Posts Tagged ‘Sports Interactive’

Have You Played Championship Manager Season 01/02?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Write about any iteration of Championship Manager and Football Manager and you’ll hear people bring up a particular version of the game. Hint: it’s also the only one to appear in our list of the best 50 strategy games. It’s Season 01/02.

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Should You Update To Football Manager 2016?

Football Manager 2016 [official site] is out this Friday, but before we publish our review, Adam and Graham decided to gather in the RPS dugout to discuss this year’s tactics, transfers and press room meltdowns.

Graham: I think I’d be pretty disappointed if I spent £35/$50 on Football Manager 2016.

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Have You Played… Football Manager 2015?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every weekday of the year, perhaps for all time.

As Football Manager 2016 edges nearer, Football Manager 2015 [official site] begins to fade into the rearview. How did we feel about the last yearly iteration of the longrunning management game?

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Build Your Own Offspring: Football Manager 2016

Did you know that you can have children in Football Manager [official site]? Spend enough time in the managerial game and a player appears in the youth ranks of your club, a ‘regen’ who shares your family name. It’s your son, that, and he might go on to be a star. In previous installments, Junior was made up of a random assortment of stats, as likely to be the next Bruno Cheyrou as the next Zinedine Zidane. In this season’s release, you’ll be able do design your son for the first time.

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Football Manager 2016 Reveal: Create-A-Club And More

As soon as club football starts again after the summer drought, my mind turns to the next iteration of Football Manager [official site]. In an ideal world, it’d be released to coincide with the first kick of the season (for me, Bury away at Doncaster on August 8th) but with the late closure of the transfer window and (maybe) the need to check that Memphis Depay isn’t a figment of Louis Van Gaal’s imagination and that Falcao isn’t going to Do A Lazarus.

It’s done when it’s done, and this year that’ll be November 13th, with a beta available around two weeks before that date. Along with the usual improvements, updates and tweaks, there’s an intriguing new game mode – Create-A-Club – and loads more.

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Football Manager 2015 Summer Transfer Update Mod

Football Manager 2016 might be just around the corner, but if you’re anything like me, you’re probably following the new football season and wishing it was here already. Thankfully, Football Manager 2015 [official site] ships with a database editor that has let the community update the game with all the summer transfers. There are two ways to update your game so that Raheem Sterling is at Manchester City, Joey Barton is at Burnley, and David De Gea is… still at Manchester United.

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Premature Evaluation: Eastside Hockey Manager

As a citizen of Canada, it’s safe to say Paul Newman’s Slap Shot is the single greatest hockey movie of all time.

This is a film so mired in obscurity it’s not even possible to illegally torrent like its thematic cousin The Mighty Ducks, so allow me lay the scene for you instead. Slap Shot is perhaps Newman’s finest work: a comedy from the ’70s about a crappy mill-town hockey team who, after years of crumby results, decides to let their latest acquisitions, three brothers – depicted with glorious thug-moron precision – finally play. The brothers’ savage style of hockey reinvigorates their fanbase and the team is retooled using violence to draw in big crowds.

It’s a wonderful lesson for everyone: Embrace your talents, however impractical, illegal or violent they may be. This is the kind of meat-and-potatoes advice that helped turn Slap Shot into an honourary Canadian sports film and a favourite among the demographic of retirees who like anything vaguely nationalistic, all despite being filmed in Pennsylvania and havinng no Canadian actors.

But it’s a lesson you should follow to a T when playing Sports Interactive’s recently revived Eastside Hockey Manager.

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Football Manager 2015’s Best Players And Bargains

Football Manager‘s best players can technically be discovered by using stat-sniffing tools to reveal hidden information, but there’s more to players than numbers. Where a high stat might mean a player is theoretically proficient at something, you also need to know how they perform on the pitch, whether they can do it on a rainy Saturday morning in Watford, and whether they’ll play well with others, year after year, for the good of the team. That’s why I’m here.

In the grand tradition pub debates everywhere I’ve built a fantasy eleven (plus substitutes) of the best Football Manager [official site] bargains I can find. None of this ‘five attacking midfielders’ nonsense either, this team is designed to play together in a proper modern 4-3-3 formation. (I resisted the urge to use one of the avant-garde strikerless formations I’m so fond of). Everyone on this list is under £10 million, available at the start of the game and good enough for the Premier League, Serie A or La Liga. As always, no list feature is ever truly definitive, and consider the prices an estimate as each game of FM15 is unique and the whims of the game’s engine can result in strange fluctuations. Similarly if you think I’ve missed any great deals feel free to share your own in the comments.

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Game On! Eastside Hockey Manager Returns

You know, if you’re longing for deeper, stat-heavy, party-managing RPGs, you might not go far wrong with a sports management sim. Beneath the sporting veneer lie all the tactics, behaviours, and numbers you could hope for. Sports games are other games in disguise. I was only taking the piss a little bit with that FIFA demo post calling it real-time tactical action, you know. Football Manager has a fair few fans here at RPS, and now its makers are getting back into ice hockey.

Developers Sports Interactive have revived the long-dormant Eastside Hockey Manager series [official site] with a surprise new game which launched onto Steam Early Access today.

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Fan Film: An Alternative Reality – Football Manager

I attended Ole Gunnar Solskjær's testimonial in which he unsurprisingly came on as a substitute. In my ideal world, Berbatov , Solskjær and Juan Mata all retire from football and run a top notch delicatessen together.

