Premier Manager 2003-04
We were quite excited about the latest edition of Premier Manager as we remember the series back in the days of the PSone. The game now has a substantial man-management angle and an electronic diary to manage your imaginary life as manager of your favourite club (every world club is in here from most leagues). Over the course of a season you will have to attend board meetings, liase with coaching staff and reps from rival clubs and even deal with a grilling from the press. Of course, you can also have a hand in the weekly training, transfers and tactics, which are actually quite in-depth.
The game comes into its own when match-day comes. Whereas EA Sport’s recent Total Club Manager played the matches out in a 3D engine, Premier Manager opts for the more hardcore icon and stats display, associated with the likes of the PC’s Premiership Manager. It works really well, enabling you to instantly see possession, shots, corners, etc for both sides. Sure, it looks dated but it does work.
The downside is the interface. It’s slow and often very clumsy. Entering and exiting menus can be a pain at times and the whole presentation of it does look quite dull and simplistic. Fans of the genre will be catered for with Premier Manager, but ultimately this just can’t compete with the likes of LMA or Total Manager.