Championship Manager 5 is still very similar to its forerunners… however, once the licensing was sold on, and the original creators moved over to sega, with Football Manager, the game lost its charm. Like many fans, I ignored the critics, because simply I knew that CM will always have the same qualities that has made it one of the best selling tactical games of all time. The menus have basically remained the same, except for some rounded edges and a few more options, so the usual fans will be familiar. However, there are a few things that you may need to get used to, such as the substitutions menu, can be difficult and you will also need to read the booklet that comes with it, as there are times that you find yourself frustrated because you cantalways get your idea into the game. As for the gameplay, its relatively good, with regular press and FA updates. These make the game a little more realistic, as long as you understand that like everything else, its the board and the fans that determine the team. The player ratings are a little unrealistic in places. This can be seen when Conference strikers match the skills and shooting of that of the big shots in the Premiership. Also, quite often you will find the first couple of years you play will be inconsistent, not because of your skill, but many that i have spoken to have had the same problem. This game is great if you are a real hardcore fan of this series, but apart from that, the critics are right, football manager has a little bit more, probably because theyve recreated the charm that once made the series the best.