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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: 24 out of 31
  2. Negative: 4 out of 31
  1. Nov 13, 2011
    10
    In simple words, it's Football Manager. The match engine has really improved and buying and signing players is much more realistic. The user interface is better and gives you a better look of everything you need to know about your team and players. The improvement of the team talk has brought a more detailed way of telling your team what you want from them on the pitch and criticizing their bad performances. If you enjoyed any of the previous games you are definitely enjoy this one even more. Expand
  2. Nov 15, 2012
    10
    i will just say one thing.
    best game ever, the most amazing game that exist and i recommend it to everybody.
    when you start playing you just
    cant stop you wont even sleep. 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 un MacBook mi aiutate per favore grazie Expand
  4. Jan 3, 2012
    9
    An extremely addictive game if you are a fan of football. This game has a virtual infinite replay value. However, there are some issues, particularly in match engine, that have been present for more than 4 versions of the game, and still were not fixed. Sports Interactive should really try to fix the issues and improve their match engine. Expand
  5. Nov 11, 2011
    8
    Another year goes by and another fm reaches the market... I think the negotiation aspect of the game like negotiating players, buying and selling players is a lot more realistic. The negative aspects of this game is that there isn´t any major change from the fm 2011. Expand
  6. Nov 29, 2011
    8
    Still the best game of the sports management genre. I tink thats why sigames doesn't risk or work on significant improvements. AI managers, club boards should be better. Especially when the leagues are "view-only" it means that league will not live more than 5 years.
    Tactic creation of AI managers are not the best. The only con that i see is the AI management potential of the game.
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  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 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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