Football Manager 2006 - PSP

Also known as: Football Manager Handheld', 'Worldwide Soccer Manager 2006

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Football Manager 2006 (PSP)
Also for: PC, Xbox 360
Viewed: 2D Static screen Genre:
Sport: Football - Soccer
Strategy: Management
Media: Custom optical disc Arcade origin:No
Developer: Sports Interactive Soft. Co.: Sports Interactive
Publishers: SEGA (GB)
Released: 14 Apr 2006 (GB)
Ratings: PEGI 3+
Accessories: Memory Duo Stick


Sports Interactive's immensely popular football management series makes a welcome debut on the PSP in Football Manager 2006. A straightforward interface and control method is used that will enable fast flowing gameplay wherever you may be. There is a choice to manage in 19 divisions from seven countries. All the players, teams and competition data from Sport's Interactive's database has made the transition smoothly to the PSP.

Like the Xbox 360 and the PC versions of the game, you can use new half-time team talks to motivate individual players. You can either use the Sir Alex Ferguson approach - the infamous hair dryer - or the Sven Goran Eriksson-style softly-softly approach to get your team to better their performance. You can shout instructions from the dugout with a new quick tactics option, and also interact with unhappy players to sort out morale problems. There is also a new snapshot page that gives you all the important information, such as fixtures, budget and various stats at a glance. Football Manager 2006 retains the 2D match engine that has been such a success since it was introduced in Championship Manager 4.

Another new element to the game is that the actual height and weight of footballers is included in the player stats. This makes matches even more realistic because you can now really press your side's physical advantage. You can also gauge a player's form instantly with all-new player form and stats screens. The in-game tutorial is another new feature of FM 2006. The tutorial is only a click away and explains nearly every feature in the game. The seasoned managers amongst you won't use the tutorial, but inexperienced gamers will definitely find this a very useful addition.

Now you really do have the opportunity to manage your favourite team when and wherever you want.