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Football Manager 2005 (Mac/PC CD)

by Sega
Windows XP, Mac, Mac OS X
 Ages 3 and Over
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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  • Master the media spotlight - Take the fight to your rivals off the pitch. Tilt the psychological balance of the football world in your favour
  • Total tactical control - Exercise pinpoint control over your team's game, including their creative freedom, width and tempo
  • Smart, fast gameplay - Optimised data engine enables background calculations to be made whilst you make important managerial decisions
  • Unequalled depth and choice - Work with over 250,000 players and staff, researched by 2,500 people worldwide for unparalleled accuracy. Star players now have individual 'preferred moves'
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Game Information

  • Platform:    Windows XP, Mac, Mac OS X
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B0001ZX9XO
  • Release Date: 2 Nov 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,383 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

There’s little point beating about the bush, Football Manager 2005 is a staggering achievement and the finest football management game ever to appear on any format. Its success, ultimately, is down to the fact that it pulls off a spectacularly tricky balancing act. On one hand, there’s a gigantic database of teams, players and statistics with staggering depths of detail; and on the other is an extremely user-friendly interface that always puts you at the heart of the game, and allows you to easily and succinctly use the vast reservoirs of tools and options at your disposal. It might be putting things simply, but the two have been married up to create a standout game.

But then all this is hardly a surprise. Football Manager 2005 has been created by the team behind the Championship Manager series, and whilst they no longer have the rights to use the brand name, the actual game’s origins are never in question. Frankly, there are so many improvements, it’s impossible to scratch the surface of them.

So we’ll focus on two. The media section really hangs together properly for arguably the first time, with intriguing options that allow you to play mind games with other managers for instance. And the match day segment has come on at speed, with a smooth and useful highlights option that feels far more natural and integrated than previously.

Does it have flaws? The odd one or two, which are minor niggles caused more as a result of extreme ambition on the part of the developers rather than sloppy work. Yet the real worry is the amount of time the game will sap. Make no mistake, for any armchair football fan who has ever dreamed of taking their team to glory, Football Manager 2005 will rob them of months of their life. In short, its easy-to-use, it’s desperately challenging, incredibly addictive and downright unmissable. Accept no imitations.--Simon Brew


"Once you accept your first management job, you can bid farewell to months of free time 5/5" -- The Times

