Percentile Rank

Football Manager 2018 is ranked in the 81st percentile of games scored on OpenCritic.

Rating Summary

Based on 28 critic reviews
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OpenCritic Rating

80

Top Critic Average

78%

Critics Recommend

Based on 28 critic reviews

Score Distribution

Unscored Reviews

Eurogamer
Recommended
Recommended
Nov 13, 2017

Innovations in the right places keep an old veteran match fit.

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Rock, Paper, Shotgun
Unscored
Unscored
Nov 10, 2017

In many ways, I feel the same way about Football Manager 2018 as I do about football in 2018. I love the sport, but I found so much of the talk around it and the personalities involved more than a little bit tiresome.

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Scored Reviews

GameSpot
9 / 10
9 / 10
Nov 16, 2017

With a significant new addition and impactful overhauls built atop its already-solid foundations, Football Manager 2018 is every bit the compelling time sink as its predecessors.

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PCGamesN
9 / 10
9 / 10
Oct 24, 2017

All of the depth is there as before, but the humanity of football is represented in a greater way - whether that is through players striking up bromances that lead to goals on the pitch or you personally getting involved in pricing wars with clubs from Europe and, increasingly, China.

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Wccftech
9 / 10.0
9 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2017

New features have brought Football Manager 2018 closer to the beautiful game than ever before. Personalities, the heirarchy and social groups all play a part in the way you interact with the players. The system is rusty but still revolutionary for the series as it brings an ever more emergent way of telling stories. In addition to this are improvements throughout the game in how data is viewed and represented.

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PC Gamer
89 / 100
89 / 100
Nov 9, 2017

The quintessential football management sim is back with its most ambitious undertaking in years.

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Impulsegamer
4.4 / 5.0
4.4 / 5.0
Nov 23, 2017

Overall, Football Manager 2018 is as addictive as ever; packed with a plethora of options and tactics to choose from, it immerses you into the world of football management like never before. Quite simply, unless you're up to date with your coaching badges, Sports Interactive's latest effort is the closest you'll get to becoming a managerial messiah. So, if you're passionate about football and you fancy yourself as a bit of a José Mourinho, then Football Manager 2018 is an essential purchase.

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Sports Gamers Online
8.6 / 10.0
8.6 / 10.0
Nov 10, 2017

Football Manager 18 is a strong step forward and guarantees even more realism and control over your team.

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Spaziogames
8.5 / 10.0
8.5 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2017

New year, new Football Manager: this time the people at Sports Interactive added some great features in the scouting department, the medical centre and dynamics, but old problems like the frequency of injuries and the poor media simulation still linger. All considered, a very solid effort nonttheless.

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The Games Machine
8.4 / 10.0
8.4 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2017

Football Manager 2018 is a bigger, deeper and more complex episode of the saga. The best football universe simulation features a lot of new mechanics which give to the managers the chance to feel, manage and understand even better their teams. The evolution is amazing, but lacks of a real update to the UI, too old and chaotic, a little bit of polishing, with some dynamics which need to be fixed with the upcoming updates, and some issues in terms of hardware optimisation.

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Digiato
84 / 100
Digiato
Shayan Karami

Top Critic

84 / 100
Dec 3, 2017

Football Manager 2018 is another remarkable installment in this beloved series that take some things to the next level and as usual neglects some of the more fundamental issues.

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IGN Spain
8.2 / 10.0
8.2 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2017

Football Manager 2018 will not be remembered as a milestone in the franchise, but it is a game with significant improvements (like the dynamics system or the medical center) that will please die hard fans.

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Metro GameCentral
8 / 10
Metro GameCentral

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 13, 2017

The best new Football Manager in several years, and although the improvements are still minor they create a more nuanced and realistic experience than ever before.

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M3
8 / 10
M3

Top Critic

8 / 10
Nov 15, 2017

For those deep into to the series, Football Manager 2018 brings several upgrades to the table. They might not work flawlessly as of yet, but do sure show great potential. The somewhat clunky UI and feature-fest might feel intimidating for new and old players alike, though.

