Football Manager Handheld 2008

Football Manager Handheld 2008

Football Manager Handheld 2008

See if you can last eight months.

Just imagine... You've just spent the last six hours attached to your PC, navigating your team to the summit of the Premier League in the latest release of Football Manager. The championship is finely balanced, glory awaits and your team's fans, starved of success for a generation, wait in breathless anticipation to see if their underachieving team can finally bring joy to their otherwise soul destroying lives.

But time is against you. You've got a train to catch. With a single button press you wirelessly transfer your game data onto a handheld console featuring an identical version of Football Manager. An hour later, you're being escorted off the 5.35 to Waterloo by some jobsworth ticket inspector, just because you're warbling We Are The Champions while standing on a seat and holding aloft a coffee cup like a cardboard trophy.

One day, my friends. One day we'll be able to enjoy the full, unadulterated Football Manager experience on a handheld, one that can be seamlessly transferred from your PC with no compromise on features or depth. Until that day, we have Football Manager Handheld 2008, which is currently as close as you can come to playing Sports Interactive's superb management series while on the move. And you know what? Given the technical limitations of the PSP, it ain't half bad.

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