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  • Summary: Run your football club, your way. Every decision counts in Football Manager 2020 with new features and polished game mechanics rewarding planning and progression like never before, empowering managers to develop and refine both your club’s and your own unique identity.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. Nov 14, 2019
    100
    Football Manager is back and its focus on long-term construction of a footballing powerhouse is refreshing for a series that previously felt solely focused on the short-to-mid term. The only challenge you'll have now is keeping in the board's good graces long enough to leave your imprint on a club.
  2. Apr 10, 2020
    90
    Football Manager is still the ultimate football simulation series, and this latest addition makes enough positive changes to keep the gameplay fresh, and improve on some of the minor frustrations of previous entries. With a better UI, enhanced match engine, and some high-quality decisions around player motivations, it is easier than ever to get sucked into hundreds of hours of addictive gameplay. Football Manager 2020 is the perfect game for spending long days in quarantine, as the time will fly by.
  3. Jan 7, 2020
    88
    It won't convert a casual fan of the sport into a rabid follower of the series, but it is one that will take anyone who wanted to live the fantasy of managing a football club and give them every opportunity to find their heart's content.
  4. Nov 19, 2019
    84
    The Football Manager is again this year the first choice for all who want to lead their favorite club on the home computer to success.
  5. Dec 19, 2019
    80
    Football Manager 2020 is a far less innovative game than the last one, but if Sports Interactive keeps polishing is formula we will have another must have for this soccer series in just a few weeks.
  6. Nov 21, 2019
    80
    Football Manager 2020 is a pure gem with some great new features that clearly enhance the whole experience. It's far from perfect, but Sports Interactive has found great ways to welcome a larger audience in a game that is, again, not to miss if you're a fan of the franchise and/or a football lover.
  7. Nov 14, 2019
    70
    It’s more immersive, experimental, and enjoyable thanks to its suite of big and small changes. Sure, there are areas that Sports Interactive needs to improve upon. Those will come with time and future updates. But as it is, Football Manager 2020 is a solid entry in the series. It isn’t visionary, but its fresh approach and tweaks are enough to make it worth your time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 35
  2. Negative: 18 out of 35
  1. Nov 20, 2019
    10
    I have played Football manager since 2007. In my opinion, this game is the best verson of all FM games.
  2. Sep 9, 2020
    9
    An excellent entry in a beloved franchise. Flaws in the gameplay department can be excused for the general low specs necessary to run theAn excellent entry in a beloved franchise. Flaws in the gameplay department can be excused for the general low specs necessary to run the game, although the option for better graphics would be a welcome addition. The sheer amount of content is incredible, and Combined with the user base's custom databases gives an up to date experience. The issues with licensing can easily be fixed with some megapacks, and overall a solid addition to sink hundreds of hours into. Expand
  3. Jul 6, 2020
    8
    This is my first FM game.It can run on basically any PC and it has a lot of depth in it unlike fifa's career mode. It is nice to chose fromThis is my first FM game.It can run on basically any PC and it has a lot of depth in it unlike fifa's career mode. It is nice to chose from some many countrys to play in and some many clubs to play as.The graphics aren't the best but they don't need to be good for a game like Football Manager. If you like the strategic side of Football/soccer this game is a must buy. Expand
  4. Jan 1, 2020
    4
    Maybe SI will read this and want to understand why this has come about and how to improve this going forward. At this stage I highly doubt IMaybe SI will read this and want to understand why this has come about and how to improve this going forward. At this stage I highly doubt I will be making another purchase of Football Manager. I am saying this after playing this for nearly 20 years, year after year buying the game and supporting the studio as best as I can.

    My major gripes. They are ALL match engine related. Without being a pessimist here, or being too harsh - but this is the worst match engine I have seen from SI in many years. It's horrible. Really awful experience and all successful tactics are exploiting these through balls which are totally overpowered.

