What should I say...after almost 15 years of Football Manager, and after many experiences with various games; I saw the promo for this game, and it looked like fun.
From the start, it has no simulation expectation; it is mainly a game that newcomers of soccer will enjoy. I purchased it since I wanted to see how different it was from FM14. The answer is: totally different.
The game is almost amateurish in its core; many options are trimmed to the minimum; which is good for people that has never played a manager game, but takes away 90% of the fun to play FM in my opinion. I was looking for a leaner, more spectacular approach, kinda like the old series made by EA, where they used the FIFA engine to support a very simple manager game. That was an attempt where you enjoy more the 3d match, than anything else, so it was fine.
This game has a terrific presentation, the menu are clean and super colorful; everything is there available for you to choose it; the whole screen is divided in 4 areas, so you can mange your team, stadium/finances, buy/sell players and set up the starting lineup and training.
Where it fall short is mainly in the options and in the 3d engine.
The options are limited to basics; you can buy/sell players, train them (or let the assistant do it for you), set the starting 11 and define how should they play, but that's all; if you find FM intimidating, this game will make you feel like a grown up man playing with a child computer, with big buttons and colorful animations on screen. There is no option to change language, so you are stuck with English and its terminology.
The amount of team is ridiculously low, including only few major and minor leagues; but after all, who wants to go play in Poland or Sweden? :)
The names are not the real one; you can edit them but from what I understand, you right click on the screen and type the players names; which means that there is no editor, where you can load everything from a file...you have to do all the work on your own! On top of that; you can't transfer players or change their position, so you are stuck with the predefined settings for each player. That's bad....really bad.
But where it fall short the most, is on the 3d match. Players looks like a game from 5-6 years old (they look better than the FM players thou, which is not that hard in the end); not a big deal if they would be realistic...I was expecting FIFA quality; but the reality is different; they slide, like if they would just move their legs without lift their feet; and the overall sensation is tha tthey are playing in a can full of thick honey or maple syrup...sluggish is too nice as term, to describe the poor animation.
Overall they seem to act like the first attempts at 3d match in the old manager games; they do stupid things; they run and then trigger an animation; throw the ball in any direction, independently if there are players to obstruct the trajectory (and no, it is not on purpose); the players has a very minimalistic way to execute your orders on the field; doing the basics (run in straight lines; stop to try to pass the ball, or pass the ball without even changing directions); so forget any kind of realistic match viewing, when you use the 3d match engine.
This game is so disappointing; basically it is really a waste of money, unless you never played with any manager game of this kind, in which case, it is a good intro for better games (FM); if you ahve 10 dollars to waste, get it, otherwise leave it where it is....I won't pay this game even 5 dollars honestly....the amount of fun that it may deliver is scarce at most, and won't last long.
Unless you are 7 and is your first soccer manager game.