• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Oct 20, 2011

Generally favorable reviews - based on 45 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Oct 18, 2011
    More complete, more polished and more addictive than any previous edition, FM 2012 is coming to claim all of your free time.
  2. Oct 17, 2011
    When a game is this colossal, this rich, it's hard to see how it could possibly be bettered, match engine excepted.
  3. Dec 12, 2011
    A great 2011 edition needed only small improvements to become the best football manager game in 2012. A combination of great emotion and an incredible in depth management experience makes the Football Manager 2012 a must have for all soccer fans.
  4. Oct 18, 2011
    Football Manager 2012 is a nearly perfect football management game, the new features really improve every trait of the series.
  5. Oct 16, 2011
    It's painfully addictive, screen-shatteringly frustrating at times but so moreish it's like the computer game equivalent of Chocolate Fingers. The improvements are significant without breaking the fundamentals, and it seems that Sports Interactive has thought long and hard about how it can implement changes that would bring back the disillusioned without enraging the devotees. Roll on FM 13.
  6. 90
    It's impossible to cover all the many small adjustments and tweaks of this year's edition, but the overall result is a much more well-rounded experience. It's not difficult to argue that this is one of the best games in the series yet.
  7. Nov 2, 2011
    If you don't care for even more licenses, than you can also choose the predecessor. But Football Manager 2012 is the better game.
  8. Oct 28, 2011
    The biggest achievement here is managing to reach out to new or lapsed players, while still piling on new intricacy for long term fans. For them, this is a compelling tangle of improved, impassioned football strategy, bursting with detailed dealings, sumptuous stats and days out in Shrewsbury. And it's never been a better time to step into the dugout for rookie gaffers.
  9. Oct 27, 2011
    The new features introduced into FM 2012 make this game greater than ever. A must have for all Football Manager fans who feel José Mourinho inside them.
  10. Oct 25, 2011
    Football Manager is a game that grows bigger every year, better each season. Time passes by it without reducing the appeal of its wonderful mechanics and its easy to dive into gaming experience. Few alternatives in its genre engross the users with as much passion as the game by Sports Interactive. Although improvements this year are not the most anticipated, the final result is more and more interesting. A game to be considered mandatory for sport lovers.
  11. Oct 22, 2011
    Football Manager 2012 comes with a new user interface and is more accessible then ever. When your players score, your team starts making money and the fans chant your name - this game is an amazing experience.
  12. 90
    This is the same Football Manager you know and love with a number of really good decisions running throughout to give more depth and more control.
  13. Oct 19, 2011
    Football manager never fails to deliver, and this year's edition, though not revolutionary, has some neat changes that improve upon an already fantastic game. Ready yourself for another holiday season in front of the computer, because this game will pick you up and never let you go.
  14. Oct 17, 2011
    The best FM by far - the definitive football management simulator.
  15. Oct 17, 2011
    Just a quick update of the list? On the contrary: FM 2012 is another excellent annual volume of the king of football manager games bringing a huge portion of improvements that do really good to its gameplay and to your addiction to it. For those lovers of the genre – this one is definitely for you.
  16. Oct 17, 2011
    Football Manager 2012 is the best choice if you want to bring a football team to victory. A new interface, tutorials and significant changes to the transfer and contract systems make it the most realistic football management simulation.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 161 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. Oct 21, 2011
    Football. The sport of the world. Football Manager is back again. This time a lot of the focus has been on making the game more user-friendly.Football. The sport of the world. Football Manager is back again. This time a lot of the focus has been on making the game more user-friendly. A better User-Interface throughout coupled with more information output overall makes this exactly what everyone expects it to be: An improvement on last year's edition of the game.

    Though most changes this year has that incremental feel, they do add up and they do factor in. One of the many new features you'll come to enjoy is the ability to adjust your tone of voice when speaking to your players prior, during and after a game; and you'll be able to note their body language as a result of what you just said. Your talk with the squad factors into their overall morale and can help you squeeze a better performance out of them. It is nice to see that what you say actually matters and that this isn't just something players disregard completely, as were the case in the previous FM.

    The whole setup around contracts/negotiations has been thoroughly improved and you'll even get to set loyalty bonuses to the players who stick around. What's more is that when you've put one of your players up for sale and you receive a large amount of bids, these aren't spammed into your Inbox, but they're nicely and neatly organized in a separate tab for you to view. You can select multiple bids and turn them down without having to actually look at the bids more closely. The game is filled with these nice new features making the game easier to play, allowing you the player to focus on the job instead of the repetitive "paper-work".

    Beneath the new, there's a core of the same tried and true foundation making Football Manager the most popular Sports Management Sim out there. This is a safe buy for everyone interested in football.
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  2. Oct 25, 2011
    It was a very good game back in, let's say, 2007. The problem is that there are a number of persistent issues, that the developers decided toIt was a very good game back in, let's say, 2007. The problem is that there are a number of persistent issues, that the developers decided to ignore and instead keep adding "eye-candy" (you can't really call it that in this game). The AI managers are poor, the game doesn't utilize well modern hardware, some parts of the UI make simple tasks tedious, there are inadequate situations with transfers and contracts. This title gets released every year, but the changes are not good enough to justify a new game. Nowadays it is only an okay game. Full Review »
  3. Oct 25, 2011
    Paid £29.99 for a game I am locked out of and cannot play. Do not buy if you have previously purchased football manager games asPaid £29.99 for a game I am locked out of and cannot play. Do not buy if you have previously purchased football manager games as you can easily get locked out. I have brought every installment of Championship manager then Football manager since its first edition. The problem is with the 2012 version is that is only playable through steam. On the previous edition you could either chose to use steam or not. If you used steam to initially play on the 2011 version then changed to non steam you have activated a steam account. When you go to load the new game it finds this old account but you cannot get into this account unless you can remeber 3 separte pieces of information you would have entered a year ago in trying to load football manager 2011. So basically the new 2012 football manager has been loaded to this old account I cannot get into and so cannot verify to a new account and so am locked out and unable to play. Really a frustrating erxperience from something whixh is surposed to be relaxing down time.. Full Review »