Football Manager 2015, the latest in the award-winning and record-breaking series, is coming to PC, Macintosh and Linux computers in November 2014. Football Manager is the most realistic, in-depth and immersive simulation of football management available, putting you in the hot-seat of almost any club in more than 50 countries across the...
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Release Date: Nov 2014

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October 23

BREAKING NEWS: The FM15 Beta is now Live!

Football Manager 2015, the latest in the award-winning and record-breaking series, is coming to PC, Macintosh and Linux computers in November 2014.

Football Manager is the most realistic, in-depth and immersive simulation of football management available, putting you in the hot-seat of almost any club in more than 50 countries across the world, including all of Europe’s biggest leagues.

Football Manager 2015 will allow you to live the life of a real football manager – you decide who plays and who sits on the bench, you're in total control of tactics, team-talks, substitutions and pitch-side instructions as you follow the match live with the acclaimed 3D match engine.

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October 8

Football Manager 2015 Features and Launch Date Announced!

SEGA and Sports Interactive are delighted to announce that Football Manager 2015 will hit the streets on November 7th 2014.
This latest release in the best-selling series will feature a huge number of improvements and enhancements over its predecessors, many of which have been designed to make the experience of managing a club more personal and customisable.

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About This Game

Football Manager 2015, the latest in the award-winning and record-breaking series, is coming to PC, Macintosh and Linux computers in November 2014.

Football Manager is the most realistic, in-depth and immersive simulation of football management available, putting you in the hot-seat of almost any club in more than 50 countries across the world, including all of Europe’s biggest leagues.

Football Manager 2015 will allow you to live the life of a real football manager – you decide who plays and who sits on the bench, you're in total control of tactics, team-talks, substitutions and pitch-side instructions as you follow the match live with the acclaimed 3D match engine.

Pre-order Football Manager 2015 now to enjoy access to a fully-playable ‘Beta’ version of the game roughly two weeks prior to the official release date.

Features:

Tracksuit Manager
You can now define your managerial style like never before, using the new manager points system to focus on coaching, scouting, youth development, man-management... or maybe a little of everything? What type of manager are you?

Matchday Experience
More than 2,000 new motion captured animations; new lighting, improved player models and ball physics add extra depth and realism to the 3D Match Engine. Plus, improved AI, individual player shouts, touchline team talks and other additions make this the closest simulation of a football match available!

New User Interface
A new look and feel to the user interface with a left-hand navigation bar makes management easier and more intuitive

Scouting Centre…
The new Scouting Centre integrates all areas of player recruitment. Plus you can set scouting assignments to find specific levels of player whether it be a first teamer, youngster or a direct player replacement.

More realistic player personalities…
Player’s personalities and characters replicate today’s football world where player power rules. Players are more vocal in the press and quicker to issue ultimatums if they’re unhappy.

Deeper media experience…
A wider variety of journalists with tabloid and broadsheet reporters developing more varied stories and building up rivalries through the media, plus brand new tunnel interviews before and after matches.

Classic Mode…
Updates to Classic Mode allow you more freedom when selecting nations, leagues and players in your gameworld. Plus, you can now skip pre-season (in first season), take control of player training, make more board requests and there are new unlockables, such as; ‘Dodgy lasagne’, Unsuspend player’ & ‘Lifetime player’

And much more..
Including Twitch TV support, Manager Timelines and improvements to Finances, Training and hundreds of other features.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: Intel Pentium 4, Intel Core, AMD Athlon - XP: 1.6GHz+ V/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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7, 10.8, 10.9
    • Processor: Intel Core 1.8GHz+
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GeForce 7300 GT, ATI Radeon X1600, Intel GMA X3100 - 128VRAM
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    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 OpenGL 2.0 compliant
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
204 of 241 people (85%) found this review helpful
129.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
ive bought this game for many years and think this might be my last. firstly im not keen on spending £30 a year on something that could be released as an update. the lack of competition in the manager genre has made SI very lazy, to the point where they make one or two small changes and market it as a new game. here are some of the points where my problems lie

-ridiculous injurys, in my first season there was not one point where i didnt have at least six players injured

-how many times in real football does a team make all its subs then a player gets injured and they finish the game with 10 men? well in FM about one in three games but amazingly never to the computer opponent

-its almost impossible to generate any momentum anymore in FM, you will be playing well then suddenly lose for no reason

-football has always been in the headlines for footballers astronomical wages, thank god its not like FM, youth players who have never made a first team appearance asking for 40k! agents of average players asking for 5mill in fees!

