Thanks for the info everyone.
I have actually brought football manager 2012. I got it a few weeks ago, when green man gaming had a sale on, and I’m enjoying it so far, even though there are probably a lot of details I’m missing, and I’m deferring to the coaches/assistant managers on quite a few of the details.
I started this thread because I was interested in getting an “arcade” style football game, in addition to football manager. The two sorts of games scratch different itches.
I’ve played the demos of Fifa 12 and PES 12. I’d played them before, but only played the PES one once before, as there is a long* trailer video, that kicks in before the playable section. Anyway, PES seems off somehow in the controls, whereas FIFA’s controls seem more “fluid”. I think I’ll probably go with Fifa 12.
I’ve got an X-box 360 controller for Windows, by the way, as Kinthalis suggests. I got it after I got Super Meat Boy, which has an intro screen mocking players who use the keyboard**, and I’ve used it ever since. It’s a nice controller, and a lot of PC games have a control scheme designed for it.
*Only a couple of minutes, but it feels long when you don’t know how long it’s going to be.
**The controller is a lot better than the keyboard in Super Meat Boy, BTW.