Championship Manager 2
I have been checking out some of the older CM games lately and today it is the turn of Championship Manager 2. This game was originally released in 1995 and was a massive success right out of the gate. I know that by today's standards this game is very, very limited in what it is allowing us to do. However, I must admit that there was something interesting about going back and playing a more stripped back Championship Manager game.
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The ultimate goal of the game is the same as it was in the original and the same as it would be in all the follow-up games. You want to take your team to the highest football glory. It is a premise that if you are a football fan makes Championship Manager 2 and the series in general very addictive.
The first thing that people took notice about this sequel was the games improved graphics. While the game is still menu-driven, these menus have a lot more personality and they have used actual still images to punch up the presentation a tad. It may not sound like much, but it is certainly an improvement over the original game.
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Another thing that was quite impressive was that they included match commentary. This was done by commentator Clive Tyldesley and it may not sound like a big deal now. However, it was a pretty big coup for Championship Manager 2 and if you did not like it, you could turn it off and just have the text commentary if you liked.
Oh, Flower of Scotland
I would bet that many people would look at the number of leagues and teams in this game and be pretty mind blown at how basic it is compared to the global reach of the modern football manager games that we have. However, back in 1995, the fact that the Scottish League was included was a massive deal for me as I grew up a Glasgow Rangers fan. You could select what team you wanted from the available leagues in the game which was a nice touch.
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As far as the gameplay goes, they did not change much if anything here at all. You still need to set up your squad, make sure your players are training, deal with staff, and of course, make transfers. It is the stuff that we are still doing in games like this to this day. The game is decent enough and the menus are easy to get through, but it does lack the flash and substance of the games that would follow it.
As someone who grew up when this game came out, I have a deep appreciation for what Championship Manager 2 brought to the table. However, I must admit that by today's standards I do not see much if anything that would make a person want to play this game over one of the more modern releases. They did not tinker with the gameplay here, but the changes they made such as the better graphics, commentary, new leagues, and so on do make it better than the game that came before it. On the flip side of this, the majority of other games that followed this offer far more than what you get here. It is not a bad game; it is just a game that was surpassed by those that would follow.
- The game included the Scottish League for the first time
- The graphics have been improved
- The commentary is good stuff
- It is still a very addictive game
- I liked the new better graphics
- Not much changed with the gameplay at all
- All the later games eclipse this in every way
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OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode