Excerpt: The easy to use interface has made the LMA Manager series a comfortable yearly console fixture, and it has always been some distance away from the deeper and more thoughtful approach of management games belonging to the PC. Things have changed in recent years, with the arrival of the deeper management game on consoles thanks to the advent of suitable hardware, does LMA Manager still have a comfy place?
Excerpt: Many a football fan has wondered privately, but more often publicly, how the Pascal Cygans and Titus Brambles of this world continue to command a respectable wage for playing at the highest level. Granted, dear Pascal has moved on these days, but he and others like him still get paid huge sums of money for being distinctly average footballers. But, then again, perhaps us fans are too harsh on the poor souls?
Conclusion: However, they could have been a bit more imaginitive, and made a few more for skills in the transfer market, or making a certain amount of profit for your club in a season, or making a side worth £150,000 champions of Europe in a set amount of time. So I will mark it down based on that.
Excerpt: Starting out on the PlayStation in 1999, LMA Manager has appeared in one form or another nearly every year since. In that time, the series has made the jump from consoles to PC, and it was also one of the first football management games to offer a full 3D match engine. Now making its first appearance on the Xbox 360, LMA Manager 2007 offers new features such as online squad updates, league match highlights, and new data for the African, Asian, Australian, and American...
Pros: Fantastic presentation, easy to navigate, customisable level of depth, online statistic updates
Cons: Offers only eight playable leagues, some glitches in the match engine, no online gameplay
Conclusion: Good and generally packed management game, with much to like and admire. Its lack of pace really hurts it, and that’s one of several challenges that it ultimately doesn’t address as well as SEGA's stronger Football Manager. You’re unlikely to be disappointed if you buy it, but it shouldn’t be first on your shopping list.
Summary: NHL 08 is EA’s latest game in their popular NHL franchise which has been running for over a decade. Thankfully, this isn’t just a lazy game by EA either—they haven’t simply updated the teams and graphics. Instead, they have added a wealth of new features to make the game last longer and to make the experience more realistic. Does it work? It does actually, and pretty damn well too.
Pros: Nice controls, Surprising amount of depth for a sports game, A big improvement from NHL 07
Cons: Online is weak, Poor frame rate, Steep learning curve
Summary: Another installment of the award winning console management game LMA Manager, can you manage your minnows to European glory or lead them to getting a good whooping in the conference and get the inevitable sacking!