Football games have come on leaps and bounds over the years. From the early, top down views of the 80s through to the hyper realistic presentations that are now commonplace in every yearly iteration, video gaming and football are now thoroughly intertwined in producing iconic games.
Early games focussed on the basic mechanics of football, with simple straight line movements and strictly straightforward passing and shooting skills. While these games were simple and not much to look at, some of these are still highly regarded and fondly remembered. These soon gave way to arcade style graphics and slightly more complex gameplay, with new camera angles and the introduction of licensed teams in the FIFA series which became their hallmark. These games however laid the groundwork for the introduction of better quality graphics, which became key to the FIFA series going forward. Soon, International Superstar Soccer and later Pro Evolution Soccer changed the way football games were made. Taking the option to produce experiences more akin to simulations than arcade games, the realistic gameplay became the key driver for football games going forward. Now both FIFA and the Pro Evolution Soccer series have since refined their approaches to marry this up with advanced graphics.
At the same time, there has also been a huge boom in football management games as well. Taking the role of the football manager of a club of your choosing, these games often require you to select your team and manage the players, tactics and club decisions. Graphically, these games tend to be basic due to the focus on statistics and data, but some games such as Manager Zone provide a bit more than others, and allow you to go in depth and manage training, club finances and transfers as well. If you don’t want to go as deep, many others allow you to solely manage match day situations. If you’ve always thought you can do a better job than the man in the hot seat, these games are perfect to give you that chance!