Despite regularly selling more than most PC titles combined, Football Manager still enjoys a reputation as something of a hardcore game. Largely impenetrable to the non-believer, it's almost obligatory for scoffers to dismiss it as little more than a glorified spreadsheet. However, the comparison is as irrelevant as it is tired - yet to discover a spreadsheet that can keep us entertained for six hours straight. And besides, it's a lot easier to use than a spreadsheet.
Nevertheless, those who have been dissuaded by the seemingly complex interface are being targeted this year, as Football Manager attempts to encroach even further into civilised society. Whereas players were previously stranded with little more than a stuffy manual and their own wits, this year's model will lead them by the hand into its sinister world of football based number crunching.