Football Manager 2015 is a damn fine game. I rather like what they've done with the UI. It feels cleaner, crisper, and more easy to navigate between the most important screens. It's been patched up a bunch since release, though the match engine still isn't quite perfect.
Nevertheless, the feeling of watching your detailed tactics come off is unparalleled, and FM15 reaffirms that most ruinous legacy of the games that have come before it, nonchalantly sucking you in and making you forget about work or school or other people. It's just as addictive as it has ever been.
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Football Manager 2015 is a strange beast. It's full of little contradictions, you see. Football Manager 2015 simultaneously makes navigation easier thanks to a revamped UI, while making other aspects more convoluted. Its match engine offers greater interaction, and yet somehow seems more opaque. But in spite of its contradictions, FM15 does a fine job of delivering a vastly deep, and more integrated and collaborative experience of football management, with some scouting overhauls that make finding diamonds in the rough more rewarding than ever before.
Basically, this year's game has its faults, and doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it'll still steal your life away if you let it.
Click here to read my full Football Manager 2015 review. Cheers Gooner!
If you don't really give a badger's chuff about roster updates, and let's face it those can be patched in because PC gaming is awesome, there's no excuse for not getting on Football Manager 2013 for less than a quid. Do be warned, though, it will almost certainly steal what little free time you have away, and probably impinge on your work/study/relationship/social activity unless you have the resilient willpower of a block of granite.
Check out our Football Manager 2013 review here. Cheers srw985!
Even the biggest retailers around are coming nowhere near this barnstorming Black Friday bargain for Football Manager 2015. Head over to the Macclesfield Town store and you can pick up a copy of FM15 for a tenner, though if you want it delivered you'll have to add £3.50. Even so, it's still the cheapest price for the game around at the moment.
Nice spot, fonz1987!
I managed to play Pro Rugby Manager 2015 for just over half a season with a Bath team that was almost hilariously under-represented in the stats department (this is the team that just crushed Leicester 45-0). Then a patch arrived and now all of the text has disappeared and the game crashes to desktop every time I try to interact with the user interface.
There's been precious little for rugby fans to get excited about in the world of video games. Rugby Challenge and its sequel had a fair bash at replicating the sport, but there was little by way on on-pitch tactical play to be had, no real way to organise a coherent backline, and the action on the pitch devolved into a mess of limbs and scrambling bodies without much organisation. Admittedly, that's fairly accurate for Gloucester matches, but any fan of the cerebral, strategic nature of the game would have found little solace in that title.
Of course, Pro Rugby Manager was supposed to fix that. But, having waited a decade for a new rugby management sim, I sort of wish Cyanide hadn't bothered.
It's not just that PRM 2015 is a buggy shambles that should never have been released in this state, it's that the game itself is a dull, soporific affair that sucks the joy out of the sport rather than celebrating the nuances that the 15-man game can provide. Oh, and almost nothing under the hood appears to have changed from 2005.
I'm going to try as best as I can to soldier on with this review and actually attempt to take a look at some of the woefully flawed and under-developed systems in the game beneath the blanket of game-breaking bugs, but you should be aware that the game is damn near unplayable. As in, I literally haven't been able to play it for the last few days; days that include several reinstallations.Click here to read more...
No, it's not April 1st.
The notion that Football Manager has been used by professional staffers at major clubs to get the lowdown on wonderkids and burgeoning superstars has been something of a legendary, if rather fanciful, idea for some time. Except it's not a myth, it's coming true.Click here to read more...
I've never really managed to get on with the mobile versions of Football Manager. Though the UI is streamlined brilliantly for use on small screens, and the options refined to allows for a degree of pick-up-and-play action on the go, it just didn't scratch the compulsive itch I got from the full-fat version on PC. I want the bells and whistles, the ridiculously advanced stats, the analytics that allow me to comb through previous games and then devise new tactics on an individual basis, whipping up other managers and journalists into a media maelstrom with my club at the heart of it all.
Football Manager Classic 2014 doesn't quite do all of that either, taking the Classic mode from the recent instalment of the FM series rather than the absurdly intricate full simulation; but it does come closer than any other portable manager sim before it. And, as it turns out, that's both a blessing, and also a bit of a curse.
