What can be said about a sports simulation game such as Baseball Mogul? What it lacks in graphics, sound, and fun it makes up with an immense amount of players, stats and endless text. What really throws me is that this game has absolutely no sound. What, you can’t even throw in a little intro music or something? At first I thought my speakers died, and then I thought I went deaf; unfortunately those were not the case.
Graphically there is nothing special to look at. 99% of the game is all text so they added a little color around the border so you don’t die from lack of stimulation, but for the most part graphics are a mute point. The only time graphics come in play is if you do a play by play of a game. Then you see some highly pixilated character standing at a plate and you click your mouse as the ball comes near. That lost its luster really fast and so I decided to simulate the entire season after spending most of my money buying the best players I could. Then lots of text came my way in the form of stats, and wins, saves, and losses. Now the season was over and there was little reason to continue… but wait! I simply pressed simulate season again and the next season simulated showing an improvement in my team’s record this season and new stats to look through.
This makes replay value… well I suppose endless. You can sit at the keyboard endlessly getting fake stats sent your way for every new season. I suppose if someone wanted to use it simply to have a computer program’s opinion on what team will win playoffs then this is the program for you. I am not sure if I am missing something, but everywhere I have read a review on this game they are calling it an editor’s choice and it is receiving 9.1/10 in other reviews. I suppose I have to give it some credit, it is definitely in depth and detailed when it comes to player and team statistics. I believe at this point the detail in the number of teams, years of each team and player rosters is the only thing making this game move into the 2.0 and lower rating bracket.
Other then the endless roster and ability to make your fantasy team full of fake players you made up as well as the 10 years of teams, rosters, and stats bolstered in this game there really is not much substance to this game/application. The install sits at a whopping 75 megabytes! Not to mention requiring 256 colors, and p233 or better and 64 MB of ram. I feel that for a game coming out in the time of “Next Gen” they should have been able to put a little more substance to the game at least something in sound would be great!
I can see Baseball Mogul 2008 being a hit for someone who eats, sleeps and breathes baseball and loves quiet time with his baseball stats. But for the average gamer this is going to be a really boring experience.
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