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Football Manager 2012 (Windows)

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GameOver (Greece)
Μέχρι και τα πολλά bugs για τα οποία φημίζεται η σειρά, έχουν εξαλείφθει μιας και δεν εντόπισα ούτε ένα που να χαλάει το γενικότερο σύνολο. Όποιος το επιλέξει καλό είναι να έχει προετοιμαστεί να παραμερίσει τις όποιες σοβαρές υποχρεώσεις έχει, γιατί τα ποντίκια θα πάρουν φωτιά!!! Το καλύτερο και εθιστικότερο Football Manager... μέχρι το επόμενο.
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GamingXP
Auch wenn der „Fussball Manager 12“ heuer stark aufholen konnte, hat der englische Platzhirsch immer noch die Nase vorn. Da das Spiel bereits im letzten Jahr eine vorbildliche Leistung abgab, waren auch nur wenige Neuerungen nötig, um sich an der Spitze zu halten. Diese wenigen Überarbeitungen, die vor allem das 3D-Match betreffen, sind zudem noch äußerst gelungen. Im Vergleich zum deutschen Konkurrenten wirft der „Football Manager 2012“ einfach mehr Emotion, mehr Spannung und mehr Trainerfeeling in die Waagschale, die folgerichtig nur zu seinen Gunsten ausschlagen kann.
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Spazio Games
Sports Interactive vince nuovamente la propria Champions League: la serie Football Manager spadroneggia incontrastata nel piccolo mondo dei manageriali di calcio, ma il team guidato da Miles Jacobson non commette mai l’errore di sedersi sugli allori e, per quanto possibile, migliora il gameplay del proprio prodotto a seconda delle esigenze e delle comunicazioni pervenute dagli utenti.
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Gamereactor (Italy)
Football Manager 2012 è un grandissimo gioco. O, meglio, un grandissimo simulatore. Certo, per poterselo godere al massimo dovete mangiare pane e calcio tutti i giorni. Non mi considero un grande tifoso, eppure sento di voler ricominciare al più presto. Sabato prossimo ho una partita con il Milan, a San Siro. Meglio iniziare a studiare una tattica.
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Gamereactor (Finland)
Lopuksi voitaneen todeta, etteivät tämän kauden Football Managerin uudet ominaisuudet ole maailmaa mullistavia, mutta kyllä tämä vain taas kerran tuntuu pakkohankinnalta kaikille nojatuolimanagereille.
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Gamereactor (Denmark)
Sports Interactive slår med Football Manager 2012 ikke et større brød op, end de kan bage, men samtidig sørger de for, at det hæver ganske langsomt og sikkert.
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The Telegraph
Most of FM2012’s improvements, such as being able to ‘lock in’ wage offers during contract negotiations so agents won’t try and ask you to pay a salary you just can’t afford, are all tailored to give you more control over your actions but, perhaps more importantly, have been made more friendly. The biggest achievement here is managing to reach out to new or lapsed players, while still piling on new intricacy for long term fans. For them, this is a compelling tangle of improved, impassioned football strategy, bursting with detailed dealings, sumptuous stats and days out in Shrewsbury. And it’s never been a better time to step into the dugout for rookie gaffers.
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Everyeye.it
Football Manager 2012 è il manageriale di calcio definitivo. Migliore della versione dello scorso anno, più ricco e raffinato, raggiunge vette difficilmente equiparabili per qualsiasi altro che ne voglia mettere in discussione la leadership. Acquisto quasi obbligato per tutti gli amanti della serie e del calcio in generale e da quest'anno più vicino ai neofiti, grazie ai tutorial ed alla nuova guida in-game.
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Games.cz
Žádný update soupisek. Naopak, FM 2012 je další vynikající ročník krále fotbalových manažerů, který přináší pořádnou porci vylepšení, jež výrazně zvyšují tradičně kvalitní hratelnost a návykovost. Pro milovníky žánru naprosto jednoznačná záležitost.
