29 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Good ideas but flaky execution spoils enjoyment,
This review is from: Championship Manager 4 (Video Game)With the the same, high levels of anticipation and expectations as many of the fans of the previous version of this game, would have coming to this version, I couldn't wait to get started on the new season. Despite being a little disappointed at being sacked by Leeds United after winning the UEFA cup, the League cup and the FA Cup in the same season (how wonderful things can be in a fanstasy world!!), I swallowed my pride and started out again with Parma. After a flying season I found myself managing Parma in a dull but enjoyable UEFA cup final, up 1-0 with ten minutes to go. So I was a mite upset when I received an error message that champioship manager 4 had generated errors and windows was going to close it...now.
A few other things happened along the way in both games such as scores in games being different from the scores recorded on the videoprinter i.e. your team wins only to find that in fact you lost when the results are recorded into the league table. Another annoying issue; I don't understand the point of having an enquiry option on the transfer screen for a player when every reply is totally ridiculous, e.g. Brett Emerton is valued at £3.8 million which on enquiry rose to £18 million when Feyenoord replied. This happens every time and with every player, so it isn't a case of the club telling you politely where to go.
In summary, I find this to be a flaky version of a game which in the future should be very good indeed. The slated delivery deadline for this game slipped a few times as most people will know and unfortunately it is showing a few of the bugs that weren't ironed out.
Forewarned is forearmed as they say so if you buy this game just keep checking back to the web site where regular updates (and bug fixes) are being posted. I, for one, look forward to the next - hopefully more mature - version.
For the record I used a machine with windows 2000 and I did have the latest updates installed from the web site(goodness knows what it would have been like before I downloaded the bug fixes).