Football Manager 2016 Review

How does Football Manager 2016 reward you for playing tactically?

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 1 day 20 hours play time)

519 days ago

There are a small handful of clubs you can get away with taking control of without worrying too much about tactics - Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, PSG, Man City, and a few clubs with big budgets in uncompetitive leagues. Except for those, you're really going to need to sweat the details and come up with a formation and system that a) suits the players you have at your disposal, b) creates chances and c) doesn't leave defensive gaps. Feedback is a bit more explicit this year than it has been previously when something isn't working ("we're being outnumbered in the midfield," your assistant will chime) and the improved match engine gives you a clear insight into what works, what doesn't, and why. the inner workings are still a bit opaque though, and at times it feels as though no amount of tactical nous will overcome a pre-ordaned January slump.

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Is Football Manager 2016 faithful to the beautiful game?

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 1 day 20 hours play time)

519 days ago

In many ways it is - real clubs use FM's database as a scouting tool now, which means Wonderkids benefit IRL from their lofty regard in the game. It's a sort of self-fulfilling prophecy that might prevent future Freddy Adus and Supat Rungratsamees. The match engine could never be mistaken for real life, but it's a leap forwards for the series and is now deeply watchable. There's a bit less of the old 'West Ham inexplicably win third straight Champions League title' and 'Man Utd blow £80 million on Luca Toni' now, too.

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Does Football Manager 2016 make you feel powerful?

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 1 day 20 hours play time)

519 days ago

When you're winning, it does. The players are all puppets beneath your fingers, the press purring in adoration, the board stoically satisfied. When you're fucking it up, it makes you feel like Wayne Rooney's face looks.

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What kind of decisions does Football Manager 2016 ask you to make?

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 1 day 20 hours play time)

519 days ago

It depends how deep down the rabbit hole you want to go. Play FM Touch for a quicker experience that gets less bogged down in press conferences and endless chats with discontent players. Play the full-fat game if you want total control over the football club. Choose the formation, the players, the strategy, the press conference demeanour, the staff, the rapport with the players, the quality of the facilities, and the individual training regimes. Unlike other sports sims it doesn't go as granular as to have you picking ticket prices and setting budgets for catering, but it feels pretty involved.

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Would you buy at full price or wait for a Football Manager 2016 sale?

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 1 day 20 hours play time)

519 days ago

I'm not sure I've ever bought a Football Manager game and not ended up playing at least 30+ hours with it (usually well into the hundreds, actually) so I can't fault it for value for money. It seemed pretty stable at release this year too, so it's no longer mandatory to give Sports Interactive until Christmas to sort out the niggles.

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Have you bought anything in Football Manager 2016? How happy were you with your purchase?

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 1 day 20 hours play time)

519 days ago

I use FMRTE to edit, and that cuts out the need for any paid DLC. Admittedly you need to pay for FMRTE too, but it's a one-off purchase for a powerful scouting/editing tool that circumvents all the paid purchases on offer.

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Did you enjoy playing with Football Manager 2016's balls?

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 1 day 20 hours play time)

519 days ago

I respond to this deeply personal question to the affirmative. While the actual football is experienced with traditional passivity, it's a joy to behold thanks to some new and much needed mocap in the match engine. Incredible tekkers.

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How active is the multiplayer community for Football Manager 2016?

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 1 day 20 hours play time)

519 days ago

It'll never be a multiplayer game in the traditional sense, because at its best it's played at too leisurely a pace. Instead, you can export teams and play them against other human players in multiplayer friendlies. There's always local multiplayer too, if two or more of you have the patience for it.

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What do gamers think of Football Manager 2016 after many hours of playing

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Phil Iwaniuk (after 1 day 20 hours play time)

519 days ago

It's taken me this long to finish my first season with Fiorentina. Looking forward to seeing how my summer signings will perform next season.

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