Football Manager 2014

  • Football Manager 2014
86
Based on 25 scores, 28 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    17
  • Good:
    7
  • Average:
    0
  • Bad:
    1

Pros:

  • Tactical depth is the greatest the series has ever seen.
  • Real-time transfer negotiations add to realism.
  • Player personalities are much more lifelike and diverse.

Cons:

  • Still missing key licenses, including the Barclays Premier League.
  • Can be difficult to intuit some of the stats and feedback.

Expert reviews and ratings

By Good Gear Guide on 80

Football Manager 2014 doesn't do anything new to attract a broader audience, but armchair team managers are bound to enjoy...

By New Game Network on 87

Even if you played last year's iteration, I can highly recommend FM2014. Slight improvements across the board make this a must buy for anyone looking to get into managing their favorite...

By PCGamer on 87

The scarf I hold aloft still has ‘Classic Mode’ stitched on it, as it’s still the most elegant distillation of Football Manager, but I can see now that it’s only a matter of time before I’m swallowed whole.

By PC Gamer on 87

Deep, exciting and, for the first time, as human as real football, Football Manager 2014 has hit the back of the...

By Pocket-lint on 100

Perhaps the main reason for Sports Interactive's success with the Football Manager franchise over the years is that, more than any other developer we know, it listens to its fans. And we have a distinct feeling that all the new features stem...

By IGN on 80

There are few games that can soak up my time as much as the Football Manager series can over an entire year, and it’s set to continue thanks to another solid outing. On face value there are fewer drastic improvements, but many gentle refinements to the UI and subtle additions to its newer formulas mean that Football Manager 2014 improves...

By Strategy Informer on 85

When 90%+ of each Football Manager release is the same year in-year out, how do you even begin talking about each new version? Do you choose to highlight that it’s still essentially peerless and more addictive than ever? That it’s more newbie-friendly...

By telegraph.co.uk on 90

In your first press conference as the new manager of your chosen club in Football Manager, one of the questions is about your man-management style. My usual choice from the list of answers is: “I think it works best when players are treated like human...

By EuroGamer on 80

How much longer will they will remain opposed, though, if FM is suddenly happy to simplify and Classic feels the need to borrow more and more of its sibling's features? While FM14 feels in many ways like a standard release, the subtle changes to philosophy beneath the hood feel like a corner being turned - an acceptance, perhaps...

By GameSpot on 90

Not so long ago, Football Manager represented an impenetrable proposition to anyone who didn't know the difference between a False 9 and an Engache. That time is a thing of the past. Kudos to Sports Interactive for delivering a much more inclusive game, but without so much as hinting at compromising the experience for veterans.

By Mirror on 100

For my part, I can say only this: These are the difficult times, Geoff, the times when the boys need to stick together. But mark my words. There’s no way that Tom Cleverley ever plays for this team again.

By TSA on 90

It feels almost unfair and premature to be rushed into reviewing such a grand proposition but even with so much left to experience - the personal stories we all develop from situations that are unique to each of us - it’s clear that this is the best Football Manager game so far and that makes it entirely unmatched in its field.

By TheDigitalFix on 100

Yes, it will change based on things we learn and bugs we need to iron out but that’s an ever-happening occurrence. All told it’s really rather good. I really am the Football Manager and long may it last!

By NowGamer on 77

Football Manager 2014 is another worthwhile addition to the series, one riddled with drama and embroiled within the addictiveness of Fantasy Football culture, but its lack of competition ensures a complacent performance for fans who renew their season ticket each year.

By VideoGamer on 80

FM 2014 allows you to do more in less time, but it doesn't mean you won't spend as many hours as you do every year playing the game. Whether you're desperately trying to avoid relegation or win that all-important cup final, this year's entry will once again keep you invested for a long time.

By DigitalSpy on 80

The result is another definitive simulation of the beautiful game that will enhance the lives of wannabe football managers, and make life bearable when the football season comes to an end in May.

By God is a Geek on 90

Another thing SI will have to be wary of is complacency. Football Manager has no real direct competition, and that can only cause problems in the long run. For now, however, Football Manager remains a top game and the best of its kind. It suits all comers, and is the most complete management sim yet.

By CVG on 90

There are no (that we can see) opposition instructions, no teamtalks, no ways of making morale any better when on a bad run. And morale is crucial, so crucial that being unable to change it with a team meeting or some kind words in teamtalks makes the Classic mode very hard indeed.

By ShopTo on 90

So what you really need to know is that Football Manager 2014 continues to evolve the series in the correct direction, making this year’s version the most streamlined and polished to date. If you’re a fan of Football Manager then you won’t be disappointed, well unless you’re team are as useless as mine.

By HardwareHeaven on -

As with many other yearly refreshes (such as FIFA, F1, etc.) those who have the last version might not necessarily get the maximum value from this edition but anyone on 2012 or earlier will see significant...