Excerpt: In the first release since SEGA bought Sports Interactive in April 2006, Football Manager has arrived on the XBox 360. Unfortunately, you’ll probably be crying in frustration before you even kick off your first game. The 360 version has one of the most badly designed, inconsistent, and counter-intuitive control systems ever. It could only be more infuriating if each button directed you at random through a succession of totally unrelated screens.
Excerpt: Who'd be a manager? Well, a lot of people I would imagine. While sat at home watching your team on Sky Sports, you can't help but think you could do a better job. As everyone who supports an underachieving club knows, your team is better than the performances the lads put in, and in the right hands you'd be much further up the league. Don't even get me started on international management.
Conclusion: I would have liked to have heard a soundtrack for the game, I also would have preferred to have seen some improvements to the speed the game moves at, and also I would have liked to have seen an end to the game. I mean, not that anyone would do it, maybe someone can to prove me wrong. I am sure you can just start unemployed, go on holiday, and come back days later, still be on holiday unemployed and have aged to the ripe old age of 200 and not be dead...
Excerpt: Football Manager 2006, an introduction. The Football Manager series from Sports Interactive and SEGA has proved to be the benchmark for sports management series. Both Football Manager 2005 and Football Manager 2006 have been impressive and immensely popular on the PC. Whilst console football management games have been popular for years none of ever matched the Football Manager series in terms of depth or realism.
Excerpt: A mouse! A mouse! My wireless controller for a mouse! That is indeed what I was crying upon entering my fourth hour trying to get to grips with Football Manager 2006 for the Xbox 360. I’m used to the quick point-and-click-click-click of the PC version, with it’s sublimely laid out menu system and super-fast quick access controls that get you to where you want to be.
Excerpt: Sports Interactive, the heart of Championship Manager while partnered with publishers Eidos, has long been considered masters of the craft when it comes to football (soccer) management simulations. Since parting company with Eidos and subsequently joining SEGA, while rebranding their much-loved sim as Football Manager, Sports Interactive has enjoyed similar critical and consumer popularity on the PC platform.
Excerpt: (Compatibility Note: I'd like to point out that, while this game is designated for European (PAL) systems, it works perfectly fine on any U.S. Xbox 360. It's completely region free, so import away if soccer is your passion.
Excerpt: Right now it’s 3 in the morning; I can feel the bristles pushing through onto my chin, there’s a weeks worth of newspapers and unopened post gathered on the doormat, mould is growing on the unwashed plates in the sink and Jim has rung precisely 11 times trying to find out where the hell I’ve been. Right here, in all honesty.
Excerpt: At last, gamers of the console persuasion will be able to enjoy football management like never before! Football Manager 2006 for Xbox 360 weaves its way past the opposition and slots one in the back of the net to complete the treble line-up for this season. With hundreds of divisions across 50 countries, 250,000 players and staff, the degree of depth is undeniable for even the most vocal of rival managers!