Football Manager 2013

Manage your own football team in this popular interactive sports game

7.3

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  • Category Sport
  • Program license Trial version
  • Works under: Windows 8 / Windows 7 / Windows Vista / Windows XP
  • Program available in English
  • Program by SEGA

If you are a fan of the beautiful game, then you'll be well aware of Football Manager as it is the most comprehensive management sim out there.

Football Manager 2013 has been tweaked somewhat compared to past editions so if you have a tried and tested method for success, you might find yourself scratching your head until you've got used to a few of the changes.

Those of you that moved away from the franchise because of the time it takes to complete a season, this is the edition to draw you back as it features a new Classic mode than makes things more streamlined and less complex.

The mode strips away all those fiddly tactics and training methods in favour of a set-up that has a similar feel to the interfaced used by EA in the career sim of its FIFA franchise. The player database and game engine are still in place, but things are much more user friendly than before.

Of course, Football Manager aficionados loved the amount of tinkering needed to set the perfect line-up, but this new version makes it easy to just focus on basic tactics and transfers, meaning you can whiz from game to game much faster.

If you want to make things really interesting, you can try your hand at one of the sim's challenge modes. These put you in the managerial hot seat halfway through a season and give you a set objective. It can include ensuring a big club stays on course for championship glory or ensuring a little club staves off relegation.

Training has been altered somewhat and you can now set specific preparations to certain players in order to increase their skill level.

Press conferences have also been improved with a wider range of responses on offer so that things do not get stale. In fact, you can even grill journalists to make them feel uncomfortable if you wish.

Another new addition is the option of appointing a director of football. This won't appeal to hardcore Football Manager fans, but if you want to just concentrate on the matches, it can be used to take issues such as contracts out of your hands.

Graphics are very similar in the 3D match engine, but the players move much better now and you don't have to spend your time watching extremely small men kicking a miniscule ball around in the same way for a full 90 minutes.

Pros

  • Online leaderboard
  • Officially licenced clubs and players
  • Classic mode

Cons

  • No real improvement in graphics
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