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Posts tagged “Sports Interactive”

Football Manager has secured the Bundesliga license

Gary Lineker once summed football up as neatly as anyone ever has: "Football is a simple game. Twenty-two men chase a ball for 90 minutes and at the end, the Germans always win." Lineker was wrong, of course. The goalkeepers rarely chase the ball. The quote is even more inaccurate when applied to Football Manager [official site]. There, football is a simple game where twenty-two…

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Feature: Doing the double can't be that hard

Football Manager 2017 pass-and-save diary, part four: Hell in a handballcart

Adam hands me the pass-and-save Football Manager Touch 2017 file with the following pep talk: "I got us to the semi-final of the FA Cup, and the draw for that is coming up shortly, and we're through to the 2nd Knockout Leg of the European Champions League,which is a big deal. We might end up playing Barcelona or Bayern Munich in which case we're probably…

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Feature: Foxes are fair game once more

Football Manager 2017 pass-and-save diary, part three: Half-empty cups

I've always said a manager should be judged on the trophies in the cabinet rather than their position in the league table. Give me the choice between finishing 17th in the Premier League but winning the League Cup and finishing 2nd but having no trophies to show for it, and I'll go for the cup every time. When I say I've always said that, I…

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Feature: Bringing va-va-voom to Leicester City

Football Manager 2017 pass-and-save diary, part two: Enter the Tinkerman

Ian Football's long brown raincoat hides four people inside: Pip, Adam, Alec (who already took his turn) and me, Graham. It's now my turn in our pass-the-save (or pass-and-save, geddit) playthrough. Our mission: take control of Premier League champions Leicester City in Football Manager Touch 2017 and perform better than they are in real life. Where Alec has limited experience with football, I watch half…

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Feature: Four players, one manager

Football Manager 2017 pass-and-save diary, part one: A game of four halves

Two of us know far too much about football. Two of us know far too little. Together, we will create chaos for once-proud Premiership club Leicester City. Here's the deal. In Football Manager Touch 2017 (chosen over the full-fat version as it'll move quicker), we take control of Leicester for the 2016-2017 season, which is effectively working just a few months behind what's actually happening…

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Football Manager 2017 free to play this weekend

Oh, Sega, your cunning knows no bounds. Recognising, no doubt, that many football fans are itching for some excitement during the doldrums of an international break, they've only gone and made Football Manager 2017 [official site] free for the weekend on Steam. And that weekend starts now, but please don't miss work or school tomorrow and blame "that man at RPS". Blame Sega. Download the…

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Feature: Mod goals.

Best Football Manager 2017 mods so far

Sports Interactive's Football Manager series (once known as Championship Manager) is the Chosen One of sports management games. Rarely does its year-on-year instalment fall from Steam's top ten most played games list and while the latest edition, Football Manager 2017 [official site], isn't exactly brimming with new features, it has finely tuned almost all of its existing ones - to the point where this season's…

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Feature: Foxy football

Football Manager’s Miles Jacobson On Leicester, Brexit And Building Better Artificial Intelligence

Just before the launch of Football Manager 2017 [official site], with the beta already released to the many people who preordered the game, I spoke to Sports Interactive director Miles Jacobson about the changes his team have made in this latest game in the series. We talked about AI improvements, Brexit, and whether Leicester winning the Premier League was a happy day or a sad…

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Feature: Squad Goals

Football Manager 2017 review

Football Manager 2017 [official site] is out tomorrow but I've been playing the beta for a couple of weeks now, striving to climb from the lower leagues to the dizzy heights, and seeing if I can do a better job with post-Ferguson Manchester United than Jose Mourinho. Neither of us know quite what to do with Paul Pogba, I have concluded. Along the way to…

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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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Feature: From Sonic to Strategy

Sega On Amplitude, Strategy And Becoming A PC Giant

Even though Sega have been publishing PC strategy and simulation games for years now, I still can't see the company logo or hear the word without thinking back to hours spent at schoolfriends' houses, trying to work out if Sonic was too fast or I was too slow. The acquisition of Amplitude was the point that I decided that I needed to ask Sega a…

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Help: The Game Collection Benefits War Child Charity

Eleven developers, including familiar names like The Creative Assembly and Rovio, have teamed up with War Child to help raise money for children in areas of conflict. The bundle includes 12 unique games for £9.99/$14.99 and all proceeds go to the charity. It's an excellent chance to do good while playing some fine games.

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Centre Ice: Eastside Hockey Manager Released

If the Mighty Ducks trilogy taught me nothing else growing up, it's that ice hockey movies love a good comeback story. As far as videogame comebacks go, Eastside Hockey Manager [official site] has a similar story to tell: it was a boxed retail game in 2004 and 2006, went on indefinite hiatus thereafter, and then came out of early retirement and onto Steam's Early Access…

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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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Football Manager 2016 Demo Is Out, 4161 Megaballs Big

You've watched other kids play it, but never had the courage to try for yourself. You overhear friends talking about it, but when you ask, they brush you away with a dismissive, "Oh, you wouldn't like it." You fear they may be right, but you need to find out for sure. You've called in sick, you've taken the phone off the hook, you've drawn the…

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Feature: The best football management game ever?

Have You Played Championship Manager Season 01/02?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Write about any iteration of Championship Manager and Football Manager and you'll hear people bring up a particular version of the game. Hint: it's also the only one to appear in our list of the best 50 strategy games. It's Season 01/02.

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Feature: The RPS Verdict

Should You Update To Football Manager 2016?

Football Manager 2016 [official site] is out this Friday, but before we publish our review, Adam and Graham decided to gather in the RPS dugout to discuss this year's tactics, transfers and press room meltdowns. Graham: I think I'd be pretty disappointed if I spent £35/$50 on Football Manager 2016.

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