The theatre of dreams
For any fan of the beautiful game, Football Manager Handheld 2011 on PSP brings enough in its graphical kitbag to please. Everything is designed for ease of use in your quest for management magnificence, thanks to streamlined menus. Sports Interactive has created an easily navigable system which maps everything on-screen to the PSP buttons, meaning you can quickly skip from your formation to a rival team sheet with all the smoothness of a Brazilian attacking midfield.
Given the sheer amount of options and information, this intuitive set up makes progressing through the game a kick in the park. Colour coding for player positions is also very useful for making quick decisions when scanning down your team sheet to make a change, while nicely designed icons represent pages such as Transfers, Training and your Team Report.
When it comes to match day, Football Manager Handheld 2011 hits the back of the net with a satisfying 2D representation of the sport. Displaying the players as nimble dots that dash their way around the pitch, the game is a thrill to watch as great passes are made, spectacular shots are teed up and magnificent saves are pulled off.
With such an entertaining way to show the results of your managerial choices, Football Manager Handheld 2011 never fails to get you involved and chanting your team to success.
Put Messi in your pocket
Think you can handle the pressure of football management? Well now you can put your tactical skills to the test wherever you go with Football Manager Handheld 2011. Featuring 34 leagues across 11 playable nations including Australia, Spain and England, with a total database of over 22,000 players, this is a game that puts world soccer in your pocket.
Once you've picked the team you wish to manage, it's up to you how they come together on the pitch. Tactical formations, individual instructions, training intensity and other factors all come under your gaze for tweaking. Will you go for 4-4-2 with wingers down the flanks? How about a more conservative 4-5-1 to protect your back line?
Whether you create your own formation and tactics, or plump for preset options, it's up to you to get the best from your players who have their own preferences and expectations. Upseting them too much by not listening to their concerns could lead to a dressing room revolt and consequently poor performances. And with the dreaded board watching your results, squad harmony and finances, it's best to make sure you keep your feet firmly on the pitch rather than in your mouth.
Should you find yourself with some outspoken troublemakers, there's always the option to sell players to interested clubs and then use your scouts to help search for new talent. It's wonderfully rewarding to shape a promising youngster into an international superstar. Just make sure you keep him happy as rival managers are always on the hunt to poach your wonderkid...
Plotting the defeat of your opposition means nothing unless it comes together on the pitch and watching the match unfold via 2D highlights can be a nail-biting and exciting experience. Statistics and lively commentary are on hand to help you make informed (and inspired) decisions when it comes to substitutions and tactical alterations. There's nothing like the glow of satisfaction you gain from making the perfect change to win a match and give your doubters the red card.
If taking your team to the top of numerous club or international competitions isn't enough, there's also the option to challenge a friend with a single head-to-head friendly on two PSP systems and using the Wireless Ad Hoc Mode.
Football Manager Handheld 2011 offers you the chance to give the world of football the kick you think it needs. Tackle the challenge of management and shoot for glory...