Whilst our mediocre performance against the States was nothing short of gutting, at least everyone's still gripped in World Cup Fever. To celebrate, Eidos have launched a special offer for Championship Manager 2010 on England match days only- dropping the price to £4.99. This will save you £3 compared to their nearest rival, Powerplay Direct.
- Click here to buy Championship Manager 2010 for £4.99 from the Official Store (England Match Days only)
Note that this discount will also apply to Steam and Games for Windows Live.
Championship Manager fell on hard times in recent years, thanks to CM08's inability to compete with SEGA's impressive Football Manager franchise. However, Championship Manager 2010 has returned with a host of tweaks and stone-cold improvements that thrust it straight back into contention. Finally, it's a two-horse race!
The most noticeable innovation is the 3D match engine that delivers an entertaining and realistic way of witnessing both your team and hard work in action. Whilst you'll still see goalies make incredible saves by erecting invisible forcefields (shame Green couldn't have managed that...), a slew of new animations and little features really help to make the experience as immersive as possible. Players pull their socks up when inactive and react realistically to missing complete sitters (usually by crumpling to their knees in a realistic display of complete humiliation), and the crowd's selection of chants and roars create an authentic atmosphere.
Naturally, the management side of things has also received its fair share of tweaks and upgrades. At-a-glance stat boxes keep you up to date with the season's latest occurrences (and emerging talent), and an improved set of tooltips make CM2010 the most accessible managerial experience yet.
For my money, CM2010 doesn't quite manage to unseat Football Manager's position at the head of the table... but at least it's returned to the Premier League. Tortured footy metaphors aside, £4.99's a great price for the latest iteration of one of gaming's most addictive franchises- and it's well worth a punt on match day.