• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Nov 1, 2012

Generally favorable reviews - based on 37 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Nov 5, 2012
    Football Manager 13 is the most in-depth, detailed and complex football management simulator ever made. But I must admit, I've bitten my tongue as I've written about most of these new features. The last thing I personally wanted was a new set of variables to worry about as I play the game, and for even more hours to have to be invested just to get through a season.
  2. Nov 10, 2012
    With the biggest database of football players and teams, Football Manager 2013 brings back the best of the previous episode to improve and expand it. The only thing we could complain about is the 3D graphics, which we consider should have been better, but still it leaves us with a feeling of almost perfection.
  3. Hyper Magazine
    Jan 24, 2013
    When you strip away the fluff of the career mode it's one of the deepest, most addictive games around. [Feb 2013, p.67]
  4. PC PowerPlay
    Dec 2, 2012
    The most comprehensive football aim on the market just got a little less comprehensive - and is all the better for it. [Dec 2012, p.80]
  5. Nov 16, 2012
    Looking critically at the game, its developers probably realized that you can sometimes go too far in your quest for perfection. The result is a mode that brings the franchise back to the essence of a manager game. Football Manager 2013 is all about tweaking your players and humiliating your opponents tactically, and we're loving it.
  6. Nov 16, 2012
    Football Manager 2013 is more polished than ever – its surface as well as its core. The right things are highlighted, which facilitates gameplay considerably. New games modes, such as the streamlined FM Classic, make for more fast-paced play, suited for those with too little time on their hands to immerse themselves head over heels in the game. That, on the other hand, is the way it should be played, isn't it?
  7. Nov 15, 2012
    Football Manager 2013 is still the best experience of a football simulator available in market.
  8. Nov 13, 2012
    Managing a virtual team doesn't get any more fun than this.
  9. Nov 12, 2012
    Football Manager 2013 is the best Football Manager released at this stage in many ways. New modes arrive just in time to renew interest in the game (with the Challenges) and give an easier access to it for the newcomers (with the Classic mode). GUI improved a lot, every information you need is at your disposal. Forget about playing with the 3D engine by the way : it hasn't evolved since last year, unlike training sessions, which are simpler and more logical to organize. FM has never been so deep, so real and each decision you make will have an impact on your manager.
  10. Nov 12, 2012
    Football Manager 2013 is an innocent drug that is always in the back of your mind, processing the possibility of a match outcome after another click of the mouse. When you are mesmerised to that level, it's hard to say anything other than this is a brilliant piece of videogame entertainment for fans of the beautiful game.
  11. Nov 12, 2012
    Sports Interactive probably told each other: If it ain't broke, don't fix it; therefore the main mode has been primarily face-lifted. Thanks to its new look the game is still the football management-simulation video game cream of the crop. Even the series newcomers and novice managers are lured into the football management-simulation experience because of the simplified and sped-up Classic mode.
  12. Nov 7, 2012
    The new Football managers sparks some controversy - for the first time in the series's history you can use real money to buy things. For a couple of euro/dollars you can lift restrictions in the scouting network, do away with job permits or lock the possibility of being fired. Fortunately, all in all, FM 2013 is still the same, great game. No competition in this genre is a good thing, because SI Games can test and experiment as they please - without having to look at others. The direction of progress is sound and each new game is closer to real world of football.
  13. 90
    The implementation of Football Manager Classic is a stroke of genius, as it serves the needs of players short on time, while still providing the core experience in a new and more accommodating packaging. The fully-fledged manager experience remains the star of the show, though.
  14. Nov 4, 2012
    Football Manager's relentless strive for realism is sometimes its biggest fault, but with new modes and now new ways of playing it's also managed to get that light touch back.
  15. Nov 2, 2012
    Although some editions of Football Manager are defined by including improvements in dribs and drabs, this is not the case at hand. The new game cares for both traditional users and those who seek an experience equally comprehensive but willing to sacrifice some complexity in exchange for a faster management. Football Manager 2013 is a complete network of choices that allow us to simulate the most realistic behavior of clubs and competitions, ever seen. It should be mandatory for almost every football coach.
  16. 90
    The most significant update for Football Manager since its revival, with a suite of options to suit everyone from dedicated veterans to complete newbies.
  17. Nov 1, 2012
    For 2013, there's more than enough to keep fans happy, and while it sometimes seems worth it to skip the latest version of Football Manager, the overhauled multiplayer and game mode variation makes this an essential purchase as ever.
  18. Oct 31, 2012
    There's no better opportunity for FIFA fans that are looking for a deeper managing experience to get involved in the Football Manager franchise. The new gameplay additions and a slicker presentation make Football Manager 2013 a much more mainstream and simpler experience, but this will work in the game's favour.
  19. Oct 30, 2012
    Sports Interactive wins again. Football Manager 2013 renew itself with all-new "Classic" mode to satisfy all type of players. Challenge mode are another great addition.