Last year’s Football Manager [official site] documentary, An Alternative Reality, appeared on Steam’s video streaming service last night. The purchase is for streaming only, with no downloadable files available, and the standard price is £7.99 (there is a 30% launch discount at the moment). The documentary is already available on other digital video services, some of which do allow downloads as well as streaming, but its appearance on Steam caught my eye and I ended up watched it while cooking my dinner last night. Brief thoughts below.

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Have You Played… Championship Manager 2 Italia?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time.

Football Manager didn’t always come with such a huge selection of leagues and nations. Back in the early days of its life as Championship Manager, leagues were separate games on separate discs: one for England and Scotland; one for France, Germany, Spain; and one, which I had and loved, for Italy.

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Gooooal! Football Manager 2015 Has a Demo

So, any of you football loving types out there who prefer managing spreadsheets instead of having to actually sprint about a field yourself? You know where this is going if you’re a footie fan, yes I’m talking about Football Manager 2015. Our Adam was fairly torn on this year’s entry, so it’s probably a good thing that there’s a demo on Steam. There has been for a week, actually. Sorry we never mentioned it.

So, what do you get in the demo? Me and my sports-averse brain will try and work that out for you.

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Wot I Think: Football Manager 2015

Another year, another trip to the dugout. It’s tempting to think of football as nothing more than a billionaire’s playground wracked with corruption and capable of reducing a supporter to tears for all the wrong reasons. The beautiful game can be extremely ugly. But there are still tales of tiny triumphs, of giant killing and last minute survival, and of windswept terraces on a winter’s evening. Football Manager 2015 captures the tears and the triumphs, but this year there’s a somewhat heavier dose of the former. Here’s wot I think.

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Moustaches And Match Engines: Football Manager 2015

It’s probably the case that the biggest updates to Football Manager every year, the ones that will make the biggest difference over the following months, are found in the interface. In such a complex simulation, with more data than a Next Generation marathon, it’s important to have access to important information on a single screen, or at most a single click away. The video below shows the return of the sidebar, along with cleaner graphics for scouting, manager history and the like.

But, lets be honest, everyone is going to end up talking about the burger vans and moustaches.

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The Football Manager Documentary Is Self-Descriptive

Football Manager is an odd cultural duckling. Its nerdy, number-heavy presentation holds it back from the ooh-it’s-like-a-film mainstream acceptance of Call of Duty, et al. Meanwhile, its being about football stops it from being embraced with the same open arms as, say, EVE Online, despite it inspiring similar levels of passionate brain-crazy among its far larger audience. Its far less talked about than its vast success would suggest it should be.

This news seems a good thing, then. An Alternative Reality: The Football Manager Documentary is a Football Manager documentary being released in select cinemas in the UK come October 7th.

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Scouts Honored: Football Manager Data Being Used By Pros

Oldboy is a pretty great film. No spoilers, but I like the scene in which the main character, after years of private practice, first confronts a group of street toughs. “Can 10 years’ worth of imaginary training… be put to use?”

Apparently it can. Hopeful players of Football Manager have been wondering for a long time whether their expertise would convert to the real world, and as reported by The Guardian, it seems at least their scouting data would. FM’s famously vast and detailed database is now going to be included as part of Prozone Recruiter, a software tool that many real clubs use to help with finding players to buy.

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Football Manager 2015 Announced And That’s It

Sports Interactive and Sega have announced Football Manager 2015 is being made. It’s going to be released in November. They’ve also launched a free service called inSIder, which you can sign up to in order to get information about what Sports Interactive are doing. There is no information on what new features are going to be in this new Football Manager though, as announcement of those won’t happen till October.

Still, I’m excited because I’ve played Football Manager 2014 more than any other game in the past twelve months. To justify writing this tiny sliver of information, I’ve tried suggesting some other features that might be included.

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Team Talk: Football Manager 2014 Mid-Season Chat

RPS used to be a bunch of foot-to-ball fearties, but times change, and Adam and Graham are on a mission to make sure there’s no one left at the site who doesn’t understand the offside trap. Adam wrote the WIT. Graham made us into regens. They compared notes.

Now the pair have gathered again to discuss their thoughts after a further six months of intensive training. How does the match engine hold up? Has the new tactics system ever felt limiting? How has the mid-season update changed play? All this and more awaits below.

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It Does Mata: Football Manager Updates Database, Tweaks AI

The dots are better at making runs now.

One of the world’s most popular RPGs just added Gibraltar for free! Wow, a whole new landmass to explore. I wonder if it’ll be set during the War of Spanish Succession, allowing keen commanders to invade and cede the territory to the British Empire in perpetuity.

Oh wait it’s the Gibraltarian football league added as part of Football Manager‘s mid-season update… Even better! The patch also contains a “potential fix for odd throw ins”, and a hundred other small tweaks, improvements, and thousands of database updates.
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Why I Love The Hot Prospects Of Football Manager 2014

It's a low resolution image I've blown up, but it's no better when small.

Look at this man. Look into his dead eyes and feel your soul begin to curdle. He’s hideous. He has no pores. He’s a person suit. He’s a stocking full of yoghurt. After matches, Football Manager 2014‘s coaches let the air out of him, fold him up and put him back in the cupboard. He’s Emperor Septim’s son, here to tell you that Jauffre’s gone off on another one of his benders.

He cost me £5.5 million.

Come. Let me tell you about the off season.
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