- Developer: Geniaware
- Publisher: Not Yet Announced
- Platform: PC
- Format: Digital Download
- ESRB Rating: Not Yet Rated
- Release Date: 2012
- Manage your team on and off the field
- View your athletes as they explore a 3D town filled with interactive elements
- Areas include bars, casinos, restaurants, gyms, strip clubs and more
- Hold press conferences to increase public awareness
- Decide on the punishment for out-of-control players
- As your team grows in popularity, the populace will react in different ways
- Assign athletes to specific training regimens to improve their skills
- Unlock team upgrades by performing well
While there are no shortage of soccer (in the United States, football to the rest of the world) management sims and arcade-style takes on the sport, Lords of Football goes beyond the day-to-day management of your favorite club and explores the individual lives of your players after they hang up their cleats. The game offers players a 3D, real-time rendered world that not only includes training facilities and fields of play, but also the streets, trees, and destinations located throughout a town.
Lords of Football lets you define your team, create training exercises to address certain concerns or shortcomings, and familiarize yourself about the moods and behaviors of the athletes representing your club. The game lets you jump to different parts of the game's world, which includes a town center, nightclubs, training complex, and various other destinations. You can view the action from a bird's-eye perspective or zoom-in to watch specific characters and players.
As in games like The Sims 3, characters will independently act on their own, going about their daily lives as they see fit. These characters can interact with the athletes on your team, causing potential distractions as your club becomes more popular and talented over time.
By day, you'll monitor your athletes' training regimens, while at night the players can find themselves in a world of mischief and trouble. Misdemeanors, infractions, injuries, and various public relations disasters are possible, forcing you to deal with the varied personalities on your team to maximize their potential on the field. An athlete can start to gamble, develop an insufferable ego, become an alcoholic, overeat, spend too much time partying, and more.
Each athlete has a psychological profile as well as individual ratings in a number of important attributes to influence how well he performs during the game. Each of these ratings, which include a mixture of physical (such as strength or stamina), technical (such as dribbling or passing), and tactical (such as leadership and positioning) can be further improved through specific training exercises.
As you attempt to shape your team into a success, your actions will be closely monitored by the club's president. If you perform well, you can earn rewards in the form of unlockable upgrades that can further enhance your team's level of play. But can you keep a handle on the activities off the pitch?
Among the different destinations featured in Lords of Football are casinos, restaurants, pubs and gyms. You can discipline players who may be spending too much time out at night, but there's a risk that too much discipline could cause the player to rebel even further, get injured, or become angry.
During an actual match, you'll be able to do things you don't normally see in other sports games. You can issue commands at any point during the match to help coax players into giving more effort and focus to help ensure a victory against a rival team.