CYCLING AT ITS PEAK WITH PRO CYCLING MANAGER!Become manager of one of 80 professional teams! Plunge into a 2013 season full of new features, and participate in over 180 competitions all around the world, including the spectacular 100th edition of the Tour de France.
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Mostly Positive (113 reviews) - 74% of the 113 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 20, 2013

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CYCLING AT ITS PEAK WITH PRO CYCLING MANAGER!
Become manager of one of 80 professional teams! Plunge into a 2013 season full of new features, and participate in over 180 competitions all around the world, including the spectacular 100th edition of the Tour de France.

Manage all the aspects of a pro team’s life: recruitment, riders’ management, contracts, equipment, finances, registration to competitions, new management of sponsors and objectives… and demonstrate all your tactical skills during the real time races!

Richer, more detailed scenery and landscapes, HD riders and new animations reflecting their current shape… never before the races will have looked this realistic and immersive. The game now features a better and more realistic AI, a new flexible user interface, as well as a new management system of satisfaction and shape of the riders.
In multiplayer, create custom competition with your friends, or face players from all around the world in a fascinating persistent online mode: collect rider cards to create your dream team, and shine in the official rankings!

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows XP SP3/Windows VISTA SP2/Windows 7/Windows 8
    • Processor: AMD/Intel dual-core 2.2 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB
    • Graphics: 256 MB 100% DirectX 9 and Shaders 3.0 compatible NVidia GEFORCE 7900/ATI RADEON X1600/Intel HD 2000
    • DirectX®: 9.0
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compatible
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Mostly Positive (113 reviews)
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trollinmctrollin
( 343.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Absolutely love this game. Still playing it in 2016
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AlterEgo45
( 46.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
To start, I'm a veteran sports management sim player who knew nothing at all about cycling when I bought this. The game looked good, and it is very good, I'm having a lot of fun with it. The races are great, they feel dynamic and there's a lot of strategy there (at least to a novice like me). The management part is not quite as good as the racing, but it is enjoyable.

The only downside to this game is that it has an absolutely God-awful interface. Whoever put that crap together needs to be replaced - I haven't seen anything like it since the 90's. You can't do ANYTHING in one screen. Setting goals for each rider, which you have to do every year, is a nightmare because from the screen you use to do this, you can't see the riders capabilites or details about the races. You have to click back and forth constantly or write stuff down. The whole game is like this. Things that you can click in one list can't be clicked in another, similar list. You can't set up custom views like you can in OOTP or FM. It's atrocious. The way the way the game presents stats and sets up tasks make PCM seem much harder than it really is, and probably put a lot of people off.

I don't know if more recent iterations are better in this regard - I hope so. If not, the devs need to hire some front end guys and really think about the design of their game. Because if they sort this out, this is an 'A' list quality management sim. It's unfair that this series gets such lukewarm feedback over an issue that could be sorted without too much effort.

All that said, the gameplay itself is so good that PCM 2013 is still worth it for $10.
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Mozart9200
( 6.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 29
It's slow and bloated and furthermore it crashes a lot!
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matthias321
( 368.8 hrs on record )
Posted: November 11, 2015
Works great
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Iceyy
( 4.0 hrs on record )
Posted: October 28, 2015
This is a great simulation game, but if you don't have any knowledge of ''Cycle Managing'' this game can be really difficult, but I think it's really worth trying out.

7/10
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Munchminion
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: September 8, 2015
If you like to cycle and think this game is for you think again, I though the same thing. at first I encountered 3 problems with the game start up had to seek help from steam, first was the start up not working then the game crashed in 3d games and also there isn't any help to tell you how to play the game, you cant really play the game its more watching the game.
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wherehaveibeen
( 150.0 hrs on record )
Posted: September 8, 2015
Just picked this up for less than £2. bargain, well worth it
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WestJet
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: September 6, 2015
Waste of money, Doesn't work and I have far above the requirements.
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Julatsa
( 5.8 hrs on record )
Posted: September 4, 2015
I love cycling and I tried really hard to like this game, but I just couldn't.

