This is yet another game i bouth as soon as it come out as i have played all Football Simulation Games on the PC, Unfortunetly this one has to be one of the worst i have ever played on.
The most annoying part of the game is that you can only run one country at any one time, If you are like me i like to run the bigger countrys at all time so you can keep upto date as to how other teams and players are performing over the world, And maybe if you were to start at a smaller team you cant be offered a better job aroad to gain more experience.
It looks as though this game was just a quick put together to try and earn more money for the gaming industry. Never again will i buy another management game for the xbox and will just stick to playing them on PC / laptop.
I would recomend that if you are a big football fan and you are in to football Management then to get yourslef a PC and but FM 2009.
Its a letdown, well if you have experienced FM on the PC then do not go near this version of the game. It is very primitive so to speak in comparison with its big PC brother. The detail, database, speed and ease of access on the game screen are all a letdown. I'm a great FM lover and if you have both an X box 360 and PC/Laptop I would urge you to go for the latter version as it is much more detailed, regular updates are easily accessible on-line.
Now if you don't have a PC give this ago and I think you will enjoy it, in comparison with LMA series on Playstation and that was a big seller, this is way better, it is easily the best console management sim out there but it is not for those of us who have tried the real version of FM. Overall I would give this game a 3/10 but then again I am biased , If I never played the PC version I would say this is a good game, 7/10.
Goaall. FM 08 hits the back of the net!
This game has a huge database of players meaning I can sign good ol' Havant and Waterloovile players for my Arsenal team!
The 2D match simulator has been improved and now appears much smoother and altogether more entertaining!
The introduction of feeder clubs and parent clubs is brilliant. I finally had a place to test drive my youth team... thanks west ham!
The transfer market is now much more realistic... even if Yeovil had 90million they would have no chance of signing Ronaldo. This was a valuable addition to the game as in previous editions by time the season began the teams were virtually unrecognisable!
The manager interface is now more streamlined. Its easier to get where you want to be in just a few seconds although I'm sure this game started my RSI! There is an easy menu which makes this game nice and simple to play, I know when I first started playing last years game I was overwhelmed with all the options and to tell the truth didnt have a clue where to click.
The game is enjoyable for all football fans, you can get involved very deeply into your game or if its not your thing you can tell your "staff" to carry out some of your duties. Personally I prefer to be somewhere in the middle, I dont want to be organizing every little training session so I let my coach do quite a bit.
Overall this is probably the best football manager game out there. A must have for all footy fans! The game costs around £40 but if you shop around you can get a good deal. 10/10.
I picked this game up for rental, unsure of how good the game was but, after a week of playing, I was hooked, the game is fantastic with some fun and exciting gameplay.
The game is very fun and will keep you playing for a very long time.
The graphics are very good but not some great action to test them out on. The game has some slowdown and will freeze at some times during the game. The controls ar very easy to learn, so anyone can play.
The game is very indepth and fun. The options and tactics are very deep making it a great simulation. The game has lots of leagues and players on it meaning you can find all your favorite stars. You can buy any player and the options available are huge. You can choose your staff or even expand the stadium.
The game is very fun and will keep you playing for hours as you lose track of the time. However, the game suffers from a little slowdown in the menus and has no 2 player mode. The game also could have a few more optiosn added to make it truly the best football manager game ever.
10 minutes left. Time is rapidly ticking down, only moments' remaining until your dream of lifting the coveted trophy is dismissed for another year. In a last ditch attempt to snatch the vital goal that would bring glory to the club and send thousands of fans into an uncontrollable nature, the manager decides to substitute the team's leading goal scorer for a player with only 5 goals to his name all season. The fan's gasp at what appears to be a desperate and bizarre decision, with boo's beginning to ring around the packed 90,000 capacity stadium. 10 minutes later and countless heart's broken, the team has crashed out of the competition and will have to endure an agonising wait until next season for another bite at the cherry. The manager should never have substituted our best player you might be thinking. A different formation would have much better suited our situation you say. In real life, only the man in charge, the big dog, the number one can make those vital decisions with the worlds hope resting upon his shoulders. This isn't real life though, this is the Xbox 360, and now you can feel the pressure of these stressful and exciting situations via playing Sega and Sport Interactive's latest title, Football Manager 2008.
