The latest iteration of the esteemed and long-running series, Football Manager 2015 is perhaps the most accessible version of the game to date.
Possessing a slick interface and helpful hints which enable users to make sense of the wealth of information available, it doesn’t take long to get underway and commence your journey into football management.
Immediately you are provided with an indication of just how many tasks a manager has to face on a daily basis. In addition to matches, you must ensure that your club’s finances are in line with Financial Fair Play, whilst also taking control over individual player training and keeping an eye on players who are progressing well in the youth team.
Transfers, of course, are another integral part of being a manager. Unlike in other games where a transfer for a relatively high profile player can be completed quite quickly, the system in Football Manager is much more realistic, with agents seeking to get the best possible deal for their player, often leading to several rounds of negotiations.
Perhaps the most appealing aspect of Football Manager is the lack of restrictions it impinges upon you. Your managerial style is entirely of your own making, from tactics to the coaching staff you employ.
Team-talks are also important and can play a significant part in affecting the morale and motivation of particular players. You have the ability to alter tactics and instructions during the course of a game, with the new engine demonstrating just how far this game has come in terms of graphics.
A new in-game editor provides further opportunities for customisation, whilst the online mode is also hugely compelling.
The sheer amount of, largely accurate, information available about each player is staggering, and only adds to the game’s realism. This is a game that requires you to pay full attention and adapt very quickly to what occurs on the pitch.
Football Manager isn’t for the faint-hearted or uncommitted, however. The addictive nature of the game is such that it is almost impossible to play it on a casual basis. With so many options available to you, especially when the transfer window is open, you are constantly left thinking about which decisions to make and how they will affect the overall make-up of your team.
Football Manager is a hugely compelling game and is a series that will surely continue to grow in stature. The loading times can be a little tiresome and the lack of a licence for the Premier League is something that could perhaps be addressed, but overall this is certainly a game that lives up to its reputation.
This was supplied by Cash Generator, who deal in Xbox 360 consoles.