Football Manager 2007

Football Manager 2007 Review for PC

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Latest instalment in the genre leading football management series.

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9Out of 10
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It doesn't look like much, but this will become your life.
It doesn't look like much, but this will become your life.

It doesn't look like much, but this will become your life.

The most addictive database of all time is back, once again dooming a large proportion of football fanatics to late nights, stress, pressure and a lack of sleep. Football Manager might not be the real thing, but those who play it live every moment, agonising over every mouse click. It was inevitable that this year's version would be great, but given such a strong starting point developers Sports Interactive could have rested on their laurels and delivered nothing more than a stat update. Thankfully, Football Manager 2007 is much more than that.

OK, so it's very similar to last year's release, but when you're building on something that's already great, that's not a bad thing. The key here is that the additions, though not so huge they totally change the game, add another couple of layers of depth to the experience. In FM 2006 managers were given the ability to play mind games with rival managers, in the hope that comments said before games would have a negative impact on their team's performance against you. In FM 2007 you can bring the players into it as well.

You can call on your own players to give their opinion on who would be a good signing for the club, either as a player or as a member of staff. Underachievers can even be asked to call a team meeting, in the hope that the team will come out of the meeting with a new sense of vigour. Team talks can now be given before, during and after matches, and you can give each player a one-to-one. Feedback gained from the team talks can then be used to gauge how each player reacts, and to work out what the best course of action is in the future.

None of this is transforms the way the game plays, but it simply gives you more options and makes you feel like you have a larger impact on how the team is performing. Another new introduction is the 'feeder' club system. By linking with a lesser club (or a more prestigious club, depending on who you're in charge of) you get a number of bonuses. The better club has first pick of the other club's best young players and your own youngsters can be farmed off for some vital first-team experience - benefiting the lower club at the same time.

'As is happening more and more in real life, your board play a bigger part in the game than ever before, often making decisions more or less for you.'

As is happening more and more in real life, your board play a bigger part in the game than ever before, often making decisions more or less for you. If they think an offer for a player is too good to refuse, it's out of your hands, and at the same time, the board could be taken over by some rich oil tycoon hell-bent on making money, without a clue when it comes to football. Of course, this would bring lots of money to the club, but it could also unsettle your players and put extra pressure on them due to increased expectations. Some of the board's decisions aren't that life-like (I managed to keep my job at Tottenham despite being relegated and sitting at the bottom of the league for a whole season), but their involvement is a welcome addition to the game.

In most other areas things have been tweaked, and it all seems to have been for the better. Transfers now give you more options, scouting has been refined, navigation is easier, the 2D match representation seems more realistic, and if anything the whole experience has done the impossible and become even more addictive. Time disappears in a blink of an eye, especially if you're very hands on with every aspect of your team. You can of course assign your assistants to do some of the menial work, and things like team talks and advanced tactics are purely optional, so newcomers shouldn't be too put off by the initial learning curve.

To keep you up to date with all the happenings in the simulated football world you receive daily emails. During the season these often contain important information, such as injury updates, scouting reports, opponent reports, and the like. At the start of a new season, though, and when the transfer window is open, you'll have to churn through a seemingly endless number of messages, often about other clubs' signings that have little interest to you. As problems go, though, this is pretty minor, and highlights just how polished the game is as a whole.

The visuals are simple, but do the job.

The visuals are simple, but do the job.

Some criticism could be labelled on the game's simple presentation, but to do so would be to miss the point. Glossy visuals and 3D match representations would get in the way of what is an incredibly complex simulation, and simply aren't needed. If you absolutely need to see your players on the pitch, complete with semi realistic facial features, look at some of the more casual management sims out there. Football Manager is about stats, and its refined presentation does the job perfectly.

Football Manager 2007 would have been great if all we'd received was last year's game with this year's stats. It wouldn't have been a wise move on SEGA and Sports Interactive's part, but it would have still sold well and kept us all up until the wee hours. Thankfully, what we got is new layers of depth that, while not revolutionising the series, have made this year's game a more accurate and more immersive managerial experience. When you're playing a game in a small window, hopping back to it whenever you get a moment free from work, you know it's got you hooked. Football Manager does it year after year, and this year is no exception.

