10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars
End of an era I think..., 16 Nov. 2013
= Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars
I never thought i'd be saying this, but having a 3D match engine has killed football manager and I don't believe there will be anyway back for them now either. I just think that football manager sims where only ever meant to have simplistic game engines but a lot of tactical depth and emphasis on stats and database size. In theory having a 3D game engine is a good idea, but in reality, you have other games like FIFA who have better graphics, realistic game play and the capacity to manage on it too now, so I wonder if FM14 is approaching redundancy as an actual game (lets face it, when the graphics and game play get so good, we'd probably mostly rather play than manage).
The game itself, well there is nothing I can really say which hasn't been said by others already. I hasn't improved one bit from FM13 (or even 11/12 for that matter either). Its full of bugs and such that all the previous editions have also had. You'd think they would have ironed them out by now. The game play is totally unrealistic, so much so that you wonder if your tactics actually do anything at all, but rather the game just randomly decides what will happen before the game even starts. The interview/press conferences and pointless and boring and just end up making the game drag. The same could be said about the team talk element too. Good idea in theory, pointless in practice.
The defending element is abysmal. Defenders will literally stand and watch opposition strikers walk it into the net. Even when everyone is back defending in the box. I have had 1 opponent player take on 6 defenders all in the box and score, with not one of them making a tackle. And I even had it on orders to hassle and get stuck into tackles.
Transfers seem almost impossible, unless you have manage a rich club and even then they are mostly tight as they possible can be with transfer funds and you end up having to talk to the board all the time requesting an adjustment to the transfer budget.
So in a nutshell,If you have been playing since the days of CM2, unless you really need to have a flash 3D match engine (which doesn't work properly), leave well alone and save yourself £30. Even if you are new to the genre, your still probably going to find it miles to frustrating and monotonous.