When you have a game with a simple name it’s usually either the best game in the genre or the worst one. Football Manager is one of the former, a quintessential specimen of managing games that you start playing just for few turns and before you know it’s morning and you’re late for work. For more than a decade, Football Manager has been a supreme game in the genre and every yearly iteration has been impatiently anticipated by the fans. This year’s version isn’t an exception either. Did the newest edition of Football Manager justify the expectations?
The short answer to that question would be “my God, yes”. However, we are not here to give short answers but some extensive description of why is Football Manager a great successor of the best managing game of all time. So, without further ado, let’s get on it. The first noticeable thing about this game is that they kept the dark theme from the 2018 version. This is a great decision since this theme is easier for the eyes, which is quite important when your gaming sessions are 8 hours long, and they tend to be while playing this game. Football Manager has always had the reputation of a huge time spender and 8 hours of gameplay are just beginners’ number.
There are two new League options in this game, and those are China and Russia. A lot of fans asked for the Chinese League, so it was just a matter of the moment when it will get included in the game. Considering that a lot of big stars are currently playing in the Chinese Super League, we are quite certain that players will enjoy leading Chinese clubs. Russia is also a country which was sought after by fans, and its inclusion is very welcome to see. The constant inclusions and improvement of the database is always a good thing.
The training mode has seen a much-needed upgrade, although you will have a hard time to get used to it. Namely, now you will be able to train the players for the specific position instead of adding them to the general regime. You can now set the attribute you would like players to improve, like Passing for a Ball Playing Defender or Dribbling for an Inside Forward. The more detailed training report will be of great help to understand the players better and you know what are their strong and weak sides.
There is another great change which is also very welcome, and it’s about transfer and contract negotiations. Transfer negotiations are now real-time, so now you can contact the club to get the better deal for your player or another way around. You can also check if any other clubs are interested in your player, and who offers the highest price at that very moment. Contract offers are more real-time based, and your players will express your satisfaction or dissatisfaction. With these newest upgrades, this game started to feel more manager like.
The players’ search has been updated toо, so now you can search for specific positions and footedness (dominant left or dominant right foot) thanks to the customize options. This change allows players to narrow down the exact type of players they’re looking for, and find the players they were looking for more easily.
This year’s Football Manager doesn’t feel so easy as it used to be. The players are not so motivated anymore, there are a lot more confidence issues, the form of the players waiver more frequently, and you’re not destroying your opponents like you used to. However, this only adds to the enjoyment of the gameplay.
This iteration of Football Manager has also added replays. This decision is probably hailed by all those people who like to analyze their strategy and perfect their tactics. And for that, it’s very important to know where they went wrong in the build-up, formation, and execution of the game. Following the all major leagues and championships, Football Manager 2019 also included VAR technology. With that, you can be sure that it really was a penalty and that the game is not fixed. Both replay and VAR options will hopefully settle a lot of turmoils and misunderstandings about this game.
The 2019 version of Football Manager is certainly a great improvement, and it shows very much. There are some things that are still left desired, like the better interaction between players and a 2-year loan deal. However considering that mobile version keeps improving year by year, we wouldn’t be surprised to find both of those in the next iteration of the game. Football Manager still has the status of the game that sets the standards of how a Football Manager game should look and feel like.