Football management simulation games have been regularly produced since way back in 1982, 6 years before I was born! First made for the ZX Spectrum, personally a console I have never heard off before, simulation games have been extremely popular among sporting fans due to giving you the chance to step into the manager's boots for a few hours and see if you could do a better job. There are many things to consider whilst being a football manager, from formations and tactics to what players to sign in the transfer window and controlling the clubs finances. Sports Interactive have done a terrific job with Football Manager 2008 in this sense, as the game allows you to tinker with your club in terrific detail, controlling all of the important aspects a real manager would be forced to deal with.
With so many different options available to you at any one time, an easy, accessible control system is vital in these types of games. Many people prefer playing management simulation games on their PC due to the mouse cursor allowing easy navigation throughout menu's and speeding up accessing certain options. A mouse cursor is obviously not available whilst playing with an Xbox 360 controller, and therefore some gamers believe the controls feel awkward compared to their favored PC version. Sports Interactive have in fact done a pretty impressive job with the control system in their latest title, as the game allows you to nip through menus at a steady rate; after the reasonably long learning curve that is. Up to an hour could be wasted getting acquainted with the controls and figuring out what the vast array of buttons. Sports Interactive have kindly tried to solve this problem by introducing what they call an "Advisor Box" in the bottom right hand corner of the screen every time the game is loaded. From this useful little box, you can view the controls menu, learn how to use the "top tab bar" and also quickly access certain area's of the game. You can choose to turn the box off permanently for that particular game session or have it keep popping up at convenient times whilst you play in order to display tips and help with controls. The Advisor box is a great feature of Football Manager 2008, and will certainly make those new to the series feel comfortable with the complicated control system as quick as possible.
The left and right triggers are the main HUB of the control system if you will. Pressing the left trigger will allow you to progress further in the game by choosing the continue option, whilst also allowing you to easily search for your squad information, upcoming fixtures, finances, aswell as provide options such as searching for players to sign and even going on holiday! The right trigger then essentially acts as an action button, allowing you to see the options available on each particular screen. For example, if you are on a players profile, pulling the right trigger will bring up options such as make an offer, get scout reports, player interaction etc... Both the left and right trigger buttons work extremely well together to provide a fairly easy and seamless control system. That being said, the PC version of the game still feels far more natural to control via the mouse and will speed up the gameplay to a huge extent, allowing you to cover more information and matches in a shorter time period.
Solid features that have made the series so popular are welcomed back in Football Manager 08, such as the detailed training options, precise player statistics and the exhaustive transfer center. Building on features that made the series so successful, Sports Interactive have revamped a few aspects of the game to provide fresh gameplay and a more immersive experience with the game. The most notable change from the 2007 version is the inclusion of a more in-depth match day experience. You will firstly start by selecting your team for the upcoming fixture, swapping players around where you see fit to suit the team you face; you can even ask your assistant manager to select the team for you if preferred. After your 11 warriors have been selected, you'll progress to a screen showing both team's line up's and formations, allowing you to view what side and formation the opposing manager has chosen. The detailed team talk is next, where you have the chance to motivate your players and give important instructions. Whether you select a team talk for the whole team or choose to speak to each player individually is up to you; even speaking to an individual can change the way he performs in the match, so choosing your words wisely is essential. Just like the player selection, you can have your assistant manager take the team talk for you if need be. Opposition instructions are next to be handed out; do you want your defenders to tightly mark the opponents in form striker and show him onto his weaker foot? Next is the all important match, followed by post-match analysis from the media, stating their views on the match and who the key players were for each team. A quite extensive and impressive match sequence I think you'll agree?
