Football Manager 2012

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Football Manager 2012 Review: PC vs. Handheld

A multi-format mash-up, including iOS and PSP.

VideoFootball Manager 2012 video blog

Talking conversation tones and chat.

VideoFootball Manager 12 footage

More match engine gameplay.

VideoFootball Manager 2012 footage

First look at the match engine.

Key events

Sega cancelling titles,

Sega cancelling titles, "streamlining" video game business

Key IP Sonic, Football Manager, Total War, Aliens unaffected.

Sega will cut jobs and cancel titles as it attempts to "streamline" the home video games business in Europe and the US.

Parent company Sega Sammy released a statement announcing the "structural reform" today. It comes as Sega braces investors for an "extraordinary loss" for the full financial year ending 31st March 2012.

"The Consumer Business centred on Sega Corporation is expected to post operating loss in the year ending March 2012, due to the challenging economic climate and significant changes in the home video game software market environment in the US and Europe.

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Football Manager 2012 Review: PC vs. Handheld

Football Manager 2012 Review: PC vs. Handheld

A multi-format mash-up, including iOS and PSP.

An article about Football Manager tends to write itself. You can continue to harp on about its destructive tendency to take over your own life. Maybe throw in a few crafted asides about taking your plucky band of strugglers to improbable European glory, and then go about the business of discussing the shiny new features, before finishing up with a tearful account of how your partner shacked up with the editor of the Angling Times because it was a better option than hearing about contract negotiations and tactical nuances before bed. Job done.

But you really don't want to hear about the broken reality at the coal face of games journalism. It's quite likely that you're a bit like me - a former football management addict who had to go cold turkey and leave it far behind - and not just for the predictable reasons of it being 'too compulsive' and being threatened with justifiable violence by your significant other.

The curious truth of the matter is that Football Manager just got ahead of itself, and giddily heaped layer upon unnecessary layer of detail onto its perfect core. No longer was it about simply managing the tactics and transfers of your fantasy team, but handling egos and fretting about media relations and dozens of other micro tasks that ultimately distract you from the things that you enjoyed most.

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Football Manager 2012 release date

Football Manager 2012 release date

The Wenger bus is coming.

Football Manager 2012 will be released for PC and Mac on 21st October 2011, Sega and Sports Interactive have announced.

A demo, which allows progress to be carried into the full game, will be released at an unspecified point in the run up to launch.

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Football Manager 2012 announced

Football Manager 2012 announced

Improvements and details revealed.

Football Manager 2012 has been announced and will be released "before Christmas".

Sega and developer Sports Interactive highlighted the key improvements.

Loyalty bonuses have been added to the transfer and contracts part of the game. The amateur and youth contracts have been smartened up, and you can lock variables in negotiations where you aren't prepared to budge.

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