- Play it whenever, wherever, however Play on Linux for the first time, plus the inclusion of ‘cloud-save’ technology which means that managers can now pursue a single career from any computer, anywhere in the world.
User reviews: Very Positive (3,288 reviews)
Release Date: Oct 30, 2013

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About This Game

- Play it whenever, wherever, however
Play on Linux for the first time, plus the inclusion of ‘cloud-save’ technology which means that managers can now pursue a single career from any computer, anywhere in the world. FM14 also includes integration with Steam Workshop making it easy for managers to create and share customised FM content such as photo/logo packs, new and custom competitions and tailor-made challenges using the new Challenge Editor.

- Improved Match Engine
The 3D Match Engine has seen extensive improvements, including enhanced AI, improved lighting and player animation, individual player character and kit models, more realistic player reaction to on-field incidents and a range of optimisations which combine to make this the best looking and fastest FM Match Engine yet.

- Tactical overhaul
There has been a complete redesign of how tactics are created, selected and implemented with player roles and team strategies becoming even more prominent, definable roles for players for multiple positions, new player roles and instructions and improvements to rival managers' AI so that they’ll adapt their tactics more readily over time.

- More realistic transfers and contracts
FM 2014 features a revamped transfer module where opposing clubs and managers adopt a more realistic approach when making or responding to transfer offers. In addition, a number of new ‘real world’ transfer clauses have been added, such as the facility to loan a player back to the club he’s just been bought from and the option to offer a combination of cash and loan players, as well as new contract clauses such as a sub bench appearance fee. On top of this, the old ‘turn-based’ system of transfer negotiations can now be done two ways, the tried and tested system and a new ‘live’ system, similar to that used in FM’s contract negotiations.

- More sophisticated board interaction
Contract negotiations are more realistic in FM 2014, as managers and boards can now make demands and lay down their respective visions for the club in both initial job interviews and contract renewal discussions. Managers can also attempt to renegotiate transfer and wage budgets as a reward for staying loyal if they’ve been offered a job by another club, with the outcome helping aid their decision on whether to move or not.

- Improved interaction with players, staff and media
There is now better interaction between players, managers, their rivals and the media; for example, members of the coaching staff now offer feedback on how reserve and youth team players are performing. Managers can also ask key players to have a word with unhappy squad members, while the introduction of an end-of-season meeting allows the manager to let the squad know how they have performed and set targets for the coming season.

- News system
The news system has been overhauled so managers can now deal with many club matters directly from their inbox. In addition, news is now colour-coded, based on category, and contains more detail – for example, scout reports now appear as a single news item with a top-line report on all players scouted and the facility to shortlist or make an offer for each of these players.

- Enhanced user interface
Major changes have been made to FM 2014’s user interface. Key areas have been redesigned – including the training overview page, the transfer centre and the news homepage – while widespread changes have been made across the game’s user interface. The language employed throughout the game has also enjoyed a major overhaul and now corresponds more closely to the language of real world football.

- Football Manager Classic evolved
Managers can now choose more than three playable nations in Classic mode for a more immersive experience. In addition, FM’s ‘fast play’ mode now includes Transfer Deadline Day, a Match Plan wizard and new unlockables.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core AMD, Athlon. Windows XP: 1.6GHz+, Windows Vista/7/8: 2.2GHz+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce FX 5900 Ultra, ATI Radeon 9800, Intel GMA X3100: 128MB VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8
    • Processor: Intel Core 1.8GHz+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 7300 GT, ATI Radeon X1600, Intel GMA X3100: 128MB VRAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL 2.0 compliant
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Linux
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core AMD Athlon: 1.8GHz+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 7300 GT, AMD Radeon HD 2400 Pro, Intel HD 3000/4000: 128MB VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: OpenGL 2.0 compliant
Helpful customer reviews
57 of 61 people (93%) found this review helpful
703.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
10/10. My wife and child have not received child support payments from me in months, and the dog has died. In an act of love for SI games I have recently burned my PhD and danced in the ashes while saying a prayer in Latin to the developers. Currently their are 8 missing person reports out for me, and I have been evicted from my house, but it no longer matters to me so long as I get my fix. Recently I have had to sell my body for food. Before I did this, I of course ate the dog, because I have dignity. I would recommend this game to everyone.
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
2,501.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
eh, was alright
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
602.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
All of my manchester united players are fully fit and in their prime of their lives, still loses to leictester city 10/10 too realistic.
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
147.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
An improvement on FM 13, with new player instructions, roles, etc. The tactical instruction overhaul is a welcome change as well. The match engine is an improvement, with players capable of flowing passing moves leading to goals. An unfortunate issue is that there's far too much shooting from tight angles, even when a player has several team mates awaiting a pass inside the area. The overhit corners is also problematic with the "he certainly didn't mean that" plays which results in the ball hitting the crossbar, or in some cases, dropping behind the keeper.