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Gamer.no
Football Manager gjør ikke alt for mye nytt, men de endringene som er der bidrar definitivt til å øke spillegleden. Jeg vil anbefale denne utgaven til alle som noen gang har vært borti spillet og likt det. Det er også mer tilgjengelig enn tidligere utgaver, så selv nye spillere burde ha relativt lett for å komme inn i den avhengighetsskapende galskapen som er Football Manager 2012.
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Level 7
Det nya gränssnittet och alla de andra nyheterna gör spelet mer överskådligt och tillgängligt. Matchmotorn bjuder på matcher värda att se på och spelet har en närmast oändlig livslängd. Den nästintill perfekta simuleringen av tränaryrket dras endast ned av klumpiga interaktioner med spelare samt att det är väldigt tidskrävande.
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Meristation
Football Manager 2012, al igual que sus antecesores, es un juego experto. Es el equivalente futbolístico a los juegos de estrategia mayor, con gran cantidad de opciones y consecuencias para nuestros actos más allá de las evidentes. No es justo decir que no es apto para todos los públicos, pero sí que necesita de un acercamiento distinto a otros juegos. Gracias al tutorial, y a las mejoras en la interfaz, muchos usuarios podrán aventurarse sin miedo en la serie, y los más veteranos no tendrán dificultades para encontrarse cómodos con los cambios. Aunque pueda resultar frustrante no tener todo el control del equipo en nuestras manos, y tener que delegar en algunos asuntos, no cabe duda que nos encontramos ante el mayor realismo del mercado, con las reacciones más creíbles y humanas y la mayor emoción de este deporte. Si tu sueño es convertirte en entrenador, tienes una asignatura obligatoria en este juego.
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Multiplayer.it
Come spesso è successo nel caso dei suoi predecessori, FM 2012 non è sinonimo di rivoluzione, ma dà ampio spazio a un'evoluzione portata a termine da Sports Interactive nella maggioranza degli aspetti del gioco. A quanto descritto nel corpo della recensione ci sarebbero infatti da aggiungere i nuovi contratti con maggiori opzioni, un tutorial raddoppiato e altri elementi piccoli e grandi che gli sviluppatori hanno saputo mettere insieme, per sfornare un nuovo capitolo assolutamente degno di essere giocato e vissuto da tutti quanti i fan di Football Manager, non a caso diventato da anni ormai un'assoluta garanzia. Gli appassionati storici non avranno assolutamente bisogno di consigli per l'acquisto, mentre a chi si ritiene un po' più tiepidino nei confronti di questa serie possiamo dire di non essere al cospetto di un semplice add-on per FM 2011, anche se come già evidenziato non sono presenti stravolgimenti particolari.
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Games Aktuell
Die kleinen Neuerungen machen den Manager-Alltag noch umfangreichen, aber – zum Glück – nicht komplexer und verwirrender. Der Fussball Manager ist auch dieses Jahr eine Kaufempfehlung. Wer allerdings weniger Wert auf Lizenzen legt, der kann auch beruhgit zum Vorgänger greifen.
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GamingUnion.net
Sports Interactive has been the leading football management developer for many years now and the fact they keep releasing games year after year with the same drive and passion has to be commended. Football Manager 2012 is further testament to their dedication as it includes a host of improvements and ensures that the Football Manager franchise stays at the top of the tree. It may become more of a daunting prospect for newcomers every year, but everyone has to start somewhere and there's no better place than FM12.
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Computer and Video Games (CVG)
This is the same Football Manager you know and love with a number of really good decisions running throughout to give more depth and more control.
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Strategy Informer
The key question is this. Do you like Football Manager? Then you’ve already got this on pre-order. There’s not much more to say and if you don’t have it queued in your shopping basket, get it now. The best FM by far - the definitive football management simulator. Want to know the best thing? It can only get better.