-instead of improving things like the ability to see how your players have performed in training during the week to help your decisions on who to play SI add 'tunnel interviews'?!? i can imagine the meeting at SI 'so what have the fans on the forums been asking for'
'well their all desperate for more press interviews in the game, they just dont feel theres enough'

as fans of the series we should treat SI like an alchoholic relative and not hand over money to them to continue their bad habits, in this case their bad habits being treating fans like cash-cows that they can just make sub-standard games for and rely on fan loyalty
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93 of 115 people (81%) found this review helpful
438.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
I've been a huge fan of FM going way back before the big split that led to Championship Manager and Football Manager.

Since I started this game, I've won the league once and the treble in another season. I'm in my fourth season.

So it's not like I'm whinging because I can't win.

But there is clearly something wrong with the matchday engine. The most succinct way I can put it is that it's like they've decided Brazil vs Germany from the last WC is commonplace.

I'll keep 8 straight clean sheets (or something like that) then get beaten by a promoted side 6-0, or 7-5!

What's more, I've noticed other games in the league finishing 8-6, and stuff like that.

Since I started counting, in three seasons I've seen goalkeepers chipped from the touchline or from inside the defending half 27 TIMES!!!

The game needs a lot of work. It's a winning franchise; so, all they need to do is fix it. But don't spend your money on it until they do. They have released a very dodgy product. I've never seen an FM release like it. Just makes the game seem ridiculous, even when you're winning. And that's not why people play this game, right?
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92 of 118 people (78%) found this review helpful
115.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Matchday engine is seriously bugged. Played 15 games, averaging about 8 goals a game, scoreline is usually 4-3 or 5-3 etc. Seriously unrealistic.

Furthermore, players get injured far far far too often. I had a couple of matches where I ran out of substitutes and finished the game with 9 men (5 players injured).

I seriously want my money back.
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61 of 84 people (73%) found this review helpful
343.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
It's another year and another Football Manager game. I will play it for countless hours again because I am addicted to this sort of game and I play FM because frankly, there is no alternative. Does this mean I will either recommend it or give it a good review? Once again, not this year. The lack of ability in SI to actually listen to the reviews of its customers is just awful. This is a company that has been excellent in the past at implimenting user ides. In the past few season such bugs as far too many injuries (they argue there are fewer than real life, blah, blah) and goal keepers who just let the ball in after catching it have been glaring issues, just to name two examples but I could go on like this for hours with things they just choose to ignore or tell us are not issues at all. The new user interface is just trash, especially the tactics screen and this does not seem to be getting addressed despite cries from the user base, once again. I don't really need to write a long list of things wrong with this game, just quickly browsing the review section here will show you what is sorely missing and what is over looked.

I want to love FM again, but it looks like they are just making too much money and only listening the fan boys on their main forums to care about the user base anymore.
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43 of 61 people (70%) found this review helpful
458.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
SI seriously need to listen to the players more. The match engine hasn't been good for years. Players are easily unsettled. If they don't play games due to injury, they want to leave for more football.

The new promises feature would have been amazing if you weren't forced into making promises. The game doesn't even allow you to keep some promises. I had a player wanting to go out on loan, I made th effort and he rejected all the loan offers. A month later he wants to leave.

The latest update was pointless in my opinion. The whole point of a Hotfix update is to address specific problems but all I have noticed is a couple match engine tweaks and the other obvious ones stated on the change list. There are still many problems in the game so they might has well have fixed them all and make one big update.

This game's not even been out a month yet and it's still not fixed. I'm just playing the game waiting for the next update and when it comes, I'm waiting for another update! The same thing happened with FM14, the game was only playable after the update in April and by that time, I got bored of the game. Please don't make us wait until April again for this game to be playable.
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39 of 57 people (68%) found this review helpful
125.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
please release a game that works; you spend each year just ‘updating’ - then charge us for it; stop taking our money for v. minor changes! Other games would be laughed at.

a few shocking points.
- gk's fly like reflexes? its insane!
- no ones ever fit?
- goal shy stirkers?
- Refs that never give fouls, EVER! One of my players was hacked 4 times in the box in the same move. even the most free willing ref would crumble to that! not that we can see anyway because the graphic are so rubbish!
- Man Utd NEVER lose?
- players just standing there with the ball turning in the spot? a year and you give us this, wow??
- wing backs that run past someone (overlap) then slow down to be overtaken again by defenders!?
- The whole game runs v.slow.
general animation is wack for the where we’re at in the world. - One (more) year and you offer us graphics and animation this bad? there not even an animation for shielding the ball!

