If you are already a fan of the series, nothing I say about Football Manager 2022 is going to matter! You no doubt already have this game or are hopeful Santa Claus is going to get it for you. With a few tweaks here and there and a much-improved match engine, Football Manager once again shows why it is the best in town!
How to Download Football Manager 2022
To download the game, click on the Download button at the end of the review and visit Steam. Additionally, there is a free demo for you there to try before you buy. Check out also what we think about the previous game in the series – Football Manager 2021.
The Game Review
The basics of what you do here are obvious. You pick your team, management philosophy and then you get to work trying to make your team a success. I started as I always do with Tottenham Hotspur with my aim of domestic and European glory a real driving force to make this club my own.
In Football Manager 2022, you have a dedicated staff that is there to help you out. I learned many years ago to listen to what your staff tells you! They give you decent advice for the most part and can come in very handy, especially when you are just starting out. I am a real stats nerd when it comes to football so I get a real kick out of the detailed reports and statistical analysis that they can give.
Managing your team is one of the most addictive parts of this game. Whenever I watch Spurs, I always want a second striker up there with Harry Kane and now I am in charge I can make it happen. Trying to balance your team so that your players stay happy and healthy is a real challenge, but one that I love.
Ok, so what I have described to you guys so far is basically what every Football Manager game has been like for the past decade, lets take a look at some of the major new features. To start with, like last year they have a new tutorial mode that is fantastic for new players who are just getting into this series, I would say that it is even better this year.
I touched on the fact that I love stats before, but in Football Manager 2022 they have a new Data Hub that keeps all of the detailed stats in one place. They claim that this is the same kind of stat tracking that real football clubs do. I can see how when you are starting out all these numbers can be overwhelming, but you will eventually figure it all out.
Last year the series took a huge step forward with the new match engine. They have improved on it greatly this year with a new animation engine that makes the matches more compelling than before. You can actually see the players doing all kinds of cool stuff. Granted, there are still some odd occurrences with some of the animations, but they are 100 percent on the right track.
Of course, you do not have to watch the whole match with the new engine if you prefer a speedier kind of experience. One new aspect of the game that I have not yet experienced as I am not there in my first playthrough is the transfer window deadline day. They have tried to capture the magic, mayhem, and awesomeness of transfer deadline day in this year’s game.
I am someone that will probably play this game for as long as they make it. It’s fantastic how Football Manager 2022 was included on Game Pass day one. However, you can also play this on PC and there is even a simplified version for the Nintendo Switch which I think is pretty cool.
- It is more Football Manager
- I liked the new animation engine
- The stat tracking is truly next level this year
- It remains the best football management game around
- Some of the detailed stat tracking may seem a bit overwhelming
- Will the Switch version be too basic in comparison to PC and Xbox?