Product Type: Sega PC games
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FM12: Ups and Downs.
Football Manager 2012 (PC)
Member Name: Steve87
Football Manager 2012 (PC)
Advantages: Huge player database, definitely one of my favourite points,
Disadvantages: 3D Match is disappointing.
First of all I'd like to begin by stating that I was always a FIFA player up until about 2010 which is when I got bored of repetition and was pointed towards a more Managerial role.
What I have found with the FM series is that the database never fails to blow me away by being so vast and extensive, player, club and country knowledge shown by the developers is absolutely second to none, to me, this is half of the appeal, I find with games like this the attention to detail shown to create not only an individual feel to the game play but put you right in the seat of being manager of a football team is of vital importance and I believe that in this instance they have got it spot on.
Tactics and match preparation is half the battle when it comes to creating a winning, consistent team and there are endless ways to create every style of team you can think of, however, the lack of option to create set runs for your wide men or put your holding midfielder in a particular role/mindset before the game lets it down slightly, I'm sure I'm not the only one that will think that this needs to be addressed in any forthcoming installments.
Pre-match and post-match team talks are relatively detailed with the ability to choose what tone of voice you would like to project onto your players, this ultimately provokes some sort of reaction, or not, which in turn affects the way they play and the way they feel about you and the match.
Press conferences are something that will also affect your players with them taking notice of every word you say, this will provoke certain reactions from them also with them sometimes wanting to prove you wrong and trying much harder if you criticize their latest performances.
I often hear a lot of people complaining about the realism of the 3d match, I very much agree that it seems to be rather blocky and jumpy and considering the advances in technology in the last 10 years, along with their budget, I'm sure Sega have the opportunity to make this a lot more realistic and provide a much better match atmosphere in future FM games., but we can only hope.
I find that scouting is sensational, every last detail about a player you're keeping an eye on will be relayed to you by either a certain person on your backroom staff, or a pool of your scouts, your choice. Which leads me to the point of meetings you hold with your staff with them suggesting formations, player roles, coaching additions and other things you may overlook/forget about, this option is very helpful to keep you on top of things and not feel swamped with things to do as they help you manage your work efficiently.
All in all I must say that I absolutely love this game, I have spent countless hours on it so far and every time I get a spare hour or so I'll whack it on and get lost in a fully immersive footballing world.
Definitely recommended to people that are fans of games like this. You'll never look back.
Summary: A very good all round game. Highly recommended.