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Football Manager 2009

Released on 14 November 2008

Rating: 3+ (PEGI)

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The famous Football Manager match engine can now be viewed in full 3D with motion captured animations for the players. Sports Interactive has been working on the 3D match engine for nearly 3 years with the support of SEGA Japan's Virtua Striker team who provided the motion capture data and some of the animations. You can now watch your matches in 3D from multiple camera angles and re-watch any part of the match by fast forwarding and rewinding the action using a new match time bar that flags the key moments in the game. The old 2D view of the match engine is still there, especially for those people whose computers aren't powerful enough to take advantage of the 3D views.

FM2009 is fully updated for the new 2008/09 football season with all the latest league, club and player data, featuring over 5,000 playable clubs from over 50 countries, and around 350,000 players and staff from around the world, drawn fresh from the famous Sports Interactive database.

TV View. Watch your matches in new full screen TV view and customise your match day screen with widgets to view the information you need as a football manager, be it player performance, match action zones, pitch radar, latest scores and many more.

Assistant Manager Feedback. Pre-match and in-match feedback from your Assistant Manager on how the team is performing and your player's motivation levels, as well as hints on how your tactics are working and how you could outwit the opposition's tactics.

    Press Conferences. Attend pre-match and post-match press conferences with local and national journalists and build up relationships with them over time, but choose your answers carefully because they could come back to haunt you in the media at a later date.

      Transfer System. Completely new and re-written transfer system code, providing an even more realistic simulation of real-life football transfers.

        Transfer Rumours. View the latest news on what players are being speculated on, and who's said to be interested in securing their services.

          Board Confidence. Following on from its addition in Football Manager 2008, board confidence has been expanded and improved. In addition, the board will now also offer feedback on your squad harmony and your club's stature in the football world.

            Preferred Moves. Train your players to learn 'preferred moves' to add to their game. For example, train central defenders to not dive into tackles, or wingers to do step-overs before crossing the ball.

              Female Manager. For the very first time you can now play as a female manager. All of the text in the game now also has a female gender so the game represents female managers and staff in the game in the correct gender.

              customer Reviews

               Average rating (139 reviews)

               FM 2009 The Demo

              | | See all Tayloj59's reviews (1)

              I always load the new verisons of this game with an open mind.

              Bearing in mind that you have probably been playing the last version for a year now the changes often seem wierd. The screen seems squashed and the new match engine seems pointless.....until you have been playing it for about 5 minutes and then it all seems to make perfect sense.

              Yes it is different from the 08 version but most important yes it has improved.

              The game has been cleared of alot of clutter, from your management link it has been condensed down into sub divisions to make it easier to navigate.

              The pre and post match press conferences will make the game longer but more realistic. You can also send you assistant should you get bored of doing them.

              Picking your team is easier with small icons telling you if the player you pick is playing in there natural position or if they are acc, comp, or ineffectual instead of having to click into each individual player to check.

              The 3d match engine is good (it does slow the loading time down however - but you would expect this). However been a die hard champ manager/football manager fan i wil continue to use the 2d version. They have introduced a tv full screen version which makes it easier to view the 2d version.
              You also get an opinion of your assistant during the game on how he thinks the team are doing.

              I could go on for hours and im sure the full game will have plenty more features to write about. One more thing - you can sign marcelo from real madrid for around £5mill. Bargin.

              Bring on 14/11/2008 and fm 2009. Looks like my partner will once again become a fm widow for the forceable future.

