“ Genre: Sports / Rating: E - (Everyone) / Published by: Sega „
I have always been a fan of Football manager style games and so after purchasing my Sony PSP I felt I had to have a football manager game for playing on the way to work and so picked this up and found what a gem this game actually is. The game itself has been fantastically well designed and has been worked to ensure that the control system is fantastically suited to the PSP and this makes the game easy to pickup and play. The game is as the name would suggest a game in which you manage your football club and take to the transfer market to bring in the players to fit the tactics you want to employ to make your team a huge success. The game has huge improvements on the previous Football Manager Handheld version including searching for players has been made easier, international management has now been added to the game, improved media reports, improved coach reports and overall a huge feeling of improvement throughout the game.
This is a must for fans of football manager games as it is brilliantly designed and perfect for those lazy days in bed as well as for playing on your travels.
I have always wanted a footy manager game on the go and when this game came out for PSP, I jumped at the chance and brought it straight away. I was very surprised after playing it, as the game is great and will keep you hooked until you have won everything imaginable!
The graphics are great but there is nothing really too challenging for the game to display. The game has no slowdown and runs very smooth.
You get lots of choices to make and their of lots of players and teams to satisfy everyone.
The gameplay will keep you hooked and you will be able to make some fantastic tactical decisions. You will want to play and play all the time.
The game is a little too hard for most casual players and some players will find it hard to win matches even with the best of teams.
There is no 2 player or online mode.
The controls are very easy but I found it hard to find some of the menu options. It took me a couple of weeks to find the save game option hidden in the menus.
Overall, this is a good buy for every football fan.
I have always been a massive fan and player of the Championship Manager series on the PC. I have pretty much done it all - won the Premiership, the FA Cup, Champions League, and even got the England Manager's job. Having said that, I attained this through managing and developing a successful Manchester United team!
I recently decided to deviate from the CM series, when I saw Football Manager 2007 for the PSP in the shops. The screenshots looked good, and I also took into consideration the positive things I had heard about the FM series. I therefore purchased Football Manager 2007 and could not wait to see if I could replicate my former success. Furthermore, I was keen to see how much more convenient it was having a management game on a portable device.
Regarding it's background, The Football Manager series is primarily the masterpiece of Sports Interactive, who had previously assisted Eidos with its continuous creation of Championship Manager games. However, Sports Interactive became independent and brought out FM, which quickly became a fierce competitor to the CM series. Starting in 2006, Sports Interactive have since brought out 2007 and 2008, which have both turned into great successes.
When you turn on Football Manager, you are given the option to start 'New Game'. When you select this, you are given a choice of 10 countries with which to enter the game at Club level, hence you can either be a domestic or an international Manager. These countries are predominantly European - England, France, Belgium, Spain, Germany etc, and then Australia. Once you have chosen your residency, you are given the list of clubs to choose from, of which there are 580 overall among the 33 different leagues. To use the English football league as an example, your selection ranges from Premiership to Conference level.
Newbury, my hometown, does not have a football team... at least not one worth mentioning anyway. Our stadium seats about 10 people. Therefore, our local pride rests with Reading F.C, which is 20 miles away. Although, heartbreakingly, they have been relegated back to the Championship, they were very recently in the Premiership. I supported Reading back in the days when they played at Elm Park - the mid 90's. Therefore I chose them to manage.
Gameplay is superb on FM 2007 - everything is neatly presented and it is very easy to navigate around the various menus and screens. The main homepage outlines the date, your team's position in the league, recent results and upcoming fixtures. Along the left-hand side there is a menu so that you can look at your squad, look at the transfer list, search for other Manager jobs, and look at your own personal history.
When viewing your squad - you can look at all the positions, atributes and skills of your players. You can select any player and get 'Coach reports' and 'Physio reports' and well as contract details etc - hence the information is comprehensive and thorough, which gives you all the significant intelligence you need to be able to manage the team in the most effective way. Prior to games, you can also give each player individual instructions and tactics for the upcoming match.
You are given 'News' regularly, which comes in the form of scout reports on teams you are about to encounter, announcement of management awards, confidence updates from your Board, and the media, which can be used to to promote and complement players and back-up your team.
The realism in the CM series has always been what has attracted me to it - and the Football Manager game is no different. It is very realistic - managing Reading is as tough as I imagine it must be for Steve Coppell. In antithesis to my Championship Manager prowess, I fought relegation for the whole season with Reading, and finished fourth from bottom. In reality, at the end of the 2006/07 season, Reading was promoted from the Championship; hence I found it very realistic that Reading did not compete so easily with the top flight teams.
Tactically you have to be at the top of your game in FM 2007. You cannot make one formation and stick to it the whole season; you have to always change your tactics to be competitive. In the CM series, I found that I could select players in particular positions and leave it like that, mostly, for the whole season. In Fm, you really have to be a hands-on and meticulous Manager to continuously maintain the edge. I found myself constantly changing my team, the formation, the tactics and the strategy, as well as keeping abreast of the man-management (e.g. bonuses and praise) and the coaching side (e.g. individual and team training). Overall, therefore, I was kept thoroughly engaged.
The benefits of having Football Manager on the PSP are vast. The main advantage is that I can play it on-the-go as it were. I can play it in the car whilst the missus is shopping or even at work during lunch time, meaning I do suffer from the usual withdrawal symptoms when I am not at home. Furthermore, as the PSP can connect via Wi-Fi with the Internet, you can download "community updates", meaning that the database of players can be kept up to date. You can also connect with other PSP's via 'Network play' wherever you are, meaning you can have interesting challenges with friends or other users.
Good graphics are not essential for FM 2007, as you are mainly confronted with menus and screens of information, there are no 3D characters, or characters at all for that matter. Nevertheless it is very neatly presented. Furthermore there is no music - the only sound effects come from scrolling down the menu screens.
Football Manager ticks all of the boxes for me. My first experience of football management games was Championship Manager 93, and back then, success depended on team selection, tactics and transfers. FM 2007 is indicative of the approach that you have to think like a Manager to be successful. Selection, coaching, constant changes to tactics and also keeping very good relations with your team to keep their morale up are of vital importance. It is crucial that you need to cross the t's and dot the i's to be successful - therefore if you are after a game that demands almost anal attention to detail, then this is it.
FM 2007 is an absolutely superb and addictive game which has given me hours and hours of enjoyment. It has challenged my skills and attention to detail, and has exposed my weak points, which also happen to be the same areas of development in my work life as a Manager in the Recruitment industry. Therefore, I fully recommend it to consumers who are interested in football... especially as Euro 2008 has given us less reason to cheer on a football team this summer.
You can purchase Football Manager 2007 for the PSP at many retailers such as GAME and play.com for £14.99.