In the real world, a 21 year old man landed a job this year as manager of two time winners of the Azerbaijan league, Baku FC. His only experience: a decade of playing Sports Interactive’s Football Manager games. This gives you an idea of how deep and involved these simulation games have become. This year’s iteration brings something new to the table once again. The addition of FM Classic mode allows you to play through an entire season in a fraction of the normal time. There are also new challenge modes and an improved online system. You can easily lose hundreds of hours to FM 2013, and you might even get a job out of it.
The FIFA franchise has inched closer and closer to perfection over the last couple of years. It still has a ways to go but the ’13 edition does a lot to reshape the way that players move across the field. Perhaps the most dramatic improvement can be seen when passing the ball around as this has never gone smoother or felt more lifelike.