“ Manufacturer: Codemasters / Genre: Sports / up to 2 players / Developer: Codemasters. „
LMA manager is well known for it's 3D in play match engine which increases the reality of the game. It also allows you to play as the Blue square premier sides including the now long gone Halifax town. It was certaintly the best management game of the season. However the one thing that the game really lacks is the reality of being a real football manager. That doesn't stop the good things though. One good point is that the game enables you to have the option to give your team training matches which you watch to help you decide which players to use for your next game. What would make it better is defientley having the step six and step seven leagues on the game as the other 2D games have them. Combine that with the 3D match engine and you get some brilliant football.
LMA manager 2007 is a good game with some things that could easily be improved. 74%
For those of you who like an easy unrealisted version of football management this game is definately for you! Whilst many of the functions are fun to play about with, such as creating the new stadium and the easiness of signing new players to build a dreateam, the game doesnt quite offer enough mental stimulation for those who are looking for a challenge of winning. The virtual matchplay often simulates the exact same goals and isnt of the highest quality.
A good buy if you want to pass some time however there are certainly better management games out there! I have previously owned a few LMA manager games and 07 doesnt offer anything particularly new and intresting. The game is fun to play at the beginning however i found myself getting bored quickly.
For those new to this style of game LMA MANAGER is a pretty competent management game as you manage a football club of your chosing, you are able to set the experience to various levels of technical depth, if you want to be all controlling then you can take over every component of the teams management while if you want a more simple life then some factors can be delegated to the artificial intelligence of the game.
First up you need to create a manager and then in career mode you are off and running. Certainly having a knowledge of players can be a big help especially if you play on the higher settings however on the easier settings the scouts reports and player stats help the decision making process a lot.
The main strength of this game is in the presentation of all the information that you will need and the easy way that it is set out .
Once your team is set up the real fun comes in playing the game and issuing the commands to your team that can change the outcome. This games run for about 15 minutes at a time however you can speed up the action if you want to after all a boring 0-0 draw is no fun even if you are the manager You have to react to changes on the pitch by issuing commands and making substitutions at the right time. Tactics play a big part in this game as well as ensuring that you have the right blend of players to ensure success.
It can sound a bit complicated at first however I found it a relatively easy game to pick up and does become quite addictive after a while.
There are a few problems with the game, some of the goals seem a bit unrealistic and overly spectacular with disproportionate contribution from defensive players in my opinion, occasionally the action does lose a bit of realism with some rather unusual responses to passes.
The other downside for me is that you have to iste to the voice of Alan Hanson who I do find a bit annoying however the use of Linekar is ok and at least it does lend itself to a realistic feel.
There is a huge choice of teams and leagues to choose from including five English divisions. There is also the opportunity to set up a fantasy team rom scratch and this can be fun although unlike Abramovitch you will have to work within a budget of £65m which for him would only buy two players.
Overall despite the couple of glitches this is a very addictive gae and well worth checking out and can be picked up from Aazon for £18.99 new.
LMA Manager will kick off the new 2006/07 season with LMA Manager 2007 for Playstation 2, along with versions for PC and the Xbox 360.Packed full of updated stats for the start of the season, the PS2 edition retains LMA Manager's brilliantly intuitive and user-friendly interface, where every piece of information is no more than a couple of button-presses away, and comes complete with the series' trademark visually rewarding presentation. With more content than any LMA Manager game previously, it's time to get yourself in training!