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videogamer.com
It's painfully addictive, screen-shatteringly frustrating at times but so moreish it's like the computer game equivalent of Chocolate Fingers. The improvements are significant without breaking the fundamentals, and it seems that Sports Interactive has thought long and hard about how it can implement changes that would bring back the disillusioned without enraging the devotees. Roll on FM 13.
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Hooked Gamers
In conclusion, Football Manager 2012 will never win any awards for graphics or sound design; it doesn't need to. What it will win awards for, however, is its addictive gameplay and for being by far the greatest football management sim to date. Sports Interactive have proved once again that they are the masters of the genre. EA may try to compete every year with their FIFA Manager series, but it's a fruitless struggle as Sports Interactive win year after year. 2012 is again the year of Football Manager. To the outsider looking in, you may not be enthused by what you've seen - such changes make no real difference to you, apart from the Tutorial, which enables you to start your Football Manager career with ease. However, to the diehards and casual enthusiasts of the series, Football Manager 2012's various improvements mean it has once again hit the back of net.
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IGN
Is Football Manager 2012 a revolution? Probably not, but in that respect it's a victim of its own success. When a game is this colossal, this rich, it's hard to see how it could possibly be bettered, match engine excepted. Is it worth shelling out 30 quid for once again? Ask that same question when it's quarter to three in the morning and you're looking around the room for someone to high-five as you've just survived your first season in the Premier League with your beloved MK Dons. Some may look at Sports Interactive and detect a faint glimmer of complacency, but just because Football Manager's opposition have all but given up, this doesn't mean the king can't rule his kingdom.
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newbreview.com
Simply put, Football Manager 2012 is not for everyone but is exactly what the fans wanted. The core gameplay remains but new features help to flesh out the experience into something even greater. Over a decade after the first game was released, the series still has areas to improve upon, especially in terms of presentation of matches, but that doesn’t make the game any less captivating. The Football Manager series has always been the best in its genre, partly because there aren’t many football manager sims and partly because simply put, nobody does it better. Football Manager 2012 continues that trend.
85
GameStar (Germany)
Der Fussball Manager ist auch in seiner 2012-Edition sicherlich nicht die realistischste Simulation (Meister-Hattrick von Schalke? Hahaha.). Daran ändern auch die vielen sehr löblichen Verbesserungen im Detail und am 3D-Modus nichts. Trotzdem macht das Spiel mit seinem riesigen Umfang, der Detailverliebtheit und der Allumfassung (Privatleben, Feiern, Sponsoring, Vereinsausbau, etc.) nach wie vor einen Heidenspaß. Mit den Rumpelkickern eines selbst gebastelten Clubs in die Bayernliga aufzusteigen motiviert dabei ebenso, wie Magaths Transferirrtürmer beim VfL Wolfsburg (Sorry, Heiko!) zu korrigieren. Wer also nicht die perfekte Fußballspiel-Simulation, sondern einen grandiosen Wirtschafts- und Vereins-Simulator im Kicker-Milieu sucht, der darf zugreifen.
85
Vandal Online
Football Manager 2012 te encantará y te apasionará si te gustó la versión de 2011, pero también puedes pensar que los cambios introducidos no te merezcan la pena. Si por el contrario, es tu primer juego de la saga, o la primera entrega que compras tras varios años despegado de la saga, no te lo pienses demasiado y hazte con tu copia. Eso sí, no podemos negar que el miedo al estancamiento puede comenzar a rondarlo, y es ahora el momento de empezar a cambiar. Football Manager 2012 es un gran juego que toma todo lo bueno y correcto de años anteriores, pero que quizás, tendría que dar un salto de nivel jugable. Los equipos grandes y sus entrenadores siempre están sometidos a la presión, obligados a mejorar y a mantener un nivel conforme a sus características y posibilidades. Y Football Manager puede ir y lograr muchísimo más. Creemos que no tiene límites más allá de los que la misma saga se imponga para mantener "su identidad". La pelota está sobre el tejado de Sports Interactive y SEGA.
