(BETA REVIEW) - WILL BE UPDATED TILL THE FINAL RELEASE.
-Lets be straight forward-
(Scroll to the bottom for in-dept review)
This year, the boys have really taken the game to the next level. The game has fixed many issues in the past, and almost faultless compared to the past 2014 & 2013 versions.Things that i really enjoyed:
- The new interface is very nice, but does take time to get used to.
- Match Engine (Y) fantastic compared to the past. Though minor issues with ball bounces (lack of roll).
- The new function to choose the type of manager you are gives the game a more in-dept feel.
- Frankly the new functions gives you a lot more abilities in managing and structuring your team.
- Tunnel Interviews. Though i personally hate press conferences (i'm lazy), the tunnel interviews are a very nice touch.Things that bug me a bit about the game:
- The match engine's ball bounce is a bit static and does not flow.
- Player's opinions seem a lot stronger. (Might just be because i am a new manager)
- The new interface takes awhile to get used to. (I'm still getting my head around it)Overall my review:
Game Engine: 7.5/10
Game interface and user friendliness: 7/10
Football Manager 2015 is the next line-up from its previous stage 2014. Equiped with an massive overhaul of the game's features and interface. This year's product was definately highly anticipated.
So, here is my review of the game:Interface
Frankly, it is definately a fresher look to the game. The new interface allows for players to have greater ease and control in getting to different areas/departments that they need to quickly (e.g. boardroom or squads). The overhauled interface tries to bring back memories of the older versions of FM with a updated twist, and many users may have a hard time readjusting back/to the new interface. Personally I feel the new interface is a nice idea, however does make things a bit complicated in situations, but i believe it is simply down to it being new. Give it a couple days/weeks and you should be comfortable with it.
Verdict: 7/10Game Engine
With SEGA taking the game engine to a new level this year, this was simply one of the most awaited feature of this year's game. And guess what, it didn't dissapoint. With visuals now smoother and in-sync with the game, it is visually astounding when compared to 2014. Slicker moves and more cohesion in game (less ping pong of 2014), it certaintly is a big upgrade. However my criticism would be the ball physics as the bounce does give it a edgy feel with unrealistic and rather static bounce features no matter the angle of the kick.
Verdict: 7.5/10 (FM2014 was a 5.5/10)Gameplay
Frankly, the new features have possible added difficulty to the game, which is definately a plus point. Especially since many users grow tired/bored of the ease of winning in FM 2014. Though made slightly tougher, it is an interesting addition, with new manager formats to choose from. Finances and training did get a wanted boost and are you as a manager has more opportunities to manipulate (work with) them to your advantage. The gameplay is definately a joy to behold.
Look, no game can be perfect. Yes there are some issues with the new interface and match engine, but for a simulator such as this, FM is frankly amazing. Overall, I have to say that Football Manager 2015 is a massive improvement from its 2014 counterpart and would highly recommend it to all Football fanatics. If you are a past FM player and have been dissapointed with past versions, i honestly BEG you to revisit your perspective and try out FM15 (Please..)! It is a big step up from 2014 and is worth the money.FINAL VERDICT: 8/10
Hope this helps in making your decision!