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Player Manager 2

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Amiga
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3.3
DOS
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2.9
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Description

Player Manager 2 sets you as an international-standard soccer player who's stepped into being a player-manager at a lower-division side. The challenge is to reach the Premier League and survive.

Most of the standard features of management games are present, including pre-match tactics (which are fairly customizable), a full transfer market including short-term loan deals, detailed player statistics (presented visually), ground improvements and coaching.

Playing the matches is optional, as you can simply watch instead. There are 4 playing views, and you can play in position or as a team. Initially your player is by far the best in the team, so choose his position and use him wisely. Once you reach retirement age you can only play the matches for 3 out of every 4 seasons (which is poorly explained by an 'assistant manager' concept, but is more likely an attempt to make the game harder. This would make little sense though, because scoring is very, very hard in player-manager mode).

Before each match you get a video report from renowned pundit Alan Hansen, as well as some form notes which are said to be Hansen's.

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Player Manager 2 DOS Welcome to the sponsor's section
Player Manager 2 DOS Application form
Player Manager 2 DOS We'll manage everything from this exotic location
Player Manager 2 DOS Title screen

Alternate Titles

  • "Willi Lemkes Fussballmanager" -- German title

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The Press Says

Amiga Computing Amiga Sep, 1995 94 out of 100 94
Amiga Games Amiga Oct, 1995 83 out of 100 83
PC Player (Germany) DOS Jan, 1996 44 out of 100 44
Power Play DOS Feb, 1996 40 out of 100 40
Amiga Joker Amiga Jan, 1996 62 out of 100 38
PC Games (Germany) DOS Jan, 1996 32 out of 100 32
High Score DOS May, 1996 1 out of 5 20

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Trivia

Advert

The game's advert featured the slogan "Time on Your Hands? Face the Grief and the Glory" complete with an image of George Graham, the former Arsenal FC manager who was serving a one-year ban for accepting an illegal payment ('bungs') from an agent to encourage him to sign a player. Perhaps coincidentally, Graham's autobiography published the following year was titled "The Glory and the Grief".
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