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.
Match Plan Wizard speeds up the game for more casual players.
Detailed match engine makes games worth watching.
Very comprehensive simulation of modern football.
Almost immeasurable replay value.
Increased accessibility thanks to guides and tutorials.
Still missing key licenses, including the Barclays Premier League.
Can be difficult to intuit some of the stats and feedback.
By PCGamer on November 21, 2013
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.87
By IGN on October 31, 2013
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...80
By EuroGamer on October 28, 2013
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...80
By GameSpot on October 28, 2013
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.90
By Mirror on October 28, 2013
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.100
By TSA on October 28, 2013
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.90
By TheDigitalFix on October 28, 2013
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!100
By NowGamer on October 28, 2013
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.77
By VideoGamer on October 28, 2013
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.80
By DigitalSpy on October 28, 2013
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.80