This time round you can have up to 26 leagues running at one time (depending on the specs of your PC/Mac) and the wealth of tactics and options on offer are enough to test any budding Arsene Wengers or Alex Fergusons.
True, the gameplay hasn't changed much, but it's the wealth and depth of stats on offer that brings back Champ Manager fans season after season. The other secret to its continuing appeal is it offers the chance to steer your beloved Third Division no-hopers to League and Cup glory, something that most Premiership-fixated arcade football games overlook.
There are some new demands on your managerial competence: as well as the usual training, transfer market and staffing issues you now have to deal with the media, and the psychological well-being of your players is now as important as their physical health. As before the actual match is played out in text format, which sounds dull, but quickly becomes alarmingly compulsive.
Championship Manager is probably not for the casual gamer as it is impossible to just dip into, but for those footy fans who KNOW they can run a football team better than 99 percent of professional managers, it is a must. Just don't expect much of a social life over the next few months. --Michael Bartley
The media interaction with the manager is a definite bonus and the FA requests are realistic (They always back the referee!)
Achieving success if definitely harder than in 99/00, which I found relatively easy after a while. So far I've failed to reach a European final with any club including Man Utd, Arsenal, Barcelona, Real, Milan, Juventus. In the league I've been coasting with Man Utd at the top of the league through 'till March and then found my players just aren't performing any more, and I'm conceeding five goals at West Ham or Derby County, and the title has gone down south to Arsenal. This game truely does test your management skills.
The editor is a welcome plus to the game, however, it really isn't the easiest feature to use and editing a team can take a VERY long time. I've found i just can't be bothered with it and just want to get on and play the game. The producers should have looked at the 99/00 editor available on the internet which was far more user friendly.
That said, this is simply a must buy game, and a steal at around ...
BUT BE WARNED YOU RISK LOSING YOUR LIFE TO THIS GAME
My advice is to buy a quicker loading game or a brand new computer.
Its a game with no animation/graphics to speak of, so you dont get to see the... Read more