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    Dear readers, many people have expressed their opinion as to the playability, or not, of the current version of FM 2008. While I have expressed my own opinions to this matter, I am fully prepared to admit that I may be part of a minority.

    In order to judge the opinion of the populace of these forums, please reply to this post stating either "playable" or "not playable" followed by your version of the game.

    Please, do not flame, whine or post off topic in this thread. Thank you.

    Disclaimer: this post is not meant as any dig or whine at SI for FM 2008. This is a community, and I am merely trying to judge the feeling of the community.

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    Dear readers, many people have expressed their opinion as to the playability, or not, of the current version of FM 2008. While I have expressed my own opinions to this matter, I am fully prepared to admit that I may be part of a minority.

    In order to judge the opinion of the populace of these forums, please reply to this post stating either "playable" or "not playable" followed by your version of the game.

    Please, do not flame, whine or post off topic in this thread. Thank you.

    Disclaimer: this post is not meant as any dig or whine at SI for FM 2008. This is a community, and I am merely trying to judge the feeling of the community.

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    Playable!

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    playable but boring and annoying

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    Playable, it loads up, it works therefore is playable.

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    Best FM YET

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by stumostro:
    Playable, it loads up, it works therefore is playable. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I am at awe at your infinite wisdom.

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    There is no need for such polls. Anyone in their right minds will tell you that the game is not working as intended and has major bugs in almost every category.

    You can, of course, close your eyes and don't give a damn. Which is what SI really wants.

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    playable and enjoyable.

    not the best FM though.

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    It's the wrong question to ask because as you can already see there isn't a yes/no answer.

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    Yes its playable.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">many people have expressed their opinion as to the playability, or not, of the current version of FM 2008. While I have expressed my own opinions to this matter, I am fully prepared to admit that I may be part of a minority.

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    Easily playable, best FM so far!

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    Unplayable. Particularly in lower leagues. Age-old defence problems etc...

    Running v8.0.1 latest. These bugs werent present in 2007 or 2006. Im praying for improvements in 8.0.2

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    playable

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    playable

    at least in UK leagues

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    It is good and all but I'm not enjoying as much as past FM's and am struggling heavily to get into a game

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    Unplayable.

    I'm only doing an AI Experiment because the game has too many flaws and bugs for me to consider starting a 'career' game which I will play for months on end.

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    Playable but boring after awhile because totally unrealistic.

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    Of course it's playable. Get your arse out of your head. Or something like it

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    It's not really that simple. Issues that might ruin the game for some might go be irrelevant for others and vice versa.

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    Its definitely playable... but is it fun?

    I must confess that FM 08 has been a frustrating experience for me, namely because of the buggy match engine - first with the closing down bug and now the 30+ shots bug.

    I loved FM 07 and couldn't get away from it, a thoroughly addictive experience. With 08 however it's far from that.

    I must confess that it's the first time that I have felt compelled to set the FM Series aside and give the likes of Fifa Manager and Championship Manager 08 a go.

    PS. Getting Fifa Manager this weekend - will report back on it in the near future.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by New_Xieland:
    Its definitely playable... but is it fun?

    I must confess that FM 08 has been a frustrating experience for me, namely because of the buggy match engine - first with the closing down bug and now the 30+ shots bug.

    I loved FM 07 and couldn't get away from it, a thoroughly addictive experience. With 08 however it's far from that.

    I must confess that it's the first time that I have felt compelled to set the FM Series aside and give the likes of Fifa Manager and Championship Manager 08 a go.

    PS. Getting Fifa Manager this weekend - will report back on it in the near future. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Getting it too. Less of boring and more of variation.

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    playable, but most annoying

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    UNplayable. It's bug ridden, therefore I won't play it.

    It was potentially the best yet, but at least until the next patch, they've blown it with a rushed release.

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    NOT playable. Just look at the registration bug which is blatantly being ignored by SI.

    Read the Bugs forum and you'll see a thread about it. It's constantly near the top of the forum.

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    the best

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    Playable easily and im enjoying it but meh because i think its playable im obviously a fan boy because i disagree with say 1% of the users on here

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    unplayable on official patch

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    Playable! Every patch has been playable.

    It drives you mad, it makes you tear your hair out and is probably sending us all to an early grave through stress, but no matter how annoying some of the bugs or issues are, I always go back for more!

