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OOTP 21 Review – More ways than ever to create the baseball world you want

Normally, the release of the latest Out of the Park Baseball (just OOTP for most enthusiasts, thanks very much) would be a cause for rejoicing on two fronts: First and foremost because the leading baseball sim on the market always seems to up its game every year, but also due to the knowledge that a new real life baseball season was imminent. Unfortunately, the coronavirus outbreak has thrown a da...[Read More]

Review of Draft Day Sports College Basketball 2020: A deep dive into a college basketball universe all your own

I went into reviewing Wolverine Studios’ latest release, Draft Day Sports College Basketball 2020, with at least some idea what I would find there. I had played previous WS releases more than a decade ago before real life intervened and my time for such pastimes waned. Full disclosure: I’ve been playing the sports management simulation genre for a very long time, as in back in the time...[Read More]


Review of Game Plan Hockey Manager – Where simplicity is the key

Before I start the review of Game Plan Hockey Manager I have to note a few things. First, the game has only two people working on it and they work on it in the spare time that they have in their busy lives. Second, this game has a $1.99 monthly subscription fee. It has a one month free trial though for anyone that wants a taste before they jump in. Finally, I have been playing this game since June...[Read More]

Review of Basketball GM – So many features packed in to one game

Basketball GM is a free single-player browser-based basketball simulation game by Dumbmatter / Jeremy Scheff. I have been playing it daily for around two years now and the amount of depth, yet simplicity of it, keeps me coming back for more. The work the developer has put into this game really shines through and the constant update and additions truly make it one of the premier games of this genre...[Read More]

Review – The detail in OOTP 19 is absolutely incredible

We all have the dates we eagerly anticipate every year when it comes to baseball. Maybe it’s when the pitchers and catchers report to spring training. Maybe it’s when they finally start playing games in Grapefruit and Cactus League action. Perhaps you can’t wait for Opening Day, or the home opener. Or maybe you’re like me, and can’t wait to bog down with baseball video games such as OOTP 19, which...[Read More]

Review of DDS Pro Basketball 2018 – For a basketball franchise, no game does it better

I have been a member of the sim gaming community for about twenty years now. In that time, I have been fortunate to see several games, most notably Out of the Park, where I have been a member of the beta team for several years, grow from a smaller game with several good ideas into a global game that, at some points, tries to do too much for a broad audience. (This is not a knock on OOTP, nor on th...[Read More]

Review – An immersive, intuitive basketball game in DDSCB18

It’s been awhile since I reviewed a game. Often, life gets in the way. Adulting happens. If you’re like me, your ability to play games becomes somewhat scarce. As a result, your collection of games may shrink as well. Therefore, you may become more critical about the games you choose. This is true of any genre. In the last decade, the prevailing thought in the sim gaming community was that this wo...[Read More]

Review – How do you improve on perfection? OOTP 18 found a way.

One of the hardest things I do every year is write a review for the latest edition of OOTP. I’ve written on a number of occasions that they just keep improving on what was already perfection, and that’s again the case with this year’s edition (OOTP 18), which is absolutely incredible after I took a year-long hiatus from writing reviews. To that end, it has to be even more difficult creating a game...[Read More]

Review of DDS Pro Basketball 2017 – Wolverine Builds On The Best Game Nobody Knows

Several of the major players in the market have offered strong games this year, with a bounty of games coming out within the last two months. Wolverine Studios have been at the forefront, releasing several games (and with a couple of more in the pipeline, rumors say). Gary Gorski has positioned his company well as a one-stop shop for sports games going into 2017. But his bread and butter, both for...[Read More]

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]