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Category Description User Score
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 4.3
Graphics The visual quality of the game 3.5
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 4.2
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.6
Overall User Score (20 votes) 3.7

Critic Reviews

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Computer Active (May 15, 2003)
The most significant downside, particularly for players with marginal machinery, is the PC requirements. It will run on pretty much any PC but at the minimum 600MHz speed it is cripplingly slow to update the statistics and match results each Saturday evening. Even on posh PCs we had tired thumbs from all the twiddling they were doing as results rolled in. Running with as few leagues as possible is one way to speed things up but that defeats the point of having so many to choose from. We would recommend a 1GHz processor and 256Mb of memory to get acceptable performance. Downloading the latest patch from the game website is a must to fix several niggly bugs that afflict the gameplay. Championship Manager is certainly not flawless but it is the best football management game there is.
100 (UK) (Apr 01, 2003)
The greatness of CM4 screams at you from every angle: it has a fantastic user interface that even the complete ChampMan novice can slip straight into, is underpinned by a staggering amount of depth to cater for literally anyone, and is frighteningly realistic - not to mention ridiculously entertaining. As we scribe, the game has already smashed the sales record for the fastest-selling PC game ever. If you're a PC-owning football fan, you owe it to yourself to own this game - it's that simple. The ultimate fantasy football? Back of the net.
Thunderbolt Games (Oct 29, 2003)
The changes to the series might seem drastic in the first few plays, but after experiencing your first title win you'll ignore all those gripes and instead play the game using all the new gadgets and options to your advantage. Bringing in the 2-D match engine was a direct response to Codemasters LMA series- don't diss the king. Championship Manager has ruled the football management scene for the past decade, and whilst many welcome change, SI Games series is one exception. Simply fantastic.
ToTheGame (Mar 28, 2003)
CM4 is a must for every football fan out there. Heck, I`d even recommend it to people who couldn`t care less about football. SI has yet again set a new standard in football management simulations, and all other poor attempts to create a game in the same (premier) league, should be cancelled. It can`t get better than this. (Hmm.. have I said that before..?)
games xtreme (Apr 17, 2003)
Overall Championship Manager is the best football management game you can buy and if they keep making improvements like this there will be no need for others. The graphics are better, the tactics, transfers, sounds and match days are almost perfect. This game has so much to offer you lose hours, if not days, of your life!
Pelit (May, 2003)
Se rikkoo perhesovun, solvaa ystäviäsi ja kiusaa koiraasi. Se hankkii sinulle potkut työpaikastasi, vie omaisuutesi ja uskottelee, että kaikki tapahtuu omaksi parhaaksesi. Ja se on taas täällä.
Championship Manager 4 is hardly a normal game. Its dynamic and immersive world is a standard to which all other sports games can only aspire. CM4 pulls you into a gaming universe in which you, as the manager of a league team from one of 39 countries, deal with temperamental players, an aggressive media, fickle fans, a demanding board of directors, and much more. Who would’ve thought a career-based soccer management game could be so addictive?
Med Championship Manager 4 tar Sports Interactive ytterligare ett kliv närmare verkligheten. Resultatet är ett spel som i ännu större utsträckning än sina föregångare premierar både grundläggande och helt meningslösa kunskaper i världens mest populära sport. Just däri ligger storheten. Det här är spelet för alla oss som lever och andas fotboll.
Gamesdog (Dec 15, 2003)
In short this is the most in-depth football sim you'll fine on the market to date. SI Games and Eidos have done well to carve a market so well for themselves that they are fast becoming untouchable. If you are a footie fan then this game is sure to make you loose plenty of sleep. And once again gives you the chance to have a go at managing your favourite team the way you've always wanted. The new features offer some great new elements and the addition of the 2D match engine is a nice touch that might distract some of the hardcore stat fanatics that rush to buy this title everytime. If your not into football then this really won't be your cup of tea. But then again if you not into football, you won't be reading this review anyway.
85 (Jul 02, 2003)
Any football fan has at least once in his life wondered how it feels like be manager of a football team. And you don’t necessarily have to be a football fan to want to do this. Well, now, after four years in which SIGames have delighted us with different updates for the best football manager game at the time – Championship Manager 3 – they have returned with a new game full of improvements, among which, the long awaited 2D match engine.
Yes the mark is a lot lower than most have given it but you have to take the bugs into account. Sports Interactive have done a wonderful job with the game but it shouldn't have been released in such an unpolished state. I've agonised over what mark to give the game as I've been a fan since the days of the original Championship Manager but at the moment the game is on the injury list and in need of attention. Bring on the patches (I mean 'enhancement packs').
PC Zone Benelux (Jun, 2003)
Natuurlijk heeft de game ook nadelen. Alhoewel, eigenlijk is dat er maar eentje. Zoals gezegd zijn de mogelijkheden vrijwel oneindig. Dat is leuk voor de manager die-hards, maar voor de nieuwkomers in het genre blijkt deze game bijna onmogelijk te spelen. Als je nog niet bekend bent met eerdere versies dan word je letterlijk ondergesneeuwd. Nu heeft Championship Manager een enorme hoeveelheid fans, en wat Eidos heeft gedaan is een game maken die voldoet aan hun verwachtingen. En tja, dat de newbies worden afgeschrokken door de complexiteit mag eigenlijk geen minpunt heten, want dan zou je de Flight Simulator reeks ook kunnen afschieten. Eidos kwam, zag en overwon, en levert een game die de liefhebbers heel wat nachten wakker zal houden. Klasse!
Gameplay (Benelux) (May 30, 2003)
CM4 is en blijft de absolute referentie op gebied van voetbalmanagement sims. Neem je de tijd om je erin te verdiepen, dan kan je er zeker van zijn dat je sociale leven weer op een laag pitje zal komen te staan. Verslavend. Ondanks de steile leercurve i dit nog steeds de enige noodzakelijke titel voor aspirant coaches...op voorwaarde dat je de patch installeert!
75 (May 01, 2003)
Une fois de plus, Sports Interactive à développé l'Entraineur (cette série a plus d'une décénie!). Vu la vieillesse de cette série, les joueurs doivent vraiment se demander si ce volet présente un quelconque intérêt et mérite de une somme de près de 50 euros.
Joystick (French) (May, 2003)
Sans être révolutionnaire, cette nouvelle version de l'Entraineur apporte une évolution importante : la visualisation, en 2D façon Kick Off, des matchs. D'autres efforts notables ont porté sur la gestion des entraînements et l'amélioration de l'interface. Reste que L'Entraîneur est un jeu trop gros, trop lent et qui fait peu de concession en faveur du plaisir de jouer. Mais pour les passionnés, c'est une référence.
PC Games (Germany) (May 28, 2003)
Auf den britischen Inseln ist der Meistertrainer seit Jahren unter dem Namen Championship Manager bekannt - und enorm beliebt. Hierzulande fristet Eidos' Fußballmanager-Serie bislang ein Schattendasein, was nicht zuletzt an der nüchternen (Tabellen-)Präsentation und den verschachtelten Menüs der ersten drei Teile liegt. Zumindest letzterem haben sich die Entwickler angenommen: Die Bedienoberfläche der neuen Version ähnelt der eines Webbrowsers. Mit etwas Einarbeitung navigiert man schnell zwischen den wichtigsten Stationen wie Training, Aufstellung und Taktik.