Need to know

What is that? The 30th edition of the monolith football management simulator that loves to eat up your time.
Expect to pay £45/$60
Developer Interactive sports
publisher SAW
Revised the Windows 10, Ryzen 5 3600, 16GB RAM, Nvidia GeForce3060 Ti; and Macbook Pro 2021, Apple M1 chip, 16GB RAM
Multiplayer? Yes
Connection Official site (opens in a new tab)

Playing Football Manager makes me a better and more knowledgeable football fan. I don’t get to know the names and trajectories of upcoming prodigies anywhere else, and it makes me look cultured when I get to tell my teammates about a promising new player in the Austrian league. There is a vast world out there, outside of the Premier League, full of talent ripe for picking.

This has never been truer in Football Manager 2023, and if you’re a fan of playing with virtual spreadsheets and trying to get your small town football club into the Champions League, then it doesn’t get any better.

(Image credit: Sega)

I spent 18 years trying to do just that. The ultra-realism of Football Manager 2023 allows me to sign off from my work emails at 5pm and my fantasy emails at 6pm. An army of researchers works to make the player database as true to life as possible, so that learning about the game transfers directly into real-world soccer knowledge, in a way no other sports simulator does. And, like all the other iterations that have come before, I’m totally hooked.

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