- 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 (3,394 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
146 of 174 people (84%) found this review helpful
746.8 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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62 of 73 people (85%) found this review helpful
735.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
All of my manchester united players are fully fit and in the prime of their lives, still loses to leictester city 10/10 too realistic.
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55 of 75 people (73%) found this review helpful
2,501.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 13
eh, was alright
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45 of 64 people (70%) found this review helpful
1,257.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
this game made lose my girlfriend
but thats alright argh sucha great game to
perfect
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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
148.7 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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21 of 32 people (66%) found this review helpful
252.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 25
This game is like smoking you try it once and then you cant stop. You will always want to play one more match or get to the next transfer window. Great game 10/10.
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
110.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
The game is as gripping and addictive as ever, the database with its huge number of leagues, clubs and players gives you an unlimited playing time and leading your fav club to glory feels good man. However, I REALLY wish that instead of adding some superfluous and sometimes downright irritating "features" (like press nagging you with the same pointless questions all the time) with each iteration, they'd finally fix the same dumb stuff that's there from the beginning and doesn't want to go away. Transfer market making no sense, completely impossible stuff happening in the match engine, your goalkeepers always conceding and being the worst rated players in your team because AI can't create enough goalscoring chances so they need to score from what they get, etc. - we all know it, you know it, fix it. Also, if you can't make a new feature work, then don't add it just for the sake of it being there, like for example contract negotiations, where a 33 yo player demands a huge pay rise and won't sign a 1 year contract extension without getting one... And, typically for the series, the game has its own quirks even after the patching, this time it's stuff like hitting posts and bar 3-4 times each game.

All in all, thumbs up for this game being a huge life stealer as per usual, but thumbs down for the clearly visible stagnation of the series.
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11 of 15 people (73%) found this review helpful
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Never played any other football manager game prior to this one, but from playing this one, at first i found it hard to get into, but then i started to really like the game, i belive i will be buying the next one! lots to do on this game.... 9/10 from me, if you like football, and like making choices, this game is for you!
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,279.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Just one more match...
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
75.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
Pros: The Most addictive, fun and intelligent game you'll play, also extremelly realistic to the point it is used by coaches.

Cons: And this is a big one, they don't make it clear or easy to select Cloud saving, and it isnt by default. Unless you read this you might end up regrettig that. When my HDD died, I lost 76hours of gameplay, as I didnt even know that cloud saving was optional, I thought it was by default like in most other games.
And thats a terrible thing to happen after so much work in this game.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
491.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
I had a wife once, this game quickly relieved me of that particular hinderance. I didn't even notice the breakdown of the relationship, one minute I was married and managing Stockport County, the next I was single and being offered the Nottingham Forest job, RESULT!!!

Free youself, buy this game
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
115.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
The game is great for anyone who wants to play football manager simulation games. You have to play many hours to understand the mechanics of the game and succeed. It is the best game of its category.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1,398.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
For any football nut with the perfect balance of depth and ease-of-access.

Perennial 9/10.
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
1,523.0 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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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1,644.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Most addiciting game ever. And its a good thing. Well mostly....
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
655.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 23
This game is a work of art and definitely worth the money. Also the level of depth in this game is incredible! The “Goal” of this game is stay with a club long enough to have them pick up your son and eventually watch him become a world star soccer player. This game can be easy beat if you just pick a top team and play from there. But if you're looking to make this game a challenge try starting with a lower league or unemployed. After reading some reviews about this game a lot of people seem to be having trouble mid season when they seem to start losing games to the AI a lot more. I simply fixed this by fully training out three tactics that are based on attacking and having a third tactic based on a great defense. Constantly switching between the two attacking tactics and using the third tactic when I had a solid lead will help when the AI adapts to your tactics. Also try to keep the max amount of coaches at time to maximize your training. With a little luck, a lot of time, and some tactical awareness you can dominate this game. Good luck!
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16 of 29 people (55%) found this review helpful
39.3 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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19 of 35 people (54%) found this review helpful
3,325.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
162.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
That is a fun game for Football lovers! I love it! <3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
130.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
I've been playing Football Manager since it was Championship Manager in the early '90s. Always a good a game, always addictive!
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