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4.0 out of 5 stars B+, tries too hard, 14 Oct 2003
This review is from: Championship Manager 4 (Video Game)
Of course Championship Manager is more a religion than a game. This is the updated prayer book for those who feel the need to keep up to date.
But in truth its not quite the all round experience that the previous versions have been. The new 2d game view is undoubtedly entertaining, although i have my doubts about the goalkeepers, but its seems to have been at the expense of the depth of player stats if you don't have a Pentium 8 with a hard drive the size of Weymouth.
This was what we loved in previous versions. The lack of any game highlights didn't stop those all night 12 hour sessions with a mate at university (no sniggering), and it certainly didn't stop me informing those around me watching backwater European football of a certain player's best attributes, despite never having seen him play in the flesh. Tigran Gspeian? Pretty decent technique for an Armenian midfielder.
The triumph of digging out some dubious Swedish teenager only for him to become world famous seems to have been lost, or at least diluted. Maybe it is more realistic, but you can have too much realism. I'd be highly aggrieved if I got shell shock from too much Command and Conquer.
Having said all this, its still a great game. There's still hours and hours of amusement to be had playing it. Its just that it had so much to live up to.
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