Ultimate Soccer Manager

Copyright: © 1995 Impressions
Genre: Sports

Ultimate Soccer Manager
Review 1:
Ultimate Soccer Manager is pretty similar to Premier Manager games. It is
more focused on getting the best players and winning the titles by owning
the most expensive team in the world. The main difference between Premier
Manager and USM is that USM offers more than one league, but the player
names are fictional (actually, theyíre bit modified). Buy, sell, train,
sack, set ticket prices, build stadium, select club sponsors and such.
You are not only the team manager, but the CLUB manager as well.
Everything depends on you, and sometimes even the complete outcome of the
championship Ė you can rig some games, bribe referees and such. This is a
fun game, but if you want to see how really skilled you are Ė get
Championship Manager!

Review 2:

A decent football manager game despite the somehow missing tactical
challenge in the game Ė at least compared to games like Premier Manager
and especially Championship Manager. So maybe itís wrong that the game is
using manager in the title as it would fit the game better with director
as most of things you can do are things like building shops, decide what
price the tickets should be sold for, sponsorship and all the other
things that goes around at a football club. Of course the game does have
a tactical aspect in the game Ė itís just very visible because of all the
small things you can also do in the game. You can setup many different
tactics but itís my experience that it doesnít matter that much how you
play the matches with your players as it seems that you just need have
the best players as you will then have a good chance to get a victory.
While the game does lack a good tactical engine it offers a very nice
match engine that offers a good overview of the entire match at the speed
you prefer. The most popular teams and players are included and some of
the biggest leagues from Europe are also included. But several of them
lack the correct details and some unknown players are even better than
many of the most famous ones. So unless you want to use the included
editor (which is good) and edit it so you feel the game is more
realistic, be prepared to play a game with some fictional players. The
graphics are very nicely done and overall Ultimate Soccer Manager is a
good game if you want to try and play a game where you have to manage a
club both financial and on the field as itís almost 50/50 regarding how
much time you use on these things. Of course you canít build up your
stadium, shops etc. without money that you will eventually get from
winning matches. Really worth a try.

Review 3:

First in an underrated series of soccer management sims, David Lester's
Ultimate Soccer Manager was released with little fanfare in Europe,
although it manages enough success to warrant a few more sequels, the
latest being 1998 edition published by Sierra On-Line. While USM won't
give Championship Manager a run for its money, the game does offer a lot
of fun details and options that soccer fans will appreciate. This
includes things like setting up new hot-dog stands, designing custom
moves and formations, scouting for new players, and so on. The overall
design is good and simple, and USM manages to offer plenty of realistic
touches without drowning you in unnecessary details. The game feels like
an MS Excel spreadsheet sometimes, though, due to the many screens of
boring, static statistics. One of the game's strongest points is the
statistics editor, which you can use to update or otherwise edit the
players to your heart's contents. The graphics are adequate, and it's fun
to watch new buildings pop up and new sponsors' banners displayed.
Despite all its strengths, though, USM ultimately suffers from the same
problem that plagues most soccer management sims: the AI is simply not
good enough. Even though you can make a lot of changes before a match is
played, the results still feel too random and inconsistent with your
strategies. Besides this common complaint, the players names and skills
could also benefit from more in-depth research, especially with respect
to the players in the non-English leagues. Had Impressions opt for
fictional players, this wouldn't be a problem, but as it stands, die-hard
fans will be annoyed at having to edit many players' stats to more
closely match their real-life skills. Overall, USM is a fun "light"
soccer sim that is recommended only to casual fans who don't mind
"unrealistic" games. Die-hard fans should stick with Championship Manager
or similar titles rather than tinker with this old game.

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