Football Manager 2014
Third party DRM: SteamThis game requires a free Steam account to play.
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Play on Linux for the first time, plus the inclusion of ‘cloud-save’ technology which means that managers can now pursue a single career from any computer, anywhere in the world. FM14 also includes integration with Steam Workshop making it easy for managers to create and share customised FM content such as photo/logo packs, new and custom competitions and tailor- made challenges using the new Challenge Editor.
Improved Match Engine
The 3D Match Engine has seen extensive improvements, including enhanced AI, improved lighting and player animation, individual player character and kit models, more realistic player reaction to on-field incidents and a range of optimisations which combine to make this the best looking and fastest FM Match Engine yet.
There has been a complete redesign of how tactics are created, selected and implemented with player roles and team strategies becoming even more prominent, definable roles for players for multiple positions, new player roles and instructions and improvements to rival managers' AI so that they’ll adapt their tactics more readily over time.
More realistic transfers and contracts
FM 2014 features a revamped transfer module where opposing clubs and managers adopt a more realistic approach when making or responding to transfer offers. In addition, a number of new ‘real world’ transfer clauses have been added, such as the facility to loan a player back to the club he’s just been bought from and the option to offer a combination of cash and loan players, as well as new contract clauses such as a sub bench appearance fee. On top of this, the old ‘turn-based’ system of transfer negotiations can now be done two ways, the tried and tested system and a new ‘live’ system, similar to that used in FM’s contract negotiations.
More sophisticated board interaction
Contract negotiations are more realistic in FM 2014, as managers and boards can now make demands and lay down their respective visions for the club in both initial job interviews and contract renewal discussions. Managers can also attempt to renegotiate transfer and wage budgets as a reward for staying loyal if they’ve been offered a job by another club, with the outcome helping aid their decision on whether to move or not.
Improved interaction with players, staff and media
There is now better interaction between players, managers, their rivals and the media; for example, members of the coaching staff now offer feedback on how reserve and youth team players are performing. Managers can also ask key players to have a word with unhappy squad members, while the introduction of an end-of-season meeting allows the manager to let the squad know how they have performed and set targets for the coming season.
The news system has been overhauled so managers can now deal with many club matters directly from their inbox. In addition, news is now colour-coded, based on category, and contains more detail – for example, scout reports now appear as a single news item with a top-line report on all players scouted and the facility to shortlist or make an offer for each of these players.
Enhanced user interface
Major changes have been made to FM 2014’s user interface. Key areas have been redesigned – including the training overview page, the transfer centre and the news homepage – while widespread changes have been made across the game’s user interface. The language employed throughout the game has also enjoyed a major overhaul and now corresponds more closely to the language of real world football.
Football Manager Classic evolved
Managers can now choose more than three playable nations in Classic mode for a more immersive experience. In addition, FM’s ‘fast play’ mode now includes Transfer Deadline Day, a Match Plan wizard and new unlockables.
Best FM to date..mwirmm | Nov. 27, 2013 | See all mwirmm's reviews »
I've been playing FM for about 4 years now, the series since has been steadily improving, with improvements from the clunky interface and match engine, up to what we have today.
Everything has been improved, contract negotiations feel much more realistic, with less players upright rejecting any form of negotiation with SI finally realizing that money can sway any footballers opinion.
Match engine looks a lot better and feels more realistic, with results being much less random than last years version. I used to boot up the same match in FM 13 and match statistics would be dramatically different every time while in FM14 that is not the case.
The simplified tactic options are a good step forward in my opinion, most people do not have the patience to define every detail of their tactic with a slider and really, I don't see a need for that. Perhaps in some of the next outings SI should bring back some advanced tactics options for hardcore gamers, but the changes made this year make the learning curve less steep.
The Interface is more streamlined and improving steadily, and with all the right add-ons it can become simply perfect.
All in all, I'm enjoying FM14 more than last years version and it is without a doubt the king of Football simulation..if not sports simulation in general.
Best just got betterThunderbaws | Nov. 24, 2013 | See all Thunderbaws's reviews »
With its new modern interface and improved match engine I could see right away It was worth investing in this years version. I love the way your introduced to your new club by the chairman then your assistant manager runs through the set up to allow you to customise how much involvement you have.
However, the most outstanding new feature this year is the introduction of the steam workshop. This allows you to download tactics, skins, club logos, transfer updates you name it. All at the click of a button this alone makes it worth any fans of the series even lapsed fans getting this game!
Classic mode also simplifies the game giving a nod to the early days of the game that some players may prefer.
Tactical Football Action..XGpredator | Nov. 23, 2013 | See all XGpredator's reviews »
The country of football simulations, Football Manager is still king. In addition to the settings into the order detail, we can greet the arrival of financial fair play or the care given to the tactical interface. But this episode is a bit stingy in real news than its predecessor, it is difficult to recommend a player already have the previous game and that the update is not effective for of paramount importance. But if you enjoy challenging experience provided by the title, it is obvious that you will find something to spend long sleepless nights along with your coffee on Football Manager 2014.
Another Fantastic VersionThan | Oct. 31, 2013 | See all Than's reviews »
I have been playing this game for a couple of weeks in beta ahead of its official release today and I have to say additions made to this version are fantastic.
Firstly the new ways you interact with news items is brilliant, all interaction such as talking to players and dealing with the media takes place directly on the news screen saving time and allowing you to stay organised. Its a really small but noticeable change which really adds to the game.
I am also really enjoying the new board interaction, after a rough patch of games the board will call you in and possibly set you a points target that you must reach in order to save your job. This adds a lot of excitement and realism to previous versions.
All in all this is a must have game for fans of the FM series and football in general.