepting. You can let your assistant manager deal with the training, contracts etc but there is no fun in that. You can fine tune your training to get the best out of your players. Negotiate with player agents to get the best players at the best prices. Ask the board to expand your stadium if you dont think it is suitable for your purposes. You can even offer an ultimatum to the board to worry them into accepting your proposals or risk losing you - only do this when you have led the team for a while and won trophy after trophy - you will have more of a bargaining position
Expect to lose many hours each day to this game - strive to get promoted or hang on by the skin of your teeth to the league your in know - the challenge awaits.
I have never really played football management sims since the late 1990's when I was a kid and back then, I didn't really know much about gaming! However, I can not believe how far these Football Management games have come along!
I got a copy of Championship Manager 08 for free with some newspaper voucher a few years ago, and I loved it, but my friends all told me that FM was the way forward, so I thought I'd give it a go and bought this last week.
What an absolute stonker of a game! I can not stop playing on it, and the amount of satisfaction I get beating Sheffield Wednesday, and being top of the league can not easily be put into words!
An incredibly realistic game, a huge player database and so user friendly, it really feels like you are doing the job for real!
Calling press conferences, changing tactics midway through a game, slating opposition managers and referees, this game really does have it all, and is possibly the best tenner I have ever spent on my computer!
The Football Manager franchise in my opinion has taken over the once more popular Championship Manager. With every Football Manager getting better and better I would be lying if I said I didn't expct this version to be something special. I expected this to offer more features than previous versions of the game aswell.
You can now get this game for around £12 which is extremelly cheap. When I purchased this it was nearer to £25 which I wasn't to disheartened about paying. When you think of what a game like this offers the price really isn't that expensive.
The installation process is similar to its previous versions, very quick to install after going through a few little things. It should take you no longer than 5 minutes from starting the game to being on the home page with your chosen team.
What this version does which is so much better than any other previous versions is that it gives the manager a chance to interact with players and the press. Unlike previous version where you just pick the team and then they play you can now give them instructions to do. You also have to face the press before and after the game which is another brilliant feature added. The same questions will arise but that is expected so I wasn't to bothered by it.
The range of players has also took a sharp increase and there is more than ever. You will also find that things such as offering contract and dealing with transfers is looked at into a lot greater detail than before.
For the price of £12 you really can't go wrong in purchasing this brilliant management game. Even though the new 2011 will likely be released before christmas it will probably cost around £30 so if your looking for a cheap but brilliant management game then go with this one.
I bought this game the day it came out, and I have to say I have been playing it on a regular basis every since! The game is easy to play, with the format of the game being similar to previous versions, and its simple style allows even novice gamers the ability to get started very quickly. The game itself does take a little while to load, though once you are up and running the gamespeed is fast enough. The option is available as well to download the game through Steam, so that people do not need a physical copy of the game, and can just play through Steam. The game itself is extremely addictive, and you can view your addictiveness ration each time you load the game (mine has long been something along the lines of "turn your underwear inside out, it saves on washing time") . The game also allows you to shout from the sidelines, which is enjoyable, and can help you gain an advantage over the opposition, if you choose the correct command. The game is very realistic, so small clubs may not be able to sign a player who has a high opinion of himself.
Definately worth a play if you are into this sort of game, and once you stop, you will find you simply cannot stop!!
It states on the back of the game box "the worlds no.1 football management series" and this is my quick review to see if it is just that.
Back in ther day of time and youth I used to love playing football manager games and loved their simplicity and relative easiness that gave you that arrogance that you could teach Jose Mourinho a thing or two about tactics.
What put me off getting a game like this now was how far away from those days it would be. However, having found myself getting a bit of free time I decide to spent a modest £20 on this PC version of the game.
Really easy to do, a game is set up in a matter of 2 mins flat, and from there on, past the endless sponsor adverts it is relatively easy to get back onto your game.
I was right about the advance state of the game to when I used to play but this is a good thing. Being able to train, scout players as well as give team talks, touchline instructions and basically do everything a manager does.
Watching the games is ok once you put it on a quick version and not watching the whole 90 mins - you would have to be a series geek to do that. Facing the press before and after the game is exciting when you first play the game but slightly annoying when the same questions flare up time and time again.
Perhaps a bitter thing but the game for me is quite hard on occasions, and I cant quite work out why my players are tired after nearly every game despite giving them a week off nearly every week (not very Jose like).
In the actual game I dont like when the team are 5-0 up and a team gets a consolation and the crowd erupt like they have won the world cup.
