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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 3.6
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 3.9
Graphics The visual quality of the game 2.6
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Overall User Score (8 votes) 3.2

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Thunderbolt Games (Nov 20, 2004)
When Sports Interactive and Eidos' partnership to develop and produce Championship Manager ended, fans of the long-running football management series didn't quite know where to look next. While SI took the game code and database, Eidos acquired the CM brand, resulting in the development of two new titles; Football Manager 2005 (SI Games, Sega) and Championship Manager 5 (Beautiful Game Studios, Eidos). While the development of the latter stumbled with the task of meeting the fans' expectations, SI Games stormed straight in and produced quite a game.
IC-Games (Nov 05, 2004)
By now you’ll realise I am trying to tell you to buy the game, in addition can I urge all right minded people with a friend or two to try and get a network game going? FM2005 is a superb game in a stand alone capacity and will provide months of interest (years if you use the editor.) However a network game adds in the opportunity for winding your mates up in the process and stirring up the soup throwing tendencies in the best of us. Once perhaps viewed as a loner’s game, Football Manager 2005 is now the social event of the year.
3DAvenue (Dec 15, 2004)
It may be a niche genre but it is producing some quality games time and time again. Sports Interactive have done a superb job with their first game for SEGA and if you've ever wanted to try a game of this nature but have found the lack of accessibility a problem, then this really is the one to try. Football Manager 2005 is the best football/soccer management game ever made.
Jolt (UK) (Nov 04, 2004)
Arguably Sports Interactive’s Championship Manager Series represents the finest management simulation conceived, but things have gotten a little more complicated with the franchise now in the hands of another developer and SI moving on to greener fields. Football Manager 2005 is the studio’s new creation and for many will represent the genuine article. Put the kettle on folks – the social life sapper is back…
neXGam (2004)
Der mit dem EA-Produkt fast namensgleiche Football Manager 2005 ist keineswegs damit vergleichbar - EA´s Fussball Manager 2005 gleicht dabei eher einem Arcade-Racer denn einer Simulation, Ascaron´s Anstoss-Reihe platziert sich souverän in der Mitte. Spieler, die eher kurzfristig ihren Spaß und schnellen Erfolg haben wollen, greifen zu EA´s Game, richtige Vollblutmanager werden nur in Sports Interactive´s umfangreicherem, detaillierterem und realistischerem Spiel ihr Glück finden.Langzeitmotivation ist garantiert...
Gameplay (Benelux) (Nov 29, 2004)
The best just got better en is completer, toegankelijker en verslavender dan ooit. Niet te missen voor al wie voetbal in z'n hart sluit.
90 (UK) (Nov 05, 2004)
As the million quid's worth of marketing money should have alerted you by now, that new game is Football Manager 2005. But despite its new 'home ground' of SEGA, it's a game so deeply connected to Championship Manager legend that it's actually made with the very same code base - albeit enhanced - that powered CM4 and CM 03/04. It may be a rebirth in the minds of marketing team, but to the old hands well versed in the ways of the Champman, this is simply SI's latest game. Who cares what it's called? The result's the same; Football Manager 2005 is the only football management game worth bothering with if you've got any real interest in the game.
90 (Dec 14, 2004)
Experienced CM players should be able to pick this up and continue where they left off whereas newbie's will be able to install and get managing with very few problems... unless they're managing Blackburn! If you are serious about football and fancy yourself as the next Jose Mourinho (probably without the huge money pit), you could easily spend half your life playing Football Manager 2005.
Club Skill (Nov 13, 2004)
Overall this game management genius, there is so much to this game that I can'­t do justice to it in this review! Needless to say everything you need to successfully become a football manager is available to you. It really is a must for all football fans and if you are a management game specialist you will really like this game as well.
GameSpot (Feb 08, 2005)
Overall, though, WSM 2005 is pretty much the perfect sports management game. Even though there remain a few desires to be fulfilled, Sports Interactive has released yet another sports sim that's almost impossible to stop playing. And now that the developer's games are finally being sold in North America under the Sega label, sports fans here can experience what they've been missing during all those years that Championship Manager wasn't available on this side of the Atlantic.
Gamers Europe (Nov 16, 2004)
In fact despite the forced name change, Football Manager is almost criminally like the developer’s previous games in almost every respect. It uses large chunks of the old game code and even some of the news articles and stories are exactly the same as the ones in CM03/04. There are a lot of improvements, but the only major change from the CM of old is in the game layout, which was forced to change as part of the deal with the Eidos split. SI would retain all the old game code and stats, while Eidos would keep their hands on the layout and Championship Manager naming rights. This considered, it’s only natural that SI would want to just add a new layout and keep the majority of the old code, especially when you take into account the awesomeness and success of the Championship Manager series.