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Gry OnLine
Football Manager 2012 to kolejny mały krok SI Games w stronę perfekcji. Gra jak zwykle prezentuje bardzo wysoki poziom!
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Gamer.nl
Hoewel er geen enorme veranderingen te ontdekken zijn, is Football Manager 2012 net als de afgelopen seizoenen de beste voetbalmanager van het moment. Chapeau, Sports Interactive, maar volgend seizoen graag een nieuw trainingssysteem en een uitgebreide online modus.
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XGN
Toch moet je toegeven dat Football Manager 2012 het gewoon weer waarmaakt. Het maakt het spel weer een stuk completer en als voetbalfanaat en control freak moet je dit spel in huis hebben. Het is dus wel jammer dat alles nog niet honderd procent goed werkt, maar na wat enkele patches zal dat hopelijk wel goed komen. Het is jammer van de gebrekkige Nederlandse taal, maar het is niet anders. Het gaat tenslotte om voetbal, niet om taal!
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PAL Gaming Network (PALGN)
It's plain to see that the passionate legion of Football Manager diehards will know exactly what to expect from Football Manager 2012, as it exercises the same sheer depth and freedom that have seen the series leave other football management titles in its wake. For those that are keen to show off thier innate footballing genius to the world but never had the gumption to take the chance, Football Manager 2012 is an accessible introduction into the genre that you should definitely take a chance on.
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MMGN
Football Manager 2012 is in essence the same as it's predecessors - the most realistic football management simulator available. The addition of some nice new features might not warrant the casual player to go out and purchase this years release if they find FM11 ample. However, Football Manager 2012 has successfully had even more depth, personality and realism packed into it, which will excite the more passionate enthusiasts. With a more dynamic feel and the ability to expand your managerial journey unlike before, Football Manager 2012 raises the bar in sport simulation gaming.
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PC Gamer
Often beguiling and sometimes infuriating, FM 2012 remains a compelling and comprehensive sim of footie strategy and tactics.
83
3D Juegos
Football Manager 2012 puede que no aporte un número de novedades deslumbrante, pero sí hace los suficientes ajustes como para tenerlo en cuenta. Vuelve a haber algunos bugs de muy leve importancia, pero sólo por disfrutar de los nuevos interfaces y de las mejoras en las contrataciones ya merece la pena hacerse con él y volver a disfrutar de su adictiva propuesta.
80
PCActu
Football Manager 2012 est une fois encore un titre sobre, austère, rempli de tableaux tous plus froids les uns que les autres. Pourtant, s'en servir pour devenir le meilleur entraîneur de l'histoire du ballon rond reste toujours aussi enivrant, aussi plaisant. Cette année encore, les nouveautés pourraient figurer sur un post-it plutôt que sur un poster mais malgré tout, la recette fonctionne admirablement bien. Alors oui, messieurs de chez Sports Interactive, ce serait sympa de nous proposer quelque chose d'un peu neuf l'an prochain… mais si vous faites tout pareil, mon coloc et moi passerons quand même des dizaines d'heures à jouer, c'est promis !
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Eurogamer.be
Football Manager 2012 heeft best wat nieuws te bieden, maar laten we eerlijk zijn: niks wereldschokkends. De grootste verbetering die ik zelf kan bedenken is de extra vrijheid die je hebt met contracten en opties, maar dat is niet meteen een pick-up line waarmee je kan uithalen. FM 2012 is dus een herhaling van een gevierd concept met verbeteringen die dit de beste management game blijven maken. Er zitten nog enkele kleine foutjes in die wel gepatched zullen worden, maar verder biedt deze titel de meest geavanceerde en meest gelijkende ervaring in verhouding met de ware sport...en bovendien genieten we nog steeds keihard van onze zelf gemanagede overwinningen. Het blijft dus een topper.