  20. Oct 29, 2012
    Football Manager offers the most detailed and in-depth management experience ever made, as it does every year.
  21. Oct 29, 2012
    Football manager 2013 is a must-buy for all the Josè Mourinhos out there. It's a deep, compelling and time consuming simulation, but thanks to the new and simplified Classic Mode, even new players and old fans will enjoy the game.
  22. Nov 6, 2012
    At one point I seriously asked myself if Sports Interactive pushed too hard when it came to depth as well as attention to detail. But then my team scored, I saw my tactics work out and I just wanted more. This game will keep you hooked for weeks and months.
  23. Oct 29, 2012
    Some subtle tweaks make this the most polished, accessible entry in the Football Manager series in years.
  24. Oct 29, 2012
    The best Football Manager. Being a professional manager never was so close to a video game.
  25. Nov 26, 2012
    More a game than ever. The dressed down Classic Mode and the playful challenges give the series a nice refresher, without losing the most important Football Manager qualities: depth and size.
  26. Pelit (Finland)
    Dec 12, 2012
    Quotation forthcoming. [Dec 2012]
  27. PC Master (Greece)
    Feb 6, 2013
    Developer SI has delivered the best manager in several aspects of gameplay, introducing new elements, while simultaneously reinstating some classic, loved features from the past. [December 2012]
  28. Jan 27, 2013
    The depth and scope of Football Manager 2013 are impressive. I only wish that the developers hadn't taken the 2-in-1 approach where they bundled a traditional version that is in need of polish, with a simplified Football Manager Classic aimed solely at new players. Pleasing old fans while bringing in fresh blood is a very risky balancing act. Sports Interactive should think about where to focus their efforts.
  29. Dec 3, 2012
    Football Manager 2013 manages to get us out of our coaching routine by providing a real graphical overhaul. We can now immerse ourselves freely in its gargantuan option menus without having the impression to lose our brain. This is still the best football management simulation, but this time with an ever more immersive game system.
  30. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    Nov 30, 2012
    Passion of football has materialized into the solid manager – this year even with a better approach to newcomers and improved visuals. [Dec 2012]
  31. CD-Action
    Nov 29, 2012
    Sports Interactive did not exactly hit the bulls-eye with their latest experiments – The Classic and Challenge modes – but the rest of the game is even more ingenious and addictive than last year. [CD-Action 13/2012, p.56]
  32. Nov 7, 2012
    Football Manager 2013 has inherited its throne as the #1 manager simulator. Don't expect a revolution, but a few tweaks here and there, and the addition of a couple of new game modes mean this year's release does just enough to be a must-buy for fans of the series.
  33. Oct 30, 2012
    The inclusion of 'Classic' mode is a shred move that is sure to pay dividends, causing many old fanatics to relapse and encouraging newcomers to join the fold, but it still remains miles ahead of its competitors with its sheer level of depth, sophistication and challenge.
  34. Oct 29, 2012
    Loads of new features, the vast majority good and useful once you get used to the new layout. There are, naturally, some issues.
  35. Oct 29, 2012
    A host of significant additions make this the most exhaustive, but also the most streamlined, Football Manager to date.
  36. Dec 4, 2012
    This year's edition is more streamlined and misses some of the more complicated and somewhat unnecessary features that has plagued the more recent editions. Instead, the core focus lies on finding players that fits efficient strategies. Sadly the interface is rather messy and the game is filled with bugs.
  37. Oct 29, 2012
    Football Manager, enjoyable as it still remains for the most part, is beginning to enter the Heskey years of its existence: it still does its job more effectively than any other striker on the market, but the tired formula is beginning to show.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 238 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 53 out of 238
  1. Nov 12, 2012
    I have been a fan of the Football Manager series ever since the days of Championship Manager. I have never had any problems with it and haveI have been a fan of the Football Manager series ever since the days of Championship Manager. I have never had any problems with it and have always invested alot of time into each game. This time however it simply feels broken, too many goals at the near post, too many goals from long shots, poor goalkeepers, invincible wingers all of this adds up to an unenjoyable experience. When your on the right side of a 4-0 drubbing with 4 goals all beating a top keeper at the near post it feels hollow, when your on the wrong side you could launch your laptop through a wall. Not an experience you want from a game, FM2012 was far better than this, it may change with patches etc..i'll put the game on in a few months to check, until then a waste of money. Full Review »
  2. Mar 30, 2013
    This game has been a disappointing mess from day one. From it's initial release as a beta masquerading as finished product to the recentThis game has been a disappointing mess from day one. From it's initial release as a beta masquerading as finished product to the recent update which just broke more things. One shouldn't have to buy unfinished products, and be forced to wait to have it patched into playability, only to have the broken parts of the code shifted to a new place with every patch. THIS GAME IS BROKEN. DO NOT BUY IT. Full Review »
  3. Dec 1, 2012
    The game is broken, and you can pay to cheat. Football Manager is dead.