review on football manager from a member on IGN
"To be fair, the game isn't really all that good and SI are lucky that
they have no competition to speak of. It's easy to slap a high rating on
something when it's the best in its field by default. Football Manager
is generally only fun for casual football fans, particularly among kids.
For anyone who wants a challenging simulation, FM will never be able to
provide that. Every single user overachieves with relative ease and
there's no sense of accomplishment when you rack up the accolades.
Everyone has taken small teams up the divisions and make them the best
in the world. Everyone has won doubles/trebles/quadruples galore. It
gets boring once you've done it so many times.
Why is the game so easy? Simply put, the AI is awful. You don't even
need to exploit as it will self destruct for you. With each season that
passes, AI teams get weaker and the evidence of an extremely random
squad management module become apparent. An AI team may not even have a
third centreback to put on the bench, yet it will go ahead and spend its
budget on striker #7 that probably won't even get a game until their
contract expires, perhaps to be picked up by yourself on a free
transfer, or maybe another AI team after several years.
It's not just squad management. The AI can be profoundly stupid in
matches, too. You're playing a narrow diamond? Sit back and be amused as
the AI's 4-4-2 team attempts to construct moves through the middle.
You're playing a 3-5-2 against a 4-5-1? No problem, the AI will very
rarely realise that it has unmarked wingbacks to attack you with.
Tactics are a mockery of real-world football, too. You don't see
oldschool 4-3-3s with one striker flanked by two second strikers in real
life anymore, but it is extremely effective on FM. Play 3 uptop and you
There are also issues with a general lack of realism. It's possible for
strikers to score 50/60/70 goals a season. Some people even manage to
get 100 goals out of a striker somehow. I wish this was an exaggeration,
but it isn't. Give a striker maximum pace and 1 for everything else -
he will still get 20-30 goals a season.
Still, it has some redeeming qualities and I do still play the game
occasionally. I just wish another football management simulation would
come along and put it to shame one day."