Take on the role of manager and lead one of the pro cycling circuit's 75 teams. Join an outstanding 2014 season with more than 200 competitions across 550 stages including the prestigious Tour de France.
User reviews: Mixed (125 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 19, 2014
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BEHIND EVERY GREAT TEAM IS A GREAT MANAGER

Take on the role of manager and lead one of the pro cycling circuit's 75 teams. Join an outstanding 2014 season with more than 200 competitions across 550 stages including the prestigious Tour de France.

Manage your pro team and plan your season, including recruitment, contracts, sponsorship and training! Choose the best strategy to win during races.

Enhanced graphics, new management features out of the race (equipment R&D, financial management and improved relationships with sponsors), a dynamic transfer market, realistic injuries system, a whole new intuitive interface and richer racing gameplay (consecutive orders, race tactics) are on the menu of this ultra-complete 2014 edition!

In solo, or in multiplayer played with managers around the world, Pro Cycling Manager will delight all cycling and sports simulations lovers.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.2 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 AND SHADERS 3.0 COMPATIBLE NVIDIA GEFORCE 7900/ATI RADEON X1600/INTEL HD 2000
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR GAME ACTIVATION AND ONLINE GAMING
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP SP3/WINDOWS VISTA SP2/WINDOWS 7/WINDOWS 8
    • Processor: AMD/INTEL DUAL-CORE 2.6 GHZ
    • Memory: 2048 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB 100% DIRECTX 9 AND SHADERS 3.0 COMPATIBLE NVIDIA GEFORCE 8600GT/ATI RADEON X1900 OR HIGHER
    • Hard Drive: 11 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DIRECTX 9 COMPATIBLE
    • Additional Notes: INTERNET CONNECTION REQUIRED FOR THE GAME ACTIVATION AND THE ONLINE GAMING
Helpful customer reviews
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
168.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 15
This could be a very good game. Graphically it is an improvement on PCM13. BUT I have never come across a more fragile game. The problems begin when you want to play through a 3D race. There appears to be a 50% chance that the game crash before you get race (if you click on the mouse while the race is initialising then it crashes almost every time). Once you manage to get into race everything is fine, but as soon as you get to the podiums more often than not it will crash at that point. AVOID. If you choose to buy this game expect to run through a needlessly long game boot sequence far to often.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 10
game crashes way to often, really irritating and kind of takes the fun out of an otherwise great game
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38.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
First of all would not have thought i would like this game.
But just the suspense at the final 30km in the race keeps me wanting to do 1 more race.

Pros

* Graphics
* Gameplay
* Community to help with name and team database.
* Length to finish just 1 year

Cons

* Online (Theres either not many people on or i dc pretty quickly)
* I'm a casual player and easy isn't that easy.


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132 of 155 people (85%) found this review helpful
63.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Improved since last year? Ohh yes :D

- The menus are much better now.
- Riders orders in races have improved alot.
- You can even set the riders to auto so they follow a strategy that you can setup before and under the race. (sprint for mountain/sprints/stage victory or defend leaders jersey etc.)
- Realistic equiptment sponsors thats allow you to determin the R&D in their frame and wheels!! Riding them in races will speed up the testing process, like in real life :D
- Price money is back in a minor scale.

Generally I have the last couple of year been alittle disapointed in the improvements of PCM and the pricing for that upgrade wasnt worth it, but I can tell you, this year it is.

You have done a great job this year Cyanside! :-)

9/10

Note: The general gameplay is much as you know it, but I think all the small improvements they made in this years edition, makes it proberly one of the most realistic and best PCM I have ever played..

Note: Played them all :-)


UPDATED 28/6 2014 ----------------------------- BELOW ----------------------------------

Now the time have come to liste some of the bad stuff I have experienced lately.
- Click on rider with the mouse in races, does not always work. Sometimes you have to use the keyboard back/forward key or use multiple clicks around, before it works..
- Making a train with your sprinter in the last position, is a pain in the ♥♥♥. Its always the sprinter that gets dropped and none of the other riders in the train.. Wierd..
- No more race-reports after a simulated race. Did the riders do, what I ordered them too? I have no idea.. Only a result list to look at.
- Few rider crashes. No point in keeping your leader in the front of the pack, if mass crashes never happens/exits.

Now some good stuff.
- Stable game. Only got a failure a couple of time when loading a stage.. Nothing serius, as the game was loaded back in no time and game remembered the line-up for the race. (Remember to update drivers)
- Breakaways have a fair chance of getting a stage win.

As I wrote in the "first review", I still recommend the 2014 edition of PCM, but I must change the rating to 8/10 untill the "mouse clicking" / "sprinter train" mentioned above is fixed, hopefully in a patch in the near future.
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77 of 105 people (73%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Making an update to the review since I've been able to play the game more and see more details.

Below are my general feelings about the game.

Positive:
* Graphics are improved and quite good.
* Gameplay is nice.
* Different skill levels to make it easier for casual gamers.

