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Football Manager 2022 review: more ‘tinker man’ than a team revamp, but it’s a great update

Football Manager tends to have a classic problem that replicates a problem that soccer coaches have in real life, at least successful ones.

When you have a great setup, do you overhaul and modernize or try to extract more than you have?

They both have risks. Tottenham is still trying to bounce back from not spending a penny in the summer of 2018, with Mauricio Pochettino having flushed everything out for his team. But then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now realizing that throwing millions at Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane may have created more problems than he has solved at Manchester United.

The popular Football Manager series is back for its latest installment based on the 2021-22 season

The popular Football Manager series is back for its latest installment based on the 2021-22 season

As always, leagues around the world include full licensed use of Bundesliga teams.

As always, leagues around the world include full licensed use of Bundesliga teams.

As always, leagues around the world include full licensed use of Bundesliga teams.

This year, the folks at Sports Interactive have gone for the first, or perhaps the classic Claudio ‘tinker man’ Ranieri tactic, to try to fix the little yearly additions to the game that have multiplied over the years and led to to a stat overload. .

Through the build-up, their overlap had become as confusing as a Paul Scholes challenge to cope with, and at least to the eyes, it was just as painful as well.

However, the results are huge, big enough to almost classify it as a renovation. FM22 isn’t just a small update with an updated player database to compensate. You can change the way you play this popular management simulator now.

For example, let’s start with the tactics. Playing with a full Bundesliga license, I ventured to Germany and had an experimental game with Bayern Munich.

On FM21, a 4-2-3-1 formation with gegen press did wonders whether I was in the Premier League with Leicester City or the National League with Notts County (if anyone in Meadow Lane is reading, I have cracked the code for you to come back to the Football League … I’m just saying).

This seemed to be the same case again in FM22, until at the end of games, when my players seemed to get more fatigued than normal, which then carried over from one game to the next in a negative feedback loop.

Players can play the game to micromanage or delegate duties to attendees on their content.

Players can play the game to micromanage or delegate duties to attendees on their content.

Players can play the game to micromanage or delegate duties to attendees on their content.

Players seem to get more fatigued during this season's games, which has led to tactical repetitions.

Players seem to get more fatigued during this season's games, which has led to tactical repetitions.

Players seem to get more fatigued during this season’s games, which has led to tactical repetitions.

The animations remain largely intact from FM21, but are still nice to see

The animations remain largely intact from FM21, but are still nice to see

The animations remain largely intact from FM21, but are still nice to see

So plug-in-and-play gegen press for 90 minutes is no longer an option, at least if he didn’t want to ruin Robert Lewandowski before the end of September. The high pressure tactic in my experience now has to be handled during a game and that reflects more of a real football match where you see teams decrease in points during a match. It also means I need a Plan B … Does anyone still run a flat 4-4-2?

Or maybe he could start playing wide center back? It’s a new addition to FM 22, so if you want to experience a new way of playing back three or dragging teams through the football pyramid into the Premier League like Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United, it’s a new option. for you.

However, this is where the aforementioned clarification comes in. Sometimes you may have too many statistics to try to understand. The FM equivalent of ‘Anyway, you hit too well, Clive’.

There is now a data center that condenses many statistical elements of the game into a useful package for you to analyze throughout the season, if you are not creating enough opportunities or conceding too many and much, much more.

You can customize this to filter out the things that don’t matter to you, which means you’ll only see the things that are important to you without being overwhelmed by streams of charts and statistics.

The new modes include weekly staff meetings to condense player and youth development and dynamics into a smaller, more organized structure.

The new modes include weekly staff meetings to condense player and youth development and dynamics into a smaller, more organized structure.

The new modes include weekly staff meetings to condense player and youth development and dynamics into a smaller, more organized structure.

The data center for evaluating a team's performance throughout the season can also help identify strengths and weaknesses in a more accessible and understandable format.

The data center for evaluating a team's performance throughout the season can also help identify strengths and weaknesses in a more accessible and understandable format.

The data center for evaluating a team’s performance throughout the season can also help identify strengths and weaknesses in a more accessible and understandable format.

The evolution of the players in the club is also clarified. The social position of the players in a team, the growing capacity of the youth team players and more are now grouped together in a weekly meeting with the back room staff who will keep you up to date with important matters that in previous versions or was lost or he just couldn’t be bothered. check.

Even the deadline day is fun now. Past FM games saw little incentive to wait until the end of the month to complete the transfer business, and the deadline day aspect seemed to lengthen a standard FM day longer than usual.

Now, although there are deals to be made, deals to haggle, agents to duel with. Play your cards right and you could land an unresolved player for a very low fee. Again, change the way you play and perhaps your approach to the transfer market. It’s also a lot of fun trying to resist an impulse purchase while you watch the hours go by. It is a huge improvement over the previous additions.

You will no longer be the safe smart cookie to do all your business in July like in a perfect world. Try playing as Manchester City and see how much Harry Kane could have bought last summer.

As always with the FM series, if the full option is too overwhelming, there are simple ways to play the game for those who have no interest in spending an entire night trying to come up with the perfect training session, or even delegating the game. personal.

The exploration systems have been modified with the player ratings that now vary instead of being fixed.

The exploration systems have been modified with the player ratings that now vary instead of being fixed.

The exploration systems have been modified with the player ratings that now vary instead of being fixed.

A renewal of the deadline day has made participating much more fun compared to previous versions.

A renewal of the deadline day has made participating much more fun compared to previous versions.

A renewal of the deadline day has made participating much more fun compared to previous versions.

There are other ways to play, such as creating a club and online fantasy draft.

There are other ways to play, such as creating a club and online fantasy draft.

There are other ways to play, such as creating a club and online fantasy draft.

FM Touch on Nintendo Switch offers a more simplistic and perhaps fun way to play without staying until 3am in the morning trying to figure out why your xG attack stats are dropping. And if even that is too much or you just want to waste a little time on a little trip, there is a version of FM Mobile that is even more condensed.

Like all good teams, there are still weak points in FM22. While this addition unfolds new ways to make you think, visually there are few things that bring new emotion. Sports Interactive claims to have improved the match engine in the way players interact.

However, I have not noticed much importance as an update compared to the previous additions, certainly in a way that would greatly affect the enjoyment factor of the game. You may not have seen them.

However, let’s be honest, I’m a bit fussy and trying to find something significantly wrong with the game and it’s proving more difficult than getting Erling Haaland to accept my low salary offer for a move of £ 96 million on the day of the deadline. . while looking to stay within my salary budget.

It only took a few small tactical adjustments to make this feel like a departure from FM21 and more importantly, it feels like a new and better game.

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