As of 2011, Football Manager officially went mobile and the year 2013 now brings us the best offering from SEGA yet. With some tweaks and improvements rather than any radical changes (if you expected anything drastic then you must not be familiar with football games in general), Football Manager 2013 lets you experience the fun of the desktop version, only cut down and made a little lighter on features for squeezing onto your handheld device.
One thing I’ve noticed about football as a neutral spectator without allegiances or bias is that football is really all about anticipation. Anticipation for the next match to arrive on the weekend. Anticipation of the final whistle when your team is 1-0 up with only 15 seconds of injury time to go and the opposing team is making a last-ditch attempt at scoring. Anticipation of the announcement of next year’s extortionate season ticket price. For gamers, one of the most intense forms of anticipation is that felt when waiting for a sequel. Football Manager 2013 Handheld is of course a fantastic management title with more features, tweaks, and improvements on its predecessor, but many have played this game to death by now. As the final quarter of the approaches, it’s time to start looking ahead in an anticipatory fashion at next year’s inevitable release from Sega. Football Manager 2014 Handheld surely isn’t that far away from being on our mobile devices, so what improvements and inclusions are we likely to see in this long-awaited management title? Below is a short list of ideas about these prospective improvements.
Forget the usual premiership idiots, you need a football game that lets you control your own team, build them facilities and manage their progress on and off the pitch. Go through to the second door on the left; Pocket League Story will see you now.
Football-based entertainment comes in many forms, but none promising such a rich experience as ‘Real Football 2013’: manage your team, heal your players and generally get stuck into a footballing experience of remarkable variation, providing you don’t mind parting with a bit of cash in the process.
You’re probably familiar with the concept of something being greater than the sum of its parts: well, I’ve managed to find football game that flips this notion in a 180 degree fashion onto its head. Pik Pok's Flick Kick Football Kickoff is a pick-up-and-play football game that chops the sport of football up into its component parts and discards the unnecessary, by which I mean pretty much every aspect of the game that isn’t directly related to the scoring of goals. Forget about endless passing, time spent in the mid-field running aimlessly, and you don’t have to concern yourself with dribbling since you’re not a baby (yes, I attempted some football humour); Flick Kick Football Kickoff takes one the most essential components of football and makes it greater experience than the sport itself. Flick and Kick your way past defenders and goalies while focusing on your swerving ability in this physics-based, swipe-and-shoot simulation.
I like a lovely game of air-hockey on occasion, but I just don’t like the risk it poses to the fingernails; pain is only a shot away after all. If you’re after some similar fun but without the risk, try Ludei's Slide Soccer on for size. Incorporating a football format with a slide-to-kick mechanic, the game is sure to appeal to most fans of fun in general.
Bored of being constantly underwhelmed and disappointed by sports games that have been consistently over-hyped? Luckily, football has a new saviour in New Star Game's ‘New Star Soccer’, a devilishly addictive football simulation with an innovative twist. Embark on a career, balance your finances and your personal life, or simply smash a few shots in arcade mode: New Star Soccer puts you in control. Clear your schedule; this game is difficult to walk away from.
Try to picture a game which attempts to marry two sports together into a single gameplay experience. I’m not talking about ice fencing, horseback archery or extreme ski-slope curling here, but the amalgamation of gold and football. Rather than the players teeing off on a football pitch and creating a groundsman’s worst nightmare, the point of ‘Goal In One’ is to direct a football through a challenging course and into a goal while trying to remain under par. You will encounter moving platforms, obstacles and some pretty tight timings as you take on courses on earth, the moon and even in the depths of hell. That’s right, Hell has a crazy golf course, and there’s a football down there with your name on it.