The most addictive computer game ever is back, but is the new
2008 version any different, or any better, than previous versions?
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previously played Football Manager (FM), or Championship Manager (its
previous title) you will know what to expect. For those who haven’t, you
take charge of a football team and try to take it to glory by controlling
pretty much everything from training and match tactics, through to all the
transfers in and out (see the FM ’07 review for more detail).
never been, and never will be, a simple game to pick up and succeed. If
you’re the type of person who enjoys football life with games such as the
FIFA series, FM will come as a surprise. It’s not a joke when others
describe it as football with a spreadsheet, as the complexity of running
your club, especially with a lower league team, is far from easy.
new 2008 version provides all the new team changes for the 07/08 season, so
in the new database Henry has gone to Barcelona, while Torres is at
Liverpool. In terms of gameplay, there is little change from FM ’07. There
is a new skin and interface, which while doing the same as previous
versions, doesn’t seem to be as easy to use.
are a few good new features, such as being able to alter your club boards
expectations for the season. Lower their expectations and their will
lower your budget for transfers and wages, but raise their expectations,
such as promising them promotion, and you will have more money to play with.
Fail with optimistic promises you give your board however, and you’re more likely to get
never been the main selling point behind the FM series. The 2D match engine
is still very good though, and while it would be great to see your players
and tactics carried out in 3D, the lack of it at the moment doesn’t hinder
crowd noises during the matches but they’re not that great, however they
don’t need to be. This game could have zero sound and it wouldn’t matter as
it doesn’t really add to the atmosphere of match days much.
into this game and you won’t know where your day/weekend/week etc went.
Football Manager remains the
most absorbing and addictive computer game
Manager series of games remains one of the best of all time, and FM ’08 is
no different. You will easy loose hundreds of hours trying to turn whatever
team you manage into the biggest and the best. FM ’08 doesn’t offer a great
change from previous versions though, and so if you’re still enjoying FM ’07
then I’d recommend you stick with it unless you really need to have the
latest player database update.
You can read how
some of us are
doing with our teams on the Forum in “FM
Overall Score: 90%
(not an average)