Aside from the above, the realism of the game is spot on. The database of players is advanced and the transfer dealings are really realistic. At 17 years in the game, Sport interactive just keep coming back with better and better games.
The game is effortlessly addictive and I have found myself playing the game most days and loving the trials and tribulations of running your team.
Now available for much cheaper than £20 the game is hugely addictive and anyone who is partial to thinking they can be a manager will be happy with the game on the whole.
And here it is again. Quite possibly the most dangerous game available. Why it doesn't carry a health warning I'll never know. Espescially at this time when football fans will have invariably suffered with their international teams showing at the World Cup or perhaps still have a hangover from the previous club season. The thought amongst all fans, 'I could do better than that'. And that is where Fottball Manager preys upon your silly thoughts.
It's a simple game described by it's creators as a football manager simulation. Developed by Sports Interactive who had a hand in some of the very earliest Championship Manager games in the 90s, it is as addictive as they come. Casual observers will notice that there are no graphics, just screens of stastics and diagrams replicating formations. The player will never once get the opportunity to play a match. Just select the players, choose formation, give them instructions and once they cross the white line, it's up to them.
This latest version has upgraded the 3d match engine which does add a degree of graphic involvement during match day. The player database still has the level of details from leagues worldwide containing players you've never heard of and all the ones you have. Perhaps you'll see someone Wenger hasn't yet and unearth a hidden gem. The database editor has been upgraded and perhasp a really long overdue feature is the ability to add leagues part way through games. Previously you had to stick with leagues you nominated at the start. But now, once you've dominated a country a la Mourinho (or been hounded out Steve McLaren style) you can go elsewhere.
As usual, success or failure will depend on how you scout players, train them and eventually manage them. Making sure you have the best back room staff is just as important as the players you manage.
For such a simple game, it will dominate your life if you let it. The frustration at seeing your team underperform in key games is absolutely unrivalled. Loved ones will know to leave you alone as those reactions normally only reserved for watching football come flooding back with this game. And don't think that just going one of the big teams and dominating will be any easier. Sooner or later you'll get beat, the fans will abuse you, the media will hound you and an unforgiving board will sack you. Don't beleive me. Ask Fabio.
There is always a feeling amongst Football fans that no matter what their team's manager does they could do it better. Whether it is as simple as a substitution at a certain point in a game or buying the right players, someone somewhere always disagrees with the manager's decision. In fact there are hundreds of message boards set up to enable fans to comment on those seemingly unimportant matters and it's also the reason why brothers Paul and Oliver Collyer founded their company Sports Interactive in 1992.
Since then the brothers have made a name for themselves developing the best Football management simulation games. They started off with Eidos creating the hugely popular Championship Manager before splitting off in 2004 to work with Sega to develop a new series, now known as Football Manager. Every year the Collyer brothers have been involved in a series it has improved considerably, which is exactly why when the announcement that Football Manager 2010 was being released in October 2009 I knew I'd be buying it and that once again Sports Interactive would have created an even more realistic Football Manager simulation.
Set Up & Installation
There are two main ways to install and buy the game. Firstly you have the traditional method of going to a hop and buying the game itself or you can order it through the internet using a system known as Stream. I have previously used Stream for the previous Football Manager game but found it to be a very slow and unreliable server for the game. So this tie round I opted to return to the traditional way of purchasing games and pre ordered a copy from Game.
The installation process is remarkably easy, all you need to do is insert the disk and point it to the location you want the game installed to. The game itself takes about 20 or so minutes to install itself depending on the speed and power of your computer. My first and probably only major complaint about the whole process with Football Manager is always the fact that once you've bought and installed the game you then have to download an update to correct a number of bugs. This has always amazed and mildly annoyed me as the game is released 3 to 4 months into a football season giving Sports Interactive longer to work on it, so I always find myself asking why it needs an update on the same day it's released.
This is where the advantage of sing the Stream system comes into it's own as it actually downloads and installs the updates as soon as they become available. If however you chose to use the game without Stream you will have to manually look for the updates but I prefer using the disk as it also means you can still play the game without an internet connection, which my experiences of Stream and the last game would not allow me to.
Setting up a new game is also incredibly easy. Over the years the game has developed to allow the game interface to be as easy to navigate as it could possibly be. From the main menu you only get 4 options, starting a new game, loading the last accessed game, loading another game or starting a network game. It makes the process incredibly quick and easy to navigate into the part of the game you want to use.