Build a game on tactics, not buying a bunch of star players.
AND after all these years you’ve STILL not sorted training out LOL, this is where teams build there style of play!!

wow its good game but it very bad too!
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23 of 29 people (79%) found this review helpful
357.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
After 250 hours of game play, it's time for a review of FM15. I've been playing these games for a long time (since CM96-97 since you asked), and honestly, I think this one is the best yet. There were some early problems with the match engine, and the Inverted Wing Back role is still broken (he stays wide like a normal Wing Back), but the vast majority of the most glaring issues (high scoring games, regular goalkeeping errors, etc) have been fixed in SI's patches and in good time as well.

I thought the motion capture animations in the match engine would be a bit of a gimmick, but that has turned out to be a welcome addition to the game on an aesthetic level. It's by no means hyper-realistic to the point where you'd be unsure whether you're watching a match on TV or in FM, but it's a big step up from the hand drawn players of FM14. The realism (or lack of) isn't a deal breaker for me, all I want to see is a realistic simulation of a football match and in FM15, that's what we have for the most part.

If you watch the matches on 'Comprehensive' highlights or higher, then you can easily see your tactical decisions playing out in front of you as the game ebbs and flows, and for that, if nothing else, FM15 is the best edition of the Football Manager series so far. Setting up a tactic is fairly simple, although not fool proof, but like any simulation, it's easy to get in to, and difficult to master. One thing I have noticed though, having spent a lot of time talking to other players and reading some of the reviews here on Steam, is that this is not a game for players who want to just pick a match day squad and have a hands-off approach to management. You will succeed at FM if you make sensible tactical choices, always be mindful of balance in your roles/duties and don't use the same approach for every match you play. Every match will play out differently.

the most common complaints I've seen from others are regarding injuries and 'dominating' the game yet losing in the dying moments of the match.

For injuries, I don't have these problems as I make sure my players are fully fit. Use pre-season wisely, allow your players to ease into it after coming back from holiday, then train hard and play lots of friendlies. Once the season begins, lower the intensity of training and give them all individual set ups. It takes a while, but if you do this, your players will be much less prone to injury and will develop faster as well. There will be injuries of course, but I don't have anywhere near the issues others are having, and most of my injury problems are in-game due to my aggressive high pressing style.

On the domination side of things, I will say that more shots and possession does not mean dominance. Choose your battles wisely. If you're the bigger team, you can expect your opponent to sit back and hit you on the counter. Counter this yourself by playing patiently and forcing mistakes, your creative players will take care of the rest. I'm not an FM expert, but if you take these simple words of advice, then you will see for yourself how quickly things will turn around for your team.

The only thing I can't comment on yet is the AI's squad development in the long term as I haven't gone far enough into the game yet. In past FM's, this has been a problem, but I can already see less instances of the AI spending millions on a player only to let him rot in their reserve team.

As SI say themselves, "it'll never be perfect, it'll never be finished", so as long as you go into the game with that mindset, you'll get the most out of it.

I highly rcommend this game for anyone who watches football analytically or who thinks they could do a better job than their favourite team's manager.
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37 of 54 people (69%) found this review helpful
32.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 23
Instead of getting the core of the game right: tactics, match engine, we get yet another load of new press interactions that nobody cares about and even more dumb talks with players and teams. Sure you can get your assistants to do it but some players actually likes talkes to press and staff as long as it's not repetitive and actually has an impact? Nevertheless the real problem is with the match engine: results like 3 to 5 or 4 to 4 are common, the goalkeeper stays on his line for every cross and the movements the players make in the engine are laughable. The crowd looks like a bunch of inflatable dolls in the stand and just like previous x versions there is hardly any atmosphere in terms of sound from the crowds (where have the good old 'sack the boss' chants gone, or why can't the crowd whistle or boo at the ref?) For that crippled engine we get the amazing gift of hot dog stands outside the stadium? Wow, thanks for getting your priorities straight, SI. Last time I bought the game (since 98/99). Time for a decent competitor.
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35 of 54 people (65%) found this review helpful
20.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 24
I really want to like this game, but i just cant! Was a waste of £30 if im honest. Ridiculous scorelines, too many injuries, the referees are far to 'card happy' and they constantly give stupid penalties. The match engine is rubbish and abit predictable at times. The game is overcomplicated in certain areas.

Im forcing myself to play it due to the fact it cost £30 and thats £30 im not prepared to let go for nothing!
I just cannot recommend this game at all!!
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26 of 38 people (68%) found this review helpful
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
This has to be this worst FM for a long time. I can't seem to get into it like the others and match engine doesn't seem as good.

