Review of DDS Pro Basketball 2016 – Beginning to shine under the hood

Gary Gorski, the man behind the Draft Day Sports series, may have unlocked the secret to an immersive, successful basketball simulation. When it comes to the genre, there are two main divides: Draft Day Sports, delivered by Wolverine Studios, and the Fast Break series, published by GreyDog. I have rather extensive playing experience with both, and both have their pros and cons. FBPB offers more of...[Read More]

Review of Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP 17) – Takes the throne and improves on it

March has come around once again. With real life baseball players reporting to camps and playing games for this year’s Spring Training, baseball season is looming. This means a new installment of Out of the Park Developments premiere franchise, Out of the Park Baseball, a franchise long storied as one of the best when it comes to text-based GM games.   Start Menu   Coming new with this y...[Read More]

Review of Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2016 – Is their first dance together a good one?

Reviewer’s Note: This game was reviewed using version 1.0.3 DDS: PF 2016 is the long-awaited American football text simulator from Wolverine Studios. The lead developer is none other than Brooks Piggott who decided to merge his Barcode Games’ Professional Football Simulator franchise with Wolverine Studios in 2015. The move seems to make a lot of sense as a seasoned developed in Brooks Piggott loc...[Read More]

Review of Pro Basketball Manager 2016 – Promising though not fully polished

Reviewer’s Note: This game was reviewed using a pre-release copy up to version Pro Basketball Manager 2016 (PBM2016) reminds me of a pro prospect whose raw abilities are promising, but still are not fully polished. It certainly has flashes of brilliance, and its future could be really bright, but the question is: Do you want to take a chance on it now? But before we get ahead of ourselves,...[Read More]

Review of Franchise Hockey Manager 2 – What a difference two years makes!

After two years, OOTP Developments are back with a brand new release of Franchise Hockey Manager. Unlike the previous two iterations (namely FHM 2013 beta and FHM 2014), this latest version drops the year from its name and is simply called FHM 2. This might seem like a very minor thing, but it marks something more significant and very positive for hockey sim fans: Finally, we have a game which liv...[Read More]

Review of Fast Break Pro Basketball 3 (PC) – One of the deepest pro basketball simulators on the market

FastBreak Pro Basketball 3 (FBPB3) reminds you that a sports-text sim doesn’t have to be able to do everything in order to provide a good gaming experience. Like a dependable, gritty power forward in basketball, FBPB3 may not be flashy or even revolutionary, but what it does, it does well. Released in 2013, FBPB3 is the latest from Brian Nichols, the creator of FastBreak Pro Basketball and FastBre...[Read More]

Review of MLB Manager 2015 – A game that’ll be a time killer

If you go into playing MLB Manager 2015 with the idea that you’re getting a stripped-down version of OOTP ‘16 for your desktop, well, that’ll tell part of the story. Sure, there isn’t as much details as a game that we gave a 98/100 just a couple months ago. And for an iOS game, of course that level of detail won’t be able to be condensed down into a version that’ll fit on your phone. But honestly,...[Read More]

Review of Front Office Football 7 FOF7 (PC) – The reinvigorated brainchild of Jim Gindin

Front Office Football 7 is out to prove that we should never judge a book by its cover – or should we say, “A text-sim by its user interface.” Underneath the reams of text and uninspiring-looking menus hums a beauty of a pro football simulator.   Front Office Football 7 (FOF7) is the reinvigorated brainchild of Jim Gindin who first developed Front Office Football back in 1998. 17 years and 7 ...[Read More]

Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP 16) Review – New levels of unimaginable depth

Right out of the gates with OOTP 16 users are greeted with a landing page which teases a cool new feature in this year’s game: official logos. This year’s iteration features all 30 MLB logos, over 150 minor league logos as well as historical MLB logos, as promised from the pre-launch press release. The powered by Baseball Prospectus logo is neat to see as well, not only as someone who interned wit...[Read More]


From the very get-go, one gets the sense that Out of the Park Baseball 15 is going to be an immersive experience. Just by virtue of selecting “new standard game” — one of eight different first screen options — the user is confronted with the decision whether to take the more standard path with a new league based on 2014 MLB rosters and schedules, or whether to choose between seven othe...[Read More]

Review of Franchise Hockey Manager 2014 (PC, Mac)

In my first review for GM Games, I am going to provide you with an in-depth look at Franchise Hockey Manager (FHM) with minimum Patch 1.6+, a relatively new game offered by OOTP Developments. This review will include looking at some of the neat (and not so neat) aspects of the game, and then the outlay of the game. In a future review, I will break FHM down to look at it more in depth, and provide ...[Read More]

Review of OOTP 14 Baseball

Our Review of Out of the Park Baseball 14 It’s all-encompassing and comprehensive. “It’s not too often you hang an 8 on somebody,” said Terry Ryan earlier this week. Ryan was of course referring to the 2-8 scale scouts use to determine a player’s future impact.   Well, Mr. Ryan hasn’t yet played OOTP 14.   From the beginning it’s easy to see that this is an exhaustive, almost all-i...[Read More]

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