I've just purchased football Manager 13, I had had every release since the champ man days and even bought 2 copies of some after the cd broke.
This in my humble opinion is the worst installment I have played, there is no rhyme or reason to anything that happens in this game. If I don't change my squad no matter how tired, I stand a good chance of winning, even with players at 40-50% fitness I continue to win, as soon as I swap one player out, I go on a loosing streak.
Winning a game 3-0, make a sub at 75 minutes get beat 4-3. have a team meeting and the team start arguing, assistant manager continually telling to praise this or that player for them to disagree most of the time. Team talks and personal talks ineffective, barley ever a reaction unless I win a game.
Cannot see the condition , player rating of my players during matches due to the info box that appears during a match (i use split screen), need to turn it off to see this info. Most of my screen is taken up by blank spaces and I need to continually switch pages to get the information I find interesting and important.
I have moved Celtic into the championship, as I do every time. In Europe I beat Sporting Lisbon 5-1 at home, got beat narrowly by Real Madrid 3-2 away with 10 men and beat Ajax 1-0 at home, I play 4-1-4-1 in Europe and it works, same formation and set up I used in FM11 & FM12. Use the same formation in the championship and I get spanked, 3 games in a row in between games in Europe get defeated in all of them.
Got a decent team as well, not spectacular but I should not be loosing some of the games in the way I am loosing.
The 3d pitch view is infuriating players running around like headless chickens, what is the point of this if it is not accurate, cannot get any player faces without signing up for premium accounts at file hosting websites., have no idea why SI do not host these picture packs made by fans to make it easier to get a hold of them. Do not understand why club and competition icons are not standard.
I would even pay extra for the picture packs.
Again in my humble opinion, SI have bitten off more than they can chew with this match engine, I spent loads of time on tactics, set pieces, making sure the players I have in each position have the correct stats for that position, compare my players to the top team's in the league to make sure I am competitive and it stands for nowt as a roll of the dice is taken for every game.
Every time a bid comes in for my player he wants a new contract after it, scouts constantly scout players outwith the financial restraints of the club, agent fee's are ridiculous, got agents getting a better singing on fee than players, would love an option to remove agents completely. Would an agent seriously get in the way of a transfer because he wants 25k and I am offering 15k, what would he tell his client, the club was not willing to pay me an extra ten grand, so you cannot go to Celtic and get an extra 3k per week.
I have FM for Iphone and for pc and I am disappointed in both, first time I've ever wanted to return an FM game, love the look of the game, love some of the extra feature, chief Scout and giving him the job of setting scouting assignments, love the pa settings, love being able to hire a reserve manager and under 18's manager. Love you can drag a player around the park and it shows you potential positions in red, amber green "Super Green".
Lots of great features and additions, but is just totally destroyed by this new match engine, I heard you were changing and decided to hold back purchasing the new game, thought it was fixed, but can see it is not. if I cannot return this then I think I'll skip FM14 until you get this new match engine tight or go back to FM 12's.