Football Manager 2010

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Football Manager 2010

Football Manager 2010

Champ or chump?

With Championship Manager 2010 having sent a warning shot across Sports Interactive's bow, the pressure has been on for the legendary developer to deliver, a pressure exemplified by mutterings of discontent from certain quarters of the online community that last year's Football Manager 2009 didn't deliver quite the leap forward for which we'd all been hoping.

Over the past few years it's become increasingly clear that SI has been attempting to open the series to a broader audience, no easy feat considering the franchise's unparalleled depth and realism. First there were loading screen tips, then an increasingly honed advisor system. This year, the series introduces a complete navigational and visual overhaul that utilises a tabbed interface and cleaner screen layouts, which bear more than a passing resemblance to EA's FIFA Manager franchise.

First impressions are mixed. As your eyes scan the new visual style your mind churns, first rejecting the startlingly uncommon visual approach, then, just hours later, welcoming the overhaul as it begins proving its worth. Never before has it been this simple to navigate the game's myriad screens, which themselves are more pleasing on the eye.

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Football Manager 2010

Managing expectations...

With Championship Manager 2010 having laid down an impressive challenge to the Football Manager series, I've been keen to spend some hands-on time with the latest FM2010 pre-release code to see how it compares to its nearest rival. And luckily for me, I've had the opportunity to do just that.

OutRun free with FM2010 on Steam

Pre-order carries discount, too.

SEGA is offering a free copy of OutRun 2006: Coast to Coast to anyone pre-ordering Football Manager 2010 on Steam. There's a 25 per cent discount there at the moment, too.

SEGA announces Football Manager 2010

SEGA announces Football Manager 2010

More accessible, navigable and vibrant.

SEGA has announced Football Manager 2010 for PC and Football Manager Handheld 2010 for PSP, and said both will be out on 30th October (the Friday of the London Eurogamer Expo).

Attention this year has gone on usability, navigation and user interface. The hope is to create a more accessible and "vibrant" experience; one that has shed the side navigation bar in favour of a tab system.

Sports Interactive has introduced a new Tactics Creator and Match Analysis tool too. The former allows an "extensive array" of pre-set and user-created plays to be swapped on the fly by touchline shouts from the coach during games. The latter, on the other hand, allows one to peruse the areas where tackles were made, shots fired from and so on and so forth. And this can be done during or after the game.

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