REVIEW LIST

Football Manager 2014

Experience Being a Real Football Manager in This Simulation Game

By Rose Sincro

On Friday, August 22, 2014

#1

The 2014 version of Football Manager introduces an improved transfer module. The transfer module, which is now better, assists managers and opposing clubs on adopting a more realistic approach on how to handle and make transfer offers. Also, new real-world transfer negotiations have been added into the simulation game. It allows a manager or a club to loan back a player, offer and produce a combination of loan and cash players, and create new contract clauses similar to the sub bench appearance fee. Transfer negotiations based on the old turn-based system can now be accomplished in two ways: one, using the tried and tested system and two, using the new live system. This is featured in the Football Manager 2014, too.

Another improvement is the interaction between managers and players, their opponents, and even with the pressing media. Feedbacks from members of the coaching staff are now available, too. Managers also get to ask important players to help other players during the game.

Pros

  • Contracts negotiations are more realistic
  • Offers an improved transfer system

Cons

  • Actual football game is small percentage of the simulation only
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Football Manager 2014

Revamped Gameplay with Innovative News Systems All for Your Enjoyment

By Pablo Conde Ferrer

On Friday, August 22, 2014

#2

Aside from the improved gameplay and transfer negotiations, the news system of Football Manager 2014 has been overhauled, too. This way, managers can deal with various matters of the club directly from the inbox. News is now more categorized. They are presented based on category and color-coded as well. News is now also more detailed. Even key players who retire could have a testimonial in the news when they announce their departure. Other improvements include an enhanced AI, better lighting, improved player animation, individual player models, realistic on-field reaction of players, and various other optimizations. These extensive enhancements are featured in the match engine. To adapt to player tactics, other improvements were also applied. Tactics creation, player roles implementation, team strategies selection, new player roles, multiple position players with more definable roles, and instructions to opposing manager’s AI are among the modifications that were improved. In addition, the game features 117 playable leagues from 51 playable nations. An editor is available, so players can create new leagues or add lower-level leagues.

Pros

  • Menus and in-game presentation are professional-looking
  • Play environment is warm and inviting

Cons

  • Users must know football qualifications processes
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Football Manager 2014

New Steam Workshop Included in the 2014 Football Manager from Sports Interactive and Sega

By Sam James

On Monday, September 22, 2014

#3

One of the new features included in the 2014 edition of Sports Interactive and Sega’s Football Manager is the Steam Workshop. It provides an alternative for sharing game content such as competitions and photo/logo packs. It also allows users to create challenges with Football Manager’s new Challenge Editor. The Steam Workshop can be used to search for many free content. It can download free content and share them with other Football Manager 2014 players who use the Steam Workshop feature. It’s the best way to share your kits, data updates, challenges, favorite skins, tactics, favorite league, views, shortlists, filters, logos, custom database options, versus mode teams, facepacks, and match plans with other players. In truth, I think Football Manager 2014 Steam Workshop is similar to how social networks work today. However, it is more for the people playing Football Manager 2014 only. Through the Steam Workshop, players can discuss Football Manager with anyone. Players can also subscribe to items they like and recommend it to friends. Players can see other player’s favorite items, too.

Pros

  • Better than FIFA Manager simulation game
  • Has its own social network

Cons

  • Involves a lot of spreadsheet management
  • Involves a lot of spreadsheet management
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Football Manager 2014

THIS IS THE CLOSEST YOU CAN GET TO REALISM IN THE GAMING WORLD

By Hande Njr

On Thursday, September 11, 2014

#4

I want to clearly state that this is more than a game, because the developers of this game are in the process of coming up with an online platform that will allow clubs to search for players from an international database of over 80,000 players worldwide. The database will bear all details of the players. This is a plus for all coaches. Some coaches have actually openly admitted to using the game to help them scout and buy players an example is ole Gunnar solskjaer who is the current coach of Cardiff city and has been coaching since 1995.

This is a game that provides detailed simulation of club management, where the gamer takes up a manager’s role thus implementation of tactics, training, scouting and signing of players. The network of teams to coach is diverse and goes down to the lowest of football teams and competitions. The game is available for various platforms thus; Microsoft windows, Linux, PlayStation vita among others. The initial release was on October 2013.The improved feature in this edition is the fact that the actual reactions of an opposing coach in relation to transfers have been made more realistic. The current real transfer clauses of football have been added to the game to make it more realistic.

This is a game for smart people; it gives gamers actual traits like disciple, improved decision-making. I would gladly say that this is the closest you can get to realism in the gaming world. Sports Interactive have taken time to build a game that will give you a purpose. They actually have over 1000 scouts in 51 countries in the world dedicated to their cause. I love the game.

Pros

  • The improved feature in this edition is the fact that the actual reactions of an opposing coach in relation to transfers have been made more realistic.
  • This is a game that provides detailed simulation of club management.

Cons

  • It is very demanding thus taking up your time.
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Football Manager 2014

A Remarkable Game That Brings Out the Passion of Football to Everyone

By Daren Garius

On Friday, July 25, 2014

#5

I have to say Football Manager 2014 is the greatest football simulation game in its series. Sports Interactive is certainly on the right track for improving this good and now a top-notched game. About its layout, I must say it is more straightforward yet very sophisticated. Every buttons are all in the right places, so you can find it quickly. Though, if you are a novice, this game can seem pretty intimidating, but when you understand its concept, you will definitely admire and enjoy this game. Moreover, I find its game matches very satisfying because the graphics are gotten even better and you will think that you are really watching real-life football matches, plus the crowds are very alive. I also like what they did to Transfer; it is more interesting and quite complex to sign a player, and it has a bartering system. All in all, Football Manager 2014 is an exceptional game for anyone who loves the sport of football.

Pros

  • It has a realistic graphics
  • Its layout is very straightforward

Cons

  • It is quite intimidating at first
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