Anyone playing the latest Football Manager?
I never got last year's version so having not played for a couple of years I decided to get back into it with FM13. Always use Arsenal of course and I've never been particularly successful at it. I once won the Champions League back on I think FM07 and celebrated as if it was real life! Other than that I think I remember a losing a league cup final but nothing else. Generally maintain 4th in league and no better so I suppose it's relatively realistic! I remember once doing so badly I got sacked before the end of the first season!
Trouble is I never seem to be able to devote enough time to play long into the game and usually only get through about 2-3 seasons by the time the next year's version comes along. It's taken me 3 weeks this time just to get through pre-season with all the setting up training and tweaking tactics etc. You read about people who get so addicted they can get through an entire season in a weekend but I'm happy if I can complete a season in a month.
I've never been that great at training schedules and tweaking tactics etc in the past. I've always tended to sign some players, pick a formation I like and let the players do their thing. Which perhaps explains why I've never been successful!
This time I've started to study every aspect of tactics and training much more. Right down to individual instructions around each aspect for each player. Which may explain why it took me 3 weeks to get through pre -season! After much experimenting and tweaking I seem tp have found something that's working. Lost my first game 2-1 to Man City but have since gone on a good run including a 4-0 win over Fulham, 3-0 win over West Ham and a 2-1 AWAY CL victory in Russia against Zenit.
My assistant manager is telling me the players are getting used to the favoured system and are enjoying their training schedules. There is no greater feeling in gaming than things working out well in Football Manager!