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on 2 January 2011
FMH2011 is the latest installment in the franchise that brings football management to the PSP.

What you get, is an opportunity to manage the team (or perhaps teams) of your choice over a massive 30 seasons and engineer great comebacks, thumpings of your rivals, and of course last minute defeats, all on the way of (if you wish) creating footballing history.

The game itself is of course a management game. You buy and sell players, set training and tactics, send out scouts, and decide the fate of your team both on and off (to some extent) the pitch. It is however a PSP game rather than a PC and as such, it has limitations. You can select from more than a dozen leagues, although only four countries can be "active" at the same time. The "non-active" leagues are very light on detail and you cannot manage in those leagues. So typically you may want to include England/Spain/Italy/German or similar (even Scotland if you are Scottish!).

The player database is smaller than the PC one (obviously) and it has the 2D match engine rather than the 3D one currently used in PC versions. Having said this, this is NOT the PC version. Think CM0304 era rather than FM2011.

Still, it has the fun factor of the earlier games which to me, went missing to some degree as the PC version went on in years. IT also features nice "unlockables" (like having your "son" join your team)

All in all, this is without doubt the best football management game on the PSP.
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on 8 August 2011
I love football management games. I find the most enjoyable aspect of them is filling a non-league team with youth players, watching them grow up and play together through the divisions right up to the Premiership, and then winning me lots and lots of trophies. It's a strategy I used with the first Football Manager HandHeld game in 2006, and one I still pride myself on with this 2011 edition.

Football Manager HandHeld 2011 allows you to take charge of a club from one of eleven different nations, including England, Scotland, Spain, Italy, and even Australia. The club you pick and what division you're in determines the challenges you're faced with. In other words the difficulty level is flexible, and therefore ideal for everyone from the novices to the professionals. If you're good enough you can eventually take charge of the national sides, and try and lead them to World Cup glory.

Taking charge of a top-flight club gives you lots of money to spend and a realistic shot at several trophies; but you're under more media pressure, and a couple of bad results could see you getting the sack. Working with a club lower down the league is more forgiving as you won't have to deal with the press so much, and you can usually get away with a poor league position. However you'll have your hands tied behind your back in terms of finances and it'll be harder to attract new players to your club. Just like real life, really.

The game has so many options available to you. You can adjust your training schedule to have your players working on things like Defending, Attacking, plus other things to help them improve their stats. You can go to the tactics page and decide on formations (4-4-2 for me, thanks!), corner kick and free kick takers, the type of passing game your team plays, and who the captain is. Then there's the squad page where you can pick your first team and subs.

What about new players? Well let's check out the transfer page, where we have a huge list of players. If you're looking for a certain type of player you can use the filter options to find that player. Looking for a right back? Go ahead. Want a home grown English player? Your choice. Empty pockets? Look for a player on a free transfer. You've got a lot of options, but if this is all too much for you, then you do have a couple of scouts you can assign to do the searching for you.

Once you're happy with everything it's onto the match itself. Press Start and the match will begin, displaying all the action in text. If you want to you can change the settings and watch the action on a 2D pitch. Either way there are other things you can do while the game is in progress, including checking player ratings in the game, scores and goal scorers from other games, and a minute-by-minute look at the league tables. It's so much like being on Sky Sports News you'll feel like doing a Jeff Stelling impression.

Despite the seemingly endless number of screens to look at the controls are very easy to get to grips with. The D-pad allows you to scroll up and down through the different options, whilst the face buttons allow you make selections or take you to different pages. It shouldn't take you too long to get to grips with them, but if you are uncertain the options are listed at the bottom of the screen.

FMH2011 is impressive in how realistic it tries to be...and succeeds. The press will constantly talk about possible big money deals, mention which managers have been hired or fired, and will praise or criticize certain players' recent performances. It's almost as if you were actually reading a tabloid paper. Meanwhile players will get injured, with some picking up minor niggles resulting in a couple of missed games, and some will suffer bad bone breaks and miss around nine months. Some will pick up one or two-match suspensions for recklessly getting themselves sent off; and as the seasons pass, players will get too old to play and eventually retire, and even go into management themselves.