A good evolution on FM 13, barring the above mentioned bugs, which hopefully will be addressed for the full release of FM 15, if they haven't been tweaked already.

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14 of 25 people (56%) found this review helpful
25.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Football Manager 2014 (FM14) is the latest story-driven action-oriented isometic-RPG with third-person shooter elements from the most acclaimed (and long lasting) franchise since the Jurassic Era developed by Bioware and published by Activison Blizzard.

Nothing is more satisfying than seeing chavs and neds (if yar a scootash fanny) gathering in masses as if is a sabbath since the fifth coming of our lord and saviour Jesus Christ, in what can be described as the coliseum games from the medieval times. Or for something more up-to-date for hip kids nowadays: the Hunger Games™. In a nutshell, watching two soccer teams of eleven Neanderthal men fighting for a round ball. I still do not understand the incentive behind it even to this day, but who am I to judge? I am not a philosoph.

To be frank, FM14 literally grabs you by the crotch right from the start. Just the moment you start a New Game, you can upload your own face into the game for that intimate immersion. You can now easily upload your Snapchat or Instagram pics from last night as your avatar. In my case, I uploaded my pic of my hairy ♥♥♥♥♥♥ as my avatar and named myself “Mr. Perturbed Masturbator”. That is role-playing at its finest.

As a manager, you have to manage your squad of eleven best players and other redundant ones no one ever heard of in seasonal matches in a league of extraordinary gentlemen founded by Alan Moore. In fact, ‘players’ is only a term coined by Bioware to be politically correct by modern standard, where in fact they are actually slaves working for you. FM14 allows you to buy or even sell these slaves for profit which for any exploiter or patronist is a dream come true. It is the only game and one of the few sports in the world where slavery is still legal in 2014, and no wonder the franchise sells so well every year. God bless ‘murica. (Disclaimer: sadly, the game forces you to pay them a wage, but I always set it at £0.05/h as punishment for breathing my oxygen. Thankfully, they never seem to ask for food, so I never give them any anyway)

The gameplay is so meticulously streamlined that anyone can pick it up and play it without any hassle from reading guides and tutorials – even a kid. See, that is why it is rated as PEGI +3.The gameplay boils down to staring blankly at numbers and figures on screen that make no sense (trust me, I am a Statistician) and spamming the ‘Continue’ button, which activates this unique time travel mechanism (Doctor Who theme tune plays in the background) which sends you in time by 24 hours at most. This is the first game to feature a time travel concept. And of course, you can also travel back in time using "Load Save" (this time 'Ghostbusters' plays as theme tune) in case you lose a match, so you can always go back and do it as many times as you want until you win. In my game, I'm in year 2241 and have not lost a match ever since thanks to my time travel capabilities. It is kind of like Doctor Who, because I feel like a time lord. But less bent.

The story is by far the most amazing thing I have ever seen. The character development is stunning. Here is one of my case studies. You buy this Jew slave, plays well the first few months (Get it in, son!), so you decide to have a private chat with him. You tell him that is he is the best player the club has ever had and in return he blantely tells you that you offended him and requests to leave the club. And such plot twists are freqeunt and yet so unpredictable, it is satisfying at the very least. Better character development and story than Bungie’s Destiny, I must admit. Furthermore, this year's FM finally allows you to reenact historical events from soccer history, such as when Alex Ferguson threw his shoe onto David Beckham's head in the changing room. I personally love simulating that with my squad at half-time to show them who the boss is. I have a wardrobe full of shoes waiting to be thrown at them. Each hit gives me +5 exp, so I always wait for my Prestige level.

Running on the latest licensed CryEngine, the Match Engine has never been so realistic. The careful detail and good use of the DirectX 12 on the slaves’ models is outstanding -- you will never see such perfectly round and anti-aliased circles running around on the screen in your life as if they were lice lurking around. Everything visually is almost like you cannot distinguish between real life and a game. It is quite graphically demanding though, so I advice you to tape three Nvidia Titan cards around to maintain a consistent 60fps. And I ♥♥♥♥ you not that the pitch's grass is in this game is green!

The soundtrack is another high point, boasting with high profile artists like the current X-Factor winner who is secretly your next door neighbour who you want to get laid, One Demention (newly formed band after 1D split up), Skrillex and many others. For old timers, it also features music from Black Sabbath's 'Back in Black' album and their US hit single, 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. DMX is my personal favourite from the soundtrack because it brings the hardcore black person inside me at night.

Ultimately, one of the high points of the game is seeing your team score that magical goal. To describe the experience, it is similar to pulling your pants down and simply jacking off. Let me warn you, your palm will undoubtedly be red and your right bicep harder than your exam on trigonometry.

Regardless, there are so many features in this year’s FM that even I do not even know if there are in the game after all. Bioware claim in their YouTube videos that they add about 1000 new features every year, but I can only see about three noticeable ones. But I trust Bioware, especially after the record breaking BAFTA award-winning ‘Best Ending to a Video Game’ in Mass Erect 3.

