- Developer: Sports Interactive
- Publisher: Sega
- Platform: PC, Mac
- Format: Digital Download
- ESRB Rating: Not Yet Rated
- Release Date: Fall 2012
Building off the success of Football Manager 2012, Sports Interactive's Football Manager 2013 includes an assortment of enhanced features, new modes of play, and various other refinements. The new Football Manager Classic mode (FMC) is designed for those new to the series to get their feet wet without having to invest hours of time in managing every facet of their club.
Instead, the FMC mode will simplify many of the tasks associated with running a club, so they have more time to spend focusing on the areas that interest them the most. By completing various in-game milestones, players can unlock time-saving features like removing the need for work permits or increasing their transfer budget by millions.
This mode, of course, is entirely optional and is geared more for those who play the game in shorter sessions. An entire season can be played within an estimated eight to ten hours in a choice of open-ended career or the new challenge option.
The challenge option in the FMC mode has players focusing on completing five specific scenarios over a set period of time, such as a half a season or shorter. These challenges are designed to test your managerial abilities, whether it's trying to lead a team of youngsters or trying to rescue a team from relegation. Additional challenges will be released throughout the year.
The full experience of managing a club is still represented in Football Manager 2013, and the developers have enhanced many of the features over 2011's game. The 3D match engine has been improved, with more realistic movements on the pitch and a revamped camera system designed to make the on-field action more like a televised match.
A new Director of Football role will help relieve some of the manager's duties, taking on the responsibility for contract negotiations and removing undesired players off the roster. There are also new specialist coaches, giving managers more advice options and opportunities to enhance coaching skills over time.
Training schedules can be adjusted to better suit an individual club or manager's needs, and the training system now offers the option to target specific areas to work on before the next match to help address certain weaknesses. More general routines can also be selected for those who prefer a more balanced approach to training.
The tone system introduced in Football Manager 2012 has been adapted for use in media interactions in Football Manager 2013. Mangers can decide how best to deal with members of the press, answering questions in a calm demeanor or using a more aggressive approach.
The multiplayer component of Football Manager 2013 has also received some attention, which now features better integration with Steam and includes worldwide leaderboards so players can compare how well they are performing against their peers. Each mode, nation, and division will have its own leaderboards for more direct comparisons, and the scoring system used to determine overall ranking takes into account the competition level, the club's financial performance, and in-game wages.
Steam's networking feature will also be used to set up online games, with more options available than just the standard career. Teams developed during the single-player game can be taken online, and there are multiple cup options and one-off leagues available.
PC System Requirements
- Operating System: Windows XP/Vista/W7/W8
- Processor: XP: 1.6GHz or Faster. Vista/W7/W8: 2.2GHz or Faster
- Memory: XP/Vista/W7/W8: 1.0GB RAM
- Graphics: 128MB NVIDIA FX 5900 Ultra or greater; ATI Radeon 9800 or greater; or Intel 82915G/82910GL or greater
- DirectX Version: 9.0c
- Hard Drive: 2GB
- Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
- LAN: TCP/IP compliant