9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Champ Manager 3 Season 01-02 you'll like this
I'll get straight to the point. As you'll see by this review's title, if you've ever played the Season 01-02 incarnation of Sports Interactive's Championship Manager series on PC then you'll probably enjoy this game.
The reason? Gusto Games have blatantly ripped the guts out of 01-02, even improving on them in some areas, and have more or...
Published on 13 Jan 2006 by G. Anderson
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair port to the PSP but still more than a few rough edges
Most people looking at this will be familiar with the Championship Manager and Football Manager games. For those who aren't, Championship Manager is a football management simulator which allows you to take control of a team, wheel and deal in the transfer market, choose your tactics and watch the games and the season unfold (based on your selections, players and so...
Published on 9 Jan 2006
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair port to the PSP but still more than a few rough edges,
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This review is from: Championship Manager (PSP) (Video Game)Most people looking at this will be familiar with the Championship Manager and Football Manager games. For those who aren't, Championship Manager is a football management simulator which allows you to take control of a team, wheel and deal in the transfer market, choose your tactics and watch the games and the season unfold (based on your selections, players and so on - there is no "arcade-style" interaction a la Pro Evo or FIFA).
So what's the PSP version like? All in all not bad, perhaps not spectacular, but the recognisable heart of the game has definitely survived.
The first thing that struck me was how much they've managed to fit in. A load of leagues are available, hundreds of clubs, thousands of players (all searchable), along with a full transfer and contract system. The tactics options are as full featured as all but the most recent PC versions and the 2D match engine, allowing you to watch the game as it happens, has survived (it's apparently been dropped from the soon to be release Football Manager for the PSP).
The interface is a bit clunky at first because of the lack of a mouse, but once you read them manual (doh!) and learn the short cuts it becomes surprisingly navigable.
Generally game play works pretty much as the PC game, though they've also added a couple of features aimed at making games quicker (instead of seeing the whole came play out you can opt for a quick result for instance). For me that's unnecessary as it's the open ended nature of the game and the detail that makes it what it is, but they give you the choice so it's up to you how you choose to play.
On the downside there are some rough edges. The match commentary, 2D match engine and statistics don't always tally particularly well. You can watch a player through on goal, the keeper make a save, the commentary says it and the stats for shots on goal don't change. Or the commentary will sit and say "he's got to shoot from here" for a freekick two yards from the corner flag. It may seem minor but with half a dozen or so similar incidents per game it does make you wonder what information can be trusted when you're making decisions.
Also I'm not sure if it's just me having not full got to grips with the tactics yet, but there are times when I can't buy a goal even with my best side out against week opposition despite dominating play and having 20+ attempts. Overall results are realistic in terms of number of goals and typical score lines, but don't necessarily feel like they always reflect the game you've watched... perhaps that just adds to the realism as fans rarely think their side got the result they really deserved though I'm not convinced.
But as a first go this is pretty good, and it's certainly as addictive as ever (I nearly burned the house down playing it while cooking last night). If you think about it as roughly where the PC version was a releases or two ago, and expect a few rough edges you'll have it about right, and if you like the PC game you'll probably like the PSP version.
For me, I'll take a look at Football Manger when it arrives in March but until then this is happily keeping me entertained when I'm out and about...
36 of 39 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Like Newcastle Utd - a great lineup, but mediocre results!,
This review is from: Championship Manager (PSP) (Video Game)If you're looking for a football manager game to keep you busy on the bus, then at last Gusto Games and Eidos have released their PSP adaptation of Championship Manager. However, ever since SI (sports interactive) switched to working on Sega's Football Manager franchise, CM has not been the same - and sadly, this PSP version suffers from some killing flaws which ultimate ruin what could have been an awesome game.
The interface is lovely - easy to use, clear to read and loading times are not at all a worry. A few seconds at most. Navigating the game is a breeze and Gusto games have made this so very playable, even without a mouse.
The ingame engine is a 2D one, or text commentary - the 2D engine works although is a bit funny at times, but sadly the commentary is poor. Its random - skipping from goal kicks to corners (could happen i guess) or from a shot by one team to a goal to the other. Its a real shame as it hampers the gameplay considerably.