               A few issues, but good improvement

              | | See all barnie884's reviews (265)

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              Firstly I must comment on the new installation.... OK, I am not a fan on the new method, but can see why they did it. It didn't cause me any problems as yet (touch wood). On the comments regarding processing power needed, I have a 2 year old laptop, so not the newest machine and with pretty average graphics capabilities it seems to be OK so far. The new 3D engine looks really nice, but the players do pause a bit and run on the spot which looks a bit strange, but the improvements out way this, I guess it would notice a lot less on a faster machine. The good points are the players look realistic, with dives, goal celebrations and alike, and with excellent in game feedback from your assistant manager I like the new engine a lot. The improvements on the out of match management, the press conferences and similar make the game much more realistic, however all in all these make the game a lot longer to play as the games seem to run longer. Good effort SI.

               what a waste of money....

              | | See all coprates's reviews (1)

              This is not much of an improvement over fm2008... I too have a high spec laptop and the game runs slow and freezes with monotonous regularity. At first i thought it was just me and my machine but there are too many other reviews here saying the same thing, so it has to be the game, not the gamers after all!
              The 3d match view isnt worth a light, and the press conference feature gets monotonous too after a while so i just avoid using it,
              And am i the only one who finds the amount of injuries ridiculous?
              I am now three quarters of the way through a season, and there hasnt been one match involving my club which has played through without my team suffering at least one injury to a player. In one instance i had four serious injuriesin the second half of the match alone, each one resulting in layoffs lasting over a month per man. My injury list at one point had 12 players on it.........a bit difficult for a league 2 club to cope with.....and at that point too over 120 players were on the league 2 injury table.. It does rather make the efforts of the gamer pointless, every time you sign a new player he is immediately unavailable to you for a month or two! If real football in this country was actually this dangerous health and safety officials would ban the game nationwide! Come on fm2009 makers, bring some realism back into the game and make it playable, for heaven's sake! My overall verdict on this game is that i really do wish i hadnt bothered with it and stuck with fm 2008. Oh yes, and you dont want to know what i think about that activation process.......

               Hmmmm....

              | | See all Sandfly's reviews (5)

              Played the demo. Massively disappointed in the 3D-engine. The original 'Football Manager' for the Spectrum 48k by Kevin Thoms (Hail to the creator) was smoother and more realistic. I've been waiting for 25 years since then for someone to get that 'cut to tv highlights'-types realism in again.
              But FM09's demo match engine was comically staccato, stuck at ridiculous moments and proved to be overall irritating to watch. I switched off completely lest my love for the game be tarnished. And before anyone squeals 'system' I was running it with a GeForce 8800 Gs card which handles Far Cry 2, Bioshock and Fallout 3, currently, beautifully. Hope to god they sort it out before main release, although noises from forums don't reassure.
              Bewrare - make sure you read the quality magazines' reviews before buying.

               Demos Awfull!

              | | See all steely09's reviews (1)

              The new match engine is awfull looks like stick men wlaking about a park the usal bugs etc as allways sure their will be a patch as usual, i'm so glad i found you could put the game back to classic view as its allways been when your playing a match as the new engine looks awfull.

              Overall i think the price is to dear if your paying for the new engine etc and as their are allways constant patches and bugs for it i think the price should come down to reflect this.

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              Rating3+ (PEGI)
              Minimum RequirementsWindows XP / Vista

              XP requirements:
              1.4GHz Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core, AMD Athlon or equivalent
              512MB RAM
              2GB HDD Space
              128MB nVidia FX 5900 Ultra, ATi Radeon 9800, Intel 82915G/82910GL or equivalent
              Sound Card (DirectX 9.0c compatible)
              DirectX 9.0c (included)
              LAN: TCP/IP compliant
              4x speed DVD-ROM Drive
              Keyboard and mouse

              Vista requirements:
              2GHz Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core, AMD Athlon or equivalent
              1GB RAM
              2GB HDD Space
              128MB nVidia FX 5900 Ultra, ATi Radeon 9800, Intel 82915G/82910GL or equivalent
              Sound Card (DirectX 9.0c compatible)
              DirectX 9.0c (included)
              LAN: TCP/IP compliant
              4x speed DVD-ROM Drive
              Keyboard and mouse

              Earlier cards may only display 2D Match Viewer Mode and are not supported. Laptop versions of the above chipsets may work but are not supported.