Once you've decided to start a new game you are then presented with a number of options. Under the creative guise of Sports Interactive, championship Manager was the first management simulation game to offer you the chance to manage in multiple Nation's leagues simultaneously. Now 18 years later and the Collyer brothers have gone even further and to start a new game you have the choice of 51 different nations and within those 51 Nations there are 115 playable league systems. Obviously it isn't recommended to run all 115 leagues at once but it gives you the option to mix and match which Countries you might wish to manage within.
This time around though they have also built an additional tool into the games data editor to allow you to create as many new leagues as you like. So whether you would like to create a league 20 tiers below the Premiership or create a new form of Super League for your teams to compete in you have the option on Football Manager 2010.
Playing the Game
The most appealing aspect of the Football Manager series is the ability to manage your club in the way you want to. It gives you control over as much or as little as you want in order to play the game. For instance if your interest is in simply selecting a team and buying the right players there are ways you can do this. If on the other hand you want to be totally immersed in every aspect of Football management from training methods to the clubs playing budgets then this too is possible. This is why the games work so well as they offer a type of game play for just about everyone and through your own choice you can be as involved as you want to be.
It works on a full year calendar with events happening at all hours of every day, 365 days a year. This allows you to get more involved in the background aspects of the club. Things like contract negotiations, transfer deals and training schedules should be done on these days. There is also a far greater media involvement in this years game with more press conferences both before and after games, which adds to the realism of the game. As a nice new feature you can add your own comments to the 5 pre selected answers to the questions, making it more interesting than just picking a stock answer.
Then there is the match day itself, which involves every detail fro picking your team right down to deciding what tactics to use. I've generally found that decisions I've made for match days are made while I'm on the way home in the car or sitting down at dinner. It's one of those games that keeps you thinking about it even when you are unable to play it. The whole match day experience gets more realistic with every game and with the addition of pre, mid and post match team talks as well as observations during the game from your assistant manager help to add that sense of realism.
Over the years the way the match engine works has been advanced and revamped. It's by doing things like this that Sports Interactive keep the game fresh and by adding new elements keep people coming back to buy the next release. In 2009 they changed the way you view a match from the traditional 2D match engine to a new 3D match engine. In the previous game this didn't work too well but the 2010 release is back with a new and improved 3D match engine that works a whole lot better. This time around they've developed the look of the players and added in genuine player movements to make watching the game in this method far more enjoyable.
Personally I still prefer to use the classic 2D view but that is simply down to how quickly a match takes to play. In the 3D match engine it seems to take about 10 minutes to watch a full game on Key Highlights, while the 2D engine seems to take a little over half that, shortening your overall season time considerably.
The addition of the touchline instructions is a very nice touch for the 2010 game and enables you to give your players quicker and more direct instructions. It's added another nice touch to the games management system and one that certainly improves the in game experience.
Having been a fan of the Championship Manager series and the new Football Manager series since the mid 90's I have to say that I'm still amazed by what Sports interactive seem to produce. Every year they seem to go one better than the year before and this time is no exception. There are some very realistic aspects to the game and it's that which keeps drawing me back to this game time and time again. No matter if it's wining title after title with Barcelona or trying to get Carlisle United to the Premiership every challenge has its unique points that keep you coming back to try and stay one step ahead of the oppositions. I dread to think how much time I've spent on Football Manager games but I can honestly say if you like Football and fancy yourself as a manger you've probably already got this game, but if you haven't I really recommend you head out and buy it right now.
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Just the latest installment of the Football Manager series, built on the success of previous seasons. This version is in my opinion the best ever, however that game is memory intensive and will run slow if you select multiple leagues from multiple countries (I tend to stick to a max of 4 leagues from England). I would recommend at least 2GB of ram to run this game, and even then processing results can take a few minutes especially if there is a full programme of fixtures in your league. Also has a data editor for all you cheats out there lol. Coupled with the updates available from SEGA this is the game that has the most realistic Management experience. As you will know if you have played the FM series before, then you know not to expect breathtaking graphics as it is mostly a descriptive 'text mode' game. 5 out of 5 keep up the great work.
Football manager 2010 is the latest and best football manager game out on the market at the moment. Sports interactive has done wonders with football manager after they left championship manager ( over taking them in the process ) which has never been the same since. The new advanced tactics means even the most common manager can change tactics depending on who they are playing and were they are playing. Set your defensive line, the offside trap, roles for your players and your teams style of play , Will you be an arsenal or a bolton. Control teams from the bottom leagues even below the blue square north and south divisions , however you have to enter them in to one of those leagues in order to be able to control them. Football manager is the best game out their at the moment and the leading football management game in the UK.