I've no idea why the devs felt the need to change the match engine again because they changed it in FM 14 and that was bugged on release as well but alot better than in this version. When players are running with the ball, it's as though they are running in thick mud cos they are so slow. Goalkeepers are broken, they can't seem to save anything.

The UI is bad as well, no idea why they felt the need to change it. Selecting your team line up now requires more clicks and takes longer cos of the changes.

I really hope the devs fix the issues but overall this game is a disappointment over previous FM games.
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24 of 36 people (67%) found this review helpful
91.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 28
Still very buggy and some of the player positioning in the match engine is just plain horrible. I would recommend waiting for them to patch this a bit more before shelling out your cash unless you are a complete football manager tragic like me.
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27 of 42 people (64%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
This game is really atrociously bad. Tactics are stupid, the players are stupid and what can you say about the match-engine.... is just action after reaction after reaction - ask your team to tackle a player hard - get sent off after 2 min - go 2 up - get 2 pegged back - then score 3- 2 - or go 2 down - peg 2 back - then lose 3-2 - teamtalk, press conferences - what's the point of it all... seriously - i want my money back - the last good FM was also the first one - 2005... 10 years of garbage and it's just keeps getting worse by every year - i will never buy FM again.
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20 of 31 people (65%) found this review helpful
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
Avoid Football Manager 2015... Until it is fixed.

Why?

-Too many goals conceded
-Ridiculous, crippling injuries
-Too many goals from crosses / corners
-Out of control player concerns

Okay let me start by saying I'm an huge FM fan, I've owned every single copy since the days of it's predecessor Championship Manager: so we're talking a decade and some, therefore its not natural for me to hate on a game i've always loved. However this game is awful- I have deleted it from my computer and won't be playing it again until it has been patched.

I bought Guardado a three star left mid for back up to Tadic- I gave him a backup squad member contract- after THREE premier league matches where he came on as a sub in two he began moaning. Tadic then got injured for 6 months (surprise surprise), it took Guardado 16 premier league matches as a starting player to get over it. BACK UP SQAUD MEMBER???

I was Southampton (decent top-half premier league side), I conceded 86 goals in 38 premier league games. I tried everything- defensive fullbacks, five at the back, two defensive midfielders, defensive setup, rigid approach, new defensive coaches etc etc etc. Nothing worked, I thought maybe it was a bug with my game... I restarted with Southampton, spent my entire transfer budget on my defense and yet again conceded 75+ goals in a single premier league campaign.


AVOID AVOID AVOID
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19 of 30 people (63%) found this review helpful
16.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 1
First of all i'd like to say i've been a football manager fan for many years now dating back to the late nineties and the good old days of championship manager. I haven't played much of the game thus far so this mini review is based on my early experiences.
I was looking forward to this years release, hoping it would be a massive improvement on last years title. Unfortunatly this isn't the case. All the things i hated about FM14 are still very much present in FM15 and much more.

Personally when i play the game i like to take control of a small team and work my way up the career ladder, rather than taking control over a ready made team such as Barcelona or Real Madrid for example.
Now i understand when playing in the lower leagues the game difficulty is increased and as the player you need to be more mind full of this.
The the fact of the matter is in FM15 it is impossible to build a team from scratch, unless of course you cheat or have a ridiculous amount of spare time( and no i dont want to play classic mode). Player wages and contract renewals are a joke, the demands of players at the lower league level are just unfair resulting in the player leaving on a free and subsequently joining another team at the same level but for lower wages it honestly has me pulling my hair out at times.

Players would also choose retirement form football all together over playing for a small team on low wages, surley a footballer would want to get his career back on track and get himself in the shop window. Everyone's a winner the club could get some much needed investment through a big transfer sale and the player is back playing pro football.

I mean C'mon whats the point? Just so the game can make room for the thousands of pointless 15 year old regens(doesn't include under 18 squads) that will never play a competive match.....ever! Not that you'll know how good they are anyway seen as scouting takes FOREVER! and when they do return with a report the attributes are all ranged for instance pace could be between 8 and 15.
Now in theroy i do like this idea it makes sense and encourages the player to make the most of the scouts at his or her disposal.
In pratice it sucks big time to many numbers wedged into a small box, not a good design and again just adds to the confusion, with that in mind i recommend ticking the "dissable attribute masking" box upon starting a new game. You will still find ways to utilise the scouts.

