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Football Manager 2005 (Mac/PC CD)
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2004
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2005
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 16 June 2005
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 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. Take a club from the top leagues like the Premiership, right down to amateur teams from the Conference South to glory in this fantastic simulation.
The game also features an Editor, allowing you to boost your Non-League team straight into the Football League, as well as making transfer updates for your club.
The match engine is the same 2D screen; and I don't see why people complain. On LMA Manager 2004, which I own, the 3D graphics are FIFA '97 quality and take away the realistic element of the game.
But, beware. You will completely lose your social life if you have any interest in football management and buy this game. You will be completely glued to this wonderful simulation.
Football Manager is new to the management world, as SI Games took their idea away from former publishers Eidos, who went to attract the market with the old Championship Manager title, and not produce a top management sim with new partners Beautiful Game Studios. SEGA have teamed up with SI, and, as usual, SI have delivered.
Buy this game. You'll regret it if you don't.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2004
This is a just another in a brilliant series of games from Si Games. Football manager is the better continuation of the championship manager series after Eidos and Si games split. I am sure this game will be the winner of the battle for the dominant management game. Si Games kept the entire database and only lost the name making it almost certain that this will be the better game. After the initial culture shock of a new interface you realise it is really not that different but the changes improve the game immensely and also is well laid out and a lot simpler to play. The database is brilliant as ever coupled with a slightly improved match engine but still gives you the championship manager feeling. There are more chances to tweak the performance of your team than ever being able to monitor such thing as tempo and width. The chat with other managers is a great addition and there is a greater realism in dealing with the press and your players ego.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 4 November 2004
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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71 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2004
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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 November 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 21 November 2004
Well so it comes to this.
- Sitting in on a saturday night tweaking my pre season training routine because all my players got a bit tired last season.
- Going to bed in a bad mood because my board are only "pleased" with me (I think 2 successive promotions should be good enough the ingrates)
- realising that previous Sheffield Wednesday managers have got it all wrong and they should give me the job.
This is by fay the best Football management game ever (And believe me i've played the all). One or two very minor glitches that will probably get ironned out in a patch but nothing to distract from the absolute genius that is this game.
The only downside is i see myself living with Milhouses dad in Bachellor appartments before too long.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 7 May 2005
Having played on CM4, CM 03-4, and now Football Manager 2005, it just shows that SI can cope without Eidos. With FM 'O5, there is an even greater, more precise database than before. In addition, Sega and SI have aquired the licenses for the English Football Leagues, Conference(and La Liga). Thus, promoting the status of some of the 'lesser clubs',by including simple things such as the different kits.
While it make take some getting used to the new layout (player scouting, available jobs etc.), it provides us with a sleak, new interface.
Just to prove its 'un-put downable' status, it even includes an addictiveness rating, ranging from, 'lacks match practice', to things like, 'turning your socks inside out saves washing time'.
One minor put-down (if it is at all), i find it near impossible for clubs to accept loan offers!
Nevertheless, a truly ingenious piece of gaming. If you don't already own this, BUY THIS NOW!
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