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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 27 August 2002
When I first got this game I was still in possession of the 2000 edition and wasn't sure what to expect. When I'd finished installing it and started playing it I noticed straight away some major differences. Firstly you din't get the video footage at the beginning like you did with the 2000 version and it was therefore quicker getting to the start screen. Once you've started a season you get to choose an objective for the coming 3 seasons, which I think is a good idea, because it gives you something to aim for. Then of course you have support staff to hire, the training centre, school of excellence, medical centre, sports shop etc. to build before you can hire your staff. It does however, take a while for the training centre etc. to be built. On the plus side you re told how long it's going to be before you can hire staff. Then of course you come to the players. You can transfer-list any you don't want make offers for ones you think will assist you in achieving your 3 season objective. you can set them on individual training sessions or you can train them with the rest of the squad. The only thing I would complain about with this game is the inaccuracy of the youth team system. For example I'm a Leeds United fan and I know there are a lot more players at Elland Road than FAPLM 2002 has as being employed by them and I realise that this sort of information is arduous to collect and collate but would be a welcome addition as would the facility to run a youth team as well as the first XI. One other drawback is the inaccuracy of the placement of some of the stadia in relation to the local roads. I understand that this is also an arduous job but the game itself would be greatly improved with these adjustments and alterations.
This game is definitely an improvement on FAPLM 2000 when after a season a non-EU players work permit ran out. FAPLM 2002 is more accurate in this respect. I await the arrival of FAPLM 2004
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on 25 February 2002
After playing EA FAPLFM since'98 I decided to buy both EA FAPLManager 2002 and CM 01/02. The other reviews on this site will draw the specifics of each game so I will be brief in my comparison.
CM 01/02 is the more complicated and difficult of the two. It is also the most interesting to play but extremely difficult if you try to start in the depths of the Conference league to build your reputation (as a real manager pays his dues). The lack of graphics is a drawback because everyone wants to watch the fruits of their labours but this is by far the most intensive and realistic - and therefore more difficult/frustrating manager games as every detail counts. Read the manual, be patient, and hire good staff! It really helps. Overall a great and time consuming game but definitely challenging and worth the money.
EA FAPLManager 2002 is the visually stimulating and more entertaining to play if you want an easier road to the top. You can start at the bottom and move up if you build slowly and are patient. Easier user interface and quicker game play. *Turn off your virus checkers or it will crash. Upside is that you can build monster stadiums, score many goals, win cups, and take a small team up. Downside is more frequent crashes, no new staff, strange new players on your roster from time to time, and if you get sacked you must start from the beginning.
If you want the game that is absolutely realistic, detailed, and takes a long time to play out even one season then CM 01/02 is for you.
If you want the game that you can hammer out two seasons in an afternoon and that is easy, fun, and visually stimulating then FAPLManager 2002 is for you.
Or you could just buy them both and when you get frustrated of are looking for a new challenge you can switch...
Both are worth the time and money! Enjoy!
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on 24 September 2001
In my opinion this is much better than the overrated Champ Manager. Champ manager is boring because you can't watch the games in 3D - you just watch a spreadsheet and rubbish commentary as each game progresses. I have all the previous versions of the game and this is definitely the pinnacle.
The Management itself is pretty much complete. You can deal with the economic side of management e.g. hiring staff such as doctors and coaches. You can improve your club's stadium, control ticket prices and renew contracts. You can also create new facilities such as shops and medical/training centres outside the ground. You can also install maintenance facilities such as pitch covers and undersoil heating.
On the actual football side of the management it is also excellent. The ratings system is excellent and easy to understand. The transfer system is up to date and reasonably realistic. You can also assign both team orders and best of all individual orders (e.g. Roberto Carlos = Long Shot). The training system is also improved from the previous version as it is more detailed. Despite its detail it is also easy to use.
The 3D match engine is what places it head and shoulders above Champ Manager. Considering this is only a Football Management game it is extremely detailed. The stadiums are all realistic and packed with colour and detail. The players also look realistic and like their real-life counterparts as well. The AI is so much improved from the previous version and is brilliant considering this is only a management game.
Another useful feature is the Database Editor. One of the previous views is wrong when it is sceptical about the database being up-to-date. There are only a few mistakes and they can be changed by using the database editor. You can change the players clubs and update their appearances and ratings.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 2012
I have bought many manager games over the years, but I keep coming back to this little beauty.

