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Winning In Football Manager 2009
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Trusted Reviews has posted a new review of Football Manager 2009, the latest version of the Sports Interactive's soccer management simulation. FM 09 includes a new 3D match engine, the ability to play as a male or female manager, and preferred move training for players. Trusted Reviews gave the game a score of 9 out of 10.

From the review:

As it does every year, the transfer system has also seen some tweaking. Teams are more willing to negotiate several times before settling on a final figure and there's a greater emphasis on season long loans, as has become the fashion in real life. Just like the other changes this further enhances the realism in the game and it's rare that you ever feel that a transaction hasn't panned out in a logical manner. In a more general sense, we also found it far easier to sell the players we didn't want. Offering your players to others proved far more effective than in the past, so if you need to unload some deadweight to fund a transfer then you can do so pretty quickly. You can also adjust your budget, shifting money from the transfer budget to fund wages, or vice versa.

Elsewhere there are even more tweaks to be found. Board Confidence, something that's existed in the game for quite a while now, has been expanded to give you more feedback about how the board and the fans feel you're performing. This includes the confidence in the signings you have made, how you've managed the finances and, of course, how they feel your team are performing on the pitch.

And out on the pitch things have changed a bit more, too. In the tactics screen, for example, you can no longer set players to move sideways or more than one position forward or back. SI's reasoning for this is that such appendages served no realistic tactical role and we're given to agree. Indeed, it's noticeable over recent iterations that the tactical element of FM has become far more realistic. Thus the game has become much less about concocting weird and wonderful "killer" tactics and more about organising your team effectively, matching the right players to the right roles and ensuring
For the full review follow the link provided below.

Trusted Reviews: FM 2009 Review
Football Manager 2009

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