Football Manager 2016 [PC] Buy Now Best Price
Football Manager is the most realistic, in-depth and immersive football management simulation available – it’s the closest thing to doing the job for real. Taking control of any squad from more than 50 countries across the world, you decide who plays and who sits on the bench, deal with the media and solve player problems. You’re in total control of tactics, team-talks, substitutions and pitch-side instructions as you follow the match live with the acclaimed 3D match engine.
Football Manager 2016 doesn’t try to rewrite the rule book. In fact, there are only a few headline changes from last year. You still create your profile – there is now a hilariously awful build-a-manager option that makes you look like a character from a bad PS1 game – choose which team to manage, sculpt your squad and hopefully lead them to greatness. Yet, the bevy of smaller additions make it much more inviting game, meaning Football Manager has hooked me back in after a year off.
The biggest selling point of FMM 2016 is the options it gives players; you can pick a team from any of the 14 playable nations (mostly the big ones, like England and Italy, and the smaller UK ones), all with their current rosters, financial situations, European qualifications (or not), and injuries. Pick one of the biggest teams in the world – the likes of Barcelona or Chelsea – and you have very expensive players and a huge transfer budget; pick a tiny relegation-prone team, and you get the analogous players and budget.
At the same time though, with big budgets come big expectations, so each team you pick will make FMM 2016 feel like a very different game. Fighting to survive relegation and celebrating every single point will give you a very different feel than having your fans boo you off the field (this actually happens in the game) for not beating a team that’s currently in top form and in the top three places in the league. The good thing is that the game gives you more than one save spot, so you can have varied gameplay experiences at the same time.
The game offers plenty of content, as it does pretty much every year. You have the traditional Career Mode, which gives you 30 years to build the career of your dreams, a Challenge Mode, which gives you various scenarios to overcome (save a team from relegation, survive a huge injury crisis, manage an unbeaten streak, and so on), and a Create-a-Club mode that lets you, well, create your club and then add it into a playable league.
The Store offers more Challenges ($0.99 each) as well as IAPs that let you become ‘un-firable,’ find a sugar daddy chairman, choose to manage a National side at the start of a season, and so on. While all the IAPs are definitely non-essential, I hope the National team option was part of the base game because it’s a fun part of being a manager. Yes, you can get to manage a national team as you become more famous, but having the option early wouldn’t have hurt.