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  • Summary: Fast-track your way to footballing history with the Football Manager 2018. A double-sided Management Masterclass pull-out races you through your first steps in the digital dugout and gears you up for long-term success, helping you transform your team from contenders to champions andFast-track your way to footballing history with the Football Manager 2018. A double-sided Management Masterclass pull-out races you through your first steps in the digital dugout and gears you up for long-term success, helping you transform your team from contenders to champions and elevating you to managerial icon.

    Football Manager 2018 achieves an interactive reality in depth, emotion and control like never before, taking you places only accessible in the completely immersive game world. Quite simply, it's the closest thing to doing the job for real.

    They say football is a game of opinions and everyone has theirs, but it's only yours that counts around here. You make the decisions now, from who you sign and who you sell, to how you manage your budget. Will you build tactics around the players at your disposal or train them in your vision of how the game should be played? Who you pick and who you bench will affect squad harmony, and its up to you to manage it. Every decision comes back to you.

    Get it right and youll be the star of the show, grabbing the newspaper headlines and dominating trends on social media. Theyll write your name in footballing folklore... if you succeed, of course. With unparalleled choices both on and off the pitch, all within the immersive footballing world, it's time to decide what kind of manager do you want to be?
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Dec 28, 2017
    95
    Still the best thing for any true Football lover out there, it will take weeks and months of your life.
  2. Nov 16, 2017
    90
    These are changes that tilt the simulation closer to reality with captivating aplomb, and ensure that the armchair managers among us are kept busy for another whirlwind 12 months of 40-yard screamers and cup final heartbreak.
  3. Jan 21, 2018
    88
    Football Manager 2018 builds a virtual world which can rival the real one, by using huge and complex database. Many new features in 2018 were designed just to let players experience a more and more realistic manager career.
  4. Nov 9, 2017
    82
    Football Manager 2018 will not be remembered as a milestone in the franchise, but it is a game with significant improvements (like the dynamics system or the medical center) that will please die hard fans.
  5. Nov 14, 2017
    80
    Football Manager 2018 adds some new features and overall improves the flow of the experience, but we're starting to feel the need of bigger and more relevant additions.
  6. Nov 13, 2017
    80
    Football Manager 2018 does not revolutionize the series. It is still relying on the facts of its success and refine them with new tools. You never change a winning team as a manager would say. You just need to train it again and again to make it better.
  7. Nov 9, 2017
    60
    While still liable to take over your every waking hour, Football Manager 2018 takes the delicate balance of previous years and weighs it down with too many superfluous, or downright irritating, changes.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 16
  2. Negative: 9 out of 16
  1. Oct 29, 2018
    10
    Highly recommend. Still getting fun from this game even if I've spent about 500 hours.
  2. Nov 11, 2017
    8
    They finally steped up and changed their game.
    I think they could have done way more, at least in the team instructions department, but its
    They finally steped up and changed their game.
    I think they could have done way more, at least in the team instructions department, but its really good.
    They included dynamincs which helps you make captain decisions and who to actually sell for the squad harmony to remain as intact as possible
    Liked some of the new roles they added, specially the inverted wingers which is something i told myself about since Football manager 2015
    And also liked the new Briefing mode before the games, it is a load of help and helps you tell the team or each player what you want from them that exact match
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  3. Aug 7, 2018
    7
    Some mechanics of the game still not improved. E. g. Players rebels way too easily to nonsense.
  4. Jan 20, 2018
    4
    Its already 2018 and then this peace of trash comes. This is update update after update update same game over and over and over again. StillIts already 2018 and then this peace of trash comes. This is update update after update update same game over and over and over again. Still people keep funding sega. Stop buying poor games that still the same as last year. Expand
  5. Jan 4, 2018
    4
    None of the new features are enough to distract from the fact that this game is still FM. What I mean by that is that what you do as a managerNone of the new features are enough to distract from the fact that this game is still FM. What I mean by that is that what you do as a manager accounts for about 50% of how well your team does, the other 50% is just the game randomly deciding what the scores in each game should be.

    6 seasons in with Whitehawk and the pattern is the same every season - I underachieve. I've lost count of how many games I've had stolen from me against the run of play, where I've had more clear cut chances than the other team but don't get the win. This happens in football but only in a minority of games - IN FM THIS IS THE NORM, GAME AFTER GAME, SEASON AFTER SEASON.

    The devs contend that there is no anti player bias at all in the game but this is a pure lie. How else can it be explained that with 6 games to go needing 11 points to secure the league, I conceded 5 penalties in those 6 games, collected four points, lost the title to some inferior team. Did I win the playoffs? Ha!! You gotta be kidding.

    Unless you enjoy feelings of rage and frustration then don't bother with this game.
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  6. Dec 5, 2017
    0
    FM series was fun up until a few years ago.
    Then with all repetitiveness it became funny of devs releasing it every year.
    Now neither it's
    FM series was fun up until a few years ago.
    Then with all repetitiveness it became funny of devs releasing it every year.
    Now neither it's fun nor it's funny anymore that this is literally FM2017 v2.
    So stop this sh*t please.
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  7. Nov 17, 2017
    0
    Not enough change. The 3d and graphic are even worse than last year I dont know how they can do this.

    The multiplayer game is unplayable
    Not enough change. The 3d and graphic are even worse than last year I dont know how they can do this.

    The multiplayer game is unplayable for me playing from a different country than my friend...

    I bought all the football manager since 1998 but it's the last one I buy if they not make BIG changes.
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