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  • Summary: (Also known as "WorldWide Soccer Manager 2005") Sports Interactive have crafted a superbly detailed masterpiece in Football Manager 2005. Manager Mind games: With Football Manager, mind games can play a key part in every game. Put your fellow managers under the strain with a few white lies and then turn the screw with a damning criticism of your rivals’ title chances. Just be wary of reaction and retaliation! Agents: Slicked back hair, mobile phones and a bad cockney accent! Bring on the agents - attempting to whittle you out of a few more million on a possible signing. You just have to decide whether they’re trying to flog you the next big thing or a complete donkey. The Back Room Boys: If you don’t want to don the tracksuit and sweat it out on the training field, then why not hire some help? From assistant managers to the best physios, they’ll do the legwork and keep you informed on your players, helping you sort the men from the boys. The Big Match: Tired of watching player’s use the same old moves that couldn’t take the ball round a lamppost? Football Manager 2005 has 30 extra fields for player data including ‘preferred moves’, allowing you to witness your stars perform their signature tricks. With feedback from the fans, Sports Interactive have further refined their award winning games engine to give you what you want from a management game. Football Today: Still have Smith playing for Leeds? That’s SO last season! With more leagues, players and championships than any other football management sim, Football Manager 2005 will also have the latest squads and transfers right up to the end of the summer transfer window, guaranteeing you’ll be on the ball. [Sports Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18
  1. Ridiculously absorbing and criminally addictive.
  2. FM2005 is a superb game in a stand alone capacity and will provide months of interest (years if you use the editor.) However a network game adds in the opportunity for winding your mates up in the process and stirring up the soup throwing tendencies in the best of us. Once perhaps viewed as a loner’s game, Football Manager 2005 is now the social event of the year.
  3. Slight irritations aside, Sports Interactive continues to be the pioneering force in making football management sims. So do yourself a favour; buy this game, stock up the fridge and don’t forget to feed the dog.
  4. But when you find yourself contesting an LDV Vans tie at six in the morning, you have to concede that they've got it right. Quite simply the most addictive thing I've ever tried. And I've tried the lot. [PC Zone]
  5. The king is dead, long live the king. [Jan. 05]
  6. Sure it’s still as maddeningly addictive as ever and detailed to the point of disappearing up your own arse in a fit of retentiveness. However it does slightly disappoint on the account that id does precious little when it comes to new ideas.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 30
  2. Negative: 1 out of 30
  1. Dalim
    Nov 9, 2004
    10
    So far I played the demo and I loved it so i'm getting it on Friday.
  2. MikeC.
    Mar 31, 2006
    10
    This is the most fantastic football manager sim ever, sports interactive have created a stonker (if you want to destroy your hopes and ambitions in your life, because you will if play this game!). Collapse
  3. ShahrulN.
    Nov 18, 2004
    10
    This is not a game!It's a drug enhanced software.More addictive than seeing Thierry Henry bamboozling defenders. A Must Buy!!!
  4. Johno
    Apr 17, 2005
    10
    Pure class, no other words for it!!!!
  5. MarkoN.
    Jun 19, 2005
    10
    Great game!
  6. IbroG.
    Apr 4, 2005
    9
    Well done SI. They've done a good job with this game. An fantastic gaming experience that doesn't let you down. A few nice new features and an allround solid game. The only reason i haven't given it a 10 is cos i'm waitng on the games to be played in 3D. Am i asking too much? Expand
  7. Dejimmy
    Feb 21, 2005
    1
    A boring game but expensive.

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