Detailed and thrilling soccer management
If you've exhausted all the possibilities offered by the plethora of mid-nineties football management simulators and are looking for another to test your soccer skills, then this is a pretty decent bet. It offers all the usual options and features, albeit without much in the way of visual flash but as long as you can handle this last fact and don't mind lots of stats, then you're in for a good time. The game really does a fantastic job of recreating the complexity and depth of managing a professional football team, with all the teams and players from the period included and vast amounts of numbers, stats and options to tweak and get absorbed by. It might come across as a little dry for some, with none of the complex and realistic graphics of more modern games but Championship Manager scores in the details, with a great deal of tactical flexibility and depth and with a superbly straightforward and intuitive interface that makes navigating and making decisions a breeze. If you're a soccer fan you'll get wrapped up in the sheer emotion and excitement of designing your dream team and taking them all the way to the championship and it is undeniably thrilling following your boys' fortunes through every match, revelling in every hard won victory and wallowing in the lows of defeat. Non-sports fans won't find much to interest them here and those looking for Sensible Soccer or Kick Off 2-style arcade thrills would be advised to look elsewhere but if you want a realistic simulator to sink your teeth into, this should be high on the list.