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Championship Manager 4

Platform : Windows 2000, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows Me, Windows XP
3.4 out of 5 stars 150 customer reviews

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  • Brand new 2D match engine allows you to watch your team play. View the whole match or just view the highlights
  • Play 39 national leagues, with more than 200,000 players and staff
  • Enhanced Manager features for transfers, tactics, training and coaching
  • Fully skinable interface to personalise your playing experience. Two new skins available at launch with more to follow
  • Exhaustively researched by a global team of scouts to ensure absolute accuracy - there is no more realistic management experience
  • Developed with tactical advice from former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland star Ray Houghton
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  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • PEGI Rating: Ages 3 and Over
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B00005UM1P
  • Release Date: 28 Mar. 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,341 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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Championship Manager 4 is the next generation of football management games, offering more players, leagues and competitions than any other title. For the first time ever in the series, Championship Manager 4 features a real-time 2D match engine enabling you to make tactical decisions as the action unfolds. Watch the whole 90 minutes in real time or choose to view crucial match highlights.

In addition, this version introduces a whole host of new management options and features to offer an unparalleled level of detail. Championship Manager 4 provides the option to fully customise the training of your team, enabling managers to assign specific schedules. Other new additions include an enhanced contract negotiation system, a more efficient, easy-to-use network game option and totally skinable interface. Developed in close association with former Republic of Ireland and Liverpool star Ray Houghton to guarantee ultimate realism, Championship Manager 4 is the greatest leap the series has ever taken.

Amazon.co.uk Review

Championship Manager 4 is the latest in the long line of football sims to come out of the Eidos/Sports Interactive Games doors, and followers of the ever popular series will not be disappointed. With over 200,000 players and staff across 39 national leagues, footy fans will delight in the level of detail once again realised--in fact to some it might be slightly mind boggling.

New to the game are a number of features including a 2-D match mode that allows you to watch the game unfold, giving you the chance to manage and change positions accordingly when it comes to passing and shooting tactics. Greater emphasis has been placed on training, and the game gives you the chance to assign specific schedules. This of course gives you even more responsibility in making your players "match fit" for the season ahead, and towards the end of the season your decisions become crucial if you plan to get your boys promoted.

Other new additions include an enhanced contract negotiation system, a more efficient easier-to-use network play arena and, for those who want it, a skinable interface.

In short, this is the most in-depth football sim you'll find on the market. If you are a footy fan then this game will make you loose plenty of sleep. The new features add much-needed elements for the fan base that want more, though they may just be a distraction to the hard-core stat fanatics that rush to buy this title every time it's updated. If you're a football fan this is a must, and if your not, give it a go, you might just love the nation's favourite game after all. --Jason Denwood


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For those of you who are completely new to the world of Championship Manager, (you are a minority - and shame on you) CM4 might seem like a decent footy management sim. But for die-hard fans who have spent countless nights pursiung succesful seasons with our favourite clubs in Champiano 01/02 (thats the name on the street), CM4 will be a huge disappointment.
Its a real let-down and a shame really, after waiting for so long.
Well, what exactly is wrong with the game? Its actually very difficult to know where to start. Firstly, the most obvious negative point is the speed of the game. CM4 is TERRIBLY slow, especially during a match when commentary is supposed to be running at a 'very fast speed' but doesn't really go very quick at all. Then there's the pathetic looking 2D option which looks like watching pool balls hit a very tiny white cue ball.
Secondly, there are consistent bugs in the game. For instance, a die-hard fan I know recently started a game with Arsenal. He qualified from phase 1 of the Champions League, but on the news screen it proclaimed "Arsenal have been knocked out of the Champions League". This has happened more than once, which is rather embarassing for a reputable company such as Eidos.
Thirdly, why bring it out (with bugs included) at the end of the season when the stats will be out-of-date within months?
Another minor point which displeases me about CM4 is the fact that I feel as though whatever I do during a match will not affect the outcome of the result, i.e. substitutions, tactical changes etc. make little difference.
The few plus points are - loads of leagues, players, teams and statistics. Thats about it.
In conclusion, it is not worth buying CM4 if you are any sort of a fan. If you are that curious, then buy CM 2001/2002 and download the updated stats for last season. Or buy the best football game ever - Pro Evo 2 on the playstation. AVOID CM4!!
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By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2003
Championship Manager is the best football management simulation in the world in the same way that the USA has the largest economy in the world and Russia is the largest country in the world.
Just no argument. Simple fact. This game simply has no equal and puts its competitors like Total Football Manager and Premier Manager to shame.
In fact, comparing them to CM4 makes a mockery of the word "compare".
The addition of the 2d match raises the game to another level. Earlier managemnet games already had a 2d simulation but they were not well thought out.
The player never ever felt that the decisions that he made actually changed what took place on the pitch.
With this game, if you set your speed merchants like Thierry Henry, Michael Owen and co to make quick piercing runs behind the defence, then you will see your player doing exactly that.
Play your star left winger at central defence and you will straight away see his uselessness in that position as you lose 4-0 uinlike other management games were goalkeepers regularly scored hatricks when playing in attack.
Over 200,000 players and staff to scout, manage and peruse. Over 20 leagues to play, not just the glamorous Italian, English and Spanish leagues but countries like South Africa and South Korea too amongst others.
Up to date rules and sqauds and an attention to detail rarely seen in any other game.
It is amazing how a game not driven by graphics or fantasy world of goblins and orcs can be so enthralling, entertaining and time consuming.
This proves that gameplay is still the number one factor in making a game.
I challenge anyone not to jump out of their seat when they see there star striker score a 20 yard screaming winner in the last minute of the local derby!!!
Yes, the best just got better. The bar has raised to a level that seems to be out of reach for anyone else!
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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.
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