The actual matches themselves have not been perfected just yet, with the match engine still containing a few noticeable flaws. You have the option of just seeing key highlights of the match and commentary instead of watching every kick of the game on the 2D screen, and this cuts out a fair percentage of time. However, even with these quickest options chosen, each match will last at least 5 minutes, likely to rise to the 10 minute mark with the addition of goals and half/full time team talks. The average season will have a minimum of 38 matches, and at 10 minutes per game, that's over 6 hours per season just watching matches. An instant result option would have been ideal for this game and made the experience even more enjoyable; being forced to sit through matches you have no interest in, such as friendly games, can be tiresome and put you off playing the game for a while. Unrealistic score-lines and strange commentary choices are also flaws in the match engine. Playing as Manchester United, I was beaten 4-1 by Chelsea FC. In the 80th minute, the in-game commentary text told me my central defender Pique had been dominant throughout the game. How could my defender have been dominant if the team conceded 4 goals? Common flaws such as these unfortunately take away the realistic aspect of the game that the abundance of features and options helped to implement in the first place.
Apart from the more defined match engine, the other obvious difference between the 2007 and 2008 Football Manager games is the shiny new Skin developed for the latest version. The options bar on the left hand side of the screen seen in the 2007 version has been removed and implemented into the control system for 2008, allowing for a less cluttered look. You won't find any gorgeous lighting effects or stunning, realistic textures in this game. The whole game is entirely 2-dimensional, including the matches and highlights you watch. Player's are represented by a circle with their corresponding number. The 2-dimensional and simplistic style of Football Manager works incredibly well as it helps to present a clean, fresh experience to the gamer; helping to keep the experience uncomplicated, something the excessive features of the game does not. If you have the Vision Cam accessory, you'll be glad to hear you can take a picture of that beautiful face and implement your mug shot into the game as your manager picture. It is pretty cool seeing your face and name as the manager of Manchester United I must say; a very nice feature indeed, one which helps make you feel like a real manager instead of a pretend protégé.
There's not a lot I can say about the audio in Football Manager 2008, and that's because there isn't any! The only audio during the game is an annoying beep you hear every time you move the cursor with the left analogue stick, and poorly created chants from the crowds during matches. Fortunately, the beep noise can be turned off in the options menu and the game played in pure silence. If this bore's you, there's always the option of playing music through your Xbox 360 whilst playing the game, or listening to some awesome tunes via an external source, for example an I-pod of your computer. Some music to entertain our ears would have been nice, but it would have probably ended up being some cheesy arcade style like seen in the Virtua Tennis games, so I'm taking this move as a positive.
The Football Manager series is best known for its highly addictive single player, but since the game has been released on consoles, multiplayer via Xbox Live has also been introduced; unfortunately. Just like many first person shooter's out there, the multiplayer portion of the game feels tagged on, with little effort applied. There are only 2 game mode's available, those being Cup and League. Participating in a Cup event allows up to 4 players, whereas you can participate in a league consisting of up to 8 players. Getting 7 of your friend's together over Xbox Live and having some banter whilst playing can be some great fun. If you strive for more serious gameplay, you can enter a Ranked match and take on the world's elite; that's if they are ever online! I struggled to find a Player or Ranked match, only being successful once in 30 minutes of searching. Not exactly what you would call a striving community... If you eventually find a match, expect to be sitting on that comfy chair of yours for a long period of time. A huge is apparent with online play, and this is where no time limits have been forced upon the gamer. This could result in you having to wait countless minutes, or even hours, whilst your opponent decides what tactics to use. For all you know, your opponent could have gone to play real life Football whilst you sit there, starring at the screen in tense anticipation of what intriguing ploy you'll be up against next. Due to this poorly planned feature and a lack of an online community, you'll only realistically be able to play Football Manager online with a few willing friends.
