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Best manager game on the PS2
on 22 January 2004
This is by far the best manager game for the PS2, primarily becuase it is virtually the only one. I was at first skeptical about the LMA series so I didn't buy the 2002 edition. Like many I have always been a fan of the Championship Manager PC games and I was waiting for them to move to consoles, unfortunately they didn't move the the playstation. I can't understand why the X-Box should get it and we PS2 owners don't but whilst some may dislike all other games, this one is better then most, to the point of possibly outdoing Champ Man.
I was rather dubious even after buying this but my doubts quickly vanished as I started to play this. It is fairly simple to play but it takes a bit of time to get used to the buttons. Unlike in the Champ Man series you get really involved in everything in this game. Its features are fairly similar to all manager games, you buy and sell players, deal with contracts and set-up players training. You can also get invovled in staff contracts and scouting players and teams etc, but you can also get involved in all the commercial aspects (you have to sack the commercial manager for that). This allows you to sell your advertisement space around the ground as well as shirt sponsors. You can also try to build a new stadium, but this is both expensive and costly - the first time I did it I forgot that when you build a new stand you don't get any revenue from it.
If you want a simply straight-forward manage the team you can also do that by delegating most of your powers to your staff, but if, like me, you like a more hand-on approach, you can get into the depths of the clubs day-to-day running.
This game also has a variety of game options ranging from the traditional team management across seasons to shorter versions like a cup run or the last six games. This can also relieve any boredom you have of the longer game.
This game isn't Championship Manager but it doesn't pretend to be. It allows the player to have varying degrees of control depending on what they want. It is a good game in general although it can be almost impossible to buy and sell some players, whilst ridiculously easy to tansfer others.
The only other main problem is the pointless highlights section. You get to watch the whole match on a 2D pitch with varying degrees of speed - a feature oly recently adopted by Championship Manager. This is fine but when the game has ended you get the Lineker and Hanson commentary. I am generally a fan of the BBC team, and would take them over ITV any day, but it is completely pointless in this game. It just slows everything down when you just want to get back to you main screen and resume managing. It is only a minor flaw but it is pretty much the only flaw so it really annoys me. Without the stupid replays LMA would basically be the perfect manager simulation game which shows its quality.