Football Manager 2022

Rating Summary

Based on 37 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

94%

Critics Recommend

Based on 37 critic reviews
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Dec 3, 2021

No single release from an annualized franchise revolutionizes the gameplay experience, but Football Manager 2022 delivers visual and mechanical improvements in multiple areas, making it the best series entry yet.

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Unscored
Dec 3, 2021

Small meaningful improvements to nearly every aspect of the game is where you want to be as a gaming company, regardless of the genre, and Sports Interactive delivers with Football Manager 2022.

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Recommended
Nov 4, 2021

Football Manager 2022 ramps up the emphasis on the modernness of today's game. It's the most accurate, most joyfully compulsive entry yet.

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85 / 100
Nov 4, 2021

The veteran playmaker is still banging them in and deserves that new contract.

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9 / 10
Nov 4, 2021

Sports Interactive have done it again. The match engine roars into the modern era with significant and overdue AI tweaks, and whilst there are still some stale features the game feels deeper and easier to navigate than ever.

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8 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

All in all, Football Manager 2022 is another sublime sports simulation. It once again proves that you can enjoy football games without directly controlling the players. Its new additions add to an experience already brimming with depth, and the refinement of the gameplay style means that you’ll struggle not to lose yourself within Sports Interactive’s digital training ground. Its proficiency on even the oldest of hardware means there’s really no excuse not to dive in. This is Football Manager at its best, the virtual equivalent of a top-corner goal.

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8 / 10
Nov 8, 2021

Football Manager 2022 is a good iterative step with the improvement of the matchday engine and the addition of the data hub. The data hub especially, as well as regular staff meetings, bring the franchise another step closer to the full management experience.

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9.5 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

‎Football Manager gives a new blow on the table with a delivery full of novelties that do nothing but improve an experience that already borders on perfection and that each delivery is more and more demanding.‎

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8.6 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

Football Manager 2022 is a chapter of consolidation, which capitalizes on last year's revolution. Sports Interactive has worked hard to improve the game engine even more, with brilliant animations and a brand new AI, which has a strong impact on certain game situations, such as pressing and occupying half spaces. The introduction of the Data Hub and small changes to the interface makes Football Manager 2022 the umpteenth excellent chapter of the series, which for the occasion also lands on Xbox Game Pass.

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9.5 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

Football Manager 2022 is about as close to the real thing as you can get, with some nice improvements that make it the ultimate experience.

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Unscored
Nov 16, 2021

It may not be a radical change, but it's still one of the best management experiences around.

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Nov 17, 2021

Football Manager may be an annual release, but Sports Interactive continues to find ways to improve the best footy management sim out there. This is the installment to get back into the swing of things.

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Nov 17, 2021

The latest in Sports Interactive's all-consuming management sim is the toughest and deepest trip to the dugout yet

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9 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2021

Football Manager 2022 is the kind of game that doesn't really need to change. Even if there's no revolution mechanics wise, many aspects show a finer attention to detail, and there are some new factors to consider. A more complete and more fun game, that every fan of the franchise is sure to enjoy.

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9.5 / 10.0
Nov 7, 2021

Football Manager 2022 is yet another improvement on the long-running series, one that brings the beautiful game to life more than ever before and recreates both the small and large moments that make the sport so engaging. The options are near limitless, and the game puts even more at your fingertips, from the Data Hub to improved staff meetings, all adding onto a revamped match engine. This is the closest Sports Interactive has come to perfection, with only small elements feeling aged and needing polishing.

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7.3 / 10.0
Nov 22, 2021

‎In short, a good game that fulfills what it promises, but that will fall short for those who have been achieving their dreams in past editions on computers for some time.‎

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8 / 10
Nov 19, 2021

Football Manager 2022 is no exception to the rule established by its long line: rule without sharing. This is exactly what the Sports Interactive game will do this season, as much by the absence of competition as by an impeccable mastery of its subject, reinforced by new features more likely to improve playing comfort. The Covid has certainly played, but this edition still lacks major changes to mark the occasion. When it comes to being the indisputable owner of your Steam library, football fan, you know the answer.

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85 / 100
Nov 11, 2021

Football Manager 2022 manages to succesfully represent the complexity of soccer, but at the same time, it offers an accesible experience that anyone can enjoy. Hardcore fans will be thankful for all the additions, and newcomers will feel welcomed.

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8.2 / 10.0
Nov 4, 2021

At a superficial glance Football Manager 2022 might seem like little more than just an update: the new chapter of Sports Interactive's football management simulation is much more. That one is delivered to the annals is probably not the best Football Manager in the thirty-year history of the series, but a good episode yes.

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9 / 10
Nov 4, 2021

With more tools at your disposal than ever, this is a rich, realistic management simulation that delivers thrills both on and off the pitch.

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