Wednesday, 14 November 2018 13:50

REVIEW: Football Manager 2019 (PC)

Written by Keith Dang
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Football manager 2019 is the latest installment in the popular management simulation series.


The first thing you will notice when you first fire up the game is a lot of mouse clicking, and a lot to read and take in. You can create the look of your manager with gender, look and body type. There are several styles to choose from. From there, you will be able to select the team you want to manage. There are many leagues you can choose from ranging from the premier league all the way to the A league here in Australia.

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You do need to know your soccer and players to succeed here, as it gets really complicated and for me, a bit overwhelming as my soccer knowledge isn’t all that great. From managing a player’s contract, to organizing friendlies, to scouting a development player, this has it all.
The first time you start the game, you will begin to build tactics and what formations you want to use, and there is a lot to take in. The interface is layed out with many menus on the left side of the screen. Each tile is well labeled with what its function is and the developers did their best to make everything as easy as possible to navigate though.

It was overwhelming at first and took me a while to work out how to do things. But once I got the gist of the layout, it was easy to work it all out. When you start with your club, you as the manager, can dictate how you want to run things from attending meetings giving speeches, and who you want to recruit or let go. The only time you will see soccer being played is when you play a match, and you are only pretty much watching it.

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The graphics are in the “OK” department so don’t expect anything that looks like a Fifa game here folks. You will be able to yell instructions from the sidelines as well as substitute players. Each players’ stats will be on screen, so you can see who needs to be subbed out. You can even yell words of encouragement or words of dislike depending on what you see happening. You won’t be able to watch the full game as it will cut in and out of the on-field action periodically. In some sections, you will get to choose the responses to interview questions and be able to delegate jobs to your back-office staff.

My opinion is that you really have to be into soccer and know your sport to like this simulation, as I found sometimes I would just click next to go to the next event as there was too much information on the screen, or I didn’t really care. At the end of the day this is a Soccer simulation, so unless you are a hard-core soccer fan and you have heaps of time to spare, then this isn’t the game for you.

Additional Info

  • Review Score: 2.5 / 5.0
  • Platform: PC
  • Developer: Sports Interactive
  • Publisher: Sega
  • Genre: Strategy, Simulation, Sports