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    For me it's completely playable, mainly because I'm personally yet to encounter a single major issue.

    That doesn't mean it's playable for everone, but it definitely is for me.

    Using 8.0.1 by the way.

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    Unplayable. it is waiting on the official patch. And they better hurry on it.

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    playable

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    FM08 (out of box) unplayable.

    FM08 (post beta patch) unplayable.

    FM08 (post 8.01 patch) playable.

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    Of course it's playable.

    A lot of people aren't enjoying it, though, and they seem to be saying it's unplayable. But unless it's crashing on you on a regular basis, it's playable.

    I understand it's crashing on a regular basis for a few people ...

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    also unplayable for those who want to play spanish leagues. (registration)

    I'm curious with people that find 801 palyable. is it playable when you need to adapt your tactics (slow, defensive, long shots to rarely and all that crap)? I realy did't find playable/enjoyable when shootin 30 times and not scoring. but it was probably my tactics...

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    On the sliders everything above 15 is useless, Even players like ronaldinho,silva etc. cant be played with CF above 15-16. I cant remember last goal from distance,every time my players shoot its like baloons to the keeper. And why is Henry so bad ,he scored a couple of goals ,on the other hand Aguero is a beast ( Speed ). It looks that extremes are what you need to have affect ( speed 18-20,finishing 18-20,header 18-20 ) and not balanced players that are good at all but not bril. The game is great but it needs some work. Playable but not so fun.

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    most definatly playable and still addictive, im supposed to be decorating my new house all weekend bt all i can think about is FM how sad is that??

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    Not sure of the definition of playable, i am playing it (less than normal) and struggling to enjoy it as much as normal.

    Where does that put me?

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Ollieonly1:
    Unplayable. Particularly in lower leagues. Age-old defence problems etc...

    Running v8.0.1 latest. These bugs werent present in 2007 or 2006. Im praying for improvements in 8.0.2 </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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    playable and loving it.

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    The question should really be "Is it enjoyable?"

    I personally am not enjoying it anywhere near the levels I have enjoyed every other version. Mainly I think it's to do with the 1-on-1 shooting bug. I know my player will just whack it straight at the goalie so the excitement is gone, there's no anticipation or thrill when a player is put through.

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    Playable as obviously it loads up etc (except for those who want to play spanish leagues and with crash dumps etc) However IMO it's an awful game, as people have said bugs in too many major areas, first FM/CM that I haven't been riveted to, I haven't even played it since starting my first few matches on 8.0.1. Have never seen this many complaints over an SI game which is a huge dissapointment, becuase they are ususally the excellent.

    I've said it before but in 08 there's to many good ideas with awful execution, and they've even managed to mess up some things that were completely solid in 07 (not perfect, but solid)

    There's also too many gimmicky features, like matchflow: decent idea, but was it really nessacary(sp) especially when there's other fundamental flaws that need to be fixed?

    To claim some of these things a key features such an fan days is ridiculous.

    I could understand these bugs if there was a major, innovative newly implemented feature such as the visual engine im CM 4, but when there's been nothing major implemented, it's terrible.

    Some people claiming the game needs a complete revamp are wrong IMO, I just want the basic foundations of a managerial game working right.

    As for those enjoying the game fair play to you all, just wish I could enjoy my favourite computer game series

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    *are key features

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    Playable- but currently too frustrating to really get into.

    Great time for it to be like that though- more time for Crysis, CoD4, UT3 and Supreme Commander:FA

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    Playable and very enjoyable.

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    Playable for 1 match a day, 2 days a week.

    It might be because I am getting old

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    Playable

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    After 8.01 it is not enjoyable at all. The shoot ratio problem+ 1v1 is big problems. I also pray for 8.02

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    Playable

    Playing it and loving it

    had the one-on-ones issue but half way through season 2 it sorted itself out? Now score more than miss from one-on-ones

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    Playable, the best FM yet if your any good at it

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    It's playable but with all the bugs it's not enjoyable.

    Worst FM to date.

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    Playable

    and a love it

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    Unplayable for me

    Spanish registration bug

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    Playable, and much more challenging than the previous incarnations!

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    Unplayable absolutely. A disgust with all crash dumps.


    The worst ever.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Lexfabio:
    Unplayable absolutely. A disgust with all crash dumps.


    The worst ever. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    We need to define the term playable.

