Football Manager 2012

Football Manager 2012 Review for PC

On: PC

The 2011/2012 season edition of the long-running and hugely successful football management series.

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9Out of 10
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Football Manager 2012 screenshot
Football Manager 2012 screenshot

Certain franchises inspire devotion through consistent quality and, often, enough little quirks that require defending them against the unbelievers. Football Manager is one such series, demanding a lot from its players and giving so much back in return.

To the uninitiated it is still a load of text and numbers resembling a flashy spreadsheet, but to aficionados it's a window into an imaginary world where even the likes of Blyth Spartans have a chance of rising to the dizzying heights of the Premier League. Or maybe just the Blue Square Premier if things don't go quite so well.

What other series would inspire someone to dress up in a suit when they get to the FA Cup final, or to spit at the screen when they suffered a particularly scandalous reverse away to Bolton? Who in their right mind would dress up in full Liverpool kit, including shin pads, in order to manage that particular club?

Ask any dedicated fan and they'll have plenty of stories of when they did something a bit crazy, or when they went mental and started shouting at the screen. Just like this kid.

So when Sports Interactive decides to make some (for the series) radical changes, it needs to remember it's dealing with some pretty hardcore lunatics who find critical fault with every flaw and demand blood vengeance when they concede too many goals off corners.

Football Manager 2012 screenshot

This 2012 version stuffs enough reasonably big changes in to keep progressives happy, but also doesn't change so much that the Luddites start burning effigies of the Collyer brothers. The initial press release suggested there would be 800 new features, and while we're not disputing this number, there aren't so many that you'll be overwhelmed.

Well, you might be initially, as the core UI (user interface) has been changed enough to be immediately noticeable. The most obvious change comes in the squad screen, where things have been jigged around. There's no need to list what boxes have been shifted around, but there are a couple of points that merit further discussion, such as the new info rollovers that provide a player's attributes without having to click on them. This is something that'll be very useful for online games, where interface lag is always an unavoidable issue.

Football Manager 2012 screenshot

The interface shake-up is generally a success, although it'll take a while for those indoctrinated in the layout of the last couple of games to get past the changes. It's designed to be more streamlined, but you'll certainly be in a bit of a tizzy until it all just clicks.

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dudester's Avatar


I would imagine its a time thing, to review football manager it needs plenty of hours sinked into it and theres quite alot of other games being played for reviews.
Posted 22:08 on 17 October 2011
SexyJams's Avatar


Why did Tom choose not to review one of his most favourite games?
Good freelance review though, I can appreciate these games.
Posted 21:29 on 17 October 2011
dudester's Avatar


Nice review and pretty much along the lines of what I would say about fm12 from the demo but not sure on his match engine comments ;)
Posted 11:43 on 17 October 2011

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Football Manager 2012
Out of 10
Football Manager 2012
  • UI update makes things simpler in the long term
  • Lots of significant new updates and additions
  • Game engine seems more stable
  • New UI takes a while to get used to for veteran players
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Release Date: 21/10/2011
Platform: PC
Developer: Sports Interactive
Publisher: Sega Europe
Genre: Sports
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 3+
Site Rank: 1,714 8
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