Football Manager 2017

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Football Manager 2017
Football Manager 2017 cover.jpg
Developer(s)Sports Interactive
Publisher(s)Sega
SeriesFootball Manager
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux
Release
  • WW: 4 November 2016

Football Manager 2017 (abbreviated to FM17) is a football management simulation video game developed by Sports Interactive and published by Sega. It was released on Microsoft Windows, macOS and Linux on 4 November 2016.[1][2] It is the fourteenth iterative instalment to the Football Manager series.

Gameplay[edit]

FM17 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. FM17 is a simulation of real world management, with the player being judged on various factors by the club's AI owners and board.[3]

Development[edit]

FM17 received a free early-access beta version of the game two weeks prior to the official release. Careers started in the beta version could later be continued in the full release.[1][4]

After the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union (EU) on 23 June 2016, FM17 featured a form of brexit,[5][6] with three possible scenarios: "business as usual" with no additional work visas needed;[7] current players will be grandfathered but new players will need work visas;[8] or a "hard Brexit" in-game scenario, which has Scotland voting for independence in a second referendum and remaining in the EU, whilst EU players would require working visas to play in any English, Welsh or Northern Irish teams.[9]

FM17 featured a new social media view, which would show a twitter themed view of fans and players thoughts, that would change after events that transpired in game. A new face scanning option allowed the player's in-game avatar to be customised to show a 3D view of the player's real life face by use of a webcam, or brought from a picture.[10]

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate score
AggregatorScore
MetacriticPC: 80/100[11]
Review scores
PublicationScore
Eurogamer80%
GameSpot7/10[12]
PC Gamer (US)85%[13]
Trusted Reviews4.5/5 stars[14]
The Guardian3/5 stars[10]
TouchArcade(Touch) iOS: 4/5 stars[15]

On the review aggregator Metacritic, Football Manager 2017 received a score of 80 out of 100, based on 47 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[11] GameSpot gave the game a 7/10, applauding the player development and smart transfers, and also saying "Football Manager 2017 is easy to recommend to the budding manager", but not enjoying the tactics interface.[12] PC Gamer gave the game a score of 85/100, saying the game is a significant step up from previous versions.[13] Trusted Reviews gave the game 4.5 stars, "saying FM17 is a very definite leap forward."[14]

George Osborn of British newspaper, The Guardian, was less positive about the game, particularly citing previous releases in the series, and the lack of a substantial increase over previous instalments. Osborn wrote, "Over the past four years, Football Manager editions have shaken up the way players create tactics, introduce in game manager stats or provide new game modes to play. FM 2017 offers none of that."[10] Osborn was also highly critical of the game's purely cosmetic addition of a face scanner, and inclusion of social media, calling it "utterly inconsequential".[10]

User reviews of the game on the Steam service, however, show a "Mostly Negative" view, the result of a backlash from Chinese users protesting at the lack of an official translation in their language.[16]

Sales[edit]

On 21 August 2017 PC Games Insider magazine published that FM17 had sold its one-millionth copy. This would be the fifth time in succession that the Football Manager game had sold one million copies or more.[17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ FM17 also includes semi-professional, amateur and international teams
  1. ^ a b Yin-Poole, Wesley (17 August 2016). "Football Manager 2017 release date announced". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Football Manager 2017 release date set for November". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on 19 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  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. ^ Banerjee, Rohan (31 August 2016). "When is the Football Manager 2017 release date? All you need to know". Mirror.co.uk. Archived from the original on 12 September 2016. Retrieved 18 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Brexit simulated in new Football Manager game". BBC. Archived from the original on 5 September 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  6. ^ "Brexit is simulated in Football Manager 2017 and it's going to make the game harder than ever". Telegraph. Archived from the original on 22 January 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  7. ^ "FM17 Brexit no change". Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  8. ^ "Brexit Features (Business as Usual)". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  9. ^ "Brexit Features (Hard Brexit)". Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Archived from the original on 29 July 2017. Retrieved 29 December 2017.
  10. ^ a b c d Osborn, George. "Football Manager 2017 review – the best in the series, but only for dedicated fans". the Guardian. Archived from the original on 2 August 2018. Retrieved 22 October 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Football Manager 2017 for PC Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Archived from the original on 7 January 2017. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Football manager 2017 Review". GameSpot. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  13. ^ a b "Football Manager 2017 Review". PC Gamer. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  14. ^ a b "Football manager 2017 Review". Trusted Reviews. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.
  15. ^ Lazarides, Tasos (21 November 2016). "'Football Manager Touch 2017' Review – Amazing Game, Crashing App". TouchArcade. Retrieved 2 November 2018.
  16. ^ Robert Purchese (31 October 2016). "Football Manager 2017 trashed on Steam by angry Chinese fans". Eurogamer. Archived from the original on 5 May 2017. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  17. ^ "1M copies of Football Manager 2017". PC Games Insider. Archived from the original on 7 November 2017. Retrieved 30 October 2017.

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