Let's start with the positives, though. Above all else, this is the Football Manager experience that we know and love. The PlayStation Vita port remains phenomenally true to the original game, and that means you're no longer bound to your desk if you want to sink hours and hours into shunting that non-league club you started with towards Champions League glory. Classic might not quite boast the same level of absurd depth as the full simulation, but it's still enormously involved -- we've described it in the past as being a little like a nostalgic jaunt back to the FM titles of several years ago.
Training, tactics, transfers, and the team -- that's what Classic is all about, eschewing some of the more seemingly mundane elements of the managerial lifestyle like attempting to balance the books. The interface is clean and virtually identical to the PC version, and when you're in-match, you're only ever a few finger swipes and pushes away from your regular swathe of options -- whether that's swapping players in and out or barking orders to those already on the pitch.Click here to read more...
Developers: Sports Interactive
It would be irresponsible of me to furnish the current build (Oh, wait, here comes another update) of Football Manager 2014 with a definitive score, if only because I'm not entirely sure of the differences that'll be evident when the game finally releases. Pitched somewhere in between the current beta and what will eventually be a comprehensive retail package, the review build is constantly updating itself, ironing out kinks and delivering improvements.
This is important to note for a number of reasons, chief among them being that Football Manager has always delivered its exam/career/relationship-ruining addiction predicated on a a relatively infallible database of statistics and complex algorithms. We trust in Sports Interactive, keeping faith that a run of poor results is the result of management decisions that we might have conducted differently, that all is fixable. Not that one of the underlying mechanisms has the hiccups.
Given that the animation systems in the match engine are hilariously clunky and seem to be mesmerisingly glitch-happy, that transfers for mid-range players appear to approach the realms of the ridiculous even in this age of inflated currency, egos, and price points (Liverpool and Andy Caroll, I blame you), and that FM14 has tried to lose my save file several times now, we're going to give FM14 the benefit of the doubt in holding off on the score for a little bit. At least until we know that for certain that what we've played will be what you're buying.
Otherwise, what's the point?Click here to read more...
Our Football Manager 2014 review will be with you in a few days, but here's a little 11th hour piece looking at the absurd level of depth in this year's title.
Ah Yeovil Town. There you are, ahead of my 2013-14 season, sitting at the bottom of the table in the Sky Bet Championship, languishing in the red haze of the relegation zone -- the poor, unfortunate body underneath the twenty-three team pile-up above. Is this a sign of things to come when the final whistle blows at the end of a long season? Will the glorious Glovers come undone having reached too far and been found wanting? Will their maverick manager -- a fuzzy-headed, splendidly-bearded proponent of attractive, attacking football -- face the firing squad once all is said and done?
I've been playing Football Manager 2014 for five hours and I haven't played a single competitive match. It just so happens that teams are listed alphabetically from top to bottom. It's the misfortune of a moniker, not a sign of things to come. Hopefully.Click here to read more...
Just remember - with this one you're getting early access to an Alpha build of a game, but will received all future updates on the way it the finished product for free. Thanks to Theruler333 @ HUKD!
This is the best price I've seen for Football Manager 2013 yet, beating even the best download prices, making this physical copy very tempting. Spanning 50 nations with over 500,000 players it's the most comprehensive management sim out there. The 3D Match Engine has been improved, although it's not exactly FIFA 13. Classic Mode is where the old-school fans will get their kicks in a stripped down version of the game that reminds us of the Championship Manager games.
Thanks to B0ne5
Introversion have announced that Alpha Update #6 for Prison Architect is now live, adding a whole bunch of bug fixes, and introducing estimated risk categories for each and every inmate - minimum, normal, or maximum security. As Inroversion themselves put it, "this is reflected with different coloured uniforms so you can see immediately whether you have a pussy-cat or a Bane on your hands".
There are more details over on the official blog, and the latest trailer is above.
Today Paradox Interactive released a new trailer for their upcoming demon-management tile - Impire - giving players a glimpse of the game in actin, set to some suitable dark and epic metal.Click here to read more...
With Green Man Gaming’s previous voucher deal out of commission, it has fallen to Play to jump in to provide the £20 price tag for the latest Football Manager. However, GAME were feeling left out and have done the same, giving you a choice of where to get your copy from. A £2 saving is available with this price.
