Football Manager 2014

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Third party DRM: Steam

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Customer notes

Please be aware, keys received may be region locked to the country of purchase.

Description

Key Features:

  • Play it whenever, wherever, however

    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.

  • Tactical overhaul

    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.

  • News system

    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.

Customer reviews

85

Same addictive Same bugged

Alinasser | July 18, 2014 | See all Alinasser's reviews »

Football manager, the series of football (soccer) simulation that can suck hundreds or thousands of hours of your life is back for yet another year and another edition. so lets be professional and review directly:

Interface: better than last year's and the year before, but still feels like a spreadsheet and a bit stiff at times.

sound and music: as usual music non existent in game and they still don't provide a music player within the game but the sound effects during matches are good

match engine: the BEST yet "after all the patches" but still, there's a huge room for improvement. well done SI, but i'm hoping for better next year.

replayability and addictiveness: as good as ever. i spent more than 400 hours in it and still counting. u still get the crazy feeling of " just one more game" and the feeling of accomplishment after winning.

it's a bit complex but for hardcore fans it is another great year.

8.5\10

90

Again great FM game

roncolemanfan | May 29, 2014 | See all roncolemanfan's reviews »

I'm huge fan of Football Manager games. I spend a lot of hours in FM 2013. Sports Interactive do few improvements in new editon. Firstly game is very well optimized, it is much faster than the previous part. You don't need wait minutes to do next move. New match engine is really great, you love it ! If you love football, you love FM 2014 too. There is no better feeling than qualify Icelandic team to Champions League or lead any Conference Team to win Premierhip. Must try for every football fan !!!

100

Again better than previous year

RakuPL_Markolf | May 14, 2014 | See all RakuPL_Markolf's reviews »

Hundreds of hours in FM world say everything. Most sophisticated football world simulation ever made by Sports Interactive. Transfers, exciting matches, injuries, up and downs and more. You can feel like Ancelotti, Mourinho, Simeone or Klopp ;-)

95

Best FM Ever

scanner786 | Dec. 30, 2013 | See all scanner786's reviews »

Everyone knows about football manager games from the past experience of playing them but this game is very different. The amount of details and control that is given to you is like no other managing game out there. You can basically make the game so complex that you will actually take more time with the back-room stuff rather than the usual tasks like training, tactics, transfers. The 3d pitch has also improved and is now preferred by 90% of the users to the 2d pitch. The gameplay on the pitch is also much more realistic and the changes you make, have a big impact on your teams sytle of play ect...

Very awesome game, value for money.

75

Almost everything is an upgrade

TheBarcaShow | Dec. 30, 2013 | See all TheBarcaShow's reviews »

I am a huge fan of the series, been playing since 2008.

The interface changed a bit for the better, they utilize the space on the screens much better than in the previous versions. For instance all press conferences are done in the same place as the inbox where in previous versions you would click to a different screen to do so. This is the same case when negotiating with players.

Another great feature is integrating the Steam Workshop with the game. With this you can easily download badges, shortlists, skins, and little mods for the game and apply them within the game with extreme ease. They have also included an optional in-game editor for the price of $5 and also have a bunch of other purchasable perks such as no work permits, no loan limits etc. These were in 2013 as well but could only be unlocked by meeting certain achievements. 2014 also has these as unlockable features.

Gameplay wise the game is a little more complicated. This game implements third party ownership which allows you to sell part of your ownership on the player for a little bit extra into the bank. Likewise, many players are third party owned and you may have to transfer the players rights from the clubs as well as buy the remaining rights from the players agent.

Negotiations seem much better in this game as well. I haven't noticed a huge difference in negotiating transfer but in contracts it seems they are more lenient to offers and will actually negotiate with you instead of holding strong on numbers.

I don't remember if there was a developmental list in 2013 but there is one in 2014 to compliment the unwanted list. You can place players on the developmental list and your Sporting Director will actively try to loan the player out. Nice thing to have and if you are loaning a young player for experience be sure to use this and not the loan option. They are not the same. I have had players question being loaned through the loan list but they do not seem to have a problem with the developmental list.

Another improved aspect of the game is the team talks. There is now a gauge to see how players react and so far it seems players will react more to your team talks. In the past games I always thought that this feature fell short a bit because their reactions didn't seem significant but this game does improve that mechanic quite a bit.

Finally, the really only bad thing I have to say about the game is unfortunately a huge issue. The match engine feels like one of the worst in the series. In the previous games I would be able to play a normal line without being killed by through balls and quick counter attacks. In this game I have to set my players to deep defending and even that sometimes doesn't help. Another thing which I have noticed is that the players lack aggression (irrelevant to stats) and prefer to jockey the ball than try to tackle. It happens extremely frequently and "Get Stuck In" doesn't change anything.

I have also noticed lots of shots go off the woodwork. Much more often then the previous versions and also defenders have a tough time defending headers.Maybe it is just my team and my players but this was something I never had problems with in the previous versions.

I sincerely hope that they fix their match engine. It is a huge hindrance for me