But the amazing thing about this game is that it is basically just a series of screens filled with text, yet that text can wreck havoc on your emotions. There's pleasure in signing that prolific striker you wanted so badly; or frustration when you fail to get your most reliable defender's red card from the last game rescinded; or fear when you have half of your squad out injured and you have to play your reserves against a Champions League-chasing team. It really gives you a good idea of what football managers in real life have to go through day in, day out.

Football Manager HandHeld 2011 is a management sim with loads of depth. There are cheats to unlock, but I'll let you discover them for yourself. The heavy amount of options can seem rather intimidating, but if football is in your brain, blood and liver, then you really should spend some time with this game. After a while you'll start reaping the rewards and be immersed in the wildly and wacky world that is football management.
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on 6 July 2011
As someone trying to combine being an author, musician, family man (and hold down a day job) , I don't have the kind of time to play the great sprawling database that is the PC version. So, back in 2006, when the original handheld/PSP FM game came out, I bought one and was sorely disappointed at the lack of detail. I hardly played it and as a result I gave up FM in 2007.

How pleased I am to report that this 2011 handheld version is a real return to form. For me, it offers just the right amount of detail to make it realistic/absorbing, without sucking up too much of a busy life. The 2D match engine is a real improvement on text reports in the original handheld. Live league tables, scores from other games etc etc. The only negative comment would be a slight glitch with the match engine when a goal is scored - you see it go in well before the commentator!

In the grand scheme of things though this hardly detracts from your enjoyment. Great fun to pick up for the odd hour or a half here and there.

Author of Gig-Getter and Rouse the Crowd
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on 14 December 2010
As the previous reviewer has said this is great fun but there are glitches. For instance I sold players for £20 million over a season and was delighted to see that my budgets were changed for the next season. The board said I could offer a maximum players wage of £12,000 a week yet in reality I could only offer £4,200 for the next 4 seasons!! This is incredibly annoying when you're £40 million in the black and £400,000 under your wage allocation. Also the scoring is fundamentally wrong. I've had one 0-0 in the whole season and regularly win 6-2, 7-0, 5-4, etc.

That said it's great fun and I would still highly recommend!!
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on 16 April 2012
This is a very fun and enjoyable game but it's an extremely easy game. I started my first season with Inter Milan and only had a squad of 22 which was my decision, I had numerous injuries but that didn't stop me from winning 5 trophies in my first season, you would think that would take some seasons to achieve. Had a strong squad of Cavani, Nani, Valencia, Lucio, Samuel etc and no depth which should of seen my team punished but obviously wasn't. Also I think the game is missing more in regards to The Media and The Board, it just seems to be Pick Team, Play Match, Pick Team and Play Match, it needs more interaction in between games but it's a very good game albeit an easy one.
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on 30 November 2010
When i first got this game i was very excited but it seems as if it has been put together very quickly like it is very easy to find glitches and is strange in that some players are terrible on the game and really good in real life! For example i thinks that Arjen Robben (who is a great player) is better than Messi and Ronaldo!!! And not that much has changed to football manager 2010. And i like that (well it seems to me) that more goals are scored during matches and that is a good thing because on fhm 2009 i kept having 0-0s and 1-0s and a rare 2-0 and on this theres 3-0s and i did a 4-4 once! But this game is a step up from fhm 2010! I would recomend it but be prepared for glitches!!!
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on 21 April 2011
So i got this the day it came out and ive had every other football manager since 2006 the original one this is much better than the other football manager games transfer updates and new tactics and training must get for psp
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on 18 December 2011
Some minor enhancements but not anything drastically different. I always play 2 times until it makes me retire so am falling behind on versions but that is ok as cheaper 2nd hand lol
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on 2 January 2011
son loved this game he got it for xmas. packaging excellent. well worth the money as he has spent many hours on it.
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on 5 January 2014
Can not get game to work on any of my sons psp I wouldn't no how to send it bk as never had to send anything bk but will say did get 3 other games and they all work fine
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