Negative:
* Game crashes alot (Like around every second race - this is also reported by others)
* Major bug at August 2015 which makes the game crash. According to developer this means you have to start a new career once the bug fix is implemented in order to proceed. The bug fix has not been implemented yet( Ref: http://www.cyanide-studio.com/forumPCM/viewtopic.php?f=123&t=16550)
* The loading of races are really slow, even on quite decent computers.
* The sorting of players lacks several options to find the correct riders. For example tring to find the best riders without a contract at a certain age is from what I see really difficult to do.
* A bit difficult to find things like training, training progress etc until you are used to the game.
* For the games current state and in general, 39.99 EUR is very expensive.

Minor negative things:
* If you change screen resolution you have to manually exit the game, and then start up. Quite annoying when trying to find the correct resolution as this takes alot of time.
* The change of volume from minimum to maximum is done by holding down a minus button for a long long long time. This must be done for each of the 3 volume options from 100-0. It does not speed up while holding down the button. Instead of adding a slider and a mute button, it's only possible by holding down these buttons 1 by 1.

Conclusion:
I'de recommend the game if you are a hardcore cycling fan and can survive crashes and some annoyence. However if you haven't played any of the games before it might be worthwhile first to buy an earlier patched up version. In it's current state the game now is not in my opinion all completed. Still it's great fun to play the game when it's working. It might be worthwhile to buy an older cheaper version first to see if you like the game before you pay 39.99 EUR.
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49 of 64 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
I haven't played this series since PCM 2009, while I hardly remember some of the features from PCM2009, I can say with confidence that PCM 2014 has a few items that can draw the player into the game - but there are other items that will draw you away. For one let's highlight the positive mechanics that I found in the game:

Beautiful graphics
Relatively clean interface and menu
Somewhat of a comprehensive tutorial
Great in game commands
R&D feature was a step in the right direction

Some negatives:

Cluttered inbox, you'll get mail from a bunch of miscellaneous events that don't impact or pretain to your current game which I would just simply classify as spam
(Something minor which can be easily fixed by zero'ing off the "announcer/commentator under sound options) But the announcer sounds cheesy as hell, I don't even think ESPN announcers sound that bad.
If you haven't played PCM before, the tutorial might not be enough to properly introduce the game to you. There are many screens on the UI (not as bad as football manager!), it wil take some time to get used to it all.
A few minor graphical glitches during the race that don't impact the quality of the game (cars driving through the race formation, racers "ghosting" through each other)

It's hard to say what exactly needs patching as of right now, my first race was fine and I didn't encounter anything wild that needs to be addressed immediately. I would recommend this game to someone who is interested in cycling or management of cycling teams. would buy again 10/10.
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33 of 40 people (83%) found this review helpful
299.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
in its current state (version 1.1.0.1), it is not worth buying. ive only had a few hours of playtime, had several crashes, and have run into multiple bugs, one of them being that im completely locked out of multiplayer.
asking for support on their official forums if you dont speak french is also a completely pointless pursuit, since their staff does not speak enough english to provide assistance. case in point, i was told to "Please send your PCM14 to the technical support for investigation: support[at]focus-home.com", i still havent figured out if they want me to send them the client files, or whatever. on top of that, i was told this by a staffmember in their own technical support forums, which is where you're supposed to go for technical support.
there's several other gamebreaking issues i havent run into yet since i havent kept the game from crashing long enough.
buyer beware, do not buy this game yet, unless you really love cycling, and for everyone else. check the latest patch, if it hasnt been updated from 1.1.0.1. its unplayable.
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29 of 40 people (73%) found this review helpful
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
Here are the people who would like this game: those who adore European cycling industry and have a favorite rider and those who enjoy large-scale, ultri-micromanagement spreadsheet games.

This is like Madden's franchise mode... on crack.

Compared to last year, so far I've noticed that the problems with buildings spawning on roads seem to be resolved. Also, the graphical user interface has been upgraded, though sometimes the words end up hidden behind the buttons.

I really wish this game had multiple simulators -- a lightweight, a middleweight, and this heavyweight version. I have little interest in R&D and appeasing sponsors on a daily basis.

This is a simulation game where every day takes 10-15 minutes to check all the numbers and then move on to the next day. But all told, I still like it. But then again, I'm a big ol' nerd.
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21 of 31 people (68%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
At the current state I can't recommend this game, because it is full of bugs. When you go to play it as a management game, there are many points in the game which don't work properly. It seems that it is just developed and never been tested before. I played only two full seasons and came to a point where it was impossible to go on, because of a bug.

I had something to submit which was impossible to submit (endless loop with no way out). And I'm not the kind of person who stops playing as the first bug occurs. There were many before (small and big ones) and I went on playing.

I hope the next patches (if some come) will bring solutions and maybe the game is worth its money. Especially on Steam are so many alpha and pre alpha games which have far less bugs than this piece of ♥♥♥♥.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Does it worth 40 euros ?

NO

Usually i don't get emotional and write comments, reviews , etc... this is my first review.
But this game is a mess. And it's 40 euros.