The match engine once again is so so poor, trust me i'm not being over critical just honest, but if you like seeing burger vans outside the staduim you'll probably love it even if you are losing 6-0 and every goal has contradicted your tactics in every possible way, a tactic i might add that you spent hours on before hand.
Tactics have become confusing how on earth FM can attract new players to the franchise is beyond me. The game offers no help whatsoever to the first time player and a guide showing you around the new skin just doesn't cut it.
Even a experienced player( NOTE NOT GOOD HA HA!) such as myself have felt a little out of my depth and i have felt on a few occasions unsure on what i can actually do to stop a losing run or how to tighen up a leeky defense, hell i'm unsure at times what exactly it is i'm doing right when i'm winning. The point is my back room staff need to contribute more, telling me to "close down a player" isn't always enough, tell me who would be best to use to close a player down stuff like that.

Player instructions just don't work half the time, you concentrate on a certain asspect of the team and the game will punish you in other area's, if you don't want to lose the shape of your team defensivley and as such instruct the team to close down less, the A.I simply score a high amount of goals from outside the box reguardless of the goal scorers long shot attribute. Or the ball would be given away in a dangerous area like a horrendous back pass etc. It's like the A.I gets the hump when you out smart it.

FM has lost it's spark, there is no fun in playing anymore, it's like it has forgotten what it is and that quiet simply is a computer game, nothing more nothing less. It's gotten far to serious for it's own good. The days of winning the champions league with Dag&Red are all but gone.
I have put in roughly 11-12 hours into my first save and i'm half way through my first season having won only 2 games.

I feel right now like unistalling and going back to FM 13 or even 12.
I'm not saying don't buy this game, but i am saying to be mindful you could find yourself shouting at your computer screen a little more than usual, things will get broken trust me. But i suppose thats what FM is all about right? Real football mangers get stressed so it makes sense for the "most realistic football management simulator" for follow suit, correct?

I'm sure there are alot of good things about FM15 and maybe my tactic's and team selection were crap, however having just lost 6-5 to 10 men Barrow the bad outweighs the good. It's a real shame but i truely feel FM has gone down the same road as fifa where the only real change to the game are the updated summer transfers and i'm gutted i really am.
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29 of 49 people (59%) found this review helpful
164.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
I dont know why there is so much negative reviews out there, the game is great and the new scouting is much more realistic now. I've played this version since the beta (12 november) and I've only encountered 3 crashes overall so don't worry too much about that. New interface feels great, just need to get used to it.

Regarding the ME, there seem to be a lot of goal from crosses making a tactic with wingers like 4-5-1 maybe too rewarding. I've already played +100hours in several top and bottom div and I haven't noticed much irrealistics things happening, you still get a few dumb keeperes/dc mistakes but ♥♥♥♥ happens IRL as well so np.

The databases are up to date EXCEPT for the french leagues because sadly french scouts are lazy. But there's already a patch out there for Ligue 1 and 2 so no worries.

Overall pretty solid new opus (I have 700+ hours on most FM since FM2010), people need to stop crying when City, Chelsea, the PSG etc... are buying wonderkids for 20+Millions because that's what's happening IRL duh.
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12 of 18 people (67%) found this review helpful
35.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
The match engine is very unrealistic. I believe that I stand for most FM players when I say that the best attraction for this game is the tactical ingenuity that we, the players, can display that wins matches and title. Yet, the tactical changes we make is not reflected during the actual matches. The man managing aspect of the game is also overly complicated. Managers now also have basis stats for our tactican attributes which does not make any sense.

The biggest problem nonetheless is the tactical and match engine. The tactical gameplans are not reflected on the pitch and neither are the attributes of the players. The poor match engine results in goal galores that are just too unrealistic.
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13 of 20 people (65%) found this review helpful
205.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
horrible cross manager 2015
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24 of 41 people (59%) found this review helpful
44.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
bad fm that i've ever played too easy too score
goal keeper -*- cant do anythings
lots of goal from corner

waste money to buy this game
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
57.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 27
Match Engine is still absolutely dreadful and it looks as though its been designed by people who have never watched a football match in their entire lives, team instructions are not represented at all during the highlights (goalkeepers and defenders do the usual thing of launching long balls instead of doing short passes) and the players act like complete idiots, wingers shooting from the tighest of angles instead of squaring it to a free team mate for a tap in, Training is still practically the same as the previous versions with a couple of minor tweaks that don't add anything meaningful short, medium or long term.

Basically don't waste your money on this, SI are taking the money and having a laugh.
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15 of 24 people (63%) found this review helpful
711.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
terrible game, ive been buying football manager every year for gods know how many years and this has to be the worse one by far... too many bugs even with updates just recently lost all my saved games due to updates, interface is ugly, gameplay is boring... why has it been getting progressively worse each year it should be getting better, im disappointed because i loved this game, good in a way because i wont be wasting my life playing it no more
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