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Eurogamer.pt
Football Manager 2012 continua a oferecer uma base de dados inigualável dentro dos simuladores do género e uma profundidade tática que vai continuar a deliciar os fãs. Traz algumas novidades dignas de relevo, mas acaba por continuar a ser vítima da sua própria dimensão. Claro que é um género muito específico e pouco suscetível a inovações, mas honestamente continua e continuará a oferecer exatamente aquilo que esperamos dele.
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Eurogamer.se
Det är onekligen bekvämt att utgå från förra årets spel för att ta fram årets, men då får man också skygglappar på köpet. Football Manager 2012 är fortfarande i absolut särklass bland managerspel, men jag önskar att Sports Interactive ville släppa det förflutna och höja blicken.
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Eurogamer.it
Football Manager 2012 è una macchina oliata, complessa e molto articolata. Provoca dipendenza una volta lanciato e dà soddisfazione quando la propria squadra gioca bene e vince. È però anche un gioco difficile, frustrante e cattivo, dove bisogna leggere moltissimo e dove le decisioni avventate sono punite senza pietà. Siete pronti alla nuova avventura?
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Eurogamer.net (UK)
It's the least shocking revelation of the year to learn that the 2012 version is officially quite good. Actually, that's a lie - it's the most complete simulation of everything connected to the business of football management imaginable. If you're an out-of-work footy manager and you're jonesing for some action, this is as close to the real thing as getting flecked with spittle by an irate Ken Bates after a 6-0 reverse to your local rivals.
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Gamereactor International
Even if Football Manager 2012 is an improved experience and the best Football Manager I've played I feel the need to deduct a point for the lack of any real game changing features. The developer has noted that a lot of players opt out of buying the game every year, and even if this is an improvement upon Football Manager 2011 - you shouldn't feel too bad about opting out of FM2012. That said, it's still an excellent game of football management with little or no competition.
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TotalVideoGames (TVG)
Your girlfriend will still dump you, the cat will still die because you forgot to feed it, and the boss will still fire you because the game is installed on your office computer. Football Manager remains as addictive as ever and continues to delve deeper into minuscule details, but it's also been too many years since the series has teed up a game-changing new feature.
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Gamekult
Ses petites nouveautés sont nombreuses, mais à l'échelle d'un jeu de cette envergure, mineures. Football Manager est tout simplement la suite naturelle de l'édition 2010, avec quelques légères retouches dans les menus. Certains paraissent plus intuitifs, comme l'écran tactique, mais l'ensemble donne surtout une impression décourageante de profusion. A l'inverse, les parties en 3D ont le mérite de respecter les consignes données dans les grandes lignes, mais souffrent d'une réalisation antique et d'une navigation pénible. De manière générale, FM 2012 peine à laisser entrer les nouveaux arrivants dans la série. Mais sur le créneau de la richesse, de la profondeur, de la base de données et des options, il est, encore une fois, inattaquable, et c'est ce que les puristes attendaient de lui.
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Metro.co.uk
Still easily the best sports management game around, and although most of this year’s changes are fairly trivial they’re all extremely welcome.
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Absolute Games (AG.ru)
Разработчики неустанно шлифуют свой сериал, только скорость шлифовки иначе как черепашьей не назовешь. А ценник-то не меняется. И даже от преданных фанатов все чаще слышишь: «Скачаю, посмотрю и решу, покупать ли» или «Не попробовать ли мне FIFA Manager?». Кто-то возразит, что нам не нужны великие потрясения, нам нужен великий футбольный менеджер. Но сегодня у Football Manager — полный штиль. И от упадка проект спасает лишь отсутствие серьезного конкурента.
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Impulse Gamer
All up, Football Manager 2012 is a superb and realistic soccer management simulation. It is complex and intricately detailed. This is definitely a specialized game which will appeal to a certain type of gamer who is interested in the business of running a team. Most of all what must be noted is that this game needs time to play, it is a large time commitment especially if you intend to lead a team from the fourth tier into a continental competition such as the Champions League.
