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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 games origins are never in question. Frankly, there are so many improvements, its impossible to scratch the surface of them.
So well 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, its desperately challenging, incredibly addictive and downright unmissable. Accept no imitations.--Simon Brew
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!!!!
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.
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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