You have to constantly go backwards and forwards between different pages to figure even basic things out. For example, you want to set up the calender for each individual; you need to remember (or write down, so much paper on my desk) which races your sponsors want you to enter, what skills your cyclist has and what they mean (alot of the skills mean nothing unless you dig through other pages to find their meanings), what does your cyclist want to do.

It's just a constant back and forward to find things that may be important. In the end I gave up, this game is not meant for people who are fresh to the franchise.

I am going to try 2014 and see if thats any better.
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burgessjack95
( 2.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 8, 2015
2012 is so much better. 2013 keeps crashing after about a minute of playing. most of the riders have made up names
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Most Helpful Reviews  Overall
56 of 61 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
156.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 10, 2013
Having played previous Pro Cycling Manager games I was always going to buy the latest instalment. This year's edition improved on past years components and added a fair amount of new features.

The first thing I noticed was the new home screen at the beginning, not a huge difference but it looks nice and makes it easy to navigate and find game modes as such. Multiplayer (Armdada) has been improved as well; A track mode has been added (For Armada) and you can now play stage races with your own teams which was missing from last year's game. The career mode as well has been altered. This year if you are to build a custom team you have a virtually unlimited budget but your team's level (UCI World Tour, Pro Continental or Continental) is determined by how much you spend. You are also allowed unlimited reports on youth riders but this comes at a financial cost.

When you are into the career you will notice that there has been a change in how you receive money in the game. Usually you earn money from winning races in prize money however this year you get money from nailing targets your sponsors give you. This can be frustrating as they may give you tasks which are unrealistic. An example: I had a continental team and was asked to win Omloop Het Niewsblad. Not only did I have no strong classics riders, but I was facing up against Cancellara and Boonen and worst of all, I couldn't even get an entry into the event through a wild card! Even though you can ask to scale down these assignments to aim to achieve a top 10 ranking or so but the amount of money you gain is heavily cut.

In the actual races there has been a graphical overhaul, the shirt quality of the riders has been improved (you can make out the writing and sponsors easily) and there have many new items added (useful for stage building). Some licenses are missing (BMC shirt & Sky and OPQS names) however these can be addressed via the community made databases - the most notable and impressive one being from PCMdaily.

The in-game mechanics have also changed, breakaways are now more likely to stay away which makes the game more challenging and in some cases more realistic. It is still feasible to chase back an escape although it will require more man power and help from the rest of the peleton. In my opinion though, the best changes have been those to the animations and accelerations of the riders. In previous years riders would look the same no matter their speed. The new animations have made the game seem more realistic as you can see when other riders are struggling or putting in a higher effort. Also, the acceleration stat now does mean acceleration and will determine how quickly your sprinter or climber attacks.

Finally, I must add that this game is not really for non cycling fans who are are unaware of what lies beyond and before the Tour de France however a tutorial could address this problem.

TL;DR:

PROS
- Strong animations
- Graphical Overhaul
- Armada improved
- In game mechanics improved

CONS
- Career mode can be frustrating
- Still bugs in places
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40 of 46 people (87%) found this review helpful
Recommended
147.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 1, 2014
I recommend this under three conditions:
1) You are a cycling fan or bike racers.
2) You are looking for a casual game.
3) You enjoy strategy games.
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22 of 30 people (73%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
16.4 hrs on record
Posted: February 25, 2014
If your dream is to manage a cycling team this is the ♥♥♥♥. However if your not this still provides a gripping manager experinece especially when some cheeky riders refuse to do ♥♥♥♥. My god the stress is real. The 13 hours I spent manageing 'Duck Pro Cycling' were the most exciting and also terrifying experince of my life. This game is a true roller coaster ride of emotions.
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16 of 21 people (76%) found this review helpful
Recommended
264.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
Great Game for Cycling Fans. There is a really helpful online community. Not great if you do not understand road cycling.
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
Recommended
103.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 25, 2014
Don't worry If you do not have knowledge of cycling race and racers If you play this game you will be one of cycling fans.
it si not too complicated but you can enjoy quite enjoyable volume of strategy.
if you are a cycling fan you should buy it!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2015
This is a great simulation game, but if you don't have any knowledge of ''Cycle Managing'' this game can be really difficult, but I think it's really worth trying out.