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
By Monte
Well what can you say about this game, Sports Interactive the inventors of Campionship Manager have now ditched the ball and chain of Eidos and are now with Oldies SEGA.
The game is basically "Champ 5" without the name (Eidos own the rights to the name Championship Manager so don't buy champ 5) Championship Manager 5 has been made by a new team without the legendary database SI have created over the years.
SI's new Football Manager, it's champ with better match play, more interactiveness and a much better match engine!
It's much better than CM03/04 and more addictive (I finished the six months on the demo in the first week!!).
Visual effects are awesome with Player pics and fully up to date transfers. SI have proven that they are the monopoly on management sims not eidos and I have had this game on order for months!!
If you liked Champ you'll love FM2005, remember this is the game for the "champ" faithful and SI understand what Football means. There will be thousands of fans creating utilities for the game.
IT'S SIMPLE BUY FM 2005 bye bye championship manager!!!!
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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best just got better! 5 Oct 2004
By loopy
As has been written below, Football Manager is the new name for the old 'Championship Manager'. Having played a demo of this I can confirm that the best has indeed got better.
No football management sim can touch this series, and year upon year the producers create a better and better game.
I have played this series right from the original Championship Manager, and it the most addictive game I have ever played!
Do not buy this game if you have a family, pets, a job, or to sum up, this game will take over your life, even eating and drinking will become secondary nature as you will sit in front of your pc for days just tinkering with formations and searching for that 20 goal a season wonder buy from non league.
This update is not just a renewed player list, the match engine and game screens have been re-written, with more interaction, and you can even enter the mind game playing with opposition managers.
I am currently storing food like a bear so that by the time the full game comes out I will be able to stop in for months!!
A must have purchase for any self respecting football fan.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
By McColey
Truely the best and most addictive football sim game I've ever played. Unless you set an alarm to remind you to eat, you'll waste away as you sink into 'just one more match' over and over again. Designing wierd and wonderful tactics is fun, winning matches is great, but what I find fulfilling is battling against the odds to take a low league or conference club into the premiership and europe, and winning all four titles.
Another great challenge is taking on the England team (you will be offered the job - what a feeling to be deemed good enough!) and playing (alongside your league team matches) all the qualifiers, the Euros and the World Cup. After winning the World Cup I was offered the Argentina managers job but turned it down because I would have had to give up my England squad who I was keenly redeveloping with some new unknowns.
My advice is buy this game, it's fantastic
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It keeps stealing my life! 24 May 2005
By A Customer
Anyone who has played any of the Championship Manager series (Pre CM5) will know what FM 2005 is all about. Simply the best Football Management simulation.
Take over from any English team from the premiership to the local Conference North/South sides, and pretty much any team anywhere in the world. This game is vast and extremely accurate.
There are downsides, you need a super powerfull PC to run a number of leagues, I had to double my memory and get a new graphics card to run 5 consecutive leagues, and am still considering doubling my memory again. FM 05 needs it!
Also you need to patch the out of the box game with updates as there are a few issues that need resolving which the patches all sort out. Had these patches not been released the game would only get 3/5. If you haven't got internet access then this is a problem.
But once past these issues the game is tremendous. Whatever you want to achieve you can, and this game has honestly had me swearing and feeling genuine fear in the 90th minute, watching my Aston Villa team hold on to beat Inter Milan in the Champions League final. Stress? You bet!
No other game even comes close, and the disaster that Championship Manager 5 is, should make sure that Football Manager will become the new name we all associate with genuine gaming addiction.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The new Champ Man 19 Nov 2004
for anyone who is thinking that eidos have kept the game, just because they got the name, you are wrong. FM2005 is an amazing step up from cm03/04, and it is a smooth transition. If you want to buy a totally different management game then go ahead and buy CM5, but if you liked any of the old CM's, then get Football Manager 2005.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality. 4 Nov 2004
By Adam
Not to be mistaken for Championship Manager.
Football Manager is Sports Interactives new management project. Yes, SI are creators of the CM series, but after Eidos declined to extend their contract with SI, Eidos practically took the CM name, and began to develop their own CM.
To sum it up FM is the new CM for the hard-core fan.
The game itself is a massive improvement on the slowness of CM4, and a step up in the user-friendliness of CM 03/04. Research into FM has been more than any previous version of CM, and this can only mean an enhanced future seasons' management :-)
Enjoy. But dont forget to eat...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Footy Manager
It's Football Manager

Essentially the same game that's been knocked out since the original Championship Manager with this seasons squads.
Published 4 months ago by C Ken
5.0 out of 5 stars Great game
This is a great game, so retro and so old school, but going very well, my season is going very well in 2012/2013 already. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Toby
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievably addictive yet relentlessly annoying
Well, I have been playing the FM series for such a long time now, since the days of the Amiga when it was Championship Manager until today. Read more
Published on 30 April 2007 by Mr. J. Worden
5.0 out of 5 stars Football Mananger - Basic Review
An excellent game for all football fans :D. The game is easy to install, and is really easy to get the hang of, even though it may seem slightly complex at first. Read more
Published on 24 Aug 2006 by sn123
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Championship Manager
I love this game n i luv it evn more than Championship manager a game i hav played on since 98/99 version so it must b a gr8 game if i stuck with it till now! Read more
Published on 10 Mar 2006 by "plan_b_4_eva"
4.0 out of 5 stars FM is Amazing
Football Manager 2005 is amazing.It is great and easy to install.I would reccomend this to anyone,it is much better than champ manager
Published on 30 Jan 2006 by "marctoal23"
5.0 out of 5 stars Best One Yet
Man, Eidos will be gutted they lost THIS gem! This is by far the best version since CM 97/98 (which I still play!). Read more
Published on 22 Jan 2006 by Mr. S. Mabley
5.0 out of 5 stars SI are playing a blinder
Having been a fan of championship manager since i first played it on the amiga all those years ago, ive loved the game ever since. Read more
Published on 6 Jan 2006 by Mr. Roy Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Football Manager 2005
What a game. The most complete managing experience ever to hit planet Earth.
From detailed Finances screens to simple Quick Start modes, this game has something for everyone. Read more
Published on 12 Nov 2005 by Yowza Kablammo
5.0 out of 5 stars Championship manager, ur having a larf!
this is a great game, it is realistic as the usual promotuion and relegation teams are the same (except nottingham forest always seem 2 get promoted to the premiership, despite... Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2005
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