Football Manager returns with a kitbag full of new and overhauled features. It's the best at what it does, and FM 19 is the best it's ever been.
Quality of life tweaks and vast depth can't overcome Football Manager 2019's uncharacteristically clumsy, all-consuming training rework.
A game you will lose hundreds of hours to and although you can criticise the lack of development in certain areas, it remains the thinking football fan's go-to game.
Football Manager 2019 is a game that'll get its studs into you early and you won't be able to shake it free for some time. A must-buy for football fans.
Football Manager 2019 redesigns its tactical interface to give you the tools to create a playstyle you'll spend the next 200 hours obsessing over.
There’s been no finer version of a Football Manager game, and it could be a few years before we see an entry as innovative as this one.
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
The Football Manager series just goes from strength to strength. This is superb, sublime, and irresistible. It's not a game you play, it's a game you live.
Football Manager 2019 offering the best experience the series has yet to provide thanks to intelligent, subtle changes in its form rather than its content.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
A welcome refresh of the UI, more visually pleasing training and tactics menus, and all the addictive depth you'd expect from an entry in the Football Manager series.
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.
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.
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.
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 probably the best this series has been in years, if not ever.