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TrustedReviews
Nov 9, 2017

Football Manager 2018 is a great game, but that's mostly down to the sheer depth of the series on offer from previous years. A few new features here are fun as ideas, but I'd like them to have a more meaningful impact in-game.

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Gameblog
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 13, 2017

Football Manager 2018 does not revolutionize the series. It is still relying on the facts of its success and refine them with new tools. You never change a winning team as a manager would say. You just need to train it again and again to make it better.

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PCMag
Dec 27, 2017

Football Manager 2018 is an engrossing, addicting experience and one of the richest simulations available. Some interest in soccer is recommended for players of this top-notch sports title and uniquely capable storytelling vehicle.

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Cubed3
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 9, 2017

At its heart, Football Manager 2018 remains a compelling experience, delivering rollercoaster highs of conquering the world while battling the agonising lows of relegation and sackings. The problem is the first signs of weariness are really starting to show themselves in this year's edition. It is like an ageing star in the twilight of their career; more than previously, there is a lack of genuine innovation from a team of developers who are held up to an exceptionally high standard. For sure, there are some welcome additions; the performance of the 3D match engine, alongside the revamps of scouting and medical teams, for instance, show that Sports Interactive does take refinement seriously. However, the continuing focus on the aspects most fans of the series find the most tiresome - the social media and player conversations - portray a worrying trend of the wrong path being pursued. The fundamental strengths of Football Manager remain, yet it seems a better strategy these days is possibly to pick up the title every two seasons for the best 'bang for buck' factor. For the annual buyer, this year's might prove a tougher pill to swallow and could well be deserving of one mark lower.

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Leadergamer
8 / 10
8 / 10
Nov 19, 2017

If you are interested in soccer and want to manage your own team in detail, Football Manager 2018 is the perfect match for you.

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SomHráč.sk
80%
80%
Nov 19, 2017

Sports Interactive have once again upped the ante. Football Manager 2018 is still the king of the sport manager genre.

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PC Aficionado
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 9, 2017

Football fanatics will adore any edition of Football Manager - being the latest release chock-full of new features while still keeping what made the previous games great, there is no better place to start learning than here.

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Gamelite
8 / 10.0
8 / 10.0
Nov 13, 2017

Football Manager 2018 does not show anything extremely revolutionary or new, trying rather to start from what was good in the past. Compared with the beta, many problems have been eliminated, but there is still some annoying. Ultimately Football Manager 2018 is a very good title even though there hasn't been the leap of quality that we would have expected.

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Elite Gamer
7.8 / 10.0
7.8 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2017

Crack-like, divorce-initiating football-management sim adds a 'utility player' or two

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Oyungezer Online
7.7 / 10.0
7.7 / 10.0
Nov 14, 2017

Football Manager 2018 won't take your breath away but it will satify you if you have to play the new FM game right now. Otherwise I'd advise you to wait untill March, when the big patch hits.

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PC Invasion
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 9, 2017

Rating Football Manager is a two-pronged affair. As the premier management simulator, it's (literally) unchallenged. As an iterative installment, FM2018 is broadly desirable, but with some feature and UI missteps.

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Gadgets 360
7 / 10
7 / 10
Nov 16, 2017

For those looking to rise through the ranks from amateur to professional football, or start at the elite clubs and prove your mettle, Football Manager 2018 provides more immersion – and demands even more dedication – than any other game in its class.

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GamesRadar+
Nov 9, 2017

While still liable to take over your every waking hour, Football Manager 2018 takes the delicate balance of previous years and weighs it down with too many superfluous, or downright irritating, changes.

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GamingBolt
6 / 10.0
6 / 10.0
Nov 17, 2017

Football Manager 2018 is very good at what it does, the problem really is that what it does, is for a very specific subset of people, and to anyone outside of that it's a game that feels far too often like you're doing your taxes. It can't be called bad, but I lament the lack of newcomer friendly features.

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