Published on April 24th, 2016 | by Patrick Garde0
MLB Manager 2016 Review
MLB Manager 2016 is the latest installment in the MLB Manager series from Out of the Park Developments. This game allows you the opportunity to pick your favorite team and lead them to the glory they deserve.
After you’ve picked your team from all of the major league teams, you can proceed to set up your personal general manager and start on bringing them into the MLB history books as the best team around.
Gameplay will require you to sign and trade players to construct the ideal team that you’ve always dreamed about. Obviously, not everything in the world is free, so building that particular “dream team” of yours, you’re going to want to keep an eye on just how expensive some of those signings and trades could be. Not only that, you’ll be tasked with developing strategies for your team, simply to make sure that your team plays to your style.
Even if your team is filled to the brim with some of your favorite batters and pitchers through the years of Major League Baseball, at times players are bound to get injured or under perform, just like in real life. When this occurs, you’re going to have to make the decision on whether to keep them for nostalgia, or their current playing ability.
Strategy-wise, there are a number of in-depth options for you to make use of to get your team playing to your standards. If you’re looking to play a little more defensively, then you have the opportunity. But if you would rather go all out, and play as risky and aggressive as you like, then the option is there for you, too. You can choose to micro or macro-manage your team to your hearts content, with no right or wrong way to play.
Just like the previous iteration in the MLB Manager series, if you’re looking for any gameplay that isn’t simply managing your team, then you aren’t going to find it. Developing your team and their strategies is the majority of what you do when it comes to gameplay, so if that’s not something that is for you, then this new update in the franchise is not going to change your mind in the slightest.
Similar to the 2015 version of this game, newbies may probably need a tutorial to get familiarized. But, if you’re a returning player, everything here will seem right at home for you, and you won’t have to worry about learning the new layout of everything.
Also, the interface on mobile devices could still be improved. The majority of the buttons are considerably too small to use on your typical iPhone screen, and generally warrants it being moved to a tablet device, like the iPad. MLB Manager 2016 definitely isn’t unplayable on mobile devices, but the UI definitely does benefit from the increase in resolution.
It’s safe to say, if you’ve ever found yourself enjoying a manager type game in your life, then you’re going to enjoy MLB Manager 2016. It is full of statistics from every single corner that you look into. If stats are at all your type of thing, then this game should already be on your mobile device, because the amount of gameplay you can get from it is potentially hundreds of hours. Not to mention that the game has 3 separate modes for you to enjoy, with the fan favorite of historical seasons making a return, allowing you to play your favorite team during some of their pinnacle seasons in their lifespan.
If you’re a new player to the franchise, then MLB Manager 2016 is the perfect place to start, due to the updated nature of it all. If you’re a returning player, you might be looking for more, as all that’s really been updated is the players and some general improvements.
Overall, for fans of both baseball and the more in-depth, statistical development when it comes to things, then this game will most assuredly be for you. For newer players who are into this sort of thing, the amount of depth will really blow you away and make you proud of the fact you picked this up.
If you’re looking for a new excuse to start a new season on your favorite team with an updated roster, or the game feels like it might tickle your fancy, then give it a go. After all, you could potentially find yourself putting in hundreds of hours, and that’s only on one team.
Summary: Sink your teeth into MLB Manager 2016. This game lets you play hundreds upon hundreds of potential hours. With plenty of replay value and in-depth gameplay, this baseball game hits it deep.