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the game is very good
Posted 08:51 on 05 February 2009
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i wont to thank manager 1 cause i been searching for the reason why rooney hasnt been able to play for england. i am in 2011 and hes still not off his ban, he as been banned for 2 matches since the start.
but in all fairness i still think its a quality game for the pc and psp
Posted 22:32 on 20 April 2007
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It's just dire, really. They stole defeat from the jaws of victory.

I'm not even sure I'll borhter in 2008 and I suspect there are many who feel the same way. There's no excuse for putting out a game riddled with bugs that render it almost unplayable, nor for creating such an unrealistic gameplay programme.

They filled it with lots of twiddly bits and nice ideas and got the core game experience completely wrong!

DO NOT BUY! Stick with FM 2006, which is infinitely more realistic and enjoyable.
Posted 11:01 on 19 April 2007
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and i agree with manager1 i have struggled to get into it long term

and the luck value is there aswell

and is it just me but bolton mostly get relegated too much and portsmouth
Posted 08:44 on 09 April 2007
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nicolas millan 14 year old chile colo colo striker

NOT BAD !!!!!
Posted 08:39 on 09 April 2007
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Hunter

thanks for the tip, now I know that I don't have to waste my money on it luckily
Posted 20:56 on 29 March 2007
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All the reviews are effusive with praise as per usual.

The truth is this game is ultimately unfulfilling and quite unrealistic. Apparently random teams always win the league - one season it's Charlton, the next it's man Ure, then it's Spurs. How good the actual team is seems to be largely irrelevant and a hidden 'lucky factor' is generated for every team each seasn, which dictates the outcomes, irrespective of what the manager does. Quite odd and utterly silly really.

Secondly, don't waste your money on a game RIDDLED with bugs. Rooney cannot play for England ever due to a bug, the game crashes sometimes due to a bus, training doesn't actually work (!) due to a bug. Pathetic, frankly.

Finally, the games themselves are superb to watch and much more rewarding, the database is perhaps better and most of the new features (except perhaps the silly team talk facility) work well BUT ultimately the unrealistic team performances, bugs and lack of consistency ruin the game long-term - the reviews all miss this point because the reviewers don't even bother playing the game long-term.

some of the ideas deserve 8/10

the actual game is 6/10 for the first season and 1/10 thereafter - why play a game where luck not skill dictates results and the bugs make it unplayable? Do yourself a favour and buy a monopoly board instead.
Posted 14:30 on 22 March 2007
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Its not in South Africa yet, its so fustrating
Posted 09:07 on 03 March 2007
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what is coming 2 south africa FM
Posted 16:35 on 27 February 2007
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Hunter

Ive been waiting for months and it is still not here!!!!!!!!
Posted 14:34 on 27 February 2007
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im BCFC in the championship and cant get any good players can anyone suggest any?
Posted 16:20 on 26 February 2007
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best game eva every1 thinks champmanager can compete never!!!!!
Posted 16:16 on 26 February 2007
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gr8 game!very addictive you could sit up all night and play it!gareth bale and van den borre are brill left and right backs and david villa for upfront!
Posted 12:09 on 15 February 2007
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chelsea bet me by a point last season...freaked much yeah loadz. fernandez of pompey is quality and gareth bale. scholes is a hero. watch ur bak mourinho i gunna get ya dis season
Posted 18:33 on 11 January 2007
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i am man u in my first season top of the league and champions league unbeaten 20 games in all competion. the only thing i hate about it is you cant see all the players and managers from the higher leagues and u cant see all the badge for the higher leagues aswell.......cant wait for football manager 08
Posted 11:16 on 11 January 2007

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Football Manager 2007
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Out of 10
Football Manager 2007
  • Almost illegally addictive
  • Tons of depth
  • Additions are great
  • A few too many emails
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Release Date: 18/10/2006
Platforms: PC , Xbox 360 , PSP
Developer: Sports Interactive
Publisher: Sega Europe
Genre: Management
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 2,224 46
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