Hello, and welcome to part two of my contribution to Our Year in Games 2016. I’m continuing my tale of my year in games by talking about another selection of games that weren’t necessarily released in 2016. I have played new games this year, honest! But a lot of older games have played some part in shaping my year in games. Here’s four of them.
The Football Manager series is one that suffers a similar fate to FIFA and PES, people will buy the game and soon start moaning that nothing has changed year on year apart from a roster update. I don’t feel like that about Football Manager 2017, I feel generally quite positive about it.
The biggest political event of the year so far in British politics, Brexit, will make its debut in Football Manager 2017, the first known footballing appearance for this political event. As revealed in The Telegraph, Sports Interactive, led by studio head Miles Jacobson have been busy modelling how Brexit might impact upon the footballing world, and you will feel some impact on your games.
Football Manager has laced up its sock ties, turned off his mobile and jogged down onto the pitch for 2017 with the usual plethora of changes. In half an hour of FM joy, some tiny, some large changes and innovations were revealed by Sports Interactive head, Miles Jacobson.
As I write this today, I am on the 16th October 2023 in my Football Manager 2015 career as manager of Cardiff Metropolitan University in the Welsh Premier League. I’m now in a situation, nine seasons in, when management of the club is becoming serious business.
Sports franchises which see a yearly release often go through peaks and troughs in quality. It should be expected when you consider the limited development time on offer, but it is an important thing not to let a trough become a slide towards mediocrity. While I don’t think Sports Interactive are in danger of allowing their Football Manager series fall into terminal decline, their latest release feel extremely half-baked.
There might be a Football Manager overload this year as Sports Interactive get ready to release three distinct versions of the venerable football management sim. Your needs will be met, whether you are a PC gamer, mobile user or prefer to play your games on a tablet. What’s it all about then? Read on to find out more.
I’ve been a long standing fan of the Football Manager series, stretching back to my debut with the games in their original Championship Manager incarnation. Each year, there is something of a debate about whether buying into the yearly releases is worthwhile. Most of the time, the answer is an easy “Yes”, but with Football Manager 2015, I find myself unsure of whether this edition is a must buy.
I was leisurely enjoying a day off on Friday when I saw the trailer for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare which sparked my interest thanks to the stunning footage of Kevin ‘Frank Underwood’ Spacey sharing some fine words on war and politics. The video is captured from the Xbox One version of a game coming out this November, and it looks quite stunning. The title implies a new beginning for the series following the drag of the Modern Warfare sequence. I’m not expecting a world changing game at this stage of things, but it could be good.
Check out the trailer below and then read on for Our Week in Games.
I was saved from scrambling to come up with an introduction with the announcement of Civilization: Beyond Earth which is coming this ‘Fall’ according to the American terminology. The spiritual successor to Alpha Centauri, perhaps the most highly praised 4X game is sure to attract a lot of attention before release, and fortunately PC Gamer have a massive interview with the team covering factions, the planet and more. Well worth a read while the first trailer can be found after the break along with our team’s contributions for Our Week in Games.
It took me a while to get into Football Manager 2014 this year, but once I did, everything fell into place. I think part of the problem was that this year the game is perhaps lacking the one stand out feature that is an easy focal point of the game.
I’m a purist full-fat fan when it comes to Football Manager, I need the proper no-holds barred Career experience. I appreciate that the depth of this isn’t for everyone which is why I was pleased to see the introduction of the Classic mode in last years game. Have no fear, the Classic mode is back for 2014 and you can find all the details in the latest video diary from Sports Interactive head honcho, Miles Jacobson after the break.
One of the most important aspects of any Football Manager game is the news system where you are bombarded with thousands of messages every season. The news system has been totally revamped for FM 2014 as you can see in the video below, and it looks bloody gorgeous. Now I know this won’t appeal to everyone, but anyone who plays the game will know how important the news screen is. Check out the video blog from studio head Miles Jacobson below.
This is Chris Evans’ story about trying to make a custom database for Football Manager 2013 with a very strong hint of A Game of Thrones. This is the third part of his blog charting his progress.
Would I have started this project if I knew quite how much effort it would take to get it to the stage it is at right now? I most certainly would, it is going to be so rewarding to play a long-term game in the Game of Thrones-themed world that I have created within Football Manager 2013. It isn’t all the way there, I haven’t played in-game with this version of the custom file enough yet to make sure everything is working as intended, and I haven’t touched any team logos yet which is going to be something which I might struggle to sort out. Anyway, the latest update on where things are is as follows.
Every copy of Football Manager 2013 includes the game Editor, a powerful tool that you can use to heavily modify the database which drives the game. I recently had the hair-brained idea to try and re-create a tiny bit of the Game of Thrones universe within Football Manager. This is a tale of my adventure.