FIFA Manager 10
A Game That's so close to being good, but has the biggest, most glaring, most obvious problem ever, is probably one of the most frustrating gaming experiences you can have. And this issue with FIFA Manager 10 is its unintuitive interface.
The first conundrum is selecting a captain. Injured new recruit Steve Finnan somehow managed to worm his way into the armband when David James was clearly the natural choice. At this point the quest to change the captain began, and if we're completely honest, has still not been accomplished with any degree of finality.
There's a strong chance Stevo will get the captaincy back in the same way that the team selection randomly changes between matches. Maybe it's an overzealous assistant manager - who knows?
Confusion reigns. No icon or option is where you expect it to be. It's also hard to understand why you can't view a player's details by left-clicking on his name. It works for every other football management game so why not here?
We could go on about the interface but there's a lot of good stuff here too. The personal life stuff can now be toggled on or off at the start of the game, which is a huge relief. Some of the other gimmicky things like predicting the outcome of your division at the start of the season may be pointless, but it softens the edges and makes everything seem less stuffy.
On The Lash
The feedback from your players is also outstanding. When Aruna Dindane scored his first goal, he celebrated by taking the squad out for a drink. In the next match everything went through him and he bagged a brace. Hours can be spent micromanaging your team spirit to gain some immediate and obvious rewards.
Thanks to the FIFA 09 engine, FIFA Manager 10's matches look better than the ones in Football Manager 10 and Championship Manager 10. And you can actually play matches too.
There's also the option to take control of a trainee's career. And if you want you can take your management style online and play against other aspiring Bryan Robsons. So, FIFA Manager 10 isn't all bad. Sure, there are interface problems, but if they're fixed, next year could see this becoming one of the two top footie management games.
Download FIFA Manager 10
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP