There's no doubt about it, this is a great football game, but it would be so much better if you could actually score goals. As someone else has pointed out, you spend most of the time chasing the other team around like a headless chicken. It's very realistic, and I suppose this is what makes it so frustrating, you really have to put good moves together just to get a crack at goal, let alone score one. The best I've managed is a goalless draw with Latvia. I like the realism and I wouldn't want it changed but it would have been great if teams like Latvia were easier to beat, allowing you time to familiarise yourself with the controls whilst maintaining interest. I have the cursor switched to manual because semi-auto was driving me nuts; I'd be desperately trying to get a tackle in on an opposing player running in on goal with the only defender in a position to do so, and the actual player I'm controlling is standing by the advertising boards seemingly chatting with the fans. Meanwhile, I've almost snapped the little thumbstick off, forcing it in confused desperation. If that's not enough, while I'm picking the ball out of the back of the net, Trevor Brooking's stilted commentary pipes up telling how I need to sort out my man-to-man marking! What are they doing, seeing how far they can push me?! I've had it over a week now and thought I just needed time to get better at it, but there's been no real improvement. After a couple of games I'm very irritable, snapping and family and friends.
It really is a great game; the best footie game I've played and I do recommend it; just don't get any ideas about winning when playing the computer.