Baseball Mogul 2008 (PC)
Sean W. Gibson / Apr 19th, 2007 No Comments
Baseball Mogul 2008 is the latest edition of the game widely known amongst baseball geeks as the best simulation baseball game on the planet. For those of you unfamiliar with what a “simulation game” is, there is no “action” just pure stats and simulation, as you set everything from your rosters, lineups, and even hot dog prices to try to win the World Series. This new edition of the game comes with an updated roster set, new exporting and encyclopedia features, and HTML output for game box scores. All in all this new edition of Baseball Mogul is a great game for baseball buffs and stat-junkies alike.
Here is a sample list of new features.
* New Mogul Encyclopedia, that outputs of 30,000 interlink HTML pages with all historical leaders tracked in over 70 stats by team and season.
* New Database Engine that records stats for every player.
* Improved graphical interface
* Improved financial model that automatically adjusts revenue levels and salaries to the correct level for each era from 1901 to 2007 and beyond.
* New Player Development Engine for grooming rookies for the big leagues
* New Physics-Based Simulation with anytime save feature
* New player database with 2007 rosters and opening day lineups that include more than 18,000 players from 1901 to 2007. You can play as any team in any year.
* Animated Play-By-Play, fully interactive pitch-by-pitch mode (you call the shots), and new Lefty-Righty Stats
You have to judge a game by its content, meaning, I can’t compare the graphics of a sports simulation game and the latest PS3 1080p game – it’s comparing apples and oranges. That said, the graphics and layout of this 2008 edition of the game is pleasing and fairly solid. The menus have been laid out very nicely, and there’s been a nice graphic layout that should make the game easy to navigate and nice to look at. Particularly nice are the new HTML box scores for all the games that look fantastic and are SO much more fun to read than the old ASCII TXT files.
There isn’t much in the way of sound effects. There’s basically the same sound effects that has always been in the game in previous editions, and I didn’t notice anything new.
As a veteran of Baseball Mogul 2006, I was really happy to see a new edition of the game hit the market. There are so many new features, when you dive right in, it’s hard to get a grasp as to where to begin. First thing I did was start a season in the here and now with my beloved (and usually woeful) 2007 San Diego Padres. From there I set the lineups (vs Right, vs Left, w and wo DH) and started my sim life. I then remembered to set the price of tickets, hot dogs, beer, and ice cream to squeeze a little more revenue from my home games, since the financial model of Baseball Mogul 2008 is essential to retaining your players and buying free agents. Simming away I was finally able to win a world series in 2011 behind my prized new free agent 3B, Alex Gordon, and my 19 game winner, Jake Peavy.
For you baseball junkies that have always wanted to either own a team or be a general manager, Baseball Mogul 2008 makes that fantasy an almost-reality. It’s a ton of fun to make trades, draft players each June and control your farm system, and then buy the right free agents to make your team a perennial contender. Some people might be mistaken and think this is a game to compete with MLB 07 or something – which would be completely wrong. This is a “simulation only game” and meant for us stat junkies to get our groove on. The great thing about this title is that it’s easy to use, fun to play, and the simulation process is extremely easy and quick. Other stat-sim games out there have nowhere near the amount of streamlined processes that this title boasts. There is a play-by-play mode that is extremely addicting to play where you can go pitch-by-pitch or more simply into a “one pitch” mode where you tell the player basically what to do and see the game unfold one hitter at a time.
Anyways, getting back to the core sim gameplay itself, if you don’t want to take a team from the past or present, you can pick a season, then pick a team, and run a fantasy draft which will suck away a good hour or two of your life. Draft promising prospects or current stars – your choice – and then start your franchise on its way. This process isn’t an easy as it should be however, once you hit the “Fantasy Draft” button you are given a few features and then nothing happens. You have to go to the “Find Players” area and do a specific search to find the player you want. Once you have that process down, it’s straightforward from there. All in all the gameplay and level of sim-fun from Baseball Mogul 2008 makes it the hands-down best sports management sim game for the PC.
ONLINE / MULTIPLAYER
This edition of Baseball Mogul 2008 does not support multiplayer at all – it’s only a 1 player game. If you’re interested in playing this game online, there’s an online edition that goes for about $6/mo at the game’s website. This is a disappointing feature since just about all sim lovers usually want to either participate or commission their own sim league, and unless they want to go through some serious hoops, this edition of the game doesn’t support this feature.
Baseball Mogul 2008 is absolutely great at what it does – a fantasy baseball simulator that lets you call all the shots for your team, from trades, lineups, and other GM and Manager duties. The simulator itself is extremely fast, accurate, and realistic with tons of ways to tweak if you find yourself needing to do so. There’s a robust tool set within the game to do things like create a Baseball Encyclopedia for your game based on the stats from simmed seasons, that take the game to such a level that you’ll find yourself playing it over and over again, especially considering the varying levels of difficulty. For baseball fans looking for a great action game, or for people looking to run an online league, Baseball Mogul 2008 falls short of expectations, simply because it’s “not that kind of game” and hopefully all potential buyers out there can understand. If you’re looking for it right now, it’s available on the game’s website for a download for only $24.99, but if you’re like me and love a box, manual, and actual game CD, then Enlight has done a wonderful job packaging things up for only an extra $5. This can easily be the game that you install on your work computer and look busy with while simming away and play over and over without getting tired of it. Baseball Mogul 2008 is the baseball sim fan's nector of the Gods.