Football Manager 2012 PC

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  • Summary: Counting over 800 new features, not including changes to the rules of the games 50+ leagues, Football Manager 2012 promises to be the most realistic, immersive and playable football management simulation ever for any fan who has ever dreamed of making the big decisions, both on and off the field.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 45
  2. Negative: 0 out of 45
  1. Oct 18, 2011
    95
    More complete, more polished and more addictive than any previous edition, FM 2012 is coming to claim all of your free time.
  2. Oct 19, 2011
    90
    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.
  3. Oct 28, 2011
    90
    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.
  4. Oct 26, 2011
    85
    The game needs some patches, but overall the game is fantastic, amazing even. Managing your own football team has never worked this good before, making Football Manager 2012 a must have for every football freak out there.
  5. Dec 9, 2011
    80
    Continuing improvements to the 3D match engine also help drag it kicking and screaming into the present, although it's still a long way short of FIFA Manager in that regard. But, frankly, sod that. The dogged purist in me prefers to see the match unfold via elaborate text commentary, rather than see the painful truth of my tactical inadequacies laid bare.
  6. Oct 26, 2011
    80
    Football Manager 2012 continues to offer an unmatched database of its kind within the simulators and tactical depth that will continue to delight fans.
  7. Dec 7, 2011
    60
    FM2012 will be delightful to its usual fan-base, by betting on its traditional qualities and strengths. By fine-tuning its simulation on details that matter, Sports Interactive clearly targets purists, all the while risking to lose the newcomers. For the fans, Football Manager 2012 is a success, but others will probably be put off by this demanding experience.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. Feb 26, 2012
    10
    96% FM2012 has great presentation which is nice and clear. I like the new menu layout. The most important information is available on the one96% FM2012 has great presentation which is nice and clear. I like the new menu layout. The most important information is available on the one homepage from fixtures, players contracts, top average players, budget, league position and more. The match graphics are extremely sharp and the stadium's look really good. It's clear from the first match that major work has gone into improving the 3D match engine. Hostile grounds such as those found in Italy and Turkey now show flares in the crowd igniting and glistening red with smoke belowing from them. For the full review please visit www.insidepcgaming.com Expand
  2. Jul 22, 2012
    10
    I played EA's football manager like 5 years ago, then quit playing after some seasons, because it was kinda boring. Well, I read many goodI played EA's football manager like 5 years ago, then quit playing after some seasons, because it was kinda boring. Well, I read many good reviews about Sega's one and finally bought the 2012 version. And what should I say, I'm in season 7 now and no end in sight. This game is so much better than EA's, like the simple design and the immense number of available teams, players and even original staff members of all teams. To be honest there are some minor bugs, but nothing appreciable. The biggest difference between the two games is that you actually can see your tactic changes on the pitch! Playing EA's manager I got more the feeling that the results are random, but not in Sega's one. Expand
  3. Oct 26, 2011
    10
    Ciao a tutti, non riesco uno Giocare con Football Manager 2012 perchè quando devo iniziare la partita Il Gioco SI chiude, ho unCiao a tutti, non riesco uno Giocare con Football Manager 2012 perchè quando devo iniziare la partita Il Gioco SI chiude, ho un MacBook mi aiutate per favore grazie Expand
  4. Dec 19, 2011
    9
    Learning for the mistakes of the previous versions. FM12 has developed into undoubtedly the most realistic football manager game ever. TheLearning for the mistakes of the previous versions. FM12 has developed into undoubtedly the most realistic football manager game ever. The sheer depth of the game is astounding and the players now feel like they have their own thoughts and needs. The agents area has been improved upon and it now feels like a fair balance between dealing with the player and dealing with the agent. The manager interaction has improved and the new director camera adds a bit of creativity to watching the match. The only downsides would be the press conferences which still feel monotonous and irrelevant and on occasions the need to be so in depth with the tactical area can take away from the fun gameplay of earlier versions. This is minor criticism though as this game is without doubt the best version yet. Expand
  5. Apr 5, 2012
    8
    The latest in this long running series is the best yet. All the things that previously put me off playing previous titles for any significantThe latest in this long running series is the best yet. All the things that previously put me off playing previous titles for any significant time, have now been rectified and this is the most complete experience of the series so far. The detail in this game is mind boggling and will be too much for some. However, this can be alleviated to a degree with the ability to offset aspects of the game you don't like to the control of the assistant manager, who will also give you advice throughout the game. Online help is extensive and context sensitive, making the game's complexity much easier to get to grips with. Pretty much everything in the game has been improved in the latest version and it's last major update. The array of different tactics plus the ability to design your own gives you almost infinite possibilities to get your team playing exactly how you want. The setpiece designer is also well thought out and easy to use. You also get chance to praise or criticise your team at half time with the ability to single out individuals and give them the famous Alex Ferguson style 'hair dryer' treatment so that they know in no uncertain terms that you are far from happy with their performance! You can even yell instructions from the sidelines during the game as well as change tactics on the fly. You can give your opinions to the press after the game as they grill you on the performance levels of your team and things you say to the press can be picked up on by your players with the possibility of upsetting some of them with your comments. Negotiating contracts and transfers brings you into contact with player's agents as they try and demand as much as they can for their clients and themselves and you can bring players into your office for a private word or two. Pretty much everything a real football manager does can be done in the game. The only disappointment is the sound - there isn't any! Apart from a few rudimentary sound effects during the match sequences, the game is played in total silence. Maybe a little music would be nice. The Match Of The Day theme or the ITV Champions League music would have added extra atmosphere and would be far preferable to silence. Individual teams 'theme songs' such as 'Marching On Together for Leeds, 'Blue Is The Colour' for Chelsea, etc would also have been a nice touch and could be an idea for future versions? The graphics during the match sequences are pretty basic and not up to the level of the arcade football titles like FIFA and Pro Evolution. Otherwise this game comes highly recommended, A football fan's wet dream! Expand
  6. Oct 25, 2011
    6
    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. Collapse
  7. Oct 25, 2011
    0
    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.. Expand

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