Excerpt: review? After all, the franchise is one of the most sophisticated simulation (or for those who are still hanging onto the outdated view, “glorified spreadsheet”) games available. Initially, however, the answer appears to be yes for
Excerpt: Another year, another iteration of Football Manager has arrived at the doorsteps of PC Gamers everywhere and whilst these games don’t radically change from year to year, this year’s Football Manager makes some drastic alterations to its formula that could make it either sink or swim.
Summary: The best possible Football Manager game lays between the two modes, and in the years to come the gap will close between them. Sports Interactive will also face increasing pressure to add the ability to cross-save between all versions of the game, and package some versions together – a free mobile...
Summary: Football Manager 2013 represented somewhat of an overhaul in focus for the long-running series. With the addition of Classic mode, developer Sports Interactive committed itself to providing a streamlined version of the game in the hope of attracting players not exclusively consisting of sport nerds...
Pros: Tactical depth is the greatest the series has ever seen, Real-time transfer negotiations add to realism, Player personalities are much more lifelike and diverse, Match Plan Wizard speeds up the game for more casual players, Detailed match engine makes games worth watching
Cons: Still missing key licenses, including the Barclays Premier League
Conclusion: Perhaps the main reason for Sports Interactive’s success with the Football Manager franchise over the years is that, more than any other developer we know, it listens to its fans. And we have a distinct feeling that all the new features stem from that two-way relationship.
Pros: The most in-depth management experience yet, improved 3D match engine, new tactics system, better transfer negotiations, hundreds of other minor and major tweaks, Steam sync for multiple device use
Cons: It will eat away your life if you let it, stacks of spreadsheets and numbers won’t appeal to all players, graphics won’t match up to FIFA (but that’s not the point)
Summary: In the future you can imagine what Football Manager might be like. Think a Star Trek holodeck, you acting as manager, a virtual press pack grilling you on why you lost at home to North Ferriby or perhaps why you're still picking a 72 year-old Ryan Giggs.
Pros: Many, many issues from last year have resolved, Match tactics streamlined, not dumbed down, So many cool little additions and features
Cons: Classic mode is still infuriatingly lacking, Some small match engine issues
Conclusion: Football manager is without question one of the most engrossing and detailed simulation games ever created. Within its straightforward-looking presentation there's an abundance of depth and detail that few other games can match.
Excerpt: Net als bij FIFA verschijnt er ook in de Football Manager-serie ieder jaar een nieuw deel. Dit keer is het de beurt aan Football Manager 2014. Eigenlijk is er dan ook geen game die het succes van deze serie kan evenaren en de serie wordt dan ook veelgeprezen. Veel concurrentie is er niet maar toch…