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With a clean, intuitive new UI as well as tutorials that introduce both new and veteran managers to all of the major systems in Football Manager 2019, it's never been as easy to get into the game. Thanks to a myriad of upgrades, both large and small, the series as also never been this good. Unarguably the pinnacle of the series so far, with only a few remaining issues like press conferences and player conversations, this is sure to be the highlight for all budding managers.
Sports Interactive has exposed more of the game's workings to players than ever. It feels both fresh and familiar at the same time, while being the best FM has ever played on day one.
Despite the all-too-demanding hardware requirements, Football Manager 2019 is the ultimate managerial football experience, rich, sophisticated, able to satisfy all its players.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Football Manager 2019 takes the series to a whole new level and finally brings in some long needed refreshment. What we have is easily the most accessible Football Manager in recent memory but one that can still many moons to master.
Football Manager 2019 is the best the series has ever been but also the most complex. Your love of the beautiful game will dictate just how much enjoyment you get from this one or instead opt for its mobile brother Football Manager Touch. Now please excuse me, I have a suit to don and an FA Cup to win.
Football Manager 2019 is a fantastic entry in the series and anyone that hasn't picked up the game in a few years will be blown away by the structural changes to the way it works. The training system allows so much more flexibility in management, whilst drawing on real world examples of how teams are coached in the modern age. In addition, the tactical system overhaul makes creating a specific style for teams to play in much easier. The all-round performance is great, with the UI sensibly remaining as clean and user-friendly as it has been for a number of years now. There are a few minor things that could be polished up, but this is a great buy and sure to have a whole new group of football fanatics addicted.
Even with the new levels of accessibility and staff assisted help, Football Manager 2019 is not for the faint of heart. It's not going to convince non-football fans finally hop aboard. Similarly it's probably not going to lure fans of the flashy action that FIFA provides over to its hard-core data analysis. But for football buffs and management wannabes there is simply no equal to Football Manager. Nothing else has the depth, nothing else summons the feelings, nothing else feels quite as true to life. Improvements have been made and it is still the biggest, most detailed football simulation out there. You will lose months of your life over it, cursing to yourself over trivial things such as substituting your left back too early. It is a beautiful game for the beautiful game.
Football Manager 2019 is the most compelling and involving upgrade of the game since, for my money, the superb FM14. While some old niggles remain --press interaction still needs its proper overhaul, for instance-- its commitment to openness and accessibility has not come at the cost of its extraordinary depth. Quite the opposite. We go again.
Football Manager 2019 doesn't bring anything revolutionary in the classic FM experience, but it shows an all around more tidy and comfortable user experience.
Review in Italian | Read full review
Sports Interactive went further into realism by implementing novelties in particular in the training and the matches with the appearance of VAR for example. In the end, FM 2019 is the perfect representation of German football, which it obtained the licence: efficient, solid, and never disappointing.
Review in French | Read full review
Football Manager 2019 is definitely one of the most detailed simulators out there. The game is detailed enough to completely relay the experience of being a manager and thanks to this, FM19 is one of the best iterations in the series. However, this experience is flawed because of technical problems and the game's user-unfriendly UI
Review in Persian | Read full review
A fabulous demonstration of what football management is really like, of which there is no peer. But impenetrable to many and less fun for all, it makes you think of the past too often to ignore.
If you're a die-hard football fan but also a lover of the behind the scene workings of football, this is a game that will give you all of that to your heart's content. For the rest of us football fans, I'd suggest sticking to the latest iteration of FIFA.
The Football Manager 2019 by Sports Interactive shows up with few innovations and surprises. The well-known formula still works, but this must not excuse why new features like the revised training do not work properly. The Football Manager still has the charm of a spreadsheet, with an old-fashioned graphics engine and new bugs. Fans will have their fun with Football Manager 2019, which despite all its weaknesses is the best version yet. However, Sports Interactive will not make the step into the mainstream with this game.
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