7/10
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29 of 52 people (56%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: March 8, 2014
I bought this game on the basis of many other reviews recommending it for the game managing fanatics or die-hard cycling fans. I fall into the latter category. I've never played any management game so it was a steep learning curve trying to grasp the plethora of elements in PCM2013. As most games you would think there would be a tutorial mode, or some sort of introductory gameplay that eases you into each facet of the game one by one. There is none of that and you're literally dumped into an ocean of numbers. After investing many painstaking hours into career mode I still couldn't juggle all the variables it presented and left me quite frustrated. It has been said before, but the game is not targeted toward mainstream gamers and i feel even if you do perservere and climb past that very long and difficult learning curve, it isn't rewarding unless you truly are a fan of this particular genre and/or cycling.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
46.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
To start, I'm a veteran sports management sim player who knew nothing at all about cycling when I bought this. The game looked good, and it is very good, I'm having a lot of fun with it. The races are great, they feel dynamic and there's a lot of strategy there (at least to a novice like me). The management part is not quite as good as the racing, but it is enjoyable.

The only downside to this game is that it has an absolutely God-awful interface. Whoever put that crap together needs to be replaced - I haven't seen anything like it since the 90's. You can't do ANYTHING in one screen. Setting goals for each rider, which you have to do every year, is a nightmare because from the screen you use to do this, you can't see the riders capabilites or details about the races. You have to click back and forth constantly or write stuff down. The whole game is like this. Things that you can click in one list can't be clicked in another, similar list. You can't set up custom views like you can in OOTP or FM. It's atrocious. The way the way the game presents stats and sets up tasks make PCM seem much harder than it really is, and probably put a lot of people off.

I don't know if more recent iterations are better in this regard - I hope so. If not, the devs need to hire some front end guys and really think about the design of their game. Because if they sort this out, this is an 'A' list quality management sim. It's unfair that this series gets such lukewarm feedback over an issue that could be sorted without too much effort.

All that said, the gameplay itself is so good that PCM 2013 is still worth it for $10.
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6 of 9 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
216.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 21, 2013
Ignore the fools who dismiss it without even playing it.

It's got a reasonably detailed management part (which needs a lot of patience and micromanagement to fully enjoy) and a working knowledge of/enthusiasm for cycling racing. Picture a rougher-round-the-edges version of Football Manager, handling training, team and rider objectives and contracts etc. Then jump into the races (hundreds of different races in Career mode, most with real courses) in 3D and direct the riders - it's unusual and great; it's been described as a sports RTS.

Loads of different challenges, big teams with the better riders will push for the top positions in maybe the great classic one day races or the epic challenge of winning the overall in the bigger tours, smaller teams will fight for victory in minor races or just go for lesser objectives in big races (e.g. win one stage, wear the points or mountain jersey etc).

The game is supported by a superb community who produce great content and improve it no-end and help newcomers, as there are lots of aspects which need explanation!

Under-rated and brilliant. Just learn the basics of the sport first and perservere!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
86.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
I'm a big fan of cycling and the pcm series in general. I really like the improvements done on the financial aspect of career mode. If you're a fan of cycling or have any interest in managing a cycling team then this game will be a blast. It does have a bit of a learning curve, but I wouldn't concider it too much of a hastle. The only problem I've had is that the game tends to crash more frequently then one would expect, it's not a huge problem but it can get really annoying when you're almost at the end of a stage. Solid game, but I would only recommend to cycling fans.
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