It's ideal for people who have a life away from the computer screen but want to have fun when they're on it. It's not taxing, but it is stimulating.

More importantly, my 8 year old son can play it. He would've gotten quickly bored with the newer over complicated versions of this great concept.

This game is almost perfect. All they really needed to do from here was upgrade the 3D match highlights and squads, together with some graphics.

Why oh why don't EA SPORTS do a current 'Lite Version' and model it on exactly this one?
I would be in heaven :-)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 31 March 2005
I got this game for christmas and I must say its exceptional. It is visually very impressive with a excellent 3d match mode in which with the aid of manager shouts you can influence the play. The gameplay is fast, action-packed not too difficult and make this a refreshing alternative from endless lists of statistics you find in games such as championship manager. Fully recommended for anyone with a life.
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on 9 July 2007
i have been playing many manager games up till now.To name a few they were championship manager 2007, fm 2007, total club manager etc etc...but none of them could match the fa premier league manager 2002!This is because of many reasons-the game is very fast, you need not read mails every hour or minutes!.Secondly you get to enjoy a game in 3d-you can see the plaers score goals and you can jump on your sofa like as if you're REALLY watching a live game.Transfer market is excellent, with some effort you get expensive players even free of charge.You can even buy young players under 20 easily-those who will become hot prospects i mean you can search them by using its search engine fast and efficiently.I would recommend this game above anything else if you like to play manager games...
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on 19 October 2003
This game was definetely not over- hyped, but it is a good game if you don't compare it to other managing games. You can really tell if your players are doing well or not. The transfer market is realistic; computer AI in this area is surprisingly good. There's also a game database where you can change almost every aspect of the game (a team's finance, dicision etc.) However, compare its youth and how realistic its training and managing pressure is to Championship Manager games, and this game is poor. If you don't like CM games, then buy this, however most of the clients for this game would be dissapointed.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 3 October 2001
I really liked the last instalment of this game, so much so that I rushed out and bought this as soon as it came out. Not an awful lot has changed, which I think is a good thing, there are several extra tools and shortcuts available. Such as scouting an entire league for players and the helpful scrolling news bar. Unfortunately there is one big problem, the game is full of bugs, random crashes for no reason, players signing for new clubs but some how staying with your team... One such example is a save I have for arsenal, after one of many random crashes I find that whenever I start the save I have acquired a goalkeeper I have never heard who is now in my first team which now consisted of thirteen players Anything further I do crashes the game so this save is now completely useless and I have to start again.
If EA can come up with a patch for this they will be on to a real winner, until then...
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
on 18 September 2001
FA Premier League Manager 2002 is what my mate Dave is to Michael Owen. Fat, slow, and not the best looker in the world.
However, it has to be said for my mate Dave, he plays more intelligent football than the players in the "3D Match" option available in the game. The AI here is abysmal. Witness one freekick, where two players get stuck behind another. The clock ticks away while the players run into the opposing team's midfielder, eventually getting past him about 15 game minutes later. The freekick is then allowed to be taken, by someone about 15 feet away from the ball - which then seems to shoot off in a random direction. Hmmm.
Keepers also seem to be very stupid. I'm surprised they got out of primary school to be honest. They seem to come for balls, stop, then let the attacker whack it past them into the net. Fantastic...
The match engine itself is an ugly mishmash of jerking players skating around on the pitch. The schoolboy animation errors are pretty much unforgivable, considering the amount of resources EA have available to them.
But hey - it's only a part of the game. What about the real meat, the management.
Well here things quickly improve, by about 0.3 of a millimetre. The poor layout, and awful colour scheme, mix together to give you no real indication of whats going on. Come on boys, we know you don't want to COPY Championship Manager, but at least learn some lessons from their success?
The structure of the menus is pretty awful, with strange placement of main buttons needed to navigate the game. Common wisdom is shot down with these erroneous errors, and it's a slap in the face to someone who wants to sit down and play without any prior knowledge of these games.
I'd recommend buying this game if you want to see how NOT to do a football management game - and also to have a damn good laugh at the awful game highlights.
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on 23 April 2006
FAPLM is fantastic. I really am not one to watch or play football, but I loved the game. There has been many reviews saying Champ. Mananager is a lot better, but I can't really comment on that because I havent played It. If you are looking for a cheap, interesting, fun game with many opportunities, this is the one, whether you are a football fan or not!!!!
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