Metascore
86

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 33
  2. Negative: 0 out of 33
  1. Nov 8, 2021
    95
    Football Manager 2022 is yet another improvement on the long-running series, one that brings the beautiful game to life more than ever before and recreates both the small and large moments that make the sport so engaging. The options are near limitless, and the game puts even more at your fingertips, from the Data Hub to improved staff meetings, all adding onto a revamped match engine. This is the closest Sports Interactive has come to perfection, with only small elements feeling aged and needing polishing.
  2. Nov 4, 2021
    95
    Football Manager 2022 is about as close to the real thing as you can get, with some nice improvements that make it the ultimate experience.
  3. Nov 4, 2021
    95
    Football Manager 2022 provides yet again a masterful experience full of new elements that keep on improving a near perfect videogame, which also becomes more and more demanding with each new entry.
  4. Dec 3, 2021
    90
    No single release from an annualized franchise revolutionizes the gameplay experience, but Football Manager 2022 delivers visual and mechanical improvements in multiple areas, making it the best series entry yet.
  5. Nov 17, 2021
    90
    Football Manager may be an annual release, but Sports Interactive continues to find ways to improve the best footy management sim out there. This is the installment to get back into the swing of things.
  6. Nov 12, 2021
    90
    All said and done though, Football Manager 2022 is unsurprisingly excellent.
  7. Nov 11, 2021
    90
    Football Manager 2022 is a great take on the most popular sport of the world. It provides ways for both casual and obsessive fans to get more involved with their favorite club or almost any other team they want. The new animation system changes the experience quite a lot, both visually and tactically. Some transfer action might feel a little unreal and the game still generates new players that sometimes make little sense. But this is a solid game with a lot of options and plenty of incredible moments.
  8. Nov 10, 2021
    90
    Football Manager 2022 is the kind of game that doesn’t really need to change. Even if there’s no revolution mechanics wise, many aspects show a finer attention to detail, and there are some new factors to consider. A more complete and more fun game, that every fan of the franchise is sure to enjoy.
  9. Nov 8, 2021
    90
    It's a must-play, the perfect next step for existing FM fanatics, and the ideal place to start if you've never dipped your toe in the deep end of management simulations. You'll be able to get started easily and stop playing after just one more game. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm off to lose 6-1 to Liverpool in a failed attempt to implement a Gegenpress at Reading FC.
  10. Nov 8, 2021
    90
    Football Manager 2022 brings the management experience to the next level. With the addition of the extensive transfer windows and the Data Hub, the game feels even more realistic and you want to keep playing it for as long as possible.
  11. Nov 5, 2021
    90
    Football Manager 22 is a spectacular title for soccer lovers and for fans of the saga. The new features fit perfectly, but it still has everything that has made it a world reference in terms of sports management videogames.
  12. Nov 4, 2021
    90
    How does one innovate in what is already the best sports management simulator of this generation? Sports Interactive knows the answer: with gradual improvements and small adjustments. This translates in the introduction of the Data Center, a welcomed addition for stats enthusiasts. But Football Manager 2022 doesn't reinvent the wheel, because it doesn't have to. It's a franchise that gets deeper and deeper for players who want a true simulation, and more and more accessible for newcomers.
  13. Nov 4, 2021
    90
    With more tools at your disposal than ever, this is a rich, realistic management simulation that delivers thrills both on and off the pitch.
  14. Nov 4, 2021
    90
    Football Manager 2022 is the kind of Football Manager game many would have dreamed of. It fixes almost every weakness in the team, and had us thinking “just one more match” long into the night…It’s the best approximation of the drama and passion of football yet, and it’s downright essential for football fans.
  15. 90
    Sports Interactive have done it again. The match engine roars into the modern era with significant and overdue AI tweaks, and whilst there are still some stale features the game feels deeper and easier to navigate than ever.
  16. Nov 9, 2021
    88
    Football Manager 2022 takes another step in the right direction to improve the simulation, and adds interesting features to make the experience even more enjoyable.
  17. Nov 4, 2021
    86
    Football Manager 2022 is a chapter of consolidation, which capitalizes on last year's revolution. Sports Interactive has worked hard to improve the game engine even more, with brilliant animations and a brand new AI, which has a strong impact on certain game situations, such as pressing and occupying half spaces. The introduction of the Data Hub and small changes to the interface makes Football Manager 2022 the umpteenth excellent chapter of the series, which for the occasion also lands on Xbox Game Pass.
  18. Nov 11, 2021
    85
    Football Manager 2022 manages to successfully represent the complexity of soccer, but at the same time, it offers an accessible experience that anyone can enjoy. Hardcore fans will be thankful for all the additions, and newcomers will feel welcomed.
  19. Nov 5, 2021
    85
    The veteran playmaker is still banging them in and deserves that new contract.
  20. Nov 4, 2021
    85
    The new data center and the new animation engine are really welcomed in Football Manager 2022.
  21. Nov 10, 2021
    83
    FM 2022 remains undisputedly the best choice for PC soccer management, but we are missing some groundbreaking innovations.
  22. Dec 2, 2021
    82
    Football Manager 2022 doesn't have any major breakthroughs, but some small fixes that fall into place give players a more comfortable experience. The game engine upgrade makes the match process unique, and the database and rules that are in line with reality is also the reason for players to buy this game.
