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The start of the football season doesn't just mean you see more football on the TV – the beautiful game is now a much more interactive experience. You can join a fantasy football league to make predictions for the season ahead, or play PC and console games to experience life as a player or manager.

Today marks the launch of the long awaited Football Manager 2017. To help you prepare for the 13th instalment, we're going to run you through the new features and where you can buy the game for the cheapest price* for this Christmas. 

What are the new features?

Football Manager 2017 comes with a whole host of changes for how you use the game. There are newly designed menu screens and reports that provide heat maps and passing diagrams that allow you to see where your strengths and weaknesses are in the team.

You no longer have to search about for information, as the game inbox provides you with practical data such as player fitness and performance stats. To speed up the decision process, you can now hit tick boxes in your inbox to apply staff advice about training, transfers and coach hiring. All of these new features should give you more time to actually play the game.

On the visual side, it comes with improved player animations, the overall look of stadiums and subtle touches like referees applying vanishing spray to make the game look much more authentic. And of course, there is an updated set of players and league data.

As usual, there's speculation over who's going to be the 2017 'wonderkids' and you never know who might be the next Football Manager find. Will Gabriel Barbosa be the next Cherno Samba? You can see who Sky Sports are pitting as the 2017 wonderkids here.

Where's cheapest to pick up my copy?

The Limited Edition of Football Manager 2017 is compatible for PC, Mac and Linux – let's see where you can pick it up for the cheapest price today.  

Football Manager 2017 Limited Edition – PC, Mac and Linux

Amazon - £32.00 (including free delivery)

Argos - £32.99 (including free delivery) 

Game - £34.99 (including free delivery

Tesco Direct - £33.24 (including free delivery)

Smyths - £32.99 (including free delivery) 

Zavvi - £34.99 (including free delivery)

Should I wait until Black Friday?

Whether you're buying it for a loved one this Christmas or want to get your hands on the game yourself, it could be worth waiting for Black Friday (25 November) or Cyber Monday (28 November).

There's no guarantee that this game will reduce dramatically as part of the sales extravaganzas, but it’s always worth a look. It's also possible that stores will include the game in a laptop or PC bundle to entice you to buy – meaning that it could be worth the wait.   

*Prices correct at time of writing – 04/11/16

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