Conclusion: For all that depth then, CM2010 is remarkably solid under the hood, and that’s what will really see it through in the long-run. As a much-needed reboot of the series, it’s a pleasure to discover a game that manages to match the very best that the competition can offer, and even find the time to throw a few curve balls in the process. As a cheap digital download it’s an absolute steal, and as a full-price retail game the value still far outweighs the price. Recommended.
Excerpt: The Championship Manager 2010 demo was the first sign that finally, after years of Football Manager dominating the genre, things are changing and gamers now have more options (because, let’s face it – FM was kind of the only player on the field until now). Fortunately, with the release of the full game, Beautiful Game Studios proved that even between the demo and the full release of Championship Manager 2010 , there was some time to add some extra goodies and further...
Excerpt: Ever since the Championship Manager series changed hands to Beautiful Game Studios it's struggled to compete with Sports Interactive's Football Manager. FM is so slick, refined and most importantly realistic that CM has seemed less like a title contender and more like a second division team struggling to find the right formula for success. This year showed signs of being different.
Conclusion: After years of struggling from the Championship Manager series and Football Manager dominance, Championship Manager 2010 comes to change the game a little bit and it is a viable alternative to FM. I am sure that most of the football management genre fans will enjoy playing Beautiful Game Studios’ title which is a big leap forward compared to 2008 and a high quality product for 2009. Sports Interactive should be worried!
Excerpt: With increased depth, a better match engine, and endless training tools, Championship Manager 2010 should be a triumphant return to form for the football management series, but its lack of attention to detail means that it ends up falling well short of its lofty goals. The thrills and spills of League One can be yours for a price. At first glance, the 2010 iteration of this troubled franchise looks to do a lot of things right.
Pros: Scouting system works well, Seeing training ground routines play out is satisfying, Media aggregation gives good overall flavor to the league world
Cons: Engine flaws let down match day presentation, Small errors undermine the experience, Lack of managerial feedback options after matches
Excerpt: I have to be honest, since the parting of the ways between Eidos and Sports Interactive and the formation of the Football Manager series; I’ve not been a great fan of the Championship Manager series. However, due to my inability to wait for the newest batch of football games, I rushed in and bought Championship Manager 2010 for what I wanted to pay for it . And I have to say, I donâ€™t regret it in the slightest.
Summary: A real alternative football management game for those sick of the competitors. The game is chock full of features to play with, a depth comparable to real life and a match engine that leads the genre. For the really hardcore fan though there are still minor data issues, transfer oddities and occasionally unrealistic results. It's an amazing improvement and the casual fan should definitely consider it but those niggles will annoy the hardcore to the point of madness.