In Football Manager you get to try out your managerial skills as you guide your team through four divisions, moving up (hopefully!) the game's full league tables, as well as taking part in the FA Cup matches.
Each match brings its own challenges as you select your players, taking care not to exhaust or injure your star players. You're rewarded with a 'live', 3D representation of the match, and hopefully a win. There's a detailed transfer market, where you can buy and sell players as you battle on through as many seasons as you like.
With its seven skill or difficulty levels and game save feature, you'll be coming back to Football Manager for weeks, months or even years.