The sun is shining, the birds are singing and the cool breeze (and some cool beers) would make for a perfect weekend out. Sounds great- but I probably won't be breaking out the frisbee any time soon. Football Manager 2010, SEGA's answer to the Championship Manager franchise, is currently free to play on Steam... meaning that we can enjoy the full version of the game for 24 hours. It's also currently part of the SEGA bundle that's practically giving away SEGA's recent list of games releases- so if you like what you see, why not drop £49.99 for a £236.86 saving (at Steam Prices anyway)!
Let's face it: you've played football/championship manager games before, and you know what to expect. You'll start out at the helm of the club of your choice and manage the hell out of it. You'll deal with transfers, formations and a fair bit of streamlined finances- and basically enjoy the dizzying highs and staggering lows of running a football team. Frankly, I'm doing a better job at managing the Shrimpers than the current establishment- Premier League, here we come!
The improved (though admittedly fairly jaggy) 3D match engine lends a more interesting and visceral way of experiencing the all-important fixtures, with the ability to call out new tactics, substitutions and formations on the fly. A host of AI assists help to gently ease novices into the game, making it a far less daunting experience if you're new to the genre.
Interested? Why not try out the full game for a couple of days and see if you like it!