Three chances to manage

The quadrennial FIFA World Cup is opening in Germany in only a few weeks, and you still haven't been asked to manage a world-class soccer team? Don't fret.

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May 17, 2006 10:22
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FIFA Manager 06, a set of three CD-ROMs in English by EA Sports, distributed with a 40-page Hebrew-language user's manual by Hed Artzi Multimedia, requires Windows XP and a 1 Ghz Pentium PC or better, for ages 12 and up, NIS 219. Rating: **** 1/2 The quadrennial FIFA World Cup is opening in Germany in only a few weeks, and you still haven't been asked to manage a world-class soccer team? Don't fret. Just buy any one of these soccer team management games - purchased annually by millions of frustrated, would-be soccer team managers - and show your stuff, at least virtually. Football Manager, a CD-ROM in English by Sega, distributed with a 70-page Hebrew-language user's manual by Hed Artzi Multimedia, requires Windows XP and a 2 Ghz Pentium PC or better, for ages 12 and above, NIS 219. Rating **** Championship Manager 2006, a CD-ROM in English by Eidos, distributed with a 60-page Hebrew-language user's manual by Hed Artzi Multimedia, requires Windows XP and a 1 Ghz Pentium PC or better, for ages 12 and above NIS 219 Rating: *** FIFA Manager 06, a set of three CD-ROMs in English by EA Sports, is distributed by Hed Artzi. The quadrennial FIFA World Cup is opening in Germany in only a few weeks, and you still haven't been asked to manage a world-class soccer team? Don't fret. Just buy any one of these soccer team management games - purchased annually by millions of frustrated, would-be soccer team managers - and show your stuff, at least virtually. The three games do not provide hours of playing, as the focus is on behind-the-scenes activities, from hiring and trading players and worrying about their morale to raising salaries, scouting youth teams, setting tactics, training, watching gate receipts, handling the press, monitoring advertising revenues and answering e-mails. Anyone who isn't madly in love with the game and doesn't have a micromanaging personality such as that required for Sims software should stay away from team management games. Without these prerequisites, he will be bored - or frustrated - to death. Hed Artzi, the leading distributor of Israeli computer games, demonstrates admirable openmindedness by importing and selling these three competing soccer management programs. Deciding which you want (and whether you meet the abovementioned personality specifications) depends on what you are looking for. Anyone who wants to manage Israeli soccer teams from the Premier and National Leagues will have to forget about Eidos's Championship Manager 2006, which does not include Israeli teams on the roster but does allow you via the pulldown menu to designate an Israeli national as a team manager. The other two games both include all Israeli teams among the hundreds that can be managed. If graphics, a user-friendly interface and seeing virtual humans playing short soccer games are important to you, it is best to choose the FIFA-licensed FIFA Manager 06, which has the definite advantage of featuring footage from Electronic Arts' FIFA 2006 soccer computer game. FIFA Manager - a new name for a series that used to be called Total Club Manager - earns the highest rating of the three because of its 3-D game viewer - even though each game resulting from your management decisions lasts for up to half an hour. The games are accompanied by commentary and realistic sound and give you much more of a taste of play than the two other programs, which present only short, two-dimensional games in the form of circles moving across a green rectangle representing the field. All three management games use virtual e-mail to keep you informed about the myriad details that make up the manager's job. FIFA Manager provides e-mail messages that appear in a template very much resembling Outlook Express, so gamers who love sending messages outside Soccerland will genuinely feel at home. Reading, replying to and deleting messages will take up a great deal of your time, and if you don't deal with these tasks efficiently, you won't be able to view the soccer matches. For those who like this sort of sports program - and only for them - these are completely immersive experiences that will keep an aspiring team manager busy for months. Just don't get too busy to turn on your TV set when the real World Cup begins.

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