Yes escaped. It can't have been deliberately released in this state can it? As most of us know, the developers of all the previous CM games, Sports Interactive, broke up with their erstwhile publishers Eidos last year, meaning CM03-04 was the last SI developed CM game. SI took the database and code with them, whilst Eidos retained the rights to the look and feel of CM. SI released their latest game late last year. Called Football Manager 2005 and published by Sega, it has been almost univesally acclaimed as the best football management game ever, based as it was upon code updated from CM03-04 and featuring SI's own exhaustive database of players from all over the world. Eidos recruited their own in house development team, Beautiful Game Studios to develop CM5, and gave them a year to produce something to challenge FM2005. It was originally scheduled to be released in November, but that date was put back to the Friday just gone. So is the new game worthy of the CM name? Is it a challenge for FM2005? No. It's hopeless. The database seems much smaller than FM or recent CMs. The game engine borders on ridiculous. Almost every game sees over 100 throw ins, yet less than 8 goal kicks. Players stand around and let opposing players much further from the ball just wander up and take it. The database is woefully innacurate. It has John Hartson's as a very fast, lighting accelerating forward that can't jump or head the ball very well. If this was an isolated problem then it wouldn't be too bad, but there are thousands of players in the game that are woefully researched. If this game was released under any other name it would probably barely sell. But the CM brand is very strong and I don't doubt it will be top of the charts next week. Don't be a dummy though. FM2005 is the game of choice for us armchair bosses. Give CM5 a wide berth. Now we know why there is no demo available. I wonder if the release was rushed due to the severe financial trouble that Eidos is in.