Should be great, but ultimately too bloated and crippled by an awful match engine
Tom Po, amazon.co.uk
1 April 2012
Summary: To start off with, I'd like to say that I've bought nearly every Football Manager (or Championship Manager as it used to be) since CM'93 way back in...1993. So I like to think I know a bit about the CM/FM series of management games, having experienced the major changes the game has gone through as Championship Manager became Football Manager, and can be in a position to offer an opinion on this one.
Summary: I guess the fact I find it too complicated is a testament to how far these types of games have come on of late but I just didn't find it enjoyable at all. 3 hours into my 1st job and I wasn't even playing a competitive game yet. I have the light version of this for the iPhone, I think I'll stick with that.... shame because I used to love this type of game but for me they have just got to detailed.
Summary: Well what can I say... Bought this game a while ago now, and they game play is excellent. I don't go massively in depth with it (it's there if you want it!) as I like to progress through the season at a relatively quick pace. The game play is excellent, players and staff seem to have been rated more accurately (especially in the lower leagues) and it is just generally good fun to play. HOWEVER...
Summary: I got this as a christmas present and decided to install it on boxing day. I thought it would be a quick case of popping in the DVD, installing it and be ready to start playing straight away. The problem is you don't actually get the game on the DVD at all, rather the 'Steam' application which you must then connect to via the internet to download the game. It took almost two hours to download, providing you have access to the net in the first place!
Summary: Don't know what it is, but I just can't get into this, apart from taking so long (that's probably Steam I know but , maybe that's it. Steam, why? Sad that both this and the last Champ Man have been well....boring! That maybe a tad harsh but it's certainly not an up all night kind of game anymore.
Summary: why did sega have to use steam it`s just a rip off,as others have said you can`t even sell it on.if you buy second hand you have to get previous owner to get steam to de-activate the product code on their steam account so you can play it on your account.FM 2010 you didn`t need steam why use it now,they say they use it for counterfit purposes but you look at the internet now steam is no good,i know i didn`t need to buy it but it`s better fm2012 than fm2010.contacted sega...
Summary: I don't get it... I have previously bought Football Manager 2004 & 2005 and thought they were great fun. You get to mess around with your favourite team and win trophies or screw over a team that you really dislike. Now, 2012 is out it is boring. There is too much to do (no one in the world has that much time on their hands to manage a full season). And what is with this steam business for everything?! Just more pointless downloading and wasting computer memory.
Summary: I have been an avid player of the series for many years but the last few years the game hasgone down hill and the 2012 version is the least fun I have had. The game whilst good is let down by some very basic mistakes. I play my game on a mac hooked up to the tv and the option of not increasing the font size is an appalling mistake.