Excerpt: Trimming down a successful franchise to fit onto a handheld platform must be a difficult process. It might look simple, but fans aren't going to be too happy to see their adored epic, chopped off at the knees and left as a tiny stump, barely resembling what it once was. Not only do you need to make sure that you can create a faithful representation of the 'big boy' version, but also tailor the game to the system so it appeals to its users.
Excerpt: If this works, Football Manager could possibly be the most dangerous thing to public safety since that madman injected liquid mercury into oranges during the 1980s. Those who know about Football Manager (and Championship Manager before it) will be able to appreciate what I’m getting at.
Excerpt: There are those times with videogames when you just wish we could have updated versions of old classics. Streets of Rage 2 would be an absolute blast, so would Speedball 2 , but on newer consoles so we don’t have to fiddle around with RF leads and power packs. Sure, there’s emulation, but that needs software downloading and things to configure. Why can’t they just re-release Sensible Soccer in all it’s shining glory instead of pissing about with it?
Summary: Happy days when one of the greatest games of all time becomes available on something you can take on holiday with you to help control those withdrawel symptoms! In fact thats exactly what we did, we packed our King of Games off to Egypt with his PSP and FM Handheld and waited to see what the outcome was!