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Same old same old
on 22 April 2002
There is nothing dazzlingly new with this rehash of the player manager genre. Admittedly it is better thant the other Alex Ferguson one that was out but still not amazing.
I don't know about anyone else but when I play player manager games graphics is not the final word. Sure they look pretty and all that but how about not cramming the system full of flash graphics and spend a little time thinking about how to make the game faster. When the PS2 was released we were promised amazing processing speed and the time the console takes to load will be halved. "This would be great for Football manager games" thinks I, not so. The people who made this have still insisted on putting together loads of really flash stuff that I personally don't watch.
Apart from that major gripe the gameplay is good, challenging but not impossible. With selection and persistence you can sign players although you may not get the one player you really want there are loads more to choose from. Selling players seems to be an issue. If they are decent enough they will sell like hot cakes, if they are useless and will never make your 1st team then they reject every approach made.
The scouting in this game could also do with a rework. In some of the PC games you can set the scouts to go out and look for players in africa, asia, eastern europe. Now, unless you already know who you want to scout then you can't look at them, which kind of takes away the point of it doesn't it. Oh, and you can't scout outside europe at all.
I have only played this game for one night,(and it was quite hard to stop) so I may be overlooking some good points, but overall I am a little dissappointed. After all the massive leaps and bounds made by other game styles on the PS2, football managers games haven't changed much at all.