|LMA Manager 2005|
Release Date: Out Now
You’re watching your team from the sidelines. They’re playing crap. You yell tactics from the dugout and pull off the laziest dogs but still no progress. It just isn’t your day. After the match, your assistants tell you that the board wants a meeting, and that your best striker is leaving. With your wife. This slightly overwhelming feeling is as welcome as a stale meat pie on the north stand in LMA Manager, now returning onto the field with a new line-up.
Moving further away from the number-crunching sims of old, and more towards armchair gaming, LMA also lets you watch you team crush (or be pummelled by) the opposing team in 3D glory. From the looks of it the graphics have had an overhaul, and the player animations look smoother than ever. If only they had commentators, you could imagine you were watching a game. But that’s not the case here, you’re not watching, you’re a manager, and you’re supposed to be working, so stop lazing about and shout some stuff at your players! With a quick press of the shoulder buttons you can yell generic comments such as “get up there!” or “keep it!”, which will (apparently) change your team’s tactics a bit.
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 through your Network adaptor, 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the longest-lasting footie sim yet, since all those Champ manager games sold were only because the old teams were out of date! I would speculate that with this, no LMA Manager 2006 is required, but I’m sure there’ll be something essential that Codemasters develop for next year…
LMA Manager 2005 is a very intensive footie sim, with teams from the conference to the premiership, as well as countless international leagues, or the chance to create your own team, and to update team info via the internet – if this is your sort of game it will suck you in like a hungry hungry hippo. There’s more than enough to keep the potential Wenger (or maybe even Sir Alex) busy, but is very uninviting for those new to the series. Without a tutorial the game appears pretty daunting with its plethora of menus which all need to be studied and altered before each game. To use a footballing analogy, the game is a strong side with some top key players, but needs to focus more on simple play rather than try anything fancy and risk losing possession. All in all, a strong contender for the title, Gary. I’ve been Andy Gray, and this has been LMA Manager 2005.
- A very intensive game.
- More leagues.
- Better graphics.
- Online updates.
- Andy Gray!
- Perhaps a bit too intensive.
- Graphics still look a bit behind the times.
- The voice acting is still too limited.