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Championship Manager 4 is the latest addition to the long-running series of soccer management sims. Like its predecessors, the interface still consist mainly of text, menus and clickable boxes, which are all easily navigated using a mouse. For most games this distinct lack of graphics could easily mean its downfall, but as CM4 relies heavily on realism, authenticity and an intuitive interface to attract gamers, it actually works very well.

Though CM4 is visually very similar to its successors, it does offer a few new additions as well as some enhancements to the series. The most notable of these additions is the 2D pitch viewpoint, which is only available during matches. Basically, it replaces the classic commentaries with a top-down view of the match, where you can watch your players live up to your selected tactics (or watch them stuff up in style). Other additions and enhancements include a totally skinable interface, a revamped tactics engine and an enhanced contract negotiating system.

As for the actual gameplay, little as changed since the last installment. Being the manager still means you're in charge of almost every aspect of your selected club, from hiring staff to setting up team tactics and so forth. And you still have to live up to that pesky club board's expectations.


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Alternate Titles

  • "冠军足球经理4" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "Scudetto 4: Championship Manager" -- Italian title
  • "Meistertrainer 4" -- German title
  • "L'Entraîneur 4: Saison 2002-2003" -- French title
  • "CM4" -- Common abbreviation

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Extra Buggy S.t.e.f. (4) 2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars2.75 Stars
Disappointing but progressive Neepie Lantern (535) unrated

Critic Reviews (UK) Apr 01, 2003 10 out of 10 100
Thunderbolt Games Oct 29, 2003 10 out of 10 100
ToTheGame Mar 28, 2003 10 out of 10 100
games xtreme Apr 17, 2003 9.8 out of 10 98
Computer Gaming World (CGW) Jul, 2003 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Super Play (Sweden) May, 2003 9 out of 10 90 Jul 02, 2003 85 out of 100 85
Deaf Gamers 2003 8.5 out of 10 85
Gameplay (Benelux) Jun, 2003 80 out of 100 80 May 01, 2003 15 out of 20 75


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  • Golden Joystick Awards
    • 2003 - The Daily Mirror Award: Best of British

Related Web Sites

  • CM Gamer (A fan site with everything about CM, including a large forum.)
  • CM Sverige (Swedish CM site.)
  • SIGames (Official CHampionship Manager page.)
  • The Dugout (One of the best CM fan sites with a lot of players, tactics and downloads.)
kvitkanin (80) added Championship Manager 4 (Windows) on Apr 15, 2003
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (187304)