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  • Summary: FM 2014 features a rehauled transfer module in which opposing clubs and managers adopt a more realistic approach when making or responding to transfer offers. Additional, a host of new ‘real world’ transfer clauses have been added, such as the facility to loan a player back to the club he has just been bought from and the option to offer a combination of money and loan players, as well as new contract clauses such as a sub bench appearance fee. Beyond this, the old ‘turn-based’ system of transfer negotiations can now be accomplished two ways, the tried and tested system and a new ‘live’ system, similar to that used in Football Manager’s contract negotiations. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 39 out of 40
  2. Negative: 0 out of 40
  1. Oct 29, 2013
    95
    SI Games confirms and enhances the extraordinary work done last year, making Football Manager 2014 the almost-perfect game for all the Ferguson wannabes out there. And if they keep making this game so good, in a couple of years we will have to raise our top review score to 11.
  2. Oct 28, 2013
    90
    Football Manager 2014 comes with hundreds of new features, related to all the aspects of a game that each year makes its players feel more and more like a Special One.
  3. Nov 4, 2013
    90
    Sports Interactive continues to push the boundaries. On the surface this is just a collection of visually enhanced excel sheets, but under the numbers and tables you find a lot of personality. This is a gem from soccer crazies for soccer crazies.
  4. Nov 4, 2013
    85
    Football Manager 2014 says goodbye to the slide bars and toggles for the tactics, and says hello to a more streamlined experience. Is it worse? It depends on the player.
  5. Nov 14, 2013
    80
    Very little of what Football Manager 2014 adds to the series is radically new. Aside from the simplified tactics system, most changes are small, refining the user experience rather than dramatically changing the way you play. That said, these minor changes are impressively numerous and universally welcome, and they come together to make this the best, most addictive (only) management simulation available.
  6. Oct 30, 2013
    80
    The changes to the tactics system are likely to prove controversial but this is undeniably the most accessible and realistic Football Manager ever made.
  7. Nov 6, 2013
    60
    The Football Manager formula is as complex and addictive as ever, but a compulsion to keep playing shouldn’t be mistaken for revelatory advances. 2014 is a marginal improvement for the series, but retains several of its shortcomings.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 69
  2. Negative: 44 out of 69
  1. Oct 31, 2013
    10
    it is better than the other ff13 with some good improvement. it is not a perfect game by far but the best football sim out there. So if you are a new to the serie get this one you will have a good time. my personal view is that this game can be compared to a civiliation serie not to pardox game such as the excellent crusader king 2 or the europa universlast 4. to sum up this is a halve way between a casual and hardcore simulatiob game. Expand
  2. Nov 26, 2013
    9
    Best version to date!!!

    I think the overview in the game is great and the more options in the game, offer you a greater experience than
    previos versions of this fantastic game...

    I cannot let it go, i simply have to build up my team and the focus on youth is just super. I really enjoy it and cannot wait untill tomorrow, so i can play again..

    I am a FM veteran and close to 40 years old, but i feel like a kid again
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  3. Feb 9, 2014
    7
    If you want a football management game then there is only really one option nowadays, and this series is it. It is leagues ahead of what little competition remains in the genre and, as with each new installment; there are a few new features to slightly tweak and streamline the gameplay, as well as better integration with Steam to make online multiplayer easier to set up. I’ll admit, after more than a decade playing these games, I would love to play something a bit different but if you've enjoyed Football Manager in the past you’ll find nothing to change your mind here. Expand
  4. Dec 21, 2013
    2
    Im shattered, have played 2 seasons of FM14 as Man Utd and stopped. I have gone back to playing FM13, I cant believe how screwed up 14 is, I have 24 shots at goal and the other team have 5 shots and I lose the game 1-2. Most shots blast into a defender, team dosent play the selected style or shouts. Players constantly turn over the ball with poor first touch, individual training has become a disaster. whats this unused sub crap in the contracts? Some parts of the game are good but not many.

    FM13, the team plays the type of football you instruct and players listen to shouts, The game play is dreadfull in FM14, this is such a let down as each instalment of FM has been awesome over many years.

    Some of the player ratings are awfull, young stars have such poor ratings you have to offload them and search for other wonderkids. I Vidic and Jones to have a go and they do sweet FA, carrick and mop head cant create anything, heavens forbid i have to use anderson to show some creativity. Rooney went 12 games without a goal, have over 100 shots but no cigar....................

    So its back to FM2013 for me, im tens seasons in and loving it.
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  5. Dec 12, 2013
    1
    I used to love FM and CM. But playing FM 14 is like having a nightmare. Worst game from you. Waste of money. I´m gonna play some of the old manager games, much more fun Expand
  6. Feb 24, 2014
    0
    Two main reasons for a 0. First of all, SI made changes to the tactics, but way too extreme. People easily gets confused with tons of instructions which they have to understand through hard trying filled with frustration. Such changes made the game boring and even annoying sometimes. In the past, I can directly adopt my philosophy to a new tactic and try it out on the pitch and make adjustments. Now, however, I'm more like taking a chemistry class and mixing all kinds of stuff together desperately hoping that "this time it may work".

    Secondly, the match engine in FM2014 is incredibly ridiculous. While no major improvements are made, all kinds of problems absolutely ruined the gameplay. When FM14 first came out, poor defense no matter what instructions you use, strange turn-overs and horrible mistakes, these kind of situations occurs very often. And now it is 14.22 and I find that the opposition goal keeper is like superman no matter who he is. I can have 30 shots and 25 of them hit the target but no goal, and the opposition made one counter-attack so I lose. If this happens once for a while, I won't be too disappointed, but I can have several matches in a row losing like this. As I said before, I used to test football philosophy in FM, now I'm just fighting the match engine. I searched online about tactics and all I got was how to use weakness of the ME. Come on, I bought this for 50 bucks and this is what it's worth?
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  7. Nov 29, 2013
    0
    Worst game ever that you can possibly imagine! Every year, FM has the same bugs over and over again! And FM2014 is no different, or in fact, worse, as Sega has shown that they can't be bothered with the flaws that had bugged users over the years. Here are just some of the problems of this stupid game:
    - Long term injuries devastating specific positions: Tell me how are you going to play the game when 4 of your 5 first team strikers are all out for 3 months each, and your only 2 first choice keepers are out for 2 months together, at the SAME time?
    - You could be on a roll, but when you start losing a game, your team will lose until like there is no end in sight, even if you are using the best team in the world.
    - Abysmal Match Engine: It has in fact regressed since 2012. Your defenders will just stand off when the opponents put in a through ball, and your strikers just can't seem to score for love or for money! In fact, I can say I hit the post more often than I find the net! And the players can't seem to dribble or pass even to a teammate 5 metres away without no pressure, or make meaningful moves.
    - Poor logic overall: Your player can be injured for the past 5 months (and still injured), and yet. you have news saying that the fans are happy with his recent performances! Incredulous! and I'm only scrapping the surface of more ridiculous things in this game!

    If you are reading this prior to buying this game, PLEASE DON'T BUY IT! The game makers has shown time and again they are lazy and can't be bothered to address the flaws which has bugged EVERY version! I WILL DEFINITELY be boycotting the Football Manager franchise for good.
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