4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is agonizingly close to being a fantastic game, but unfortunately contains enough irritations to make it (for me) unplayable.
Minor annoyances within the game aside, it's the match engine that's at fault. If they could sort out the following, all would be well:
1. The human player is unable to instruct the goalkeeper to distribute the ball to defenders, thus building from the back and retaining possession. Tick boxes exist for this, but they don't work. On the game company's website, pretend experts on message boards advise how to get your keeper to do this, but their advice doesn't work and even if it did it would invalidate most tactical setups (anything without… Read more
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
I agree with other reviewers who have praised the book but not the translation.
This should be a five-star book: some top Italian coaches explaining drills for all aspects of the game, plus commentaries on formations from the likes of Arrigo Sacci, Marcello Lippi et al.
I can only assume the translator was Italian and convinced, wrongly, that his command of English was up to the job. Perhaps the American publisher was not well versed in football and so didn't pick up on how unintelligible some of the passages were.
Some of this book you can read and understand, some of it you can understand it if you read the sentence three or four times. Sometimes, though,… Read more
45 of 117 people found the following review helpful
This is an edit of my original, pre-demo "review". I have now actually played the game proper (post patch 1).
It seems the majority of the five-star reviews were those numpties who posted reviews before even the demo was out!
My history with SI has been through CM3/4. FM6, FM7 and FM8. FM8 I found unplayable due to match engine faults. The previous incarnations I'd loved, annoyances aside. After all, all games have bugs and recreating the world of football, especially the match itself, is very difficult.
FM9 has been uninstalled and it's going back to the shop today for a refund.
Having spent hours trying to activate then hours more downloading… Read more