Football Manager 2005
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!
Making The Right Moves
I feel like I have reviewed a ton of games in this same style and the goal is always the same. You need to make sure the team you are in charge of is the best they can be. If you are a lower league team this can be stabilizing them and helping them move up the divisions. If you start Football Manager 2005 as a top team, Manchester UTD for example, expectations are different and immediate success is what you are aiming for. It may not change from game to game, but the goal of these types of games always makes them super addictive and something that I personally always get very invested in.
Playing It Straight
As this was a brand new series, Sports Interactive did play it rather safe. If you have played the Championship Manager games before you are going to feel right at home here. Not a great deal has changed. However, the changes they have made do make things better. The 2D match engine is much easier to follow now. I really liked how I could have the match engine on one side and the stats on the other. The UI is nice, clean, and very easy to get to grips with.
They have included more leagues, players, and so on so you have a much larger database of players, teams, coaches, and so on to work within Football Manager 2005 than in any of the previous games. Having success on the pitch is great, but you have to keep an eye on the way the club is running as you do not want to be overspending and getting into trouble.
Wenger vs Ferguson vs Benitez
One new feature that was added that I thought was really cool was the “mind games”. Before and after a match you can talk to the press and this can have a few different outcomes. One is that it will pump up your players and give them that extra bit of edge they need. The flip side of this is that you can say the wrong thing and they can become a bit down on themselves! Also, you can unnerve your rival managers just like the classic days of Arsenal and Manchester UTD which is a lot of fun.
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.
- Lots of new players and teams are included
- I liked being able to watch the match and look at the stats
- The way you can influence things with the press is cool
- It is still a very addictive game
- The history behind the release of this game is very interesting
- I do feel the newer games are better
- You really need to have your own music playing as you play
Processor: PC compatible,
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode