Percentile Rank

Football Manager 2017 is ranked in the 83rd percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 31 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

81

Top Critic Average

76%

Critics Recommend

Based on 31 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Ars Technica
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 1, 2016

By incorporating the UK's political landscape, Football Manger 2017 becomes the deepest, most inspiring take on the beautiful game yet.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 3, 2016

You probably already know whether you want a new Football Manager in your life right now. If you do, this is a better option than last year’s edition, particularly given its improvements for those playing long-term saves. It’s evolution not revolution, but that was needed given how much the match engine and transfer intelligence seemed to be creaking after years without a significant tune-up.

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Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Nov 8, 2016

By focusing on its match engine, FM17 presents an impressive step forward for the series.

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Scored Reviews

TheSixthAxis
10 / 10
10 / 10
Nov 4, 2016

Football Manager players know what kind of a hold the games get on you. One minute you’re starting a new game, and then you realise hours have passed and you’re shouting at your players to score so they can secure a place in the next round of a cup. Football Manager 2017 is a major step up from last year’s entry, has even more detail in it, and doesn’t relax its grip on players. You’ll smile as your team thumps another, feel miffed when your team loses to weaker opposition, and swear you’ll never play again when you get fired for the team’s poor performance. Yet the new career option tempts you and the cycle begins anew. Football Manager 2017 isn’t just a simulation game, but something that will permeate your life.

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GamingTrend
100 / 100
100 / 100
Dec 1, 2016

Football Manager 17 is a titan of a game, representing a depth of knowledge, complexity, customization, and humanity that would be a welcome addition to any game on any subject. If football, or soccer as many a westerner calls it, is not your favorite sport, that may very well be the only reason to not give this game a twirl. While an expert may find some small issue, as a greenhorn I can’t report a single drawback for the game, but I can pretty much find a complement for each and every aspect of this marvelous simulator.

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GameGrin
9.5 / 10.0
GameGrin
Nathan_908

Top Critic

9.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2016

For me, Football Manager 2017 is undoubtedly the best game in the series, and even when results aren’t going my way, I’m desperate to come back and go again. The changes to the match day experience are superb, and the social feed is a touch of genius.

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TrustedReviews
Oct 25, 2016

FM16 was close to the complete game, and FM17 is a very definite leap forward. It's not easy to improve on a near-perfect product but through smart and intuitive tweaks, this feels like the best iteration yet.

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Digital Chumps
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Dec 7, 2016

There's little to fault here and that's because SI Games takes the iterative approach. Whilst there hasn't been a big shift on the game's workings since tactical sliders were removed in FM 2014 each version is a step forward.

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Next Gen Base
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 6, 2016

The addictive one-more-game hook, the chance to prove your smarter than your favourite team’s manager and a mind-blowing database that’s still utilised by many professionals in the real-life footballing world. If that doesn’t tell you anything, nothing will. But if you’re only interested in knowing if it’s worth upgrading from last year’s version, then the answer is a resounding yes.

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Cubed3
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 25, 2016

Sports Interactive must be commended on doing a really excellent job in finessing not just the contents - old and new - but the UI, to a level where it's not only less taxing to navigate, but elevates the overall experience and enjoyment of the game. The developer has been able to intelligently and subtly guide players towards being more familiar with the choices at their disposal, embracing them with a mode-defined sense of control and expanding the depth of the game in their minds. Everything that made Football Manager great in last year's entry is not only still present, but has been polished to a high degree. Whilst many of the new incorporations may not be as ground-breaking as some might have hoped, they are welcomed additions and point to things to come. For now, Football Manager 2017 is quite simply the most in-depth and rewarding experience yet - and perhaps, worryingly, maybe even more addictive.

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PC Gamer
85 / 100
85 / 100
Nov 4, 2016

It’s far from revolutionary, but it is a very well refined version of Football Manager that empowers the player by putting all the information you need at your fingertips.

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Operation Sports
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 11, 2016

Football Manager 2017 adds to the best sports simulation series on the planet with a barrage of low-key additions.

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IGN Italy
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2016

Football Manager 2017 isn't a revolution, but still the same addictive simulation we love to play every year.

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Gaming Nexus
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 28, 2016

Football Manager 2017 is an excellent soccer management simulation game for the bigger soccer fans, but causal fans or those who only watch a game here or there might find things a bit complex.  That’s not a bad thing as the game is pretty deep in what you can do and manage at any point, but it can be a bit intimidating you don’t usually play any other soccer video games where you have to do just the basic management functions for your team.  If you’re unsure, definitely check out the demo first.

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God is a Geek
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 1, 2016

Even if the changes outside player AI and the social feed feel more like tiny improvements than anything substantial. it's still a remarkable simulation and the best on the market.

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Wccftech
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 26, 2016

Football Manager 2017 isn't a revolutionary update to the series, but it's the best in a good number of years. The new match engine is such a huge improvement and the AI enhancements add to the overall feeling that this is the most realized football management game yet, feeling more realistic than ever before.

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GamingBolt
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 15, 2016

Football Manager 2017 is more of the same, just bigger, better, and more refined. For many, that is exactly what the series needed.

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games(TM)
8 / 10
games(TM)
games™ Team

Top Critic

8 / 10
Dec 28, 2016

A deep, rewarding and addictive experience

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Digitally Downloaded
Digitally Downloaded

Top Critic

Nov 23, 2016

Football Manager 2017 is my favourite in the series so far. Aesthetically it can't hold up to games like FIFA that make the visual presentation a priority, but there are plenty of nice touches for the ever-evolving engine that help to sell the experience as you observe and coach it. Beyond that the depth here should appeal to fans of the sport, especially those willing to let the action take a back seat to strategy and preparation. With so many different options at your disposal, you can dig about as deep as you would like in your experience.

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Everyeye.it
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 2, 2016

The career mode of this Football Manager is one of the most profound and complex managerial simulations on the PC landscape.

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Twinfinite
4 / 5.0
4 / 5.0
Nov 8, 2016

2017’s iteration of Football Manager is still the irresistible management sim with a seemingly endless number of statistics to track and players to look after. It offers so much potential for unique stories and is unrivaled in how well it recreates the world of football and management.

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Digital Spy
Oct 11, 2016

Simply because it builds on an already fantastic game, Football Manager 2017 is in itself a winner. But a lot of the new features feel a little rough around the edges. The social aspects are repetitive, the improved graphical engine disappointing and there isn't much to tempt those who don't want to sign the next 12-months away to a simulation game.

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SomHráč.sk
80%
80%
Nov 14, 2016

Football Manager 2017 is still the best football managing experience, but if you own its predecessor, then consider saving money for next year.

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PC Aficionado
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Jun 1, 2017

This is a behemoth of a game franchise and should be experienced by anyone who follows football in any manner. I started playing the game with only a fleeting interest in football, and now it is one of the most important aspects of my life. Football Manager is not only a game, it is a factor in so many people’s lives whether it be good or bad reasons. The bad mainly being the game has been cited in 35 divorce cases… I can wholeheartedly recommend Football Manager 2017 at full price for any football fan out there.

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GameSpot
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 22, 2016

Football Manager 2017 is not a game of revolution, but one of refinement. Transfers are smarter and more involved, and the faster player development and the aforementioned streamlining of information are welcome. The perennial strengths of Football Manager are stronger than ever, yet it’s the furtive improvements to the match engine that really set Football Manager 2017 apart from its immediate predecessor.

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Metro GameCentral
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 8, 2016

Either Football Manager needs a complete overhaul or it should stop producing yearly sequels, because this year’s one is the most inconsequential yet.

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Critical Hit
7 / 10.0
7 / 10.0
Nov 3, 2016

Walk a season in the shoes of a manager taking the reigns of your favourite club. Football Manager 2017 offers inclusive functionality, making sure your decisions as a manager can either win you the trophy, or bankrupt your club. It's fun, but it starts to feel like little more than admin after a while. That, I suppose, is the point.

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COGconnected
70 / 100
70 / 100
Dec 8, 2016

Despite the new changes on pitch, it seems that off of it there are still quite a few problems.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 3, 2016

Can’t fault the professionalism in pumping out one of these every year; but though Football Manager 2017 is up to standard and makes some iterative tweaks of note, it’s getting harder to ignore certain systemic issues which remain unaddressed.

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PCGamesN
7 / 10
7 / 10
Oct 23, 2016

FM 2017 is the best the series has been, and thus the best football management game around. But the improvements are too incremental and the new features too disposable to make this a value-for-money day one proposition.

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Guardian
Nov 2, 2016

The last few instalments in the simulation series have provided major improvements

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