Yes, it is all text and yes, it looks boring, but get your hands on this game and you'll soon discover how the hours fly past.
'Championship Manager' places the player into the shoes of an illusive football club manager. It gives the player an inside look at footballing by allowing them to feel the pressure of the press, players and the board.
It's all about control and seeing this game released on the PSP really got me excited.
There is absolutely no looks to this game. There is no outstanding graphics, nor 3D engines to entertain the eyeballs ? it's all text! The only graphical experience one gets is the matches being played. But even here there's nothing special ? it's just little coloured dots running around on a pitch kicking a smaller dot around.
The occasional sound of a referee blowing a whistle and the repetitive sounds of a cheering crowd is the only sound effects in the game, while the music is beyond irritating. It's stale with only one track playing over and over again. It's best you switch it off as someone sitting close to you might become homicidal. Despite the terrible music though, the overall sound does add a fair bit of atmosphere to the game.
Now, a lot of people will agree with my fiance's comment about the game, and rightly so. If you enjoy running around with an Uzi, blasting everything in your path to smithereens, then 'Championship Manager' will probably not entertain you. But for sim fans, this game will be loads of fun.
Being able to select players from 12 different countries, build your own squad and manage their training from the morning they wake up to the moment they play the match, is something that will only appeal to certain gamers, but to them it will be nothing short of inspiring. You can also download the latest team information, ensuring that the lifespan of the game is extended.
Fans will also be delighted to know that there are three gameplay modes to choose from. The Championship Manager mode allows you to go through a whole career with one manager and manage one squad at your own pace. Then there's the Challenge mode, which allows you to experience the pressure of meeting a goal in a certain amount of time, or trying to rescue a team from certain failure. Lastly there's the Quick Play feature that allows gamers to play the game over the span of only three seasons as opposed to the normal 15 seasons.
The problem with the modes, however, is that you can't switch between them while playing. You have to quit to the PSP's main menu and then reload the game. It's very tedious.
'Championship Manager' is definitely my cup of tea, with a nice slice of cake to go with it. It will, however, only appeal to gamers who enjoy this type of game. It's like playing chess with words ? something that won't be to everyone's taste. If you're not sure you'll enjoy it, rather try the PC demo first.