  23. Nov 4, 2021
    82
    The feeling is that Sports Interactive wanted to perfect everything that was already working, trying to put a nice patch on what was wrong and postponing the innovations / revolutions to the post pandemic. It remains, however, the best football managerial simulation on the planet.
  24. Nov 15, 2021
    81
    Football Manager 2022 marks a slow transition to a better game, and the third and final version next year promises to be even more exciting. This is is as good as always, but the new elements are less than we would have liked.
  25. Nov 22, 2021
    80
    Don’t go into Football Manager 2022 hoping for great presentation or spectacular graphics, for you’re not gonna get it. No, this is more like „Looking at Excel Sheets: The Game“, but for what it is worth, it excels at that (pun very much intended). It’s complex, it’s slow, but if you find your way into it, it is also extremely satisfying once you get the hang of it.
  26. Nov 19, 2021
    80
    Football Manager 2022 is no exception to the rule established by its long line: rule without sharing. This is exactly what the Sports Interactive game will do this season, as much by the absence of competition as by an impeccable mastery of its subject, reinforced by new features more likely to improve playing comfort. The Covid has certainly played, but this edition still lacks major changes to mark the occasion. When it comes to being the indisputable owner of your Steam library, football fan, you know the answer.
  27. Nov 17, 2021
    80
    But each year should offer something slightly different. Partway through my Watford season, having somewhat steadied the ship and learnt more intricacies than I had in previous editions, I had the overwhelming urge to try something different. I began a new game, made myself unemployed, and got a job to start a root-and-branch revolution at Carlisle United; revamping the backroom staff as much as my miniscule budget would allow, building a squad around youth and poring over lesser known opponent’s stats in order to figure out the week’s gameplan. Plenty of other players would have taken a similar path in previous games, for sure. But I think that’s the point with Football Manager. And that it can still inspire different approaches from different players each year is impressive, even if it might not look hugely different on the surface.
  28. Nov 14, 2021
    80
    There's certainly no debate about whether Football Manager 2022 is worth the money, that's self-evident for a game that offers thousands of hours of gameplay, but you won't be missing out majorly if you continue with FM 2021.
  29. Nov 8, 2021
    80
    Football Manager 2022 is a good iterative step with the improvement of the matchday engine and the addition of the data hub. The data hub especially, as well as regular staff meetings, bring the franchise another step closer to the full management experience.
  30. Nov 5, 2021
    80
    All in all, Football Manager 2022 is another sublime sports simulation. It once again proves that you can enjoy football games without directly controlling the players. Its new additions add to an experience already brimming with depth, and the refinement of the gameplay style means that you’ll struggle not to lose yourself within Sports Interactive’s digital training ground. Its proficiency on even the oldest of hardware means there’s really no excuse not to dive in. This is Football Manager at its best, the virtual equivalent of a top-corner goal.
  31. Nov 5, 2021
    80
    Whether you’re taking West Ham to their deserved place at the top of the premier league, nervously preparing for the Bavarian Derby, or fighting bravely for scraps all the way down in the Vanarama leagues, Football Manager 2022 is a compelling simulation of what it’s like to actually manage a football club, with none of the risk of accidentally doing a Big Sam-esque gaffe. Still, if football and spreadsheets aren’t your bag, there’s nothing for you here.
  32. Nov 12, 2021
    75
    Football Manager 2022 passes for a small update of the 2021 opus, which remains a great gateway to the license for apprentice sports directors.
  33. Nov 4, 2021
    70
    Football Manager 2022 is a further step for the improvement of the series, which in terms of offer and managerial experience now seems saturated. The innovations compared to the previous edition are small and marginal, both in terms of content and improvements to the match engine.
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  1. Nov 4, 2021
    Football Manager 2022 ramps up the emphasis on the modernness of today's game. It's the most accurate, most joyfully compulsive entry yet. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. If like me you've been away for a while, or have never played FM before because your brain calcifies whenever someone says the word "football", then FM22 is definitely the version to try. As someone who came in relatively unversed in the series' recent history, I was surprised by how quickly I found myself poring over my rival's tackling statistics and trying to find a cheap yet quality replacement for my injured starting full-back. If the game can do that for old Barry Hattrick, then it can do the same for you.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
7.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 26 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 26
  2. Negative: 7 out of 26
  1. Nov 10, 2021
    10
    With improvements and new features like the staff meeting and the data hub, Football Manager 2022 is one of the best games overall andWith improvements and new features like the staff meeting and the data hub, Football Manager 2022 is one of the best games overall and managing a soccer club is more fun than ever. Full Review »
  2. Nov 19, 2021
    4
    Just a waste of time. So much of this game it turns out, is just a pointless waste of time. It is hard to explain without a wall of text. JustJust a waste of time. So much of this game it turns out, is just a pointless waste of time. It is hard to explain without a wall of text. Just trust me, a bunch of the stuff in the game is pointless busy work trying to hide the fact the game is actually really simple. Waste of money right now. Waste of money at full price. Full Review »
  3. Nov 16, 2021
    10
    Good game like other years.
    The gameplay is amazing and the data base is so big.