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As a keen football manager fan every year i buy this series of football manager for the last 4 years. I cannot fault this portable football management game.
The game is no where near as large as the PC version but is perfect for a portable game with hours of gameplay.
This years edition has many more features than the previous titles for example the 2D match preview option, this is fantastic to keep track on players who are under preforming and players who are getting tired during the game. This years edition is not as predictable as the previous games for example the same young cheap players are not available at the start of every game every time.
The game reflects the current footballing climate with the changes in clubs fortunes been shown in the game
There is no better PSP game for football fans. Their is hours of gameplay to be had out of this title.
Overall i highly recommened this game and is a must for any footabll fan 10/10
Overall this game, as expected, is not as well developed as the PC version, but it still is an amazingly realistic game to play. The squads,tactics,media mind games and general buzz about the game second to none (bar its bigger brother, the PC version).
There are over 600 playable teams in 30 leagues with a fully updated database, with all of the latest players.
There is also a very good customisability (if thats a word) to this game, from things like skins to tactics to anything else in the game.
One disadvantage to this game is that there isnt a match engine, like in the PC models, so you have to sit and read out what is happening, which isnt exactly the most engaging way to watch accrington get smashed 5-0 by Man Utd in the 3rd Round of the F.A cup.
All in all, this game has done very well to re-capture the amazingness of the Pc version onto a small(er) powered machine
Well doen Sports Interactive
When i got my psp the first game i had to get was football manager. The PC version had me hooked and this version did to. I love the fact you can take it anywhere with you and not have to put it down. The gameplay is good it is not much different from the windows version.
The aim of the game is to be the manager of the team and lead them to domestic and european success, it is not as easy as it sounds because as a chelsea fan i started as them and i got sacked after my first season because i came second ! I prefer it like this because the game is not to easy and gives me a challenge and that is what keeps me hooked.
Overall, i give this game a 10/10. It is not to easy and it is not amazingly hard to pick up if your a beginner so if you like football it is a must buy.
I don't know what Arsenne Venger's complaining about. I took Arsenal to win the Champion's Leauge and and League cup this season, and took the premiership to the last game.
Okay, the nuts and bolts? Purchase and sell players. Pick a team of 11 out of your squad. Watch them play another team. That's it!
However, it's utterly gripping. This iteration let's you watch a visual representation of the game (Lot's of big dots ping a small dot around the screen). This can create a bit of atmosphere but really, it's all about stimulating your imagination. When it tells you that Van-Persie hit the post, you see it in your mind perfectly.
If I had to carp, I'd like to see a bit more control over individual players. Fabregas has been rubbish all season, so I'd like to target him for training or the hairdryer treatment or something.
But that's a small point, it's great fun and will eat your life away
There are many versions of the football manager game for every console. My husband was addicted to it on the pc but having been bought a psp for his birthday from me. He searched high and low for this game. ever since he has not put it down. he loves it because he can take it anywhere with him and gets so in to it that i often question if he's married to that instead lol. Anyway the basic idea of it is that the player becomes a manager of a football team and has to play through a season. they get to transfer and buy players, become promoted if they are doing well and given many bonuses. The player can set up different games under different names so can manage various teams at the same time. my husband is now waiting in anicipation for football manger 2009 to come out as its on his christmas list. It will please any footbal fan, and makes a change from your normal football games.
Having spent more time playing Football Manager on the good ol' fashioned PC than was probably good for my own health, I was both surprised and intrigued at Sports Interative's (SI) decision to port it over to the PSP. Surprised but not worried.
So obviously I went off and purchased my copy and after playing for a decent while I can safely say that SI Games have done a top job.
If you've ever played, or even glimpsed at a copy of either Football Manager or perhaps even Championship Manager you'll know that essentially what you're doing is spending several glorious hours at a time looking at basically, a set of glamorous spreadsheets. Cool eh?
As you can probably guess, in Football Manager Handheld (FMH) you take control of your chosen team in the football world, be it Chelsea or Cheltenham Town. There are over a dozen different nations to choose from, each having featuring every professional league that particular country features. That makes for a lot of teams, and a LOT of players.
By taking the job of a top-class footy coach (or not so top as it may be) you also take on the responsibilities other than simply picking the team sheet and hoping for the best. You'll be expected to deal with the press, show your wieling and dealing skills during the transfer window and deal with specific players.
Obviously due to it's nature, the PSP is never going to be able to match the processing power of a PC, meaning that upon buying FMH, don't expect to have the same experiance you'd get from playing the full-scale version. It is afterall, handheld, and therefore meant to be a bit 'pick up and play'. This said, you can still sit down with the game, thinking you can have a quick game before neighbours to then discover that you've been playing for three hours. But was your time wasted? No.
This is where FMH really shows it's class. It's meant to be the little brother to the PC version. There's no team talk for instance, but the game is snappy and extremely addictive. Where you may have played perhaps three matches on the normal version, you could have played over a dozen on the handheld one. This keeps the gamer playing, knowing that that transfer window is that bit closer, or that FA Cup might not be so far away after all.
The game is also helped by the huge community of gamers who seem to worship the Football Manager series. What's even better is, SI have capitalised on this, making its own forum devoted to the game where you can find that tactic that could just save you from relegation, or simply find that player that can single-handedly win you the league.
SI also included a neat editing wizard that can be downloaded from their website. This means you can keep on top of any transfers that may have happened in between updates or simply add your own pub or school team into the game. It's these sorts of little things that really helps add to the gameplay experience.
Like I said, FMH is essentially a rather exotic set of spreadsheets. However this doesn't dampen your gaming experience. I mean, what else would you expect from a game like this eh? It only means that the game can load quicker and keeps you playing. The layout is easy to get to grips with, with a simple menu bar down the left hand of the screen which enables you to fiddle with pretty much everything in the game. The colours are easy on the eye, and rather resembles a somewhat 'iTunes'-ish fee, which I personally think is quite nice.
Well, there isn't any real sound in the game except on match day when there's the usual crowd sounds in the background, but to be honest, I just usually mute the sound anyway because it's a bit unnecessary and if I'm honest, a little annoying. Ah well, can't have it all eh?
So that's it. A good solid four stars from me I believe. Perhaps if I was feeling in a slightly better mood I would've got a bit too excited and given it five, but the lack of sound and also the fact that the game can get a little too easy at times (ie you can find a decent tactic that will just carry you through, but it will be very hard to find such a one). However this said, SI Games have really done a very, very good job on porting this excellent game onto the PSP. And it's only their second attempt! The game is addictive, it's quick and snappy, and to sum it up: fun, which really is the only thing that matters when it comes to playing a game.
Sports Interactive's best selling series returns fully updated for the latest transfer window. Designed specifically for portable play, Football Manager Handheld 2008 gives you the opportunity to be a top manager wherever you are.