On the Achievement side of things, massive improvements have been made since the horrific lists of the 2006 and 2007 game editions. Back in the 2007 version, you were rewarded a ludicrous 20 gamerpoints for winning 20 cup competitions; that's a lot of cups! In the latest game, just winning 1 measly cup competition will bag you a reasonable 10 gamerpoints. Achievements unlocked via gaining promotion from each individual league have fortunately been withdrawn, resulting in you achievement hunters not having to be tortured playing with teams you've never heard off. I must point out that if you are looking for a quick 1000 gamerpoints, this is not the game. The infamous "10 seasons at one club" and "win 20 cup competitions" still exist, and with each season around 5-10 hours, you'll be putting in a minimum of 50 hours before achieving the full and elusive 1000 gamerpoints. Fortunately for you though, tons of fun will be had along the way.
Football manager has always been a great game for those football fans wanting to take control of their favourite teams and live the lives of people such as Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho. The game was released each year as a game for the Pc against its rival Championship manger. I have played older versions of this game on the PC, but had never actually played a version on the xbox and so thought well why not as the xbox is so powerful it must be able to cope with this game. My gamble paid off and it has certainly been worth it as well as having all the features and depth of the PC, it also has further benefits with xbox live also playing a part in the game.
This game was created by Sports Interactive and was released for sale on the 360 in march 2008. It is agreat game with over 5,000 teams to choose from and you get to compete in over 50 different countries in leagues, tournaments and other competitions.
You act as the manager of your chosen team and have the ability to control absolutely everything in your team from transfers to training to your other employees such as scouts.
The latest version has been greatly updated and changed from previous versions of the game. There is a whole new transfer centre where you can control all you bids, accepted or rejected and any players in or out on loan. There is also much more information about club finances from sponsorship to investment to ticket sales and match day income. Find out where every penny your club earns comes from. There has been an improvement in the media in the game with you learning about international news as well as having better international scouts, etc. You can also find out about how confident the board is in your performance at the club and whether or not they are near to firing you.
I personally really enjoy all types of football games and sometimes prefer managing fro a change rather than playing. This is a perfect football game to get for the xbox 360 in which it is rather simple and easy to get to grips with and loads at a quick pace as well as having very much improved game play so that matches are much smoother and you can change a lot of speed and visibility settings.
My only problem is that it can be sometimes harder than using a PC for example when searching for a particular player and typing in the name - this can be rather tedious on the 360 compared to the ease of use with the PC. However, to make up for this there are some great extra features on the 360 version, for example being able to use xbox live.
Over xbox live you can have 1 on 1 single matches with your friends using your team and your great management skills you will have hopefully learnt from the game. You can also host tournaments over xbox live and compete with managers across the world and prove your skills at being a world class manager or are you just a flop at this managing stuff?
This game is great for any football fan who may get a bit bored of playing the same old fifa or Pro Evo and fancy a change by actually making all those crucial decisions involved in a team. I would say that this is far more of a challenge being a manger than playing the usual football games where you can score about 10 goals in a game.
Suitable for anyone - just may take a little while to get the hang of - although it is very well set out and has good menus, with nice graphics, and an easy navigation system.
Price: £17.99 from play.com
A very reasonable price for a game only a few months old and one which can last for quite a while, especially if you take your team through several seasons!
Thanks for reading.
Football Manager 2008 is a fantastic managing game that revolves around you controlling your own football team. You can pick a team of your choice to manage from Presten North End to Chelsea. I found the game very enjoyable as you can change your team around, buy and sell players and see your team go up against other teams in your league. The game is similiar to the other games in the football manager series but each year, each game improves and this year's one is no exception. What I like about the game is that you have complete control of your team and you can buy as many players as you like and you can change your formation. Also, it gives it a more realistic feel as a player can be injured, or suspended for a period of time. The game, overall, is amazing with plenty to do which will keep you entertained.