By this point in our gaming lives we're fairly used to crossover characters, developers stripping fan favourites from the different universes of gamedom and collecting them together in a single title. Gordon Freeman appearing in Renegade Ops, say, or Poker Night at the Inventory sitting Max from Sam & Max at a table with Tycho from Penny Arcade. But SEGA have gone off the beaten track a little with the casting for Sonic and All-stars Racing: Transformed. You can play as Manager from Football Manager.
Inter-game reference is the best thing. It’s the hip hop soul on show in Super Meat Boy and a thousand arcade fighting games that sees the familiar flipped on its head, the solemn made hilarious and the trite made meaningful by new context.
Referencing makes two games stronger. And sometimes, it allows you to watch TF2’s Heavy and Total War: Shogun 2’s iconic samurai duke it out on a cartoon race track.
If you like your management sims footbally then all the coverage of Football Manger 2013 has probably fed you to the gills and left you a little drunk with sim-pectation. Well, if you're one into your excess then you'll want to watch the six, yes, six videos of the sim. Each video breaks down a different element of the game's features.
Telling you what they are before the break, now that would be cheating.
Steam became the only way to connect to Football Manager as of last year, and was the cause of some riling amongst fans. It was a decision Sports Interactive’s Miles Jacobson wasn’t sure of at the time, but was in retrospect a “very good idea".
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Football Manager 2013 has just been revealed by Sega and Sports Interactive, and with the reveal comes the first details of what’s in the new version. The big news: “classic mode" which SI say will offer “an alternative, less time consuming way to approach the game. The new mode simplifies the way players manage their club and allows them to focus on the nuts and bolts of taking their team to the top."
Football Manager is to become Watford FC's latest sponsor, following a new partnership between the club, SEGA and Sports Interactive announced today. Watford FC become the second team to partner with SI, joining AFC Wimbledon (whose kit can be seen above) in having the management sim's logo emblazoned 'pon both home and away kits. Watford were last month taken over by Granada and Udinese owners the Pozzo family, ensuring the club's safety in the immediate future. Bit of real world football knowledge, right there.
It's always awkward running into your ex, unless you're Miles Jacobson, head of Sports Interactive, and your ex (in the metaphorical and business sense, rather than a romantic one) is Ian Livingstone, president of Eidos. The Football Manager developer split from Eidos almost a decade ago (leaving their ex-publishers with nothing but the series' name at the time, Championship Manager), and neither party had spoken openly about the schism until yesterday's GameHorizon conference, where the estranged pair sat down for an on-stage tête-à-tête. Edge has the story, in which a candid Jacobson reveals how their current publisher Sega penned them an offer on the back of a curry house napkin. Brilliant.
We caught up with Sports Interactive’s Studio Director Miles Jacobson to talk about his plans for Football Manager’s scouting network. Almost as interesting as the network size and its professional usage was what he wouldn't tell us about. You can find out what it wasn't after the jump.
After Microsoft and Nintendo announced at E3 that their consoles are to be controlled by touchscreen devices as well as traditional controllers, Miles Jacobson took to Twitter. Announcing a major groundbreaking Football Manager 13 breakthrough!
Football Manager and Total War publishers Sega are looking to expand their reach into digital and mobile phone games and concentrate on PC games, according to Gamasutra. The announcement follows poor financial results for 2011, which saw Sega’s overall software sales slump by 1.5 million year-over-year.