Pro Cycling Manager Season 2013: Le Tour de France – 100th Edition Review and System Requirements

This game is for the ultra-nerdy and/or cycling fanatic only. I’m the former, not the latter.

PCM is a very forgiving cycling team management
game where you become the owner of a team of cyclists who participate
in actual cycling events around the world. You can either participate
by  matching/managing your riders during an actual 3D race or simulate
the race and let the computer crunch the numbers. Hint: you always want
to be in control of the action for best results.

Here’s the nerdy part: in addition to the action of the races, you also
have to manage everything from the signing of cyclists to the scheduling
of both races and training sessions, to the wheels on the bikes, to the
exhaustion level of your riders to their interest in participating in
the Tour de France. There are numbers EVERYWHERE.

It’s micromanagement optional, but macro-managment mandatory. There are
particular things that you must be involved with, such as signing up
for races. This would be annoying to someone who is just looking to
race.

I’m a huge nerd, so this game is right up my alley. It’s like franchise
mode in Madden with draft turned on but on crack. And, if you don’t
know anything about the world of competitive cycling, you have no choice
but to learn the terminology. There’s not much; you just need to be
willing.

Pros include nice graphics, in-race management is fantastic,
micromanagement is very in depth, smart AI, realistic replicas of
real-life courses, and a 9 out of 10 on the interface.

Cons include the game starts you in the deep end and expects you to
swim, the riders often plow through one another during the race which is
sad, and the sponsorship system needs serious work. Also, the game is
clearly designed for on-line multiplayer, so single player is a little
disjointed. Finally, there’s that 1 out of 10 in interface that makes
roster management harder than it should be.

I’m straight-up addicted to this thing, which is a shame because I have
like three other games to review. It’s complex and in depth and gets
the blood flowing when it’s time to race. There are aspects of cycling
that I don’t understand, however, I still highly recommend this game to
anyone who likes database-fiddling games or knows the
competitive-cycling scene.

Verdict: 80/100

System Requirements

  • OS: Windows XP SP3/Windows VISTA SP2/Windows 7/Windows 8
  • Processor: AMD/Intel dual-core 2.2 GHZ
  • Memory: 2048 MB
  • Graphics: 256 MB 100% DirectX 9 and Shaders 3.0 compatible NVidia GEFORCE 7900/ATI RADEON X1600/Intel HD 2000
  • DirectX┬«: 9.0
  • Hard Drive: 11 GB
  • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible
  • Details

    Genre: Simulation, Sports

    Developer: Cyanide 
    Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
    Release Date: 20 Jun 2013 
    Languages: Danish, Dutch, English*, French*, German*, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish*
    *languages with full audio support 
    3rd-party DRM: Act Control
    5 machine activation limit

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