But FM14 does lack in some aspects after all. For starters, the lack of female support characters is disappointing. This is rather plain sexist and the game does need to promote equality between genders. But as Ubisoft pointed out in their recent Assassin’s Creed: Unity (cannot spell it without the ♥♥♥) controversy, it is very challenging and not cost effective to program and implement realistic boob physics. After all, a female’s body is a very complex matter which shy men do not want to tackle (Ha, get it? Because soccer). On a similar note, being a Bioware game, the omission of diverse LGBT characters is shocking. No hardcore Bioware fan buys their games for the story and gameplay, but for the LGBT romances. However, I do think that out of the twenty or so slaves under my command, I am highly confident that more than a half of them are homosexual, which is nothing wrong in a game featuring male characters. If in doubt, the game does allow you to ask your Assistant Manager.

Since FM began in 1914, just after the First World War started and still during the glory days of the Jurassic era, you would expect that after 100 years they would implement features where you, as the manager, would be able to do something with your own salary by now - like spending it all on crazy night outs with your mates. What am I supposed to do with my ten gazillion Zimbabwe dollars per week? For the next FM iteration, I would like to be able to spend my highly grossed salary on a gigantic mansion, sporty cars made in China and, lastly but no least, screw my wife on a daily basis after breakfast and dinner to get my confidence up after my team loses a match. Funnily enough, the positions I try on her are a good way to practice my positions I employ for my squad before each match at training – which is something FM14 does allow you to do flawlessly.

Another complaint is Messi. He wins every single seasonal award and never wants to retire even when he is 80-year old. What the hell?

Lastly, I think the franchise should be renamed Soccer Manager so 'muricans can understand what this is.

In conclusion, FM14 is alright.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
29.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I have not played a football manager game since premier manager on the first Playstation, I am currenly on a final warning at work for calling in sick to play this game, I have forgotten what a shower is and I have been diagnosed with an eating disorder as I have skipped meals, so all in all this is a fantastic game, now ive written this pointless review I shall carry on my season
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
313.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
It's a great tool to forget and disregard all your resposabilities.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
605.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Great game. Really enjoyed but only because i skipped 2013 FM, so it felt really different from FM 12 to FM 14 but all in all a great game. Very fun and addictive. Will continue playing it till FM 15 January patch comes out and see reviews if it has improved the game, so till then, more FM 14 :)
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1,476.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
A loving simulation of the game we all know and love solo, a tool to end friendships (and social lives) if you happen to have friends willing to put in the hours to play with you.

10/10 forgot what the sun looked like
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9 of 17 people (53%) found this review helpful
200.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 3
Struggled to get into it
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
1,070.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
God, I love this game.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
189.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 17
best fm ever!!!
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
874.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
Football Manager is quite simply the best out there, having ruthlessly destroyed all competition in a Man Utd in the 90s sort of a way.

However, I'm afraid this game has gone from bad to worse over the last decade as it just simply isn't fun anymore. Realism over gameplay is the ultimate criticism of this game, but to be frank it should be mundanity over enjoyment. The sheer random nature of some games is almost impossible to fathom - sure that's football right? Yes, but it's too regular. Training is a major turn off as our the bizarre agent AI's.

I now long for days gone by where Championship Manager (as was) was about taking your team, with a simple combination of tactics and good players to the top of the pile and dominating. Now the game takes so long to play and glean the slightest bit of satisfaction from that it is nigh on impossible to enjoy.

In short, FIFA became better with the challenge of PES. Football Manager needs a true rival out there. Since the demise of games such as Ultimate Soccer Manager, Premier Manager, LMA Manager, The Manager and even the doomed Championship Manager franchise Football Manager has become increasingly lazy in it's development.

To be honest, I won't buy another one of these games until there are some genuine new additions as this has in essence been the same game since about 2009 and I've continued buying them out of hope rather than expectation.
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
79.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 29
lots of spreadsheets and pie charts
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
897.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Great game to say ive played this for far more than i should've is an understatement. If you enjoy football then this is the game for you honestly. Absolute bargain too
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
1,109.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 6
Not a bad game could do with a bit more interaction features with the team its self and the side of things. Love the game overall though but the only thing I would suggest is more targets to reach for a high reputation teams.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
2,076.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
They made a whole documentary for this so it doesn't really require any additional commentary except 2000 hours into this it's still god damn fun.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
110.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 20
Great game, very detailed. This is my first fm so I can't compare to old ones.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
645.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
ไม่เคยทำให้ผิดหวัง ผมซื้อเกือบทุกภาค ติดตามตั้งแต่ สมัยยังเป็น CM อยู่ นี่คือเกมส์คุมทีมฟุตบอลที่ดีที่สุดอย่างไม่ต้องสงสัย ข้อเสียเพียงอย่างเดียวของเกมส์นี้คือ เสียตังบ่อย ออกทุกปี นอกนั้น เยี่ยมที่สุดแล้ว

9.5/10 สำหรับผม
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