Football Manager 2014
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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.
Fantastic complexity vs poor match mechanicselwismw | Oct. 17, 2014 | See all elwismw's reviews »
I love this game. It's all and even more, I could be hoping for in terms of football managerial game.For years my favourite was CM 01/02, and even though I still love it, lately I am totally hooked up on FM 2014. If you like to do everything by yourself, and you are very meticulous person, prepare for spazmatic joyful reactions while playing this game. It has so much detailed content, that I can't imagine someone uses all the information he is given in order to prepare for the match. Every aspect of being a club manager is mapped to this game. This game has almost no flaws, except one... Terrible match mechanics. That's what makes every FM gamer crazy. It is no inaccurate, and makes you sometimes shout at the monitor, when you see your player standing 1 meter of the ball, and the opponent, who was 20 meters from it, gets it first. The positive side is - with every instance of FM game, it gets better. Hopefully someday we will have perfect FM :) For now, you can always switch to reading report, just like in the old days :) Just a note - FM 2014 have added new game mode, called Classic - it's just less complex version of FM. Interesting fact is, that it has cross-saves with PS VITA version of that game, so you can play your manager career at home and abroad as well :)
Kills Civ 5 In The One More Turn Stakes.DBOT187 | Aug. 15, 2014 | See all DBOT187's reviews »
Do you like football, do you like managing a team? do you like pouring over endless amounts of data, and tweaking until you get everything just right...well I have the game for you.
I have only played the classic mode so I can't say much for the full simulation mode. Overall it is an improvement from 13, but there are still a few errors (ie fans sad when you draw, messages say you lose instead) and sometimes the matches can produce some funny animations.
Can be slow to load too if you load too many teams or don't have a high quality CPU. I'd recommend hunting out skin packs for team and players so you can get the full experience as some players and teams don't have icons or faces.
Overall its a buy from me, until FM15 comes out.
Another great game in this fantastic seriesBoddah | Aug. 11, 2014 | See all Boddah's reviews »
It's august, and I still didn't get bored of this game. Every year I get tired of it around april-may, but this year this isn't happening. There are a bunch of new features that wasn't there last year, but a few of them still need to be polished.
There are a few bugs (mostly with GE), so I was really frustrated few times with my goalkeeper, because they are rubbish even in top leagues. In some games I would be better of without a keeper :)
But all this a side. It's great game, if you love football and managerial part of it you will enjoy the game at least 7-8 months for a few hours per day.
Same addictive Same buggedAlinasser | 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.
Again great FM gameroncolemanfan | 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 !!!