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Great potential .... but too many flaws!
on 27 February 2011
I'm glad that I waited to review this game, because I was going to give it a higher rating before it crashed, wasting an entire evening's worth of progress. Before the crash, I was going to comment on how difficult this game is to review, there is enough potential here for the game to at least match Football Manager 2011, but it is let down badly by the 3D match, which is shockingly bad.
If I was to review this game based on the management and presentation side only, then 5 stars wouldn't be enough to rate this game. It is so immersive, you actually feel as if you are personally involved in the day to running of a football club. There are so many facts and figures and statistics, you'll find yourself clicking on things that you didn't even know were there for some time after starting the game. Throughout the season, there are always little surprises that pop up in the form of graphs, player of the season candidates, player ups and downs etc., It all goes to make the game a great representation of the football world.
Sadly, it all comes crashing down to Earth when you start the 3D match. I've bought every version of this game since it began as Total Club Manager, and I can honestly that this year's 3D match is a huge step back from last years version. Totally unwatchable, so much so that I ended up switching to the text commentary, which surprisingly, is better than I thought it would be as I've never used it before. Back to the 3D match though, it is shocking, it doesn't even represent a game of football. It's so frustrating to watch your team 'slowly' work the ball up the field, only to pass it back into their own half. Then all too often, 3 players will form a 'triangle' and just pass the ball to one another for what seems like ages, while the defenders just stand there and watch. Then a forward will get the ball and go on a run towards the goal, only to mysteriously double back on himself for no reason, it's all so frustrating, and the annoying thing is, none of this happened in last years version.
What killed it entirely for me was when I went to begin my second round League Cup match, and the game froze entirely, leaving the previous 5 matches I'd just played a complete waste of time. I shan't be playing them again, so I'll be putting this game on the shelf less than 24 hours after purchasing it .... oh, and all this after downloading and installing the 2 availible update patches.
My overall verdict: A substantial improvement over last year's version in terms of presentation, but the crash, and the backward step on the 3D match ..... I would advise you to keep your money in your pocket!