With a newfound litheness on the pitch and deep data analysis, FM21 gives you an easy excuse to relapse.
What is it? A football management sim with a database used by actual football managers.
Expect to pay: $50/£40
Developer: Sports Interactive
Reviewed on: i7 9700K, RTX 2080 Ti, 16GB RAM
Since it began back in the day-glo kitted ‘90s, Sports Interactive’s Football Manager series (née Championship Manager) has walked a fine line between showing you what’s happening and leaving you to fill in the blanks. It’s easy for those outside its gravitational pull to take the piss out of all the spreadsheets and a match engine that still can’t match PS2-era FIFA, but they’re missing the point. FM’s great trick is in getting you to believe so deeply in its world that your imagination pours into all the cracks.