Another problem is the difficulty. OK so managing is not meant to be easy, but at times this just feels out of control. Managing Chelsea I signed Henry - we won agaisnt Man Utd 4-0, only to lose the next match to WBA (a mediocre team, according to scouts) by 3-0. IT's very random, frustrating and chaning tactics in the game makes very little difference to the outcome of a match that is half way through.
Still, if you bare with it, cope with some gameplay flaws and obviously unrealistic features then its an enjoyable experience. But for people who can wait, Football Manager is released next March for PSP, and hopefully that will make this game redudant - or managing Everton anyway!! (only joking!)
A great effort, let down by some frustracting flaws and difficulty. Worth a rent!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars If you like Champ Manager 3 Season 01-02 you'll like this,
This review is from: Championship Manager (PSP) (Video Game)I'll get straight to the point. As you'll see by this review's title, if you've ever played the Season 01-02 incarnation of Sports Interactive's Championship Manager series on PC then you'll probably enjoy this game.
The reason? Gusto Games have blatantly ripped the guts out of 01-02, even improving on them in some areas, and have more or less successfully transplanted them into Sony's sleek black handheld. That's not to say it's a perfect conversion, more of a 'tribute' with a few neat touches and a few imperfections.
Let's start with the negatives: The game gives a wealth of options to change each team's and each player's tactics but during matches I get the feeling that my input has less of an impact than in the previous PC versions. Also, the game's fastest commentary speed is a little too slow for my liking; as one reviewer states, there is a "quick result" feauture but the game's own "Top Tips" warn against using this regularly as it will result in too many games going the opposition's way, no matter how strong your squad is. In addition, players can have a decent game but still score 5's or 6's and, if you're like me and look for decent players in the U21's you'll be disappointed as all International Teams have been stripped from the database. Finally, make sure you turn your screen brightness down to the minimum setting while playing as the game constantly reads from disc and eats into valuable battery time.
So, that's basically it for the negatives. It sounds a lot but don't let them put you off as there are far fewer glitches in this game than in the Championship Manager games that Eidos tried to pass off to the public following their split with Sports Interactive.
As for improvements, this is no Champ Manager 4 on PC, but it does have nice touches such as more contract clause options, more individual team and player tactic options, a useful filter for news, more player scores (split into physical, technical, mentality etc...) and, of course, the PSP gives the ability to turn the machine off mid-match, turn it on again and pick up where you left off! Excellent for the morning commute!
A special note must also go to the interface. Anyone who is concerned at the PSP's lack of mouse or stylus need not worry as Gusto Games has done an excellent job of using every single button on the PSP to make menu navigation as simple as possible. Within a few days it will be second nature and it will be interesting to see how SI Games tackles this obstacle in their forthcoming PSP Football Manager game due out in March.
All in all, I was pleasantly surprised by Eidos' newest baby Champ Manager and, despite the flaws listed above, I've had it two weeks now and am as addicted as I ever was with Championship Manager on the PC which, when I think about it, is the highest praise I could probably give. Eidos finally seems to have sorted their act out! A worthy addition to any football fan's PSP collection.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth it!,
This review is from: Championship Manager (PSP) (Video Game)I was actually quite impressed with this adaptation for the PSP. Many reviewers try to dissuade people from buying Championship Manager, and I do agree that when it comes to the PC version, Football Manager simply cannot be beaten. However, this game is easy to navigate, enjoyable to play and would provide the perfect distraction for any long journey or trip.
Most aspects of the game mirror those of Football Manager 2006 for the PC, especially the transferring of players and the tactics screen; which is very competent. Also the gameplay is very good, despite the fact that maybe the pitch seems a bit crowded. But to avoid this there is always the "Quick Match" option.
