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Football Manager returns in time for Christmas

The greatest football management simulation in the world is returning to PC in time for Christmas.

Football Manager 2013 will be released for the winter festivities and it is not just bigger but better than ever before.

Game creators SEGA and Sports Interactive have announced hundreds of new in-game features, including new game modes, a revamped loan system and the introduction of the often controversial Director of Football role.

Classic mode could become big

There are some Football Manager nuts who love the full in-depth game and others who find it a real struggle to cope with everything thrown at them as a manager.

While the full game remains and will probably remain the most popular choice for experienced players, the introduction of Classic Mode or ‘FMC’ as known by Sports Interactive will give a new angle to approach the simulation.

This mode means that players still are in charge of managing their clubs, making the crucial transfers and choosing the tactics.

However, decisions such as training drills and team talks which can be difficult to juggle within the main game will now be taken control automatically by your club’s staff.

On the classic mode, Sports Interactive Studio Director Miles Jacobson said: “The introduction of FMC is a major step forward in Football Manager’s evolution.

“In recent years it’s become clear that there’s a large group of people who would like to play Football Manager, but simply can’t devote the time required to get the most out of the game.

“We decided, therefore, to try to find a way to accommodate players with limited free time, without significantly diluting the experience.

We believe that FMC achieves this beautifully.”

A hint for this – a full season could be played out in-between eight to 10 hours which means this mode is likely to become very popular for all form of players.

Challenge throws up plenty of scenarios

Testing your skills as a manager on this is always interesting and I’m sure we’ve all thought that we can do a better job than the likes of Sir Alex Ferguson, Roberto Mancini or Arsene Wenger.

All these managers have goals and in Football Manager 2013, you can do that too in the new Challenge mode.

The Challenge mode was introduced into handheld editions for 2012 and its popularity means it now becomes a fully-fledged member of the game for 2013.

Challenge will throw plenty of scenarios up, to test the skills of a manager over a period of time. Mainly, this will be over half a season.

Examples of these could be attempting to go through the entire season unbeaten, winning a trophy with the majority of your star players crippled through injury or saving a team from relegation at the end of the season after being bottom of the table on Christmas Day.

When the game comes out, five challenges will be included and more will be added via the usual official patch updates released by digital distribution service Steam.

In-game milestones also get an improvement. By unlocking certain rewards, players can remove the need for those annoying work permits or improving transfer budget levels.

The other new improvements

Visual improvements include major changes to the 3D match engine. Everything will look more realistic this year from player movements and goal celebrations, to the stadiums and crowds.

A matchday will look far more improved in FM2013, dismissing the previous 3D system which at times, was a frustrating and disappointing experience.

For any real-life manager, dealings with the media are always essential to getting right and in FM2013; managers can now adopt a degree of different tones when talking to the press.

This could enhance or annoy journalists, with various effects likely on players and board members. Do you play it cool like Mourinho, criticise regularly like Wenger or show sarcasm in your answers like Gordon Strachan? The choice is yours.

There is a restructuring of the backroom staff, with revamps towards each and every role. Plus, there is the new introduction of the often controversial Director of Football position.

They would be willing to take away some of your responsibilities such as discarding players who will have more chance of cleaning the muddy boots of their team-mates rather than playing first-team football for you and handling with contract negotiations.

However, as we’ve seen before, these positions can lead to conflict between manager and chairman and it will be interesting to see if Sports interactive incorporate this into the game.

Other changes include managers having the ability to go even deeper into training methods, a revamp of the often useful loan system and realistic tax regimes which mean in-game footballers will take this factor into account when deciding to join you or a major European rival.

More will be revealed in the coming weeks and months but if you love your football and fancy a crack at dominating the national game, then Football Manager 2013 is the game for you!

Football Manager 2013 will be published by SEGA for Windows PC and Mac before Christmas 2012.

More upcoming features will be revealed in a series of video blogs over the coming weeks. Visit www.footballmanager.com for more information.

By Simon Wright – Follow me on Twitter @Siwri88

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