Conclusion: Outside of Championship Manager’s excellent scouting system then, Football Manager 2010 has left the pitch under a banner that displays yet another convincing scoreline. They had to work much, much harder for this one though, and we should have an interesting few years of competition ahead of us. Just what the genre needed.
Excerpt: With the battle for the best football management simulation game getting a lot tougher this year mostly thanks to Championship Manager 2010 that raised from the ashes like a Phoenix, everybody is probably wondering if Sports Interactive still have what it takes to win the battle and get the crown for the best football management game with the release of Football Manager 2010 – especially after a FM2009 that didn’t quite rise to the standards, despite it being a true...
Excerpt: I used to spend most of my waking hours in front of Football Manager, attempting to turn perennial mid-tablers Spurs into title contenders. Hours would fly by. I'd become so engrossed that my virtual team would spill over into real life, causing confusion. And it was pretty much the only game I needed. I even lost weeks to the Xbox 360 versions.
Excerpt: A new football season, and already things are looking challenging for the even the most seasoned of Football Manager fans. Ronaldo has finally jumped ship to Madrid for a world record transfer fee, Liverpool have lost their midfield maestro, Xabi Alonso, Arsenal sold two of their best players to rivals Manchester City, and Fulham finally solved their left wing problem with the astute signing of Damien Duff.
Excerpt: Last year, Football Manager received its most significant and obvious innovation in some time: the introduction of a three-dimensional match engine. Sadly, the engine was a little rough around the edges, and the rest of the game wasn't innovative enough to make it a must-buy for fans of the series.
Pros: Compelling gameplay, Astonishing breadth of players, staff, and teams, Improved match engine, Clearer backroom staff advice, Option to change tactics from the touchline is great
Cons: Match engine is still ugly, Audio options are limited
Conclusion: So, is Football Manager 2010 still the best football management game this year? Even though I haven’t got the chance to play the new FIFA Manager, I would risk an “YES!” Championship Manager 2010 did prove to be a really pleasant surprise and an incredibly complex game and it certainly won the hearts of many virtual managers, but Football Manager 2010 is still the most complex, challenging and rewarding, wonderful and addictive management game on the market.
Conclusion: In short FM2010 isn’t an evolutionary step in the series. Instead it’s merely an incredibly well produced update. SI has lovingly polished the FM bodywork, added some spoilers, alloys and a couple of PS3s in the passenger seats, but underneath it’s the same engine. Luckily under the hood everything is in full working order; for detail and realism FM2010 is - as usual - in a league of its own.
Conclusion: Football Manager 2010 is a good game and there is no denying that. There will always be people that don’t like change, but the changes made are for the good of the series. And when compared to Championship Manager 2010 the series looks even better. It’s still the king of football management games, and Eidos and BGS have a lot of work to do to get anywhere near the standard that has once again been set by SI.
Pros: Improved 3d match engine, game editor remains, massive game database, a lot quicker to process!
Cons: Some bugs remain, match engine doesn't look as good as its rival