    Playable, means that you can run it, it works.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Passer-by:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Lexfabio:
    Unplayable absolutely. A disgust with all crash dumps.


    The worst ever. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    We need to define the term playable.

    blablabla


    Playable, means that you can run it, it works. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Passer-by:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Lexfabio:
    Unplayable absolutely. A disgust with all crash dumps.


    The worst ever. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    We need to define the term playable.

    Playable, means that you can run it, it works. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    For those who have the crash dump problem the game has limited playability - play upto a certain date and then you can't play anymore, so while it may be playable for a month or so (in game) after that it becomes unplayable.

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    I think we all know what is meant here by "playable"

    It is playable, but probably the most flawed of the FM series.

    Still enjoying enough to play 2 online games and have a game of my own running though.

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    Playable - I refuse to play it in its current state though.

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    its for sure playable

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Passer-by:
    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Lexfabio:
    Unplayable absolutely. A disgust with all crash dumps.


    The worst ever. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    We need to define the term playable.

    Playable, means that you can run it, it works. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>


    say that to those who want to play spanish leagues.

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    Playable yes, enjoyable no, well not for me anyway, especially with the match engine in its current state and especially if you play with extended highlights and enjoy an accurate representation of football.

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    I played the Spanish league and I still am, it's still my main game. Sure, the registration bug has ****ed me up a lot of times including an 8-0 lost to Sevilla, but I still play on. I don't care, I still play.

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    Playable but boring and annoying. Flawed, sloppy programming certainly does not live up to the marketing hype.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by schuey100:
    Playable but boring and annoying. Flawed, sloppy programming certainly does not live up to the marketing hype. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Sloppy programming? Hardly, considering FM08 runs like lightning its anything but.

    TOYA.

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    Ok so i've read a few people saying its unplayable on the patch.

    I was just about to get the patch because when i click 'Check for Updates' on the game it says it cannot find it at the present time, please check back later.

    Should i not get the patch then?

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Passer-by:
    I played the Spanish league and I still am, it's still my main game. Sure, the registration bug has ****ed me up a lot of times including an 8-0 lost to Sevilla, but I still play on. I don't care, I still play. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    looks like you are very determined

    the question is, would you buy it if you knew, and should we accept such things. I only wish that in few years FM will have some competition, couse it looks like that's the only way for this game to improve.

    SI introduced many new (stupid) features like match day experience, facegen, confidence.....instead of improving those which haven't changed for years/ need improvement (team talks, media, player interaction, training, tactics, commentary).

    as the resoult we have plenty of features which are half-done or don't work at all.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Liamoville:
    Ok so i've read a few people saying its unplayable on the patch.

    I was just about to get the patch because when i click 'Check for Updates' on the game it says it cannot find it at the present time, please check back later.

    Should i not get the patch then? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    download first beta patch.

    here:

    http://rapidshare.com/files/72540417...beta1patch.exe

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    To Mitja : can i install this beta patch over the 8.0.1 patch and resume with my game ?

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    just reinastall FM, patch it with beta, your saved games are still there, continue playing...

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    Yes it's playable for sure.

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    It is quite obviously playable because if it wasn't, there would be no people on here saying they think it is unplayable because if they truelly thought it was ubplayable they would have given up months ago

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    Playable as in enjoyable for me.

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    Let me tell you something. I like winning. To win I cheat a little. I use fm scout for bargains and i download tactics, since i really don't have patience for the trial and error of making a tactic.

    For five, six years i do it, and i enjoy it. I don't mean winning it all with a team that should be relegated, but winning the champions league with fiorentina after three years or transforming tottenham in a top 4 side.

    This version of fm so isn't being very pleasent for me. No tactic seems to work well. When i'm with a small team, i can win from man utd but cant get a draw with derby, when i'm with a good team my strikers play like crap and five or six games per season I lose in the final minutes with the opposition with one goal and one shot on goal.

    But i realise that maybe fm is not for me anymore. I'm not gonna criticise SI for making a very good simulation just because i can't win when i'm always critising other companys for making arcadish sports games.

    I aim for a middle term where realism goes with fun, you cant win with wigan in the first season, but maybe in three years or so of good signings you can compete... Actually, you can do it in fm right now, but it just demands the kind of micromanagement that i dont have patience to do.

