With almost perfect precision timing, Pro Cycling Manager 2008
arrives on the PC that coincides with both the Tour de France and
the Olympics which gives gamers once of the most realistic cycling
games to have ever graced the PC. Featuring state-of-the-art
graphics, in-depth gaming modes and solid gameplay, Pro Cycling
Manager is as close to most of us will get to experiencing this
prestigious racing event.
In Pro Cycling Manager 2008, you'll
play as the general manager of one of 65 official cycling teams and
will handle all aspects of a professional team's season. Numerous
duties, including team recruiting, transfers, contracts, training
and handling finances are required for you to create and manage the
most competitive team. Throughout the 180 real-time 3D playable
races, it's up to you to determine and put into action the best
strategies by combining tactics, attacks, relays and much more. With
so many options to consider that will affect the outcome of the
race, you are guaranteed action packed intense stages. [From the
management side of the game has
been given extra depth with many
new elements. It has an entirely
new stamina system, a more
realistic progression curve for
each rider and a new young
talent recruiting system with a
more aggressive AI.
This year, the racing is even
more realistic, with the most
advanced rider AI yet plus
highly detailed rider models and
animations. The 2008 edition
also includes a new improved
user interface, lighting system
and more detailed, richer
environments with a large
variety of buildings and
the first time in the series,
impressive “track racing” events
are available. Choose track
events such as cycle speedway,
Kierin and elimination to
challenge your team’s track
racing skills. All of these
features combined make this new
edition the most complete and
exciting recreation of
Before we could embark on the race, we needed to install the title
which is relatively simple, however is quite a lengthy process,
however once installed, we were greeted to a slick interface and
some great background music ambience.
its essence, Pro Cycling Manager is a sim racing game that has the
gamer controlling a pro-cycling team as they race on a variety of
different circuits, competing against a wide plethora of competitors
from around the world. Just check out some of the screenshots for
the attention to detail, quite stunning and complex at times.
Fortunately the game contains a great tutorial mode that will teach
you the basics of the title before you engage in the main gameplay
that is great for those a little unsure of these cycling events. The
learning curve of the title is rather steep to master, however the
tutorial will let you start cycling almost immediately, however to
truly get anywhere, you need to plan your attacks and races.
Once you created your team and assigned a leader, you can almost
begin racing but where the title does come into its own is through
its defence and offence tactics.
For instance, while racing, you need to give your riders a variety
of orders such as hold their position or attack and fortunately each
of your team mates has a coloured bar that will assist in your
This bar will assist you with attacks and energy as you vie for top
position. Although it may sound simple at first, the AI of the game
is quite competitive and will challenge you at some of the most
frustrating times during the game but it's all part of the fun.
Graphically, the title is a visual treat on the PC that is extremely
realistic at times and almost looks like you are watching the Tour
de France on TV. The background environments are a visual treat in
the title and some of the attention to detail is quite impressive.
The star of the game are the racers themselves who move with a
human-like grace and interact well with the gaming environment.
There are also some great lighting effects which go hand-in-hand
with the gameplay. As with the graphics, the sound effects are
perfect as is the background ambient sound track which interacts
well with the gameplay.
In conclusion Pro Cycling Manager 2008 is a sturdy game on the PC
that is definitely one for the lovers of sport simulations as the
realism is quite unparalleled. Graphically, the title is a visual
treat and does help immerse you into this exciting sports title,
however if you're hoping for something more hands on, then you might
want to look elsewhere.