With the addition of the Classic Mode, the exam / degree / career / relationship killer has never been more enticing, and improved user interface provides a better experience all-round. If you’re unable to hold off the addition any longer, £20 isn’t too bad. Thanks to qparr11 @ HUKD!
This could make your long list of must-buys this month utterly redundant. There's nothing like a crippling Football Manager addiction to save you money on other games, beer, food, better halves, bills, all those annoying little things. The inclusion of a Classic Mode is great for players that can't quite be bothered or don't have the time for all the in-depth details that the series has become bogged down with since the glory days of Championship Manager. Don't forget to use this discount code to get the game cheap: GMGFM-35OFF-SCORE
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Developers: Zeal Game Studios
Publishers: Paradox Interactive
It was only the other day I was saying to our editorial overlord Matt that I had a hankering to play Theme Hospital or Dungeon Keeper again, so when he handed me a review code for A Game Of Dwarves I was more than ready to jump back into the fold of management and strategy games (or “strat-agement”, if you will… no? FINE.) I must say though, I’ve learned a few things whilst overseeing my underground kingdom. Firstly, Gandalf the Grey was right about dwarves: if they get too greedy and get too deep they will end up in a subterranean world of hurt. Secondly, without an assistant to give me a helping hand, much like I had one in Dungeon Keeper and the Theme games, I will almost certainly mess things up.
The premise for AGoD is as such: The King of the dwarves has decided to put his lazy Prince of a son to task, recapturing the kingdom that was lost years ago, defeating the mages, ogres, and dragons that have taken up residence in the former dwarven dwellings. Told out through text dialogue that attempts to be funny, the result is equally hit or miss at the best of times (and the audio clips that play when different character appears proves unnecessary, out of place, and annoying.) However, once in-game you see what separates AGoD from other games in the genre; the multi-layered levels in which the action takes place. Coming across as Dwarf Fortress meets Dungeon Keeper, players will be ordering their army of dwarven subjects to dig out blocks above and below their current plane. As players go on the hunt to find resources and hidden dangers, you end up crafting a labyrinth that will disorientate newcomers to begin with, but the tutorial does a good job of easing you into this three-dimensional style of play.Click here to read more...
There was a time before The Great Footballing Schism. Long before Sports Interactive peeled off from Eidos to monopolise the sphere of football management simulation, there was a little shareware game orbiting around in 1995. A game that let you do pretty much everything you wanted.This was a game that knew of football's darker sides, and the suited and booted trials and tribulations that a manager had to face. It wasn't all Umbro tracksuits and plastic cones for goalposts. Sometimes you had to stick on a tie and get your noses dirty.
Ultimate Soccer Manager released in '95 for DOS, Amiga, and Win95, as a shareware title doing the rounds with a fully-fledged demo that allowed you do play your way up from Division 2 as Brighton and Hove Albion. I discovered it stuck to the front of a magazine (I forget which one exactly), housed in a light grey floppy disk, with a green sticker displaying a bespectacled chairman on the front.
I immediately fell in love with it. I didn't have anything to compare it too at that stage, to be honest. It was only later that I picked up Championship Manager 2, once you could nab it for a couple of quid from Argos, and thus my tactician's brain was moulded by Impressions and Sierra.Click here to read more...
Get Games are currently offering a £5 saving and a sub-£10 price for Football Manager 2012, which is officially the ultimate thief of time.
What more is there to say? Our 9/10 review from the mysterious Eustwas R. Dewo calls it "bigger, better, more life-sapping than last year," which is no mean feat for one of gaming's most addictive franchises.
Missed Gameplay's price at the end of last year? Fret not, dear friends, as Play has FM 2012 in stock for £13.99, safely under the £15 barrier and ripe for you to dive straight in and lose all contact with the outside. We strongly advise against playing this if you have anything you actually need to do, as it will inexorably take over your life. Because it's brilliant. Thanks to goonertillidie @ HUKD.
Just a quick one, an announcement that will no doubt drive parents, teachers, bosses and partners alike into groans of anguish. The exam/job/relationship wrecker is back! Football Manager 2012 is to be released on October 21st.
Sports Interactive's Miles Jacobsen confirmed the news on the official FM12 blog, giving a little insight into the new features being implemented this year.Click here to read more...