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Fragland.net
The latest version in the Football Manager series is again a clear goal. SI Games and Sega prove again they’re the kings of soccer management, even if there isn’t too much competition present. Except for some minor issues and the usual – although not too prominent – bugs and glitches we again get a top title here with enough innovation compared to last year. We’re sure soccer fans will again spend countless hours with their favorite teams, guiding them to the top tier of world soccer.
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Digital Spy
Football Manager 2012 has a vast fanbase eagerly awaiting it to arrive on the market, and the diehards will know exactly what to expect. It's crammed with all of the usual tweaks and refinements, as well as some shrewd streamlining. With an improved tutorial system, this is the most accessible entry in the series for some time, but there will still be those who yearn for the days when the football management title wasn't so bloated with stats and options.
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GameSpot
There's a little bit more of just about every element compared to the 2011 version. There is better scouting and more interaction, as well as lots of tweaks and streamlines, but there's nothing monumental. It really depends on how important it is to you to start off the game with all of this year's transfers in place, bearing in mind that a season into the game, everything will change anyway. Football Manager remains the only football management sim you need; just don't expect an easy ride, especially if this is your first dalliance. If you stick with it, though, it could change your life.
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gamrReview
Overwhelming, hostile, and boring to some – more the invention of a masochistic accountant looking for ‘fun’ in his spare time than an actual game. Utterly addictive, deep, and staggeringly comprehensive – the authoritative management simulator to others. Football Manager 2012 is a tough sell for newbies, but fans will surely love every tortured minute of it.
75
Bit-Tech
Make no mistake; FM 2012 is a rewarding, challenging and fun game for those with even a passing interest in football. Despite this, though, FM 2012 is the first Football Manager in years which I’ve felt comfortable skipping in favour of returning to my ongoing tale from last year’s game. The new interface can easily feel overloaded, and the altered tactical screen seems counter-intuitive rather than an improvement. The only standout feature is the new tone and dialogue system which, while long requested, doesn’t make this a mandatory purchase, especially as it doesn't extend to press conferences. I’ve no doubt that FM 2012 will be hugely successful, and for new players it’s the best Football Manager starting point ever. For seasoned players such as me, though, it’s back to Football Manager 2011 and Bristol Rovers. Come on the Gas!
75
NZGamer
We would suggest newcomers tread warily, a simulator like this won’t suit everyone and is somewhat of a niche title, but hardcore players will love this new iteration, and the level of detail and depth Football Manager 2012 provides.
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Gamereactor (Norway)
Det er ingen tvil om at Football Manager 2012 er et fantastisk spill, men du kan ikke forvente noen revolusjon. Alt av det nye som har blitt introdusert er bare små detaljer som ikke vil påvirke hvordan du spiller. Kanskje Sports Interactive kunne trengt mer konkurranse enn det de har per idag? Uansett kommer jeg til å bruke tonnevis av timer på å leke manager i år også.
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Gamereactor (Sweden)
Sammanfattningsvis är Football Manager 2012 ett väldigt passande namn. Det blir väldigt mycket management, men dessvärre inte tillräckligt mycket spel. Detaljnivån i form av spelare och statistik saknar motstycke, men det är på hög tid att någonting mer grundläggande händer. Spelet behöver hitta en form som är tydligare och som bättre fokuserar på sina styrkor. Jag kommer ge det mycket av min tid, helt enkelt för att det saknas bättre alternativ. Men jag får fortsätta vänta på den där verkliga wow-känslan. Den som får mig att vilja söka till en tränarutbildning.
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Gameblog.fr
F.M. 2012 ravira les habitués en misant sur ses qualités qui font sa force. En retouchant avec parcimonie sa simulation sur des détails qui font la différence, Sports Interactive vise clairement les puristes au risque de laisser sur le banc de touche les nouveaux venus. Pour les fans, Football Manager 2012 est une réussite, les autres seront peut être rebutés par l’exigence de l’expérience.