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  • Summary: (Also known as "Worldwide Soccer Manager 2008") Football Manager returns before Christmas packed full of new features for fans of the much-acclaimed series from Sports Interactive to feast their eyes on. Transfer Center - A new way of managing all current transfer and loan bids for your club, both incoming and outgoing, making it easier to compare bids and reject or accept them. Finance Revamp - Sports Interactive have updated the finance area of Football Manager 2008 to better reflect the ever-changing modern football world. More information is available to the manager too, including, but not limited to, corporate matchday income, season ticket news, investment funds, improved sponsorships, collective win bonuses and the ability to move around funds from the wage budget and transfer budget (and vice versa) at any point to help you in your quest for the ideal squad. International Management - The international management gameplay has been completely revamped for Football Manager 2008, including, but not limited to, media improvements, international retirements, player interaction, international scouting, improved national pool selection, captain selection and a separation of international and club morale for players. Match Flow - The largest change to matchdays in a Sports Interactive game since the introduction of the 2D match engine. Match flow brings more atmosphere to matchdays with match previews, team talks, opposition player instructions, the match itself, half time and post match now seamlessly following on from one another. There's no more pausing to make tactical changes and you'll find a mini-radar pitch whilst making those tactical changes to keep you in touch with what's going on in the match. [Sega Europe] Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Still as addictive as ever. It may no seem so different at first but there are good changes. [Dec 2007, p.70]
  2. What's brilliant about Football Manager is how accessible it is, and how it caters for so many people, and this is about the most accessible version of the game yet.
  3. Each year it seems that the minute gameplay tweaks can have very little impact on the way the game plays, but every time we find ourselves finding the improvements have been so well implemented that it's hard to imagine going back to the way the beautiful game used to be played.
  4. More an evolution than a revolution, but it certainly has enough new features to drag you back in. [Christmas 2007, p.62]
  5. Football Manager 2008 moves the series on for old and new players alike.
  6. Without doubt, it is the most realistic, rewarding and compelling football title around, so we can only hope that this prosaic update is a blip, rather than a sign of serious stagnation.
  7. Football Manager joins the rest of the sports titles this year in flogging a dead and diseased corpse to milk yet more cash from its demanding fanbase.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 6
  2. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. SeanDanielB.
    Oct 17, 2007
    Another excellent addition to the series, the International Management aspect is a great touch as is the fiance revamp. Good-bye Social Life ;).
  2. WengC>
    Oct 21, 2007
    They have improved the flow of the game and more notably the user friendly features. I say this is the best they ever could come up with but hope to see it improves the user experience. Expand
  3. LeeK.
    Dec 26, 2007
    An excellent Game, well planned out fantastic reality.
  4. AliO.
    Oct 22, 2007
    The best football-sim there is, but still needs alot of work. Implementing lots of little pointless features, whilst negating improving exisiting features should be something SI look to reverse in the future. Expand
  5. G.F.
    Oct 20, 2007
    SI have continued with an amazing game here by adding more than 100 new features including better supporter confidence and a style of media presentation that draws you into the game in more depth than previous encarnations. However these new features come at a cost. I strongly advise that you do not purchase this game until at least the first patch has been released. The In-store version seems to be unfinished with dozens of game-runining bugs both in matches and at pretty much every stage of the game (E.g. players NEVER closing down the person in possesion no matter what tactics you instruct them to use, Winning a game 2-1 and then after the match being told that you lost 2-0, A tonne of goals being disallowed and not being able to critisise the referee without punishment from the FA even though replays show that an offside call was indeed incorrect). SI have recognised most of these bugs in the forum and are hurredly working on them however it is very unprofessional to have released this with so many problems. Once this has been done and if it's done correctly then my review would go up to potentially a 9/10 Would have been Collapse
  6. PaulE.
    Oct 21, 2007
    Well, my score explains the only missing part of an other way quite good game: no match simulation. as 2 d cannot these days be accepted as quality simulation. I just imagine real world managers finding out the result of their work watching text descriptions of the games or buttons simulations.when we talk about any kind of simulation games (and football managers are simulations) real simulation is a must. a clear example: why should I train dribling or technique or long passes if I only see the effects of simple passing or shooting?it`s like eating plastic after you cooked real food. I`LL NEVER COOK FM AGAIN. EVER!!! Expand