    1. Jesus - the amount of one on ones in this game is just out of this world.
    2. See point 1. Defenders are appalling. Absolutely trash defending, especially reacting and defending of long balls, through balls, rogue clearances that all become xavi/pirlo like through balls.
    3. The very odd occurance of my own player (Haaland) missing most of his one on ones. Yet the AI runs one on one twice and slots both away.
    4. My team has the most accurate shots on target ratio in the league. 54% of our shots are on target. We have been averaging 30-50 shots per game. Absolutely insane domination, insane shooting accuracy. We have insane amount of clear cut chances, mostly one on ones. There is literally nothing more I can do, when I have 25+ shots ON TARGET in a game - and players like Haaland or Cutrone are missing either one on ones or shots from 2 yards out. Then I lose the match 3-1 at home to a team who had 2 shots on target and scored with both. It is NOT my tactic. It is your game. I have run countless test saves now, with tactics from FMBASE, those reported to be the best tactics - and the issue remains.
    5. Players who are quick and have good dribbling are OVERPOWERED. They dribble past defenders and run on into the box. Then they won't even pass to open players just standing unmarked, nope. They will shoot from silly angles.
    6. Heading in this game is woeful. Woeful from defending positions and woeful from attacking positions. Rarely do you see headed goals from crosses. Most of the time their headers are going straight up and over.
    7. Did I mention defending? Yeh it doesn't exist in this version of the game. It is absolutely garbage. Might as well not have anyone defending at all.
    8. Slow - big and strong strikers are useless. It's all about having quick players.
    9. The game is now too heavily focused around Gegenpress. It just takes Liverpool and Klopp to do well with this for it to be suddenly overpowered. A few years ago it was Tiki Taka. The match engine needs to stop being altered to cater for whatever is in style tactically. We should be able to create our own styles. I for one had successful tactics on the workshop for years. My tactics are now garbage. The way I win now, is by being FORCED to exploit the engine's pressing/long balls and through balls. Still - even with that - I see games where I totally dominate, literally statistics are perfection - but the AI wins with just 2 shots. It doesn't make sense. If I have had 20+ shots on target and 14 one on ones. A few should go in right?? On the other side of the coin - I have had sides dominate me and I have scored with just a handful of shots. Most of the goals and chances I see on all the highlights of every round - are one on one chances. This as stated, needs to be fixed.

    Sorry for the rant, but I love this game and if we are not vocal about it, this game will die. I still think FM is one of the greatest games ever made - life would be a lot less enjoyable without it. I am grateful for its existence but without us fans, it wouldn't exist either.
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  5. Dec 18, 2019
    2
    The game engine is completely broken. On the forum of the game there are a lot of complaints, endless casts on horseback from defenders andThe game engine is completely broken. On the forum of the game there are a lot of complaints, endless casts on horseback from defenders and endless one-on-one exits. This game is not about football, but about ping pong Expand
  6. Jan 14, 2020
    1
    I'll make it straight and simple: this year the Match Engine is completely broken. SI knows it since Early Acces, but it apparently doesn'tI'll make it straight and simple: this year the Match Engine is completely broken. SI knows it since Early Acces, but it apparently doesn't care. 1V1 are always missed, no-one passes the ball to free team-mates (players always prefer to shoot from impossible angles), every long throw goes to the attackers.

    That's not football. That's not a "working game". It's already half January!!!!!!!!!

    They should be ashamed and the supposed "critics" should be even more. How is it possible that no critics at all revised all these problems? Just go to the SI blog to check out the anger from ppl who bought the game.
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  7. Feb 26, 2020
    0
    Football manager barely changes anything and republishes their game for full price. Greedy cheap basterds. The game database is great, but ifFootball manager barely changes anything and republishes their game for full price. Greedy cheap basterds. The game database is great, but if you play for long enough and understand the mechanics the game becomes easy to beat, because it requires little adaption to the opponent and the scouting system is easy to game. There is also always some game breaking problem, such as crossings working insanely well. Expand

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