Football Manager 2008

Format: PC

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Age Restrictions: 3+
19 October 2007

The latest version of
Football Manager is fully updated for the new season and allows players to select their favourite club or international team and guide them to success by putting them through cup matches, leagues, european championships and even major international tournaments, with over 5,000 playable teams from over 50 countries. With all-new features and improved gameplay, Football Manager 2008 offers a management simulation that is second to none...

Football Manager 2008 (also known as Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008) is the latest version of the popular franchise by SEGA.

It might be stating the obvious, but this game will only appeal to football fans who want to have a shot at managing their favourite team. If you hate football, then this game is not going to appeal to you in the slightest.

However, those who are familiar with the franchise, or are coming to it afresh, will be glad to hear that this is still as easy to pick up and play as the previous incarnations of the game, but has so many more features. The latest version not only features updated team information, it also includes:

Match Flow: The largest change to match-day since the introduction of the second match engine. Match flow brings more atmosphere to match-days with match previews, team talks, opposition player instructions, the match itself, half time and post match. These now seamlessly follow on from one another, with no more pausing to make tactical changes, and a mini-radar pitch whilst making those tactical changes to keep you in touch with what's going on in the match.

International Management: The international management gameplay has been completely revamped and now includes media improvements, international retirements, player interaction, international scouting, improved pool selection, captain selection and a separation of international and club morale for players.

Easier to Use: A much cleaner skin, a brand new advisor system to help players through various areas of the game. A new notes and notebook system, better button positioning for simpler navigation and an updated tutorial and manual. Also, coach reports make taking over a new team easier, and the new calendar system lists all important dates throughout the season.

Confidence: Players can now easily tell what the board and supporters think about their performance in the game through the new confidence section. This gives players feedback not just on their current progress in competitions, but also their financial management and signings.

Transfer Centre: A new way of managing all current transfer and loan bids for a players club, both incoming and outgoing, making it easier to compare bids and reject or accept them.

Match Engine Improvements: A greatly improved match engine, once again using the footballing brain of former Republic of Ireland international player Ray Houghton as well as other tools used by real-life managers. The ability to change the pitch dimensions at the start of the season to suit players styles of play better has also been added.

Awards rewrite: An overhaul of the awards system inside the game which is not only more accurate now, but also includes new awards such as the European golden boot, and a “best eleven”, which shows the all-time (in game) best eleven for all teams and nations.

Finances revamp: To reflect the changes in modern day football, the finance area has been upgraded to better reflect the ever changing football world, with more information available to the manager too, including, but not limited to, corporate match day income, season ticket news, investment funds, improved sponsorships, collective win bonuses, and the ability to move around funds from the wage budget and transfer budget (and vice versa) at any point to help you in your quest for the ideal squad.

Fan days: The board can now arrange fan days to boost ailing attendances, or for matches that are likely to attract a low crowd, with a long term affect to attendances if all goes well.

Expanded media: More media and feedback than ever before, plus more detail in existing media, and a new competition news section to find out what major things are going on in all league competitions.

Regenerated player photo's: All in game generated players now have pictures using FaceGen technology to give each player more personality, and the ability for the players to be seen to grow up in front of your eyes as the game is going on.

Faster: Saving and loading is now significantly faster, with network gaming faster and smoother to play, as well as tactical changes and match reports being quicker than ever before.

As you can see, SEGA has significantly updated the franchise and any football fan will be proud to own this latest addition.

Pete Boomer

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