It's incredible how much can be packed into one simulation – and now the world of Football Manager feels even closer to the real football world
Licensed competitions make FM23 more realistic than ever
The Squad Planner and experience matrixes are welcome additions
Fans are represented via Supporter Confidence
Tactics are more realistic now, with defending easier to coach
Enhanced match engine
Set pieces need updating
This review of Football Manager 2023 was conducted on a MacBook Air using the full game downloaded from Steam.
This reviewer has just put on a suit to play Football Manager. We've all done it. OK, so you get some funny looks from family and/or housemates but even Sports Interactive, the studio behind FM, recommends that you suit up (opens in new tab) for the occasion of a cup final. It's not weird. Honest.
Only there isn't a cup final (don't worry, we've not lost the plot and decided to overdress to take first-team training): we're attending a cup draw. We've only been in the Inter Milan job for mere weeks and already we're watching on as Ruud Gullit – a nice detail that we already love – hosts the Champions League draw. Those operatic swells boom from our tinny laptop speakers and "The Chaaaampions" blasts out. This is officially licensed – and it feels big-time. Squint and you could imagine this was being broadcast on BT Sport.