Dating simulation software
At least that's how you'll feel after going on a bad run in FM 2017, when your promotion bid is faltering or you've exited three competitions in two weeks or the chairman has just invited you into his office for a 'serious chat'.
But even the rage that Football Manager can elicit is proof of its quality.
The USA, Russia, Britain, Germany and Japan all wage war here, each with their own particular mechanical strengths (there's a long-running argument converning Soviet machinery bias in this area), weaknesses... If you're averse to grinding, this might not be the sim for you.
Sims differ from other PC games in that their raison d'être isn’t necessarily to entertain, at least not primarily. They’re not all best-sellers, but these are the titles with dedicated communties offering deep tutorials and incredible mods, that let you get as close to hauling a trailer full of plumbing parts across Europe, driving an F1 car, or piloting a military aircraft as national security laws will permit.
There are scant few PC simulation games that can compete with Microsoft’s titanic Flight Simulator X in terms of sheer features and scope.
It's rare for a sim to be so all-encompassing that it can provide both light entertainment to the curious casual gamer who wants to fly fighter jets under bridges with a gamepad, and valuable education to a budding pilot ensconced in a home-made cockpit - but such is FSX's scope.
In a recurring theme throughout this feature, mod support plays a huge role in its prolonged lifespan.