Published on April 22nd, 2017 | by Patrick Garde0
MLB Manager 2017 Review
MLB Manager 2017 is the latest iOS iteration of the MLB Manager franchise from developer OOTP Developments. With another year under their belt, the MLB Manager franchise has managed to update its players, its teams, and pretty much everything else that holds the game as its own. Even with all these improvement, does it steer away just enough from the hardcore fans of MLB baseball to be accessible to the average player? Let’s find out!
As I’m sure you can imagine with a title such as this one, you’re destined to be managing your own Major League Baseball team, and whether that’s in the form of historical matches that have stood the test of time or simply taking your favorite team and coaching them to MLB glory – it’s all there for you to take as you please. Only downside to this is the fact that the iOS and Android game – in essence – is almost the same as the previous years, with a few updates and changes here and there to keep it fresh, but ultimately the main gameplay remains the same.
In the developer’s defense, the whole stance of “if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it” with MLB Manager 2017, that appears to be exactly the case. Similar to that of the FIFA football franchise, it doesn’t need to change much to keep regular fans coming back and while I do agree that they don’t need to completely overhaul the iOS and Android game; it would be nice if there were a few more major changes to keep the series feeling refreshed.
Moving on from that, when you’ve decided how you want to play out your league and named it accordingly, you can then start on what you wish to do with your team. You can either look through each individual player on your team, analyze them to as much detail as you see fit, and then put them on your lineup or trade them off your team. A massive point in this game’s favor is the free reign that you get with your team and how you choose to build them. Heck, this time around you’ve got even more statistics than you can look at.
A feature that I appreciate is the option to play until the next game is about to start. If you’re the type of individual who doesn’t really care for min-maxing all the time, there’s a lot of extra little features that allow you to skip to the parts of the game that you find most entertaining.
I must admit, from an aesthetic standpoint the game has improved from the previous couple of years. While it does look slick and smooth, the overall design may not help newbies who might get confused with plenty of menus to go through.
From a graphical standpoint, the iOS and Android game doesn’t take much power in the slightest and while it may be unfortunate just how many times you’re going to see a god-forsaken loading screen in this game; it manages to suck pretty much none of your battery power – something I very much appreciate when my iOS device hasn’t had the chance to charge on that particular day.
Looking at this game from a hardcore baseball fans perspective, I can quite honestly say that you’re going to fall in love with this game. The main reason for that is this is the closest the iOS App Store has ever come to a fully-fledged simulator for this genre and it shows. MLB Manager is a simplified version of the original (Out of the Park Baseball) that is available on PC, Mac & Steam, but even in its “simplified” nature, the game is still incredibly detailed for fans who want some truly detailed control for their dream baseball team; all in the palm of their hand.
Overall, MLB Manager 2017 has a lot to love for fans of the previous versions and lovers of baseball. This is one of those games that does not change too much each and every year, but for the fans of the series that’s just how they like it – at least then the overall formula tends to stay the same. Yes, it does have some methods to keep the casual player returning. For anyone picking up this game, it could help you fall for the sport of baseball a little more or the simulation genre.
Summary: For $4.99, you will get a good value out of your money. MLB Manager 2017 is probably the only deep baseball simulation game for iOS and Android. It will consume most of your time whether you’re a first-timer or a veteran.