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.
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.
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.
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.
It's fun on the first play through and than the faults come glaringly to the forefront. If you like sports/business related sims you'll enjoy it. Leading a team from the depths of the standings to the pinnacle of success can be rewarding. Unfortunately it's the little things that take away from this game. The frequency rate of injuries is too high and can destroy your season in short order. Too many yellow cards, first and last minute goals etc. They purposely try to script dramatic ups and downs for the team's consistency in order to add drama. One wrong sentence can demoralize an entire team resulting in a lost match. Continuous/repetitive press conferences take a lot away from the game. I could go on...
Quality game if you want to get into the nuances of managing a football team, but this will pretty much always have a very niche appeal by its inherent nature. If what you see interests you, I would try the demo before you buy, just to make sure it's something that you'd like.
repetitive.boring. football manager 2011 all over again with a red theme. this is what i feel of fm 2012 till now. i had a lot of expectations with fm 12 after playing fm 11 for almost a year, but was hugely disappointed with the minimal changes they made with this new edition. If you are a die hard fan of football manager games and have played fm 2011 extensively, then i say stick with it as you won't find anything substantially good in this new edition.
The humanity! I tried to get into this game, and have some fun with it, but I just couldn't. As a management simulation, this game just didn't work for me. From the menus, to the player skill sets, to the actual game simulations....nothing here was really fun or appealing to me at all. I should mention that I love the Baseball Mogul series, so it's not like I have a general dislike for sports manager games.
SummaryCounting 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.