Having loved this series of games since it`s inception, Championship Manager then becoming Football Manager have given me endless hours of pleasure, satisfaction and enjoyment.
Having said that i`m now becoming a little disillusioned with this series and where it`s going. As it now feels to me that the game is now just geared to make it virtually impossible to have a long and productive career at less than one or two clubs.
You spend hours working on tactics only for the game to seemingly counteract them within a matter of weeks. Match Instructions seem to have no visable bearing on a match and the morale of your players drops like a stone after 1-2 defeats, but takes many matches to regain.
Once the morale of your players is lost then it`s more than likely a trip to the job centre soon after that as this seems to mean they forget how to play football.
I mean Manchester United losing to Burton Albion 4-0 in a cup game! what does that tell you? ( YES I KNOW UTD ARE HAVING A BAD RUN BUT SERIOUSLY )..
It`s very hard to get your point across to a chairman/club owner to keep the faith in you as your building a completely new team or bringing youngsters through for later years. Everything is rushed and you can be sacked from a club in as little as 10 weeks if you find it tough going from day 1.
You may think starting at the bottom and working your way up is the way to go?
Believe me that is the way i`ve always played Football Manager and the lower clubs may be a bit more patient with you but you will get sacked as soon as your players morale turns them into brain dead zombies.
I really feel that S.I had no idea how to set different levels of difficulty into FM to make it more of a challenge to experianced players and easier for new players to pick up and learn. This has resulted in a game that just basicly became virtually impossible to do well at over a long period of time.
A game i love with all my heart that has given me so much pleasure is becoming a mainstream pile of corporate garbage. There`s no love there, it`s just about volume of sales and nothing else. I so want this to be the game i love but it`s fast becoming same old same old..
The football rival to C.O.D where every year hardly anything changes but a new skin slightly changed graphics and same old bugs, unfinished product on launch and now the game intent on destroying the tactical part of the experiance.
Could be seeing the end of an ERA with this series unless something changes, i personaly think it may have even started by now if this game had a serious/decent rival to push it..
As of now there is nothing to touch or come close to this game so on that respect it`s a must buy hence i`ve given it a recommended purchase. My own personal choice would be FM2012 but if you do buy Fm2014!
I`ll warn you now .." It will frustrate the life out of you "