Game:BDFL Manager 2005Publisher:CodemastersDeveloper:CodemastersGenre:SimulationTested for:PS2, XboxAvailable for:PS2, XboxUSK:Released in:12 / 2004
Take a seat in the lucrative but sometimes rather short-lived ejection seat of a team manager. Codemasters gives your squad a new player personality system: It takes an Argentinian much longer to integrate – unless your team already has Spanish-speaking kickers. In addition, morale drops if you train too hard or if you incorporate too many new ideas – keyword ‘Klinsmann syndrome’.
Today’s omnipresent managers also know how to deal with the media: Show them your state of mind via EyeToy support. Also nice: Access current player data after the winter break and the associated transfers – this enables a special content XBL download. If you don’t distribute the tasks, you also deal with transfers (how long is our superstar still under contract), stadium expansion and the liquid funds of your club. The option possibilities are far-reaching, but always a bit simpler than with EAsFootball Manager 2005.
Better than its predecessor despite the cumbersome menu – but not as versatile as EA’s counterpart.