Improved International Management
Every single year people cry out for this, but I think SIGames are struggling to see how they can improve this feature. To a degree I can see why, but there are areas that can be improved. Take a look at this article to see some suggestions, including a few of my own.
In game team talks
Weâ€™ve had pre, half time and post match team talks: so what about in-game team talks? Weâ€™ve all seen managers shouting orders from the touchline, but we are ristricted to altering the style and formation of the team. How about a few more personal comments during the match? A quick press of the tactics button, and you could choose to give Lampard praise for his goal, or warn Traore to get more focussed after a bad tackle. Player instructions could also be combined with these, so rather than selecting a playerâ€™s mentality, you could tell him what to do.
Perhaps the following options could be made available:-
Instruction for Steven Gerrard:-
- Keep it up!
- Push forward!
- Pull back
- Show your displeasure in his performance
- Tell him he needs to improve
- Warn him to cool down
- Etc etc
Two leg competition problem fixed
You might not have noticed it, or, like me, you scream whenever this happens. After winning the first leg of that all important game, you go into the second leg on a high. Yet by half time, you are losing, and find yourself just one goal ahead on aggregate when you really should be way out in the lead. So what can you say to the players at half time? Get your arse in gear, lads? Nope - you can say something along the lines of â€˜Great performance!â€™. You see, the game thinks that you are winning 2-1, which you are on aggregate, but on the day you are behind. I like to win every game - who doesnâ€™t - yet Iâ€™m giving the impression that a 1-0 deficit is great!
Most of the big improvements have been made now, letâ€™s be honest. We have match team talks, 2d engines, scouting systems, affliations and more. So how about a few fun improvements? Perhaps when loading a new game you can select from a choice of missions or fantasy leagues, pre-made by SIGames and already available to play from launch? Imagine a 1989 league, with the correct teams and players? Perhaps the choice to create your own dream leagues from the game itself, without having to mess about moving teams in the editor? Simply choosing twenty teams, and playing the league. Something similar to this has been included on the XBox 360 versionâ€™s multiplayer mode, and this would be a great addition too for multiplaying and single games on the PC too.
Improved Media Interaction
Every year this aspect of the game improves and expands, but many feel that the current system of interaction just isnâ€™t enough. I played a game with a Championship side, and before every single match I was asked by the media for my thought before kick off. Every single time I was limited to the same five comments, and nearly always gave the same response (something along the lines of, â€˜Team X are good, but if we play well we can beat them.â€™. How about much more choices of quotes? Big game build up? Iâ€™ve had times when Iâ€™ve been a big Premiership side taking on a non-league club in the F.A Cup, yet while the game would have been covered to death in real life, again only one question is asked of me before kick off.
Improved Transfer Window
This could be part of the above suggestion, but I do feel it warrants a paragraph of its own. We are now into the late end of January and every few days we have seen some quite large transfers, many rumours, and nervous biting of fingers from those clubs desperate to hang on to their talent. Yet come January in Football Manager world, all we tend to receive are the run of the mill transfer rumours, and a cursory round up (i.e two clubs mentioned) at the end of the month.
Hows about developing this further? Imagine itâ€™s December 31st, youâ€™ve just lost your tenth game in a row, and this message appears:-
With the January transfer window about to open, you have been asked by a newspaper to comment on whether the club will be signing anyone.
- We have a few deals already lined up
- Iâ€™m looking into signing some new players
- We could do with some new players, but we have no-one in particular
- We donâ€™t need to strengthen
- We have no money to sign players
Each response could generate different effects: telling people you have some deals lined up yet not signing anyone could lead to the fans feeling angry and no longer trusting you; saying you donâ€™t need to strengthen could make your current players happier but if youâ€™re struggling, the fans may expect some fresh faces; saying youâ€™ve no money could be an alternative way of asking the board to release some January funds.
More general rumour reports from the press would also be welcomed. Something along the lines of:
January 3rd: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is believed to be interested in signing Manchester Unitedâ€™s Wes Brown. Chelseaâ€™s defence has been poor this season, conceding 31 goals in 15 games, and it is believed that Mourinho sees Brown as the ideal signing.
January 4th: Manchester Unitedâ€™s Wes Brown has urged Chelsea to make a bid for him after he turned down a new contract offered by United.
January 5th: Liverpool have entered the race to sign Manchester Unitedâ€™s Wes Brown, etc, etc
January 30th: Chelseaâ€™s attempts to sign Wes Brown could fail, according to sources at the club. With only two days until the transfer window closes, Chelsea are believed to be frustrated with the way talks between the club and Brownâ€™s agent are going.
Such an inclusion would certainly add more spice to the game and a little more interest in the big signings too, in my opinion.
Although i didn't write this, I strongly agree with everything it says.