Horse Racing Manager 2 (PC CD)
- Horse racing game
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- Platform: Windows XP / Vista
- PEGI Rating: Unknown
- Media: CD-ROM
The equine version of football manager.
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As far as Horse Racing management games go on the PC, HRM 2 is pretty good, and probabaley the best one out there that i have played to date. Although there are 3 modes of play, i preferd the Horse Owner approach, managing my own stable, buying new buildings to improve my horses stats, hiring and firing staff, choosing the horses care & deciding which races to enter that suit the horses strengths.
On the management side, you get to pick the location of your stables from places like England, Ireland, USA or France for example. Then you get to pick a specific location(money permitted)within the country, where the stable will be, from 10 different places, all with advanatges/disadvanatges/neutral and varied costs. After that, you get to pick your jockys colours, and name your stable. Then its off into the World of Horse Racing management.
The games graphics are very nice, especially the 3-D races, if you decide to watch them that is, you can skip them. The audio also suits the game well i think. Overall, if you like the more serious approach to your Horse racing management games, this will suit you well, i like it allot.
EDIT - SOLUTION
From my review above you can see i was also having problems with the game crashing back to the desktop however i have now got it working, i will list what i did just in case it might help someone else,
First off i opened the game up in compatibility mode for xp service pack 2 (my computor is running vista)
I then opened the options and put all graphics down to the lowest including the shaders before opening the game. After doing this i can now go to races etc and i have played it succesfully without any crashes, hope this helps someone else!
It has 3 game modes:- Stable; Betting and Racing
Stable (Career) mode - You start as a stable owner, choosing a stable from dozens of places in different countries, each with their own advantages and disadvantages listed. This is all well and good but it's not clear what each aspect actually does for you and you will need to experiment a little. You can choose to buy horses or claim them from a 'claiming race' that you may choose to attend. There are a few different stats to suit different style horses and it is up to you to choose which you want and enter them in races to suit their abilities.
I have gone through a few months of the game in an evening so it doesn't take too long to go through a season/year. The game is excellent fun until you realise your money starts to dwindle away slowly despite winning a few races and consistenly getting 1 of your horses in the prize money. You pretty much have to win a race everyother week in order to make money, which isn't easy at all as there are no details for jockeys other than experience, lucidity and cost, which themselves are generally very high compared to the races winnings. Details for the tracks are also minimal so you are not sure whether it is a left handed track or right handed (horses have preferences). You are then left with a bit of a guessing game and have to remember the track details in your head. I think i may start writing these down along with Jockeys that weren't completely useless or too expensive.Read more ›
For it part it is enjoyable enough to play and fine for those who would like to be reminded of the hazy old days of gameplay.
Overall this is a great game and i recommend it to any horse racing fanatics.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
loaded but when came to playing jocky mode crashed and game endedPublished 2 months ago by Michaela Benjamin
Better than the original in several ways. Race graphics are more natural, staff management is more straightforward, the idea of a maximum amount you can bet each race day is much... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Barry
Found it very difficult to play the game nowhere as user friendly as football manager would not recommend it to anyone.Published on 8 Jan. 2014 by MR T COPCUTT
If you ever want time away from football manager this is the game for you. Bring out the new version!Published on 17 Jan. 2013 by Bobby Barnes
good game but take a long time to get any ware have to build stable fast to get on aPublished on 24 Dec. 2012 by john
Loaded in game on Windows 7 everything went great until the race CRASH back to Desktop
Now working fine THANKS to ED
Load the game in then right click on the Shortcut... Read more