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Detailed analysis from our experts of sport manager games

8.3

Very Good

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 d...[Read More]

6.7

Fair

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 1.0.0.7 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 bef...[Read More]

9.2

Amazing

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: Fin...[Read More]

8.8

Very Good

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 FastBr...[Read More]

9.1

Amazing

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 fi...[Read More]

8.7

Very Good

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 i...[Read More]

8.5

Very Good

Review of Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 4 – Continued strides in every new version

The NBA has come calling, but you aren’t one of the freak-of-nature athletes that make a roster. It’s your brains they want. You’re here to run a franchise. Draft Day Sports Pro Basketball 4, the newest entry in a franchise developed by Wolverine Studios aims to give you a platform to help build the next great dynasty in sports—to let you become the next Red Auerbach,...[Read More]

9.6

Amazing

Review of Eastside Hockey Manager – Well worth the eight year wait

More than eight years after the Eastside Hockey Manager series was put on indefinite hold, the undisputed king of ice hockey management is back. A lot has changed since EHM 2007 was released in September 2006; not least the rise of the likes of Steam and social media. These platforms make niche games cheaper to launch and easier to market. Indeed, Eastside Hockey Mana...[Read More]

9.9

Amazing

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 on...[Read More]

9.8

Amazing

OOTP 15 REVIEW – AN IMPROVEMENT ON (NEAR) PERFECTION

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 whethe...[Read More]

9.3

Amazing

iOOTP 2014 Review (iPad, iPhone)

Having already reviewed OOTP15, it’s certainly hard to know what to expect from iOOTP, the iOS version of the game created for enhanced mobility on Apple devices. As such, it is expected that this version would be considerably truncated from the PC version reviewed here. PC version review here. Knowing this is key in reviewing this game based on its own merits and wha...[Read More]

8.2

Very Good

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 ...[Read More]