Reviews for Football Manager 2011

94

Prepare to Lose Sleep

Bobfoc | Sept. 9, 2011 | See all Bobfoc's reviews »

With a new iteration of the Football Manager series released every year, it would seem perfectly reasonable to assume that any incentive for purchase would decrease rapidly on a year-to-year basis. Thankfully, FM 2011 is polished and refined enough to stand on its own two feet as a worthy bearer of the franchise's considerable legacy, firmly establishing itself as one of the most compelling, addictive sports games in recent years.

What sets Football Manager apart from its counterparts in the sports simulation genre is its staggering depth and attention to detail. With thousands of players, staff members and clubs at your disposal, you truly feel as though the football world is at your fingertips, packed to bursting point with established stars, grizzled veterans and young starlets waiting to be discovered. What's even more impressive is that sense of intricate complexity doesn't come at the expense of the game's user-friendliness, which, thanks to a host of well-written and informative tutorials, ensure that any new player can jump straight into the experience and feel right at home with the slick, intuitive interface.

Perhaps the game's biggest hook is also it's biggest drawback, because Football Manager 2011 retains the series' infamous capacity to suck away hours and hours of your life at a time. Of course, this may not be a problem to veterans of the management genre, but it may prove to be somewhat problematic to those who value the smooth functioning of their social lives. Still, if you have the merest modicum of passion for the so-called beautiful game, you'd be well advised to give FM 2011 more than just a little look-in.

90

Addictive

giantenemycat | Aug. 15, 2011 | See all giantenemycat's reviews »

Prepare to surrender hours of your life if you're into football management games. Got a local team from the Isthmian Premier League to League 2 in a few seasons and spent 110 hours in the space of a month.

I recommend getting some club and league badges and player face packs from community websites like fmbase, as it adds to the authenticity.

75

Excellent simulation, if you're into that kind of thing.

t20k | Aug. 9, 2011 | See all t20k's reviews »

If you're a FIFA/Pro Evolution Soccer guy, this might not be your cup of tea. The walls of text, endless features and detail can be pretty overwhelming. As a simulator, it's pretty much perfect - graphics during matches could be better, but that's not exactly the point of this game. If you think you can enjoy being a manager - including all the boring and repetitive stuff - you'll have a blast leading your team to championships and signing players.

84

Good Simulator.

etnies | Aug. 5, 2011 | See all etnies's reviews »

If you like to manage your team, make tactics, buy players, trade players, and command your team, this game might be for you. You can make your dream team and you are in full control. The game has many graphical and audio improvements which make the game more enjoyable. If you are a football fan and want to see what its like to be a manager of a club, check this out!

92

Always been the best football management game!

Icehunk | July 21, 2011 | See all Icehunk's reviews »

I have been playing this series since the 90s when it was known as Championship Manager (CM). Started playing again it when it was FM 2009 and fell in love with the game once again.

The game has improved remarkably over the years and the sheer amount of details and control it gives you - the manager, is just incredible. You have almost complete control of your squad - from planning to transfers to training to in-match tactics, just to name a few. The 3D match engine is a welcome change from the usual 2D (players symbolised by dots) or commentary-only match progress.

Ever so addicting, this game can really glue you to your computer whole day long once you've started a new season so be warned! You will want to see how your players, especially the younger ones develop their potential, season after season.

In my opinion, this is the best and is STILL the best football management game in 2 decades and NONE other ever comes close.

Look no further if you want a football management game!

90

THE Managing Simulator

vigotski | June 29, 2011 | See all vigotski's reviews »

Football Manager legacy is really old. It began in 1992 with the first Championship Manager and Sports Interactive (the game's developer) gradually improved the game, each one better than the other. Now we have FM 2011, undoubtedly the best sports simulation game around. The gameplay is excellent, you really feel as a manager, commanding your squad, planning for the season, discussing contracts and transfers and winning competitions. The drawbacks are the repetitive interviews and the somewhat simple interaction with your players. One very good thing is that the game has a great modding community, so rosters can be uptaded easily and new competitions can be created. This game is essencial to all the football fans around the globe!

95

The most updated FM till now

ravenholt | June 27, 2011 | See all ravenholt's reviews »

This game just another remarkable release from FM series. With a new 3D graphic match, this game will bring you closer to the pitch. lead your team pass the season and try collect all the trophies. This game is great. The most detailed Fm ever. Don't miss it.

85

The Best FM till now

satyakun | May 25, 2011 | See all satyakun's reviews »

This game is a legend, with many improvement in many things. The 3D match is going better, along with crowd cheering and the match commentator. Part i like from this game is the club/country you can play with. it covers many country and league. You can choose even from minor league that you've never heard off. this game is a-must-have for you who like managing and explore football tactic. be the champion!

90

Still the best

simonsix | May 24, 2011 | See all simonsix's reviews »

FM series is still the best one around by miles, and it is still playable in the current version. But the series is starting to feel more like a cash cow, where they just release stuff each year to get easy money without actually developing the series.

90

Best FM so far?

kmpt | April 10, 2011 | See all kmpt's reviews »

Football Manager 2011 provide us with new squads, better graphics and a few new or improved options, like expanded seeking for new players, new training cycle, better interaction with your players and social network integration. These options are really useful and fit well. FM 2011 is a really good game but if you already own FM 2010 think twice before buing.

95

This game’s strongpoint is not graphics, but gameplay itself.

elduderino | April 8, 2011 | See all elduderino's reviews »

Yet another version of Football Manager gives us new squads, better looking stadiums, slightly improved 3D animations and more camera options of match view comparing to 2010 version. I might have forgot about some improvements, but what have been improved is not really a point in this case, especially since implementation of 3D view, cause this game’s strongpoint is not graphics, but gameplay itself and there is still nothing to keep thousands of players from spending hundreds of hours struggling through different leagues. If you’re not a football fan, there is also a certain strategic factor, which may attract you to Football Manager 2011, but I believe, that players indifferent to football may bore quite fast, however all others will most likely stop playing the game only when Football Manager 2012 is available.

92

A must-have for any football fan!

Zchinque | April 7, 2011 | See all Zchinque's reviews »

Football Manager 2011 is the best game in the series so far. It's that simple, really.

The game is deeper and bigger than ever. There are new expanded options in training and interacting with your players. Agents will pester you in an effort to get you to sign their players. The set-piece creator makes it easy for you to design your own set-piece instructions. There's not much radically new here, but there have been made tons and tons of minor improvements. Players of previous Football Manager games will feel right at home.

This years edition seems to be quite a bit easier than the last few installments, which can be good or bad, depending on your viewpoint. It does however make the game more friendly to newcomers than it's been in several years. As the assistant manager is also more helpful than ever, Football Manager 2011 is the perfect opportunity to take the reins of your favourite club.

I have only two, very minor, gripes with the game. First, the interaction with the media is still pretty boring after your first couple of press conferences. You still get typically the same 20 questions, and still have the same five uninteresting answers. Second, the 3D match engine still looks very stiff, and the game doesn't flow in the same way a real football match does. These are however very minor gripes, and should not keep you from picking up this great game!