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Een heuse engine in elkaar boksen op een jaar is knap, maar op het gebied van gameplay laat dit spel een paar serieuze steken vallen.
Forget three. Five is the magic number. Five Alive, Jackson Five, England 5 Germany 1, Five Live, The Famous Five, Ben Folds Five, Hawaii Five-O, Championship Manager 5. Actually, let's Take Five from this list, the cracks are beginning to show.
Making a good football management game is like a good women in a sheepskin coat (had to get that infamous yet cheesy clichéd sheepskin line in at some point). Looks nice and pleasant on the outside, yet is incredibly complex and complicated underneath. They take plenty of research and planning to get to know, and in most cases we mere mortals won't ever understand how they truly work, there was always one glimmer of hope though.
Playing CM5 is like watching your team being systematically dismantled over 90 minutes and being taunted by opposing fans on the way back to the car. Gutted, there's no other word for it. I've paid good money for such pleasures. Make sure you don't make the same mistake.
There's little doubt that the game was bought out without reviews and without a demo because Eidos hoped fans of the series would buy the game based on it's passed merits. It's not a total disaster but it's not far from it to be perfectly fair. Even if the most glaring bugs were fixed you'd still have a game that feels so very basic and old-fashioned that it's just not on. Having taken control of WBA I was surprised to walk the Premier league without really doing anything (no offence intended Baggies fans) which suggests it's far too easy. The official forums for the game have been filled with gamers who feel ripped off and justifiably so. The game is a cash in on the Championship Manager name that Sports Interactive established and it deserves to flop. This might sound harsh but £29.99 for such a poor game is way out of order. If you must try the game wait for the demo because otherwise you'll be in for a hell of a shock to see just how low the Championship Manager series has sunk.
L’attente a été longue, on était donc en droit d’avoir le meilleur de la fameuse série de L’entraîneur. Mais, malheureusement, ce n’est pas le cas.