Championship Manager 2008
I love this series and feel that Championship Manager 2008 is a solid entry. This along with Football Manager have stolen so much of my life over the years. The version we are looking at today was released in 2007 and while it may not have changed the game in any way, I do feel that this was a really fun game and features some very interesting team rosters. Anyone who likes football management games is going to have a good time with this.
Building A Dynasty
The thing with games like this is that the goal is always the same. You need to have success on the pitch, but you also need to keep an eye on the financial side of things too. It is up to you how you play the game. I like to jump in with a Premier League side and take it from there, which is what I did here starting with Spurs and having one hell of a run. Many others, like to start with a more modest team and see if they can build them up to something special.
The World Cup
One of the newer features that was added to Championship Manager 2008 which is really cool was being able to take control of an international team. I grew up in Scotland so I have not exactly had it good when it comes to international football, hell Scotland have not qualified for a tournament in over 20 years and they have never even gotten out of the group stages when they have. I liked this aspect of the game and it felt a bit more relaxed than when you are in charge of the day to day dealings of a club side.
Making The Right Choices
At its core, I would say that Championship Manager 2008 is a game that is all about making important decisions. These can range from signing to selling players, conducting the right training, and knowing when to palm of responsibilities to your assistants. The tactics aspect of the game is very in-depth and something I really did enjoy tinkering with.
As well as keeping things going in the right direction on the pitch. You also have to make sure your club is not overspending. When you are playing as a big club this is easier to do as you have more income. Playing as a lower league side though really does force you to be creative in what you do, especially when it comes to signing new players.
A Sign Of The Times
One thing I have to admit is that from a presentational point of view, this game is incredibly basic. To be fair, most other football management games were like this. These days we have a full 3D match engine and dynamic menus and so on, but back in 2007, things were kept much more basic and simpler. It is not bad, but it can be hard to go back to if you have played a modern football management game. Also, the soundtrack is really bad, so bad that I advise you to turn it off and listen to your own music.
I think that Championship Manager 2008 has held up very well over the years. The inclusion of being able to manage an international team is cool. Also, while I did not do this, you can play this in multiplayer which sounds pretty interesting. I do feel that newer games offer more than this one does, but if you love football, I would still say this is worth checking out.
- You can now manage an international team
- The multiplayer aspect sounds interesting
- There are many tactics for you to tinker with
- Some decisions really can feel like they are important
- It is the kind of game you can put a 100 plus hour into!
- I do feel the newer football manager games offer more
- It has some of the worst music I have ever heard!
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
Championship Manager 2008 Screenshots
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