I have played so many soccer manager games over the years that they can all blend into one, but Football Manager 2005 is different. Not because it is the greatest football management game of all time, but because of what went down before it was released. The game is developed by Sports Interactive, the same people responsible for the Championship Manager series. They had a falling out with Eidos and while Eidos kept on making Championship Manager games, Sports Interactive teamed up with Sega and started this series. This and Championship Manager 5 went head to head!
I will admit that the more modern games in the series do what these older ones do better, but there is still a great deal of fun to be had with Football Manager 2005. The actual game is very solid and a great deal of fun and I was very big into my football when this was released. As well as being an actual good game, it is cool how much of an important part of history this game was as well as in many ways it changed the landscape of the soccer manager games landscape.
Something of a walkover then, and while FM2005 retains a homespun feel, there's no doubting that it's the real deal. For dots on a screen to be imbued with tangible personalities is no mean feat, but it's one that SI appears to have pulled off without breaking sweat. There are a few quibbles to be had, such as the lacklustre 'mind games' feature to wind up opposing managers, and we expect the usual routine of minor patches. But when you find yourself contesting an LDV Vans tie at six in the morning, you have to concede that they've got it right. Quite simply the most addictive thing I've ever tried. And I've tried the lot.
Sports Interactive is successfully working towards its goal of making the ultimate sports management sim, but the company is also aware that a huge part of football is the people and the interaction of personalities. With more unique characteristics for the players, the realistic media element and the increased opportunities for in-game rivalries between players and managers, could Football Manager 2005 be the world's first sports management RPG We ll find out more this summer. 1e1e36bf2d