26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Still The Best Football Management Game on PS2,
This review is from: LMA Manager 2007 (PS2) (Video Game)
I have been dutifully buying LMA and the old January Transfers LMAs for years now and it's one of the few games I buy on the day it is released. After playing the new 2007 version, I can say that it does take some steps forward from LMA 2006. There isn't a great deal of change from 2006, just minor alterations here and there. For example, goalkeepers have seemed to stop catching high balls and falling backwards over the goal line. Also, you can now buy and sell players in their first season at a new club and if you put your players on the transfer list, foreign clubs take an interest whereas in 2006 only English clubs seemed to make offers for your players.
Indeed, the game has been polished and improved, but there is no radical departure from the previous instalments. It's basically the same game as 2006, but with several small problems ironed out. Speaking as a guy who's been buying the same £30 game for years, I couldn't care less that nothing has really changed. I just wanted to play around with the brand new, updated squad of the premiership side I love. I wanted to play God to the new players that my team bought in the summer. To be honest, that's why I keep buying this game ... the updated databases (with the proper, official player names, of course). However, you should be warned that you need to download off the internet the more recent transfers that went through towards the end of the transfer window. Without the download, William Gallas is still a Chelsea player and Ashley Cole is still an Arsenal player in the game, for example.
You could buy LMA 2006 on the cheap and update your team yourself in the transfer market so it looks like your teams current squad, but often the players don't have the rating/value that they have in real life. I'm not a Man United fan, but as an example, there's no way you could get Michael Carrick 9 out of 10 overall rating and an £18.6m value unless you buy the 2007 game.
There are some small gripes with the game. For example, 4-5-1 formations are used all the time in football today, but it is still absent from this game. Also, why don't free kicks ever hit the wall like in real football? Moreover, there are some very unrealistic transfer moves during the first season like John Terry going to Newcastle and Gary Neville going to Chelsea. This said, if you are looking for a football management game on the PS2, there is nothing that touches this. Recommended to new and old fans of LMA.