Excerpt: It’s a proven fact: football management games can take over your life. However, everything must be in exactly the right place for this to happen. The planets must be aligned, the game engine must run as smoothly as possible and there shouldn’t be so many options that you are overwhelmed, rather just enough so that you feel as if you’re in control.
Excerpt: Another year, another incarnation of Codemasters’ LMA Manager . Iíve literally run out of ideas as how to start a review of a football management game, or any sports game in fact, seeing as Iíve written about the past few LMA titles, Championship Manager , PES and the rather lacklustre but full of potential Club Football (news of which at going to press is that the series is being put on hold).
Conclusion: Also new on the boards is what should prove to be an interesting option come January - downloadable updates for the player lists, team sheets and transfer details via Xbox Live, making this game potentially the longest-lasting footie sim yet, since all those Champ manager games sold were only because the old teams were out of date!
Pros: A very intensive game., More leagues., Better graphics., Xbox Live updates., Andy Gray!
Cons: Perhaps a bit, intensive., Graphics still look a bit behind the times., The voice acting is still too limited.