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Football Manager 2018: The matchday experience in this year’s game is far more immersive and authentic

  • Sport Interactive's popular football management simulation arrives on November 10
  • RRP is £37.99
  • The new Football Manager boasts the most realistic Matchday experience we've seen yet

We can hardly wait for the release of Football Manager 2018

Sports Interactive’s new game promises to be one of the most vastly overhauled editions of the series for a while, with tweaks and changes made to the game’s scouting system, tactics screen and game engine.

There’s also some pretty interesting new features in store, including Dynamics – which looks at the relationships within a squad and the social groups that form or fall apart.

Personally, we’re looking forward to dealing with some Neyamr/Edison Cavani-style bust-ups of our own.


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To gear us up for the November 10 release, the folks over at SI have steadily released a series of ‘FMTV’ stylised videos documenting new features and exciting changes to the game, with one of the biggest tweaks being the new matchday experience.

Football Manager 2018: Matchday Experience

Heading into the game’s matchday, one of the most striking changes to FM2018 is the match preview screen, which shows information regarding scouting reports, league table and upcoming games, allowing you to make a changes to your team as you see fit.


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Leading up to kick-off, one of the most eye-catching additions is the new 3D cut-scenes, which shows players leaving the tunnel and warming up on the pitch. Team sheets are also displayed on screen ahead of kickoff, adding to the TV-style realism.

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Pre-match tunnel interviews are back this year, with some rather nice graphical improvements.

Next up, you’re taken to the dressing room to conduct the famous Football Manager team-talk.

This year’s game sees an overhauled tone system, which allows more contextual options than before with specific statistics and data.

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During the match, it’s now easier to tweak your match settings with a range of customisable cameras that allow you to change the height and zoom as well as the new option to auto-reverse the camera behind the goal.

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Another new feature to this year’s game is Player Watch, where you can single out a player and watch his performances throughout a game.

Perfect if you want to keep checks on someone particular.