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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