    So, maybe realism, in the level that Fm reflects now, just frustrates. I gues IRL managers gets frustrated all of the time, but they don't hav that quit bottom. The one i'm starting to use morre frequently now.

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    Playable, and quite fun. But less fun, less smooth, and slower than fm2007, which I've gone back to.

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    Playable !

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    Not. Ive been playing since 93 and this is easily the worst experience. I thought it was just me getting older and growing out of it but reading other peoples comments is quite reasuring. I dont want the game to be too easy but this is impossible.

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    Playable, but not worth playing. Unenjoyable, unrealistic, boring and bug ridden. Other than that it meets all the hype

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    Unplayable

    the regen bug blocking me to play a long term game

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    Unplayable - but FM07.02 is so brilliant I'm happy having returned to that.

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    Unless it starts crashing on me or I bump into a registration problem it's quite playable.

    I actually never got further than season 3 into 07, but have already played 10 seasons in two saves in 08. One of them in Spain, BTW.

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    Playable? Very much so.

    Enjoyable? Not so much as FM2007 or 06 etc. I have not got into a long group of seasons yet, I just cant get into it right now.

    Though this is probably just me!

    So yeah Playable.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Blue Flag:
    Unplayable - but FM07.02 is so brilliant I'm happy having returned to that. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    It makes you realise quite what a stupendous game 7.02 is .

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Blue Flag:
    Unplayable - but FM07.02 is so brilliant I'm happy having returned to that. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
    im not bothered with 08 so im still playing an unpatched 07. does it improve much on the game?

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    God yes.

    The FM07 patches were excellent .

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Jimbokav1971:
    God yes.

    The FM07 patches were excellent . </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    They certainly were!

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    To me it seems that if a question like this needs to be asked or gets asked, then there is something seriously wrong with the game. Right?

    I mean, a game is meant to be playable. It only exists to be played.

    This is a comment from someone who does not have FM 2008 nor intends to buy it, partly on the basis of what can be read on these forums.

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    Playable.

    I expected better however.

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    Playable in certain leagues only.

    I'm waiting for the fix to be able to play in the Spanish league, which by the looks of things, won't be happening anytime soon.

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    At best just playable, but not worth spending time on. It's sad that we have spent money on this game.

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    Playable? Of course it is

    But not as enjoyable as it could/should of been

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    Playable...minor issues.

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    Playable and somewhat enjoyable. Improvement needs to be done though.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by montaron:
    To me it seems that if a question like this needs to be asked or gets asked, then there is something seriously wrong with the game. Right?

    I mean, a game is meant to be playable. It only exists to be played.

    This is a comment from someone who does not have FM 2008 nor intends to buy it, partly on the basis of what can be read on these forums. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Exactly. When there's this many complaints, SI must know they've done something wrong. Fair enough there's always complaints but I've never seen this many that actually adress a problem instead of the old 'I CANT BEAT MAN U 8-0 WITH MACCLESFIELD THE GAME CHEATS!' complaints. Worst SI game i've ever played.

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    Playable if you like one on one football. I am back to FM 07 and loving it.

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    Unplayable when playing in the lower leagues and Spanish league.But playable when playing in England.

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    Playable, but hugely dissapointing and bug ridden IMO.

    I am patient to a certain degree regarding the wait for patches, but when you consider that if the "definitive" patch, to fix the majority of major issues of "playability" is'nt due unil February, raises questions about the "value" of the product.

    February is 5 months from the original release date. This means that if SI launch an new game every 12 months, the fully "playable" lifespan of the game is only 7 months.

    I've been very happy with all the SI made releases from CM1 back in the good old days, but FM08 has made me reconsider if I will buy the product again, until I can be confident it's a more polished and finished product.

    I think had I read the forums BEFORE buying FM08, I might not have bought it.

    Everybody makes mistakes and I'm sure that SI will do their level best to ensure that FM09 encounters less problems, well, hoping so anyway.

    That being said though, I for one will be waiting to see what the general (constructive, non-rant ) feedback is like before buying again.

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    It is playable, but If you are planning to play the american Major league Soccer, you should know that there are more bugs in that league than the Simpsons got episodes.

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    Completely unplayable IMO.

    Played out of the box and gave up after a day. Beta patch arrived - The same thing, played for a day and then gave up. Full patch - same thing.

    I've gone back to 7.0.2 and will definitely be checking out the forums next year before I consider wasting my money again.

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