Why?

1. It crashes . A lot : in menus , or before the 3D race, or... after the race. Take a pick.

2. Where is the SAVE button ?!? Because i think i need it , when the game is randomly crashing in menus / career mode. I've spend 45 minutes setting my team races , traing , etc... and boom . Crash to desktop. Did it save ? Well .. not everything. Do it again. Crash to desktop , in menus. Do it again. I have started a career 3 hours ago, and i didnt play one 3D race. NOT a single one, because i keep setting up stuff that gets lost during crashes.

3. Menus / Lists / Relational Lists : NOT user friendly. Do you want to see one rider objectives related to the squad objectives and/or sponsors objectives? Well...you can't ! Write it down, use a paper and a pen... or do a print screen , etc.
Do you want to set a sponsor objective to a specific rider , because you know...training depends on objectives...well, look it up in a drop down list. What's that race name ? You wrote it down , yes ?! Good... because the drop down list has some other filters, sucker ! Like UCI codes. What code does this race have ? You didnt write it down ?! Go back...

And more , and more like this.

IMHO , do not buy this game until it is properly patched and with UI redesigned . Go have some fun with 40 euros , dont buy this mess

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12 of 19 people (63%) found this review helpful
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 12
broken as broken can be. should not be allowed to sell this game as a finished product. Steam should take an act on this...
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
141.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 6
Do NOT buy this game if you hate starting all over again and again.

This game crashes a LOT. That is not a problem BC it has a autosave function. Well. Guess again. You cannot save yourself and if the game crashes during a day shift, you loose your autosave, so you need to start all over again.

The game itself is great. It's a good game with nice graphics, but as long as it crashes and looses the autosave, then it is not worth buying. Wait for a fix!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
143.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 17
Dear Forum readers and/or Developers,

I'm going to be very honest here:
- You brought another patch today, making clear that the follow problems in sprint are working now. They don't.
- You tell me the loading screens ar easier now. No, they aren't easier. The loading takes the same amount of time.
- You tell me the retired riders are not signing new contracts? Why does mister Jens Voigt sign a new contract when he's on retiring then?

Every patch you make, makes the game worse. The sentence a lot of people used while talking to me:

CYANIDE, FIX YOU ♥♥♥♥.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
I have been (trying to...) playing this game for a few weeks but this is hardly possible. It continuously stops, over and over again. It always asks to sent information to Cyanide after is stops, but I can't imagine Cyanide uses this info. This game is known for this problem since several years.

Though cycling is becoming more popular over the years (again) there should be market space for a good cycling game. To my opinion Cyanide need some competition and a close look at succesfull games like Football Manager.

This isn't worth your money !
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
70.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
Release is still bugged as hell (1.1.0.1). I believe it took 1-2 months to shoot out nasty ones.
Changes is nice comparing PCM 2013.
Without alternative still the best cycling video game.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
Before my actual review of the game, I would like to tell you about my background of the Pro Cycling Manager series. I started playing the game in 2004, with the release of Cycling Manager 4, a game that I still often return too. I have played everygame in the series, and have often been dissappointed, by the improvements in the yearly releases.

This year is different though, and i'll tell you why:

Interface:
The interface has been the same in the PCM series ever since I can remember, and even though the main menu in career mode, is basically the same. The prerace loading menu, has improved dramatically. Instead of showing you pointless information, they now give you a great overview of the main riders of every team, together with a list of the biggest favorites for the stage win. Massive improvement, probably the biggest.

Graphics:
I honestly don't care about the graphics that much, the graphics are what you expect from a game like this. Small improvements every year, but no revolution in graphics is to be expected.

AI:
The worst part about this game, and the most important part. Compared to previous editions I actually feel like there have been some massive improvements in the AI-field. Still getting in a breakway with a good rider, even though he is really far down in the overall-GC, is still practically impossible. I don't know if they consider him a threat for the GC. because of his stats, or if they are scared of losing the stage win.

My major annoyance with the game is the fact the counterattacking 9 times out of 10, doesn't seem to work.

Shortly: You are most likely only looking for this game, if you are a big fan of professional cycling (or if you are looking to buy a "joke" game to your friend). I would definetly recommend this game as despite of the great amount of bugs, it is still a great game, and defintely worth a buy during a sale.

My LetsPlay series: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-NKIKhWA5M&list=TL1LgeLlysvchxZHXshnptjgkvaExH4kkE
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 30
Extremely disappointing clone of 2013.
There are so many great things hidden in there, but accesiblity and enjoyment are not among them.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
14.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Probably the best game ever created
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
95.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
It is a fun and entertaining game, it does often take a very long time to load but I found out is that you need to wait about 5 minutes and it will load in. Also it can be slow sometimes but it still is a fun game. One annoying thing is that the riders don't have the right name, Chris Froome is Chris Vroome, and Bradley Wiggins is Bradley Waggons!
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4 of 8 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 1
Crashes and causes computer to freeze every time I try to play. The start of the stage I played seemed nice though.
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