Excerpt: It's time for another entry in the Football Manager series. Usually these reviews go along the lines of detailing the handful of new features and refinements, before ending with a comment that basically says that this year's game is the best yet, but really isn't all that different from the previous game.
Conclusion: You need to be at least a medium level football fan to be able to enjoy this game and it really helps if there's some team, somewhere in Europe or the world that you care deeply about, enough so that you are willing to spend at least a half hour at some point before the beginning of the season to create that perfect set piece which can lead them to victory in a tight match.
Conclusion: For the time being, this is still the best football management game on the planet. Its depth, realism and sheer addictiveness are unrivalled, with additions like the real-time contract negotiations offsetting some familiar flaws. But this isn’t doesn’t hide the fact that the series has begun to stagnate. Football Manager remains the Chelsea FC of footy management sims: all conquering at present, but in need of an overhaul in the not-so-distant future.