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The RPS Verdict: Football Manager 2014

By RPS on October 30th, 2013.

FOOT-TO-BALL.

Adam already told you Wot He Thunk about Football Manager 2014, but foot-to-ball is a team sport. For the second half, he’s drafted fellow ball fancier Graham onto the pitch to discuss Sports Interactive’s latest old-guy-in-a-warm-coat simulator. Spoilers: it ends a draw.

Football puns out the way? Read on for the John Barnes rap, the ethics of pigeons, and the Speedball management mod for which we all hunger.

Graham: Finally a place where we can talk about football without being judged by the others.

Adam: They will be judging us from afar.
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Wot I Think: Football Manager 2014

By Adam Smith on October 28th, 2013.

Football never stops. At this very moment, as you’re reading these words, people are playing football all over the world and every kick of the ball massively matters to someone. Presumably. Perhaps the football is happening too far away for you to see though, or perhaps you’d like to have more control over the actions of the men playing with the football. If that is the case, be thankful that Football Manager 2014 is out this week because it is the best game about managing a football team. Here’s wot I think.

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Foot Like A 3D Engine: Football Manager 2014

By Adam Smith on October 14th, 2013.

Have there ever been two foot-to-ball posts on RPS during a single twenty four hour period? I’d go back and search through the archives but I can hear Kenneth Baubles, the ill-fated librarian, dragging his pegleg around back there. Best not to disturb him. Whatever the case, we’re almost back-to-back with balls today. First it was Graham’s turn to give FIFA a good kicking, although he was wearing fluffy slippers at the time so ended up delivering a gentle foot caress. Now I’m stepping up to the spot and staring at Football Manager 2014’s new 3D match engine as it throws shapes between the goalposts in an effort to confuse me. Below, you can see the revamped engine’s first public appearance.

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Tune Into Football Manager 2014’s Classic Mode

By Craig Pearson on October 8th, 2013.

I squish your head
I am busy lazy man, so I don’t always have the time to simulate the life of another person and take on that person’s job and be good at it. I’m basically the person that Football Manager 2014’s classic mode is aimed at: it streamlines the manager’s duties, focusing on tactics and transfers, and not bothering about the consistency of the gravy on the pies or making sure that the wind swirling around the stadium moves in a clockwise direction. Things are going to be a bit more involved in 2014, but it’ll still be a swiftly steered season of soccer, and the video states that it’s possible to enjoy a full season of the game in one evening. How? It has a wizard!
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FM 2014 Is Out Oct 31st At 12:01am

By Craig Pearson on September 16th, 2013.

Soccer Director: Year Of The Horse
See that? I just went for it and told you the release date of Football Manager 2014. No teases. No ‘after the jump’ or ‘on the other side of the ha-ha’. I didn’t even encrypt the data and ask you to hack it. No, it’s above. Why did I do that? It’s because I respect your time, that’s why. Actually, I respect ‘the time’, so when Sega announced the very minute that the game was being released, I was in heaven. If only everyone ran to such specific schedules and nothing ever went wrong, I’d be incredibly happy. There is other information below, so head beneath the bulwark to find out about the beta, the demo, and Steam integration.
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Quick Pitch: Football Manager 2014 Trailers

By Craig Pearson on September 2nd, 2013.

Left a bit. A bit more. More! Too far!
I exist outside of popular culture*. I’ve only just started to watch The Shield, and I mostly listened to Use Your Illusion II this weekend. So I had to Google ‘Gareth Bale’ to find out why everyone was talking about him, which in turn reminded me that Football Manager 2014 is coming out, and that I should get with the times. The managerial machination sim would have prepared me for the news about a Welsh person’s move to a Spanish place for more money that exists in space and time, and it would also have told me about his abilities, stats, training schedule, and possibly his cup size, but it’s not out yet and I refuse to be left behind again by looking at 2013’s information. I’ll wait for 2014’s release, and keep up by watching these videos of the game in action.

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Wot I Think: Football Manager 2013 Classic

By Adam Smith on November 13th, 2012.

Forget about the media, forget about team talks. This is a tale of men, balls and boots. Football Manager Classic, a mode within FM 2013, goes back to basics. But is it actually classic, or is it more like one of those movies that nobody likes but that inexplicably finds itself in a ‘Classics’ range when it’s released on DVD?

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Foot-to-Ball Commander 2013 Demonstration Edition

By Alec Meer on October 29th, 2012.

Someone I know knows his wife

This year as with every year, there is a brand new edition of Sports Interactive’s management goliath Foot-to-Ball Commander. The 2013 version is out next week, in fact. New features this year include over 17 new types of decomposing tobacco breath odorants to add to your manager’s Unhinged Bellow attack, the option to hurl the most racist members of your premiership team into the heart of the sun and the exclusive Gary Lineker’s Leaving Your Wife Of 20 To Shack Up With An Underwear Model Time Attack mode.

Also there’s a demo, out now on Steam.
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A Chip To The Past: FM 2013 Classic Mode

By Adam Smith on October 8th, 2012.

Anyone without an interest in foot-to-ball management should watch the five videos below, simply so that they can bolster their disdain for the people who do enjoy such arcane pursuits. The videos contain details of Football Manager 2013’s new Classic Mode, an alternative method of staring at numbers and tiny men hoofing a ball that doesn’t require an entire lifetime to play. For the uninitiated, the promise of a simplified interface and less detail will appear laughable, perhaps even satirical, as the game is shown to be a series of screens that list names with numbers attached to them. In Classic, there are less numbers and maybe even less screens too.

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(Full) Back To Basics: Football Manager 2013

By Adam Smith on September 7th, 2012.

Football Manager has become a sprawling and oft inelegant mass of statistics and screens, which is one of the reasons I love it so, but there are many people who don’t want to decide whether to wear a tracksuit or shirt and tie before every match*, or to spend time (allegedly) teaching their dog to embezzle funds*. Those people say things like, “I still keep Champ Manager 1846 installed on every PC I own because back then all you had to do was pick the handsomest team and you’d win every time”. The modern game has excessive detail and options, they say, and Sports Interactive have listened. FM 2013 will have a streamlined Classic Mode.

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Wot I Think: Football Manager 2012

By Adam Smith on October 26th, 2011.

Foot-to-ball managers do not require heads, only patience and plenty of cones

My proud home city of Manchester still trembles from the result of the weekend’s derby, with legions of red-shirted, red-faced men weeping openly in the streets and doubting all that they previously held true. There are far more seisimic events in the world of foot-to-ball though. I’ve been attempting to overturn the order by means of Football Manager 2012 and here’s Wot I Think.

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In Need Of Management Now: Football

By Alec Meer on October 6th, 2011.

What ungentlemanly, even brutish attire

Emergency! Emergency! A demonstration version of Foot-To-Ball Manager 2012 has inserted itself into one the tubes of the internet, and needs you to remove it then safely store it upon your own personal computer. If you are bold and daring enough to attempt to resolve this crisis, I beseech you to point your browser device here forthwith and then take any steps necessary to download approximately two gigabytes of English-made data. Then we will all be safe. And you can play half a season putting the feet of one or all of England, Australia, Scotland, France, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark and Sweden onto a ball.

God speed. You are our only hope.

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Japan Disaster Aid From SI and Zynga

By Alec Meer on March 14th, 2011.

Cityville

There are a great many ways and places to donate money to assist victims of the tragic events in Japan last week. Nonetheless, it’s good to see game companies also doing their bit to tempt their players into lending a financial hand during this time of need.
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