Game XC (GXC) (Jun 18, 2005)
Overall, this is a game for any soccer fan that is fed up with controlling the players directly in games such as PES 4 and Fifa, and wants to play a soccer game from a different angle. People who don’t like soccer won’t like it as much as those who do, but the depth of the gameplay means it is accessible to everyone. Football Manager is not about shiny graphics, or indeed sound, but addictive, absorbing gameplay. Check it out.
Gaming Age (Nov 15, 2004)
A new name perhaps, but the game itself seems strikingly familiar to CM 4. The question must be posed, is FM 2005 anything but a make-over and database update for the best sports management game there is?
80 (Nov 02, 2004)
Au premier abord, Football Manager 2005 semble si austère et complexe que beaucoup de joueurs s'en détourneront très vite. Mais ceux qui persévéreront découvriront un jeu à la base de données énorme et aux possibilités réellement phénoménales. Gestion des transferts et des postes des joueurs très pointue, interactions avec les médias importantes... Bref, le jeu passionnera tous les inconditionnels du ballon rond.
TotalVideoGames (TVG) (Nov 08, 2004)
Despite a rather “XP” like make-over to the user-interface and the initial impression that everything has changed, loyal SI fanatics will be pleased to know that everything from their previous football management titles is still here, just with slightly better organisation and easier navigation throughout the Senior, Reserves and Under-18 teams and the various other facets of being a manager, namely tactics, training and transfers.
78 (Nov 22, 2004)
Football Manager 2005 es un grandísimo juego siempre que se tenga claro a que clase de título se enfrenta uno. Al principio puede resultar un tanto abrumador debido a todas las funciones que hay que controlar, sobre todo si no se ha jugado antes a otro juego de gestión deportiva o se ha jugado a uno muy light, pero a la larga la obra de Sports Interactive y Sega se hace bastante fácil de manejar, proporcionando muy buenos ratos a sus usuarios durante un tiempo casi infinito... bueno, realmente, durante un año como mucho, porque a quienes les haya gustado no dudarán en hacerse con la edición de 2006.
75 (Apr 21, 2006)
L'avantage avec le football, c'est qu'il s'agit d'un sport tellement populaire que tout le monde s'y connaît forcément un peu. Et si le maniement d'une manette demande un peu de doigté pour tous les fans de foot sur PC, les jeux de management sont par contre accessibles à tous, à condition d'aimer les tableaux...
73 (Dec 10, 2004)
What could be interesting in a game completely void of action, death and mayhem, or a character that doesn't need your help getting out of trouble? This question I asked myself when I found this game in my letterbox...
70 (Dec 16, 2004)
Football Manager 2005 è praticamente identico al suo predecessore nonostante sia passato un anno. I problemi più gravi sono stati del tutto ignorati nonostante le migliaia di post scritti dai giocatori a riguardo, e le migliorie in alcuni (per fortuna limitati) casi hanno creato più fastidi che altro. Per loro quindi il giudizio non può essere che deludente come l’impressione che si ha avendo provato a fondo entrambi i giochi.
Joystick (French) (Nov, 2004)
Sans véritable surprise, ce nouvel opus des célèbres britanniques de SI Games se démarque de ses concurrents par une orientation assez élitiste. Il s'adresse avant tout aux bibles humaines du sports et autres maniaco-dépressifs de la stratégie.
PC Games (Germany) (Dec 09, 2004)
Wo Fußballmanager 2005 und Co. aufhören, fängt der neueste Spross von den Entwicklern des freakigen Championship Managers erst an. Eine derartige Fülle an Daten und Einstellungsmöglichkeiten bietet kein vergleichbarer Titel. Der Wirtschaftspart des Spiels beschränkt sich auf Vertragsverhandlungen und Transfers.
GameStar (Germany) (Nov, 2004)
Der Football Manager 2005 stammt vom Championship Manager-Team. Deshalb verwundert es kaum, dass sich auch hier sämtliche Trainer- und Managereinstellungen hinter unglücklich angelegten Menüs verbergen. An Spieltagen bolzen nur Kugeln mit Nummern, das aber recht nachvollziehbar. Nur was für Fans.