Last week Tom told of a deal for FM 2010 from ShopTo, however someone over at Zavvi figured that over the weekend they'd drop their prices too. You can pick up a copy of FM 2010 for just £9.95, which is nearly £1 cheaper than ShopTo's price (currently out of stock at the time of writing), and almost £2 cheaper than Amazon.
I'm going to nail my colours to the mast right away...this is The Best Football Management Series Game On The Planet. If you've been away for some time (i.e. since the turn of the century) don't be fooled by the still-running Championship Manager franchise: all that remains since the development split is the name. It has one of two nifty features to be sure, but by and large it simply doesn't compare. FIFA Manager is shinier, it has a better match engine and you can do more stuff with it like designing stadia and club business management, but the core of it pales in comparision to Sports Interactive's leviathan of a data machine.
It's all about depth really. Do you want a shallow, arcade representation of life as Alex Ferguson, draped in fine gimmickry yet lacking in depth? Perhaps you'd rather take on the whole business, even stepping in to play (which for me kind of defeats the purpose of these games) and essentially running things as a wealthy chairman might? Or would you like to play a game that has been built upon the back of decades of experience, offers supreme tactical depth, an obsessive amount of statistics and now comes with a huge graphical overhaul?
If the answer is the third one, then you're in luck and this is the game for you. It has pillaged whole days of my life, and the series has come close to ruining academic study on countless occasions, but I come back to it time and time again. The replay value is phenomenal, the level of immersion second to none and, thanks to the database editor, if you want to insert a team of you and your mates into the game and work your way up from Blue Square football to the Premier League, you can. This game is simply staggeringly good and by far the pick of the current crop.
Anyone who knows a single thing about footie management sims will tell you the same.
Thanks to whusayn at HUKD