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Football Manager Handheld (PSP)

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Some people evidently love meddling with the training and match preparation and poring over their youth and reserve team prospects as much as others loathe these minutiae. It has more or less all the leagues you could conceivably wish for, a simple, uncluttered interface, all the transfer and strategic depth you need, and just enough media, player, staff and board interaction.

If you're an out-of-work footy manager and you're jonesing for some action, this is as close to the real thing as getting flecked with spittle by an irate Ken Bates after a 6-0 reverse to your local rivals. For more than five years, the PSP version has provided the closest approximation of the stripped-down FM experience that many of us naturally gravitate towards, and this year's edition continues to stick doggedly to those sensibilities. Also like I said I have seen the ps vita version and I will be picking it up, but that does not excuse what they done on the psp.

It's the first time we've made a handheld game, [but] we're using every single byte of memory to get the AI spot on. Hi, Final Fantasy 7 crisis core and kingdom hearts birth by sleep, those are two games I suggest you check out.

Dozens of formations, team tactics, player tactics but it just seems something undefinable is missing.It'll take a bit of getting used to, for sure, but SI has opted for a pleasingly intuitive solution that's the next best thing.

Football Manager Handheld 2012 allows you to take control of any club across 34 leagues in over 11 nations across the world, including all of the biggest leagues across Europe and a database of over 22,000 players. There's no waiting around - matches play out quickly," he asserts, as results similarly trickle through at an impressive pace, leaving players able to swiftly get on with their own affairs. The game offers a lot of control and customization, allowing players to manage their teams exactly as they see fit. Far from worrying about commutes and lunch breaks, SI boss Miles Jacobson jovially suggests another reason to celebrate the brand's transition to the Sony handheld: "It's the best game to play while having a crap," he says, giving us a disturbing mental image we didn't want to dwell on for long.Well, evidently FM Handheld was never going to be a direct port, and so the game has been streamlined to make sure the whole experience is as slick as possible. Perhaps the title of this game should be Football Manager Abridged given that so many fun aspects of the game have been cutout to squeeze the game onto the PSP. There is pretty much no media game engine, so if you sign a player or something, there are no comments, no journalists.

A control legend at the bottom of the screen gives players four context-sensitive shortcut options at any one time, making it straightforward to select specific actions quickly and easily.Then, even if you do manage to sign a good player, he'll invariably lose all his talents over the close season. I have got an xbox but started getting bored of lma manager and decided to get a manager game for psp. Compared to the PC version it is nigh-on impossible to look at a player and decide that they'll be good. Not so welcome are the presence of the now obligatory (anti) social options, allowing you to bug your friends by spamming their Twitter or Facebook feeds with news of your progress.

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