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Football Manager 2009 (PC)


The most addictive computer game ever is back, and now it has a 3D
match engine to view your games, but has the move from 2D to 3D worked?

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Gameplay: 85%
Football Manager (FM) is a game where you can take charge of any club anywhere in the world (virtually) and try to take them, over a number of seasons, to success. As manager you control pretty much everything, from training to transfers, and match tactics to media matters. For those new to the world of FM there is more general detail in the FM’07 review.

New features for the 2009 game are an improved transfer system which attempts to make buying, selling and loaning players more realistic than before, and improved media and player interaction. Match rating for players have been given decimals now too, so a player will now get 7.3 rather than just 7 as a rating. This may only seem a minor change, but it does give you a greater idea of how someone is performing, given that two players may have scored 7 before, whereas now they are given 6.5 and 7.4. Okay, that’s hardly a major change but useful none the less. The biggest change in FM’09 though is the new 3D match engine (more below) which makes watching the games more entertaining.

The game itself seems a lot harder. The match engine has
been rewritten (again!) and more micro management is required if you are to have any form of success. While this is good for perfectionist football managers, it can be frustrating if your team keeps losing. 

Two rather annoying issues can’t be passed up though. The first is that the game now requires ‘activation’ (the DRM method to avoid piracy). This is not as simple as it should be (and certainly wasn’t on the day of release) but by the time you read this the problem should have calmed down. The other major bug is the fact the game was released (yet again) with problems, and for FM’09 the “injury bug” means the game is unplayable out of the box, and needs patching straight away. Poor effort.

Graphics: 83%
The major change to this version of FM is the introduction of the 3D match engine, so after years of text only or 2D matches, you can now see your players carry out your instructions etc in 3D. You can view the games from various camera angles which is good, as you can then pick the one that suits you best.

You can also add ‘widgets’ to the screen that give you more match day information and statistics. The old 2D view is still an option though, especially for people whose PC isn’t quite as powerful.

Sound: 50%
As always, the stadium crowd noises and referees whistle won’t win any gaming sound awards, but this has never been an issue in my opinion.

Value: 97%
The game is a lot more difficult than previous versions, and may frustrate players who are used to winning games with ease, or who don’t like to micro manage their tactics. It is still likely to dominate your playing time for months though, and so is always good value for money, however some may find the realism (difficulty) a little too much for them.

As always, you will lose countless hours of your life with this game, trying to get your team to the top. The introduction of the 3D match engine is long overdue, but enjoyable, however it took the makers a couple of years to perfect the 2D view, and I suspect the same will happen with the 3D view. A fairly powerful PC is needed for the game to run smoothly though, so be warned. If you’re used to Football Manager then you should love this game, but beware, you may need to go on a UEFA coaching course first, as the makers seem to have made it even more complex, and this makes winning a lot harder this time round.

You can read how some of us are doing with our teams on the Forum in “FM Stories”.

Overall Score: 85% (not an average)