LMA Manager 2001
Genre Simulation -> Simulation
Today's Rank 0
Date N/A
Publisher N/A
Date 2001-03-16
Publisher Codemasters
Managing a football team has rarely worked well on a console. Yet with Codemasters' LMA Manager 2001, PlayStation owners not only have an addictive and involving strategy game, but have also had it proved to them beyond all reasonable doubt that tough sporting strategy games can work away from a PC. The game puts you in charge of the team of your choice (with each side having different expectation levels set by their respective boards), leaving you to wheel and deal, use your tactical skills and hope for a little luck as you guide your team from season to season. You can switch jobs, of course (sometimes not by choice), and there are plenty of trophies up for grabs, but make no mistake--LMA Manager 2001 isn't an easy game to win by any means. It is fun to play though, helped enormously by an interactive match day screen which allows you to watch the game play out in front of you. This leaves you free to tinker with tactics and substitutions, and offers clear guidance as to what you're doing right and wrong. You can speed it up or simply get your results, but this added interactivity is clearly one of the key assets of the game. LMA Manager 2001 succeeds simply because it sucks you in. Sure, it takes time to play, and at times you'll tear your hair out. But when you finally add the FA Cup to your trophy cabinet, you'll find it was all worth it. --Simon Brew
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