I decided to purchase this game because I want Football Manager to remain strictly a PC game, because I will always believe that management games are the best on the computer. However, this game rated higher than expected, and provides good entertainment and fun to any wannabee-Mourinho out there!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect but much more depth than FM,
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Championship Manager (PSP) (Video Game)I have been playing CM PSP for several months now and despite some very frustrating niggles I have to say the game is involving, challenging and a fantastic buy. Some people seem to find it hard to take that you don't pick the game up and be instantly successful even though they chose chelsea and bought Thierry Henry. I for one would be disappointed if you could. And yes, it is hard to get goals until you start to adapt the set up of your team, but give it time and the many subtleties of strategy, player form and tactics will be revealed to you.
The more recently launched (and hyped) FM Handheld game may benefit from brand loyalty over CM but how anyone could rave about such a superficial effort beats me. No proper transfers, no player interaction, no 2D match engine and worst of all no option to create your own killer formation. All these things and more are available on CM PSP yet the makers of FM Handheld make out that its not technically possible to do all this on the psp! Shame on you. For me, if you are into footy management sims you want something that is immersive and has depth and variety, not something overtly simplistic and cut down. Just because its on the PSP doesn't mean it will only be played in 5 minute bursts!
I must say CM does have some big faults: you can sell ordinary players for vast sums (amusing for a while but not realistic); the game sometimes goes bonkers after a few seasons and invents default formations with several goalkeepers etc! None of these has been particularly bad but the worst thing was when I played my main rivals in the title decider and the game changed the opposition to another team and then, when I'd won the match 2-0, reported the result as a 3-0 defeat at the hands of the team I was meant to be playing in the first place! VERY annoying, but until something comes along that gives me all this depth without the bugs, Im sticking with CM PSP.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super game!,
= Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Championship Manager (PSP) (Video Game)This is without doubt the best football management game on the PSP ever! It is almost perfect in every way. The controls and graphics are simple but this means you can spend more time playing. The matches are good, especially the 2D match engine and the results are often realistic. There is a huge database of players from many countries and part of the challenge of this game is to find the best foreign players!
As soon as I got this game, I started it up and I couldnt put it down for months, it is so addictive.
The only thing that I could find wrong with this game is that you can only play 10 seasons. However, there is a good reason for this as it stops the game getting like Football Manager Handheld with the world-class youth players everywhere. Absolutely cracking game, easily the best game I own on the PSP.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Its brilliant,
This review is from: Championship Manager (PSP) (Video Game)If you have read the other interviews then you will be thinking that it is really hard to score on this game and for the first season with chelsea i thought that was true but if you buy players like Fernando Torres and Kaka etc then the team will become alot better. Chelsea are brilliant in real life but i have still had to replace most of the players on this game, so anyone who has been put off needs to reconsider because its actually alot easier if you buy other players and im not talking about the best like rooney and ronaldinho (because there is no way you can get them trust me). Also look at the hints the game gives you to help you win more games, they have helped me alot.
Overall dont be swayed by the other reviews which say it is hard to score because i have won alot of games with more than 3 goals for my side. This maybe because i know alot of good players that are not as well known but it takes practice.
I have also just won every cup available in one season, this includes the league cup, the premiership, champions league. So if you dont win the games at first, dont give up, look for players and their stats more importantly and improve. The first season i played i came 5th then 4th then 5th again and then i came 1st and im about to come 1st again so that proves that it is easy to score.
This game is also very addictive, for the first week i couldnt put the game down. i recommend to anyone to get a player called 'Kompany' from anderlecht, he may not be as gd at first but he amazing after a few seasons, trust me also hleb from Arsenal is gd and torres and kaka. If you are chelsea it wont be a problem since you get alot of money on transfer fees lol.
This game is amazing i recomend it to any championship fan or anyone that is not familiar to this game.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The lads gave 110% but in the end the quality is lacking.,
This review is from: Championship Manager (PSP) (Video Game)I have been a champ manager from the very beginning and have owned every edition of this fine series up to the eidos SI split. I made a tried both football manager and champ manager on the pc and found the SI game to be the superior edition. I would still be playing fm had my son not destroyed my laptop. With little choice I have turned my attention to the world of playstation. I find champ on the PSP to be a fairly good game for a handheld management game. It's not the most realistic sim you could hope for but then again the PSP wasn't designed for games like this. This game harks back to the old champ 2 and 3 databases where clubs have far too much money relative to their size. The game engine has a few bugs in it and with recent champs versions the programmers are obsessed with 4-4-2, any other tactic and you're done. The player database is ok but only being able to manage in one league is limiting and with no international stats at all takes a little something away from the game.
