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Football Manager

9 months ago

Feature: You can win everything with wonderkids

Football Manager 2018’s best wonderkids

Football Manager 2018 isn’t just about playing for a season, giving up, then starting over – it’s about building a legacy, relationships and a squad to be proud of. With that comes the need to sign people who are still legally children for more money than most of us will ever see in our lives. Wonderkids, then. With that in mind, I’ve trawled through the…

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Feature: Carrying a slight knock

Football Manager 2018 review

Nobody listens to a word I say. I might be a legend of the game and one of the most beloved footballers of my generation but as soon as I stick my nose in at half-time, all the energy is sucked out of the dressing room. Football Manager 2018 gives me all of the data I need to understand why the team are uninterested or…

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10 months ago

Feature: Peering through the transfer window

How 25 years of AI development and messy reality shape Football Manager

This is The Mechanic, where Alex Wiltshire invites developers to discuss the difficult journeys they underwent to make the best bits of their games. This time, Football Manager [official site]. Do want to play a cavernously deep simulation of a world of viciously competing factions? Do you dream of leading your people to glory and dominating all comers? Do you relish bending complex systems of…

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11 months ago

Football Manager 2018 will change scouts, stadiums, AI and more

Harry Redknapp is not a wheeler-dealer. The subs bench is not a bed. Transfer deadline day is not suitable for work. Transfer deadline day is your entire existence now. I've been waiting to see what's new in Football Manager 2018 [official site] since the release of Football Manager 2017. A short transfer window spoof video from Sega and Sports Interactive doesn't reveal an enormous amount,…

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2 years ago

Football Manager 17 Includes A Brexit Simulator

Football Manager [official site] is not a political game. I recall being extremely surprised when the 2022 World Cup was relocated to Argentina from Qatar in my first playthrough of last year's edition. Given reports about the bidding process and the feasibility of hosting the tournament there, as well as more troubling stories, I wondered what the reasons for the move were in the fictional…

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Back On The Net: Football Manager 17 Feature Reveal

I'm always a little bit upset that I can't play the new version of Football Manager [official site] as soon as the season starts, though I understand the reasons why (namely, the fact that the bloody transfer window doesn't stop when the football starts). Usually I console myself by reading about the new features that I can expect once the game arrives. This year, the…

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3 years ago

Feature: No marquee signings

Football Manager 2016 review

I've won titles and cups, and I've been sacked following a relegation that was more surrender than battle. I've found young stars at bargain prices, and built a team of overpaid ego-machines who are ready to down tools as soon as the going gets tough. After tasting success and failure, I'm ready to tell you wot I think about Football Manager 2016 [official site].

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Feature: Simming to the future.

Football Manager 2035

The year is 2035. I am the manager of Leeds United. I have Football Manager 2016, but I've been struggling to find an entry point. Starting a new FM career is a little like starting a novel you know is going to take you a year to read. I started careers at Manchester United, sighed, and closed the game down; I already knew too much…

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Feature: The vanishing of Angel Blaze

This Is The Way The World Ends, Not With A Bang But A Click

That feeling when you finish a long series of books, or a television series, and say goodbye to the characters for the last time. Closing a world, pulling down the shutters and knowing that it has run its course, is a peculiar sensation. Indeed, it can provoke a sense of loss. How utterly ridiculous I felt last week when I mourned the ending of tens…

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Build Your Own Offspring: Football Manager 2016

Did you know that you can have children in Football Manager [official site]? Spend enough time in the managerial game and a player appears in the youth ranks of your club, a 'regen' who shares your family name. It's your son, that, and he might go on to be a star. In previous installments, Junior was made up of a random assortment of stats, as…

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Football Manager 2016 Reveal: Create-A-Club And More

As soon as club football starts again after the summer drought, my mind turns to the next iteration of Football Manager [official site]. In an ideal world, it'd be released to coincide with the first kick of the season (for me, Bury away at Doncaster on August 8th) but with the late closure of the transfer window and (maybe) the need to check that Memphis…

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Feature: Bargain Buys

Football Manager 2015’s Best Players And Bargains

Football Manager's best players can technically be discovered by using stat-sniffing tools to reveal hidden information, but there's more to players than numbers. Where a high stat might mean a player is theoretically proficient at something, you also need to know how they perform on the pitch, whether they can do it on a rainy Saturday morning in Watford, and whether they'll play well with…

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Fan Film: An Alternative Reality – Football Manager

Last year's Football Manager [official site] documentary, An Alternative Reality, appeared on Steam's video streaming service last night. The purchase is for streaming only, with no downloadable files available, and the standard price is £7.99 (there is a 30% launch discount at the moment). The documentary is already available on other digital video services, some of which do allow downloads as well as streaming, but…

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4 years ago

Feature: A Game For All Seasons

The Time Thief: A Game For All Seasons

This year has been unusual for me, gaming-wise, because I haven't had That One Game. You know the one - the game that keeps you up at night while also managing to occupy your coffee breaks. The one that you can play while you're listening to the new Flying Lotus album just as easily as you can play while Corrie's on. It can take up…

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Feature: A year of transition and other clichés

Football Manager 2015 review

Another year, another trip to the dugout. It's tempting to think of football as nothing more than a billionaire's playground wracked with corruption and capable of reducing a supporter to tears for all the wrong reasons. The beautiful game can be extremely ugly. But there are still tales of tiny triumphs, of giant killing and last minute survival, and of windswept terraces on a winter's…

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Moustaches And Match Engines: Football Manager 2015

It's probably the case that the biggest updates to Football Manager every year, the ones that will make the biggest difference over the following months, are found in the interface. In such a complex simulation, with more data than a Next Generation marathon, it's important to have access to important information on a single screen, or at most a single click away. The video below…

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The Football Manager Documentary Is Self-Descriptive

Football Manager is an odd cultural duckling. Its nerdy, number-heavy presentation holds it back from the ooh-it's-like-a-film mainstream acceptance of Call of Duty, et al. Meanwhile, its being about football stops it from being embraced with the same open arms as, say, EVE Online, despite it inspiring similar levels of passionate brain-crazy among its far larger audience. Its far less talked about than its vast…

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