Championship Manager 2006 review

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And, although there’s a dedicated wizard, setting up training schedules remains a daunting task as there are so many options to choose from. Coloured arrows show you that your training schedule is improving the players, but you don’t know by how much. You can’t help but long for CM4’s training schedules, which had a graph showing exactly how your training was affecting the squad.

Championship Manager 2006 review

How you stick the ball in the onion bag isn’t very convincing either, particularly since the goalkeepers are so poor. Most of the goals scored and conceded come courtesy of poor defending and goalkeeping. Meanwhile, the remaining goals come from ridiculous 35-yard free-kicks. This leaves goals from passing moves few and far between – simply unrealistic and very irritating.

Despite efforts to lace the game with realism, one too many obstacles hinder the gameplay and this makes for a less satisfying experience than previous versions of CM. Imagine being in a lengthy and intimate relationship with someone who eventually lets you down; your heart can often rule your head, and you may decide to give them one more chance. CM2006 was the other chance, but – and I write this with a lump in my throat – since the soul of the game has been ripped out, we’ve decided to go our separate ways.

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