USM 98 contains data for the 7 biggest Euroepean Leagues: England, Scotland, Italy, France, Germany, Spain and the Netherlands. That's over 400 clubs and around 12,000 individual players, all with appropriate skills and stats. Although very similar to Championship Manager in terms of epic scope and a multitude of options, it is better for one thing: a statistics editor. This allows you to edit the teams and players to keep them up to date, something that is a very nice touch and not seen in soccer management sims until much later.
Although there are a few shortfalls, such as the limited number of available players for transfer, and the apparent ease of play-- it seems you won't get sacked no matter how badly you are managing the team, USM 98 in all other respects is the game that equals --or even exceeds-- CM2. If you are a soccer fan, this is a must-have.
Uhm, merging last developments, a peculiar configuration and some hints from an internet french site, this worked. The game is bugged and really weird, so I wouldn't be surprised if the good result couldn't be replicated, but in any case, here the instructions (follow carefully!):1) use the DxWnd.exe and dxwnd.dll in the attach in the archive2) import the "Football manager 98.dxw" file in the archive as well3) set the FM98.exe file for Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 5) compatibility mode (this hint comes from ochimin here: -eu.com/forums/telechargements/football-manager-98-99-a-34291.html4) cross your fingers and run.
1) use the DxWnd.exe and dxwnd.dll in the attach in the archive2) import the "Football manager 98.dxw" file in the archive as well3) set the FM98.exe file for Windows NT 4.0 (Service Pack 5) compatibility mode (this hint comes from ochimin here: -eu.com/forums/telechargements/football-manager-98-99-a-34291.html4) cross your fingers and run.
May 1995 Saw The Advent Of The Ultimate Soccer Manager series, and as management games go, it was largely a case of business as usual, with the intricacies of The Beautiful Game represented via a series of coloured blobs on a vague representation of a football pitch. However, it did boast a fairly detailed business model, with budding managers afforded every opportunity to transform their rundown cowsheds into futuristic super stadia.
To cater for the '90s-style football supporter restaurants, bars, club shops and so forth could be constructed, with the player deciding such crucial factors as the price of a pint and the consistency of the Bovril (the latter being a hilarious untruth, unfortunately). But USM did have a USP (faceless marketingspeak for Unique Selling Point) in that 'bungs' could be offered to rival managers, thus accurately replicating the sleaze factor sullying the sport at the time, with suitcases of used banknotes regularly turning up on motorway service station forecourts.
The newly-developed coaching mode promises to be comprehensive, with training options enabling certain players to concentrate on specific skills, such as passing and shooting, as well as taking corners, throw-ins and penalties. The business aspect will still feature heavily, with the addition of club flotations, sponsorship and merchandising to widen would-be managers' wheeling and dealing options.
Management games often live or die on their transfer systems, and Ultimate Soccer Manager 98 will feature in-depth negotiation with rival managers, and a pool of some 10,000 players to choose from. Again, bribery and bungs will be an option, so if you can't get that hot new striker you want and all else fails, fill an envelope with some wedge and head for Watford Gap...
Ultimate Soccer Manager 2 is a management sim before it is a football sim. As the manager of the football club of your choice in any of the leagues in England, France or Germany you control who gets hired, fired, sold, how much the soda cost, which stands need improving and scores of other things. The most important assets for the club are, of course, the players. In Ultimate Soccer Manager 2 these are the actual players of the clubs at the time of making. This is in contrast to the first version of this game which had fantasy names because of a lack of licence which would allow them to use the real names of players. The players themselves have various stats that determine how good they are at performing various functions on the field. The most important of these are tackling, passing and shooting. These determine whether a player is a defensive player, a midfielder or a striker respectively. Other attributes are for instance pace which determines how fast a player can run and fitness which, if lower then the maximum 100 means a player is injured and should be rested.
The Player Manager series has seen some changes since its inception back in 1990 on the old 16-bit systems and managed to keep going for ten years, which isn't a bad run. However, this installment proves to be the absolute nadir of the franchise and is a truly terrible soccer game which is not worth touching with a ten foot barge pole. You're better off with Championship Manager and avoiding this like the plague. This one is very much a management game, which sees the player in control of the team of their choice while also controlling a player who is close to retirement. You don't actually control your avatar on the pitch though, and instead all control is very much from the bench. The game offers the usual variety of teams, modes and options, and makes use of the Kick Off 97 engine to represent the matches themselves. There's a small range of tactics open to managers, while there's also some flexibility in terms of training, picking sides and other such things. While all this sounds decent enough on paper, in practice, it all goes a bit wrong. Actual matches are decent enough to watch, thanks to the use of the Kick Off engine, and provide a fair amount of thrills and spills. However, in terms of the management aspect, it's all a big let down. There just isn't enough depth or variety to provide anything but the most superficial experience and it soon becomes apparent that there's little of any worth to get stuck into. Decent visuals aside, this is a pretty ropy entry in a once solid series.
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