Football Manager Series Catch-All

So, I finally noticed that FM updates the ads on the hoardings in real-time. And somehow, only in sports games, do I consider that appropriate realism.

Interesting post on the FM subreddit today

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I haven't played FM21 or FM22 but it seems to match my experience. Thr last FM I played had a match engine, transfer/contract system, and tactics better than ever but graphically wasn't pleasing to the eye.

According to this comment, SI went from licensing facegen and stadium graphics to doing everything in-house which would explain a lot, especially since they're using the faces for the match engine as the player photos while pre-FM16 the match engine figurines were basic and the photos a completely separate graphic.

I don't think the series needs to be photo-realistic and competing with FIFA graphically, but it should at least be pleasant to look at.

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Please tell me that it doesn't play "The Champions League Anthem" before each CL game....

If it does, I'm hoping someone can mod in the hateful thing being booed at the Etihad.

Still won't stop me renaming the Europa League to the "Christ, you weren't even good enough to get into the CL proper" and that other bit of nonsense to being the "Even more pointless UEFA cash grab Cup"

Man completes a century of seasons in FM, posts results.

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There's just so much to unpack here.

There are probably a few Rangers fans slightly concerned by that outcome - and some Celtic fans pleasantly surprised, judging by the CL results.

Sevilla and Valencia's title counts look a little...unlikely, although not as much as WBA and 'Nastic Tarragona.

And no Barcelona or Liverpool ?

We are officially in FM silly season, as they're unveiling the new features for FM 23.

Frankly, all I've seen is some minor match engine improvements and a bunch of stuff that's not gonna make a meaningful difference to gameplay.

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Like, that is going to mean literally nothing in terms of the actual game.

Oh, and it's got the official UEFA music, a thing I cannot believe anyone cares about when pretty much anyone playing this game is probably capable of typing "Champions League anthem" into YouTube.

Despite all of that, have I already preordered it and am looking forward to playing FM 23.

Roke wrote:

Interesting post on the FM subreddit today

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I haven't played FM21 or FM22 but it seems to match my experience. Thr last FM I played had a match engine, transfer/contract system, and tactics better than ever but graphically wasn't pleasing to the eye.

According to this comment, SI went from licensing facegen and stadium graphics to doing everything in-house which would explain a lot, especially since they're using the faces for the match engine as the player photos while pre-FM16 the match engine figurines were basic and the photos a completely separate graphic.

I don't think the series needs to be photo-realistic and competing with FIFA graphically, but it should at least be pleasant to look at.

Popular FM Streamer Says The Thing About FM Graphics

Personally, I think that the graphics are a complete irrelevance - the first thing I do on the match screen is switch it to 2-d. Facepacks etc, I'm still using 2018 ones because I can just copy the folders over.

While I generally am skeptical about gamer rage, I have to say, there is nothing about FM 23 that has me feeling "MUST BUY DAY 1" vibes. A fair number of the criticisms I'm hearing appear to be valid, and for the first time in years, I'm approaching this FM like "Y'know what, lemme wait a few patches and grab it in January or something, cuz I'm fine with 22 right now."

That, and I agree with Zealand's hot-take: Yearly releases are bad for sports games, or you have to accept that largely what you're going to get is essentially a big DLC every year. I can't think of a sports game I don't think would be much better if every full release came every other year, or even every 3.

The only other series that comes out as regularly as this is probably Call of Duty, and Activision has entire separate developers alternating years on releases.

But yeah, I will get FM 23... but as of this moment, I don't feel the need to get it on release day. Great, but let's wait a month or two until a bunch of mods and patches have been made.

Luckily FM23 is on Gamepass, so I can try it out for free, but I've actually gone back to FM14, trying to find the sweetspot between fairly recent UI and not having to answer press conference questions about tweets about fan reactions that might upset my team's alternate secondary social group.

I'm feeling very "Finish making Notts County kings of Europe" before I upgrade.

Also, all my facepacks/kitpacks are already installed here and I don't wanna reinstall them.

Started a new game at St. Pauli. Almost finished my second season, and I already hate Hamburg with the fire of 1,000 suns.

Meanwhile:

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Humiliated to admit, despite my attempts to be a skeptic, the UEFA competition integrations are really cool.

Mr Bismarck wrote:

Luckily FM23 is on Gamepass, so I can try it out for free, but I've actually gone back to FM14, trying to find the sweetspot between fairly recent UI and not having to answer press conference questions about tweets about fan reactions that might upset my team's alternate secondary social group.

Would it be 2014, or the 2013 version that hit the sweet spot?

FM update:

Norwich's Adam Idah, holy sh*t.

He's big, strong, and fast, and so far for me, has been Dollar Store Erling Haaland.

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