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Worldwide Soccer Manager 2005 (aka Football Manager 2005, FM 2005) is a video game published in 2004 on Windows by SEGA of America, Inc., SEGA Europe Ltd.. It's a strategy, simulation and sports game, set in a managerial and soccer / football (european) themes.
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Football Manager 2006 was a game that marked another annual release in the soccer management simulator juggernaut owned by Sega Interactive. This franchise is known for its hyper-realistic strategy, tactics, match day simulation and its ability to live the day to day life of a football manager in the most authentic way possible. Football Manager 2006 continues this trend and pushes the series closer to the real thing.
One thing that can be frustrating about this title is just how much responsibility you have. Although this is authentic and gives a genuine managerial experience. It's not always fun to wade through an hour of admin work just to manage one match of football. The tasks put on your plate can be a lot to ask of one person. Most clubs have the infrastructure to deal with all this stuff and divide responsibility evenly. Though the load times are a little faster than before which does curb some of that wait time between matches.
It's also a little agitating that in the early 2000s, these types of games would have fully simulated 3D rendered matches. So to have little circular cut-outs represent players is a little bit primitive by the standards of past football manager titles.
Yes, there are drawbacks for those that prefer the arcade manager style. Plus it does seem rather strange that this title in 2006 couldn't render a set of 3D models to represent the match events. Though this is arguably to put the focus on the tactics and other features. Maybe that's generous but when there is that much on offer from developers, you have to give them a by-ball. This was a quintessential football management experience for the time and still holds up well today if you want to turn back time and play with your childhood heroes.
Another global football (soccer) season means another edition of EA Sports' excellent soccer sim, and we shouldn't take this FIFA 07 demo for granted, considering that FIFA's hefty cousin Madden NFL hasn't provided a trial version in years. That said, the 550MB download doesn't deliver anything unexpected or much different from the demo for 2006 FIFA World Cup. It's fun to play with famous players like Ronaldinho, Lionel Messi, and Wayne Rooney, and it's hard to knock a demo that allows unlimited four-minute matches with six international club teams, but there's simply not enough content or customization to warrant a higher rating.
A new game engine this year feels more realistic than in previous years, especially to players comfortable with the style of the slower Winning Eleven series, and the graphics are likewise improved. The physical interaction among players on the pitch is particularly good. However, most of this year's additions, like the enhanced manager mode and interactive online leagues, aren't included in this demo, leaving non-diehard fans of FIFA to wonder if the lengthy download and installation process is worth the effort. We recommend this game only to big fans of soccer sims or those considering the full version. 2b1af7f3a8