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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: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 9 out of 15
  1. Oct 29, 2018
    10
    Highly recommend. Still getting fun from this game even if I've spent about 500 hours.
  2. Mar 12, 2018
    9
    This is the first Football Manager I’ve bought in 4 years (due to the fact that there is not enough changes every year) and I’ve had a greatThis is the first Football Manager I’ve bought in 4 years (due to the fact that there is not enough changes every year) and I’ve had a great experience with it.

    The amount of control I have over my team is great and the game looks better than ever before. And due to the depth of this game I can get lost in it for hours, days, months and even years. This game offers a lot of content and different challenges that keeps me going for ages.

    But there are still some problems in the game that has been in the series for a long time. A lot of the problems that are the most annoying according to me are those that arise in saves that you have been playing for a long time. For example that the game almost never creates big upsets or changes in the footballing world. The teams in the Champions league are almost all the same year after year. The top teams in the biggest division are almost all the same too. The only chance for something new and exciting to happen is for you to control a team and make history yourself.

    And there are a lot of other problems such as the game becoming very slow after a few years and other problems that arise in long saves. Bur the developers will probably never fix these due to the fact that they want to you buy a new game every year and making the game last longer is not something that's in their interests. But the game is still amazing and offers a lot of content and enjoyment and is well deserved of a high score.
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  3. 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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  4. Sep 1, 2018
    4
    This game is really aggravating me with how players who get slightly bumped by other players will then suddenly stand there like an ArmyThis game is really aggravating me with how players who get slightly bumped by other players will then suddenly stand there like an Army Figurine waiting for the team to get the ball. They mind as well have them lay on the floor and play the planking fad. Expand
  5. Nov 12, 2017
    4
    it is very laggy and runs poorly. Not much has really changed, wait for a sale.

    Also the amount of injuries in this game is shocking.
    it is very laggy and runs poorly. Not much has really changed, wait for a sale.

    Also the amount of injuries in this game is shocking. Chelsea won the league last year using the same team every game. If you tried this in FM your whole team would be injured.

    Here's a case I lost 3-0 to chelsea in the first leg of the champion league. The second leg I conceded an early goal. So the match is lost so I put it on the lowest intentisty possible and said take a breather. Guess what, I still got 3 people injuried during the game. The sports scientist makes no sense, all my players have high injury chance even with rotation. Rotating a whole squad every match is not realistic, managers stick to their best 11 and 3-4 subs, not having to sub in full teams after every game.

    Also the match engine still needs work,. My full backs always seem to do this stupid shot cross which gets saved or goes wide. I am getting so bored of watching this that I have turned 2d on. I always miss penalties. I have scored 5 penalties out of 11 even tho I have neymar etc taking them.

    The new dynamics system is more of an annoyance than fun game play. For instance a rotation player demanded a new contract even though his average rating was only 7, I refused and half the team rebelled and called me out to explain, resulting in lost morale.

    Also the new scouting system is terrible and its better just to scout all the players from the top teams yourself.

    All in all don't buy this game, that are too many bugs and its laggy, I spent half my time on this game pressing spacebar and waiting for the next screen to load.
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  6. 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
  7. 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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