Like any good game that has a decent amount of replayability, Football Manager 2010 is content with you simply playing it...the game will attempt to steal all of your time, and unashamedly so. In fact, Sports Interactive are so very aware of the severely addictive nature of their flagship franchise that they've even stuck in an addictiveness indicator to let you know just how far gone you really are. Frankly, we wouldn't have it any other way. This is the The Best Footie Management Sim On The Planet. End of.
You can pick up the BFMSOTP (God that's a mouthful! - Ed.) at the moment for just £8.93 from Sendit, which'll save you a nice pound or so on the nearest competition at The Hut. You know how this works, hit the link below for more.
Maybe it's the supreme level of visible tactical depth, the knowledge and trust that if you change something subtly, it will have an impact. Maybe it's the wealth of content on offer, the sheer size of the database and the ample opportunity for stats-based geekery. Maybe it's the fact that you can actually just design your own team from scratch and insert a bunch of your mates into the game if you want. Everything superficial has been overhauled and polished, from the interface to the 3D game engine, to make things more accessible whilst still retaining that enormous depth that allows the FM series to still hold sway in this genre.
No it's not perfect, but it comes pretty close if you're into this sort of thing.
Thanks to amibees at HUKD