If you have a pc, stick to fm2006 and use the psp for what it's made for. If not wait for fm handheld.
3.0 out of 5 stars Championship-ish manager...,
= Fun:3.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Championship Manager (PSP) (Video Game)When I first got this game I thought "Brilliant, a manager game I can play whilst in the car"... I've always been a fan of this kind of game but I've never been able to crack how to do them so I would always lose matches 5-0 or more...
However, after much tampering and tinknering with tactics and formations, I rectified that and ultimately managed back to back successive promotions with halifax, going from the conference to the premiership in 5 seasons and finishing 2nd in my final season...
That is where the mixed feelings come... Although delighted that I managed such an achievement from a past laden with failings on such games, there was a slightly disappointing fact that I knew how to beat the game and it lost a bit of it's shine...
Not to worry though! Just start a new game and try again! Or try one of the interesting campaign's that have been included... They are a good idea, one which I completed required me to help shrewsbury avoid relegation... And I got promotion... But the joy was short lived as these modes only last 1 season so everything you made is lost...
I guess that's another flaw with career mode... The game is very lengthy (think you get 10-15 seasons or something), but the fact it ends at that point is slightly disappointing... As the game gets further through, it reacts slower and my copy on occasions either crashed or matches were played where the ball sat where it was and nobody moved or touched the ball... That was the most frustrating...
Another thing that might frustrate a few people is the "ask the board" option... I've only ever had successes on this when I've asked for an expansion to the youth system... Otherwise, it's a no-hope... If you're managing a team with a very low transfer budget yet a very full bank account, the board tend to have a habit of complaining of the wage total so unless you can operate a team with 17 players and a shoestring budget, then you'll struggle with the low leaguer's...
Overall, it is a good game for a while, but it is very lengthy and long-winded at points so not really a "lunch-break" kind of game... Whilst winning titles and signing big name players always gives a buzz, it's short lived when you find it wasn't such a good signing after all or you crash out of a tournament...
Cheap thrills, give it a go, but i'd either play football manager or wait for a few more CM's to come out...
4.0 out of 5 stars A good game for a time,
= Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars
This review is from: Championship Manager (PSP) (Video Game)I think this is a very good game. There are a number of leagues that can be played all round the world and there are also various mission type scenarios such as avoiding relegation, gaining promotion and winning a European trophy. So there is certainly a good amount of variety.
The game allows you to see the game played out on a 2D pitch which I liked. Admittedly on the highest speed setting (which I always used), it was a little behind the commentary, but that did not matter to me as it made me feel more immersed in the action than just reading text, and allowed me to get an idea of what was going on.
I did not find the results to be that unfair. I started off with Berwick from the Scottish 3rd Division and after a few purchases (usually from Bulgarian teams), I found myself winning quite regularly and moving up the leagues. In general the scores in games seem quite fair. On the other hand I tend to find the shots on and off target to be far greater than would normally exist in a real football match. Like in real football some results can be frustrating. Occasionally you lose to lesser teams or have a surprising win against a better team. But that often happens in real football.
The general interface is very good and it is very easy to navigate around the PSP to the various areas. I believe the level of detail has been reduced, but I welcome that as I did not want to be too bogged down in detailed training programs. However, there is still a fair to do in terms of management and it is up to the player how much detail you want.
There is one negative point for those who may play with Scottish teams in the SPL. The game does not portray the SPL league split properly. In the real SPL, the teams take the points before the league split into the final games of the season. This does not happen in this game. Instead, when the league splits, all the teams' point are put to zero. This means that a team that was say seventh in the league and mathematically out of the relegation zone at the time of the split could end up being relegated if they have a bad final few games. Likewise, a team which is sixth in the league and cannot mathematically win the league at the time of the split could end up winning the league if they have a good end season. This is obviously unrealistic and annoying, but wont affect you if you are not specifically planning on playing in the SPL.
In general I found this to be a good football management game and it is realistic enough.
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