Football Manager Handheld 2010

Release date: 30 October 2009

Publisher: Sega

Developer: Sports Interactive

PSP®
Media type:
UMD
Genre:
Sports
Players:
1 - 2
Ad Hoc Mode:
2
Infrastructure Mode:
none
Network play:
with network play

The award-winning, best-selling football management series returns packed full of new features on PSP.

• View scout reports for individual players from their profiles
• See what your assistant manager thinks of your team, and any suggested improvements he would make
• Acquire new managerial abilities as your reputation improves from match to match

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What It's Like To Play

The greatest job on Earth

Story

The greatest job on Earth

Football Manager Handheld 2010 doesn't have a discernible storyline - it leaves that to your imagination. Whether you're a suited and booted motivator or a tracksuit wearing tactician and training regime tinkerer, it's your style of management and the highs and lows of your career that shape your footballing legacy.

You can play up to 30 seasons of any of the world's major football leagues and either start at the bottom and work your way through the divisions, or you can go straight for a top club and start spending the huge transfer budget that usually comes with it. Just beware: the top teams are far less forgiving so it could be worth plying your trade lower down the league or you could get the sack before Christmas.

To help you feel like a manager, the board will give you regular updates of how they think you are doing and how much the fans like you. Win the board's confidence and you can ask them for extra transfer or wage funds; incur their wrath and you'll find yourself looking for vacant posts on the Jobs menu.

In the dugout

Presentation

In the dugout

Football Manager Handheld 2010 has a clean, slick presentation that is simple and quick to navigate.

The game's Home Menu offers ten options, providing club information, personal details and more, with sub-menus in each category providing more specific options, such as inspecting your squad, designing a training schedule or dabbling in the transfer market. Within each menu, certain phrases, such as player or club names, are highlighted and clicking on them takes you to the relevant page.

On match days, you'll see an aerial view of the pitch with your players represented by numbered circles, with a bar underneath giving live text commentary of the match. On the left-hand side of the screen, you'll find options for checking each player's performance, looking up live results from elsewhere in the competition and inspecting a wealth of facts and figures. At any point you can pause the game to tinker with tactics or bring on a substitute and you can set the commentary to whichever speed suits.

On the training pitch

Gameplay

On the training pitch

When you take over a side and inherit a squad of players, they could be a team of hard-working professionals or a gaggle of complaining prima donnas but one thing always rings true - you have to keep them happy if you want to get results.

Player morale is crucial in Football Manager Handheld 2010 and it can be affected in many ways. Putting someone on the transfer list generally upsets them, and more subtle actions, such as selling one of their friends or consistently playing them out of position, will upset your personnel. If a player is always complaining at the slightest thing or asking for more money, then it could be time to move them on.

Scouting is another aspect of the game that is crucial for success and you can either select individual players for scrutiny or send your scouts on an assignment anywhere in the world. Scout reports are helpful, providing separate information on a player's ability and their potential, so you can either go for an established pro or gamble on a promising youngster. Your scouts will even offer a comparison between the player in question and an existing member of your squad.

If there is one overarching word for the game it is comprehensive. The database of players and clubs at your fingertips is staggering and you can lose hours browsing for the next big signing. In short, it's a fully fledged management simulation that you can take anywhere.

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