Football Manager 2012

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Football Manager 2012
Football Manager 2012.jpg
Developer(s)Sports Interactive
Publisher(s)Sega
Producer(s)Miles Jacobson
SeriesFootball Manager
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, PlayStation Portable, iOS Android
ReleaseMicrosoft Windows
  • NA: 21 October 2011
[1] Mac OS X
  • NA: 21 October 2011
[1]

Football Manager 2012 (abbreviated to FM12) is a football management-simulation video game. It was released on Microsoft Windows and Mac OS X on 21 October 2011.[2] FM12 is the eighth game in the Football Manager series.

Gameplay[edit]

FM12 features similar gameplay to that of the Football Manager series. Gameplay consists of taking charge of a professional[a] association football team, as the team manager. Players can sign football players to contracts, manage finances for the club, and give team talks to players. FM12 is a simulation of real world management, with the player being judged on various factors by the club's AI owners and board.[3]

FM12 added increased levels of scouting, including the amount of information a scout would bring back for in-game players. The largest new addition to the game was the ability to add or remove playable leagues from the game at the end of every season.[b]

Release[edit]

A demo of the game was released on Steam in association with Sky Sports HD on 6 October 2011. It provides half of a season of game play, which can be continued within the full purchased version. The demo is limited to only the leagues of England, Scotland, France, Spain, Holland, Belgium, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and Australia, playable as quick-starts.[4]

Digital rights management[edit]

Football Manager 2012 is the first in the series to require the use of Steam software; this angered many thousands of fans of the series.[5][6] The move means that users must activate the game online before they are able to play. Sega indicated that the change was intended to reduce piracy.[7]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticPC: 84/100[8]
PSP: 66/100[9]
iOS: 84/100[10]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Eurogamer80%[11]
GameSpot8/10[12]
IGN9/10[13]
The Daily Telegraph9/10[14]

According to media review aggregator website Metacritic, Football Manager 2012 received "generally positive reviews".[8] In particular GameSpot said that the "ability to turn leagues off and on was a great addition".[12] The German website 4players.de rated the game with 88% as "sehr gut" ("very good").[15]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FM12 also includes semi-professional, amateur and international teams
  2. ^ Previously, once leagues were selected, they were not able to be changed.
  1. ^ a b Football Manager 2012 Archived 4 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Sega.com. Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  2. ^ "Football Manager 2012 Transfers to Shops on 21st October". Sega. 12 September 2011. Archived from the original on 30 August 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2011.
  3. ^ Boxer, Steve. "A league of their own: six of the best football video games". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 5 September 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  4. ^ Football Manager 2012 Archived 29 October 2010 at the Wayback Machine. Footballmanager.com. Retrieved on 6 January 2012.
  5. ^ Football Manager 2012 Steam DRM enrages fans Archived 6 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine. PC Gamer (28 September 2011). Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  6. ^ Yin, Wesley. (27 September 2011) FM 2012 requires Steam to play Archived 30 October 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Eurogamer.net. Retrieved on 2012-01-06.
  7. ^ Football Manager 2012 - Activation / Steam FAQ Archived 6 August 2012 at the Wayback Machine. Sports Interactive forum.
  8. ^ a b "Football Manager 2012 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 29 December 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Football Manager Handheld 2012 for PSP Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Football Manager Handheld 2012: US and Japan for iPhone/iPad Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Football Manager 2012". Eurogamer.pt (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on 10 June 2017. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  12. ^ a b Football Manager 2012 Review. Gamespot (19 October 2011).
  13. ^ "Football Manager 2012 Review - IGN". IGN. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Football Manager 2012 review". Telegraph.co.uk. 28 October 2011. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  15. ^ "Test (Wertung) zu Football Manager 2012 (Sport, PC) - 4Players.de". 4Players. Archived from the original on 23 October 2013.

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