Football Manager 2017 Review
Posted 15/11/2016 by Brighthouse Social Team
Football games, like the beautiful game itself, are all about creating stories. If you like to take control of the action at ground level then you have the likes of FIFA 17 and Pro Evolution Soccer 2017, but if you like to oversee and lead an entire team to victory, you should love Football Manager 2017.
This game is all about the details – every part of managing a football team has been simulated with enormous depth and detail. The pages of statistics laid out for you to tweak are balanced by the match engine, which turns your decisions into action on the pitch.
Managing your team
Making those decisions has never been easier, as Football Manager 2017 has improved the way important info is presented to the player. Your virtual inbox fills up with reports that need to be acted on, usually a decision from you about training or new talent. Previous versions meant you had to go off in search of the appropriate menu and option yourself, which could take a while, but now you can make decisions much more efficiently, and the info presented is easier to take in at a glance.
This may sound like a small change, but it does have a surprisingly large impact on how you play the game. In previous games, chances are you would ignore small tasks that involved trawling through a bunch of menus to complete, but it might have been something that made all the difference to your next match.
Taking of matches, you also get decent pre-game reports. These reports show you the details and previous strategies of your opponent, so you can make informed decisions about your tactics for the upcoming match. After the match you’ll be presented with lots of information about your own team, again presented in much clearer and more readily available way over previous versions of the game.
The match engine itself has improved a lot in this version. Players react more realistically and make better decisions when they’re on the ball, and there is much more variety in the types of goals and the passes players make. Fans of previous versions of Football Manager will probably remember the frustration felt during matches when players would randomly change their mind mid-pass, or the opponent’s players performed far better than their stats would suggest. This time around, everything feels very different in the best possible way.
The whole match experience feels different, with better graphics and new camera angles, and a more dynamic feel to games where teams can switch up their tactics mid-match.
A completely new addition to the game is social media. This new screen gives you live reactions from fans and pundits on your latest match results, player signings, and other big events, making your choices and actions feel a bit more consequential in the game world. That new player you signed for a fortune not performing well? The fans will be quick to say what they think. It’s a bit of added fun rather than anything substantial, but it does make the game feel a bit more lively
Football Manager 2017 gives the series its biggest shake up in years, refreshing some of the core areas while adding new features. It makes it easier to enjoy the stories that emerge out of the gameplay as it gives what you need when you need it, so you never have to search through endless menus to make that one crucial decision, or even know you needed to make it in the first place.
Football Manager 2017 will simply let you have more fun and give you more rewarding stories as you live your fantasy of managing a football team.