Excerpt: If there’s one game I get just about every year, it’s the new Football Manager. Each time SI Games and Sega deliver a new episode in their soccer simulation series. Episodes which usually get welcomed very positively, even if there’s little competition outside FIFA Manager.
Excerpt: I can’t resist drawing parallels between Football Manager 2012 and the recently released Red Orchestra 2: Heroes of Stalingrad . Odd choice of comparison, right? One’s a football (that’s soccer, for our American readers) management simulator, the other about as hardcore a shooter as they come.
Summary: UK REVIEW--Football Manager veterans know that the series is all about evolution, not revolution. It has been evolving steadily for almost two decades now to become so vast and complex that it's not really an entry-level game anymore.
Pros: Ability to turn leagues off and on is a great addition, Immense depth and interaction, Tutorial mode to help new players, Better contract negotiations
Cons: 3D match engine is poor and slows everything down, Could still overwhelm first time players, Occasional unrealistic glitches
Conclusion: Despite being derided for its similarity to a mid-90s football game crossed with Microsoft Excel, Football Manager remains one of the most popular PC games year after year, and that’s because it’s consistently out-performed the opposition in a genre with huge appeal.