A New Chapter for Football Manager
When it comes to gaming, Football Manager has been a constant presence, just like FIFA. Every year, Sports Interactive delivers a new installment, each one just as addictive as the last. Last year, the long-awaited FM23 finally made its way to PlayStation, and I lost countless hours of my life to it, striving to emulate Pep Guardiola’s success but often ending up more like Wayne Rooney at Birmingham. And if you’re reading this in the future with Birmingham City back in the Premier League under Rooney, I apologize.
Now, Football Manager 2024 has arrived. As a console gamer, I was thrilled with the depth of last year’s Console Edition. Once again, I’ve chosen PlayStation as my platform for Football Manager 2024, eagerly anticipating a new network save with a friend. But as the saying goes, all good things must come to an end. However, fear not, for Sports Interactive has promised that Football Manager 2025 will revolutionize the management game genre like never before. The thought of what next year’s installment might bring is incredibly exciting, but for now, we have the bittersweet experience of FM24 to savor.
Improved Features and Game Engine
FM24 introduces the ability to import your save from FM23, a highly requested feature from the FM community. While this is a popular option, I still prefer to start fresh with each new installment. One of the standout features this year is the revamped tactics system, giving players more freedom to play how they want. The game engine in the PlayStation 5 version also boasts enhanced visuals, making for a more immersive experience. However, the character models could still use some improvement, but with so much promise for FM25, we can look past this minor flaw.
A Glimpse of the Future
As much as Football Manager 2024 is a love letter to the series, it also marks the end of an era. Despite encountering a few bugs in the network save, the game still encapsulates everything we love about FM. Whether it’s unearthing a world-class 15-year-old talent in your youth intake or climbing the ranks from the conference to the champions league, no other game captures the emotional rollercoaster of football management quite like FM. So while FM24 may be the end of an era, it also signifies the beginning of something potentially more beautiful than any of us could have imagined.
A big thank you to SEGA for the PlayStation 5 Review Code.