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Published on February 11th, 2009 | by Brian Browne

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2K Sports MLB Front Office Manager Review

Being a big fan of the managerial aspect of video games, I usually spend time in the menus of any sport game I play and find out what blockbuster trade the computer will let me get away with. MLB Front Office Manager however, takes steals and deals further in depth. I found myself being surprised about how many aspects of the team I actually had control of. While I am Boston Red Sox fan, I decided to be fair and actually test my general manager skills. Which is why I ended up taking the Texas Rangers.

Teams start off with an accurate budget. The Yankees have enough money to do a Duck Tales dive into a pool of cash, but I was stuck with my pockets out like the Monopoly man with my team selection. When starting a career, there is a GM creator which is very basic and needs to be improved in the next release. However, you can alter your background/previous job skills to influence what you bring to the table in your present career. For example, if you were a previous player, you will have better skills in developing players into future stars. One of the things I experimented with frequently was the scouting feature. This allows you to throw money out there to different countries to see if you can round up the next Dice-K . The more money you throw out to a certain area, the higher your chances are of landing a big signing.

While the graphics and player models are not of the normal 2K Sports variety, I did enjoy managing a game. You have a excellent view from your ivory tower (also known as the press box) and managing controls are very user friendly. However, once you select an action (i.e. Bunt or Hit), you are stuck with it until the next batter. This is a fantasy players dream, with stats displayed constantly to see if a guy is on fire or do you need to sub him out. While the manager controls inside the game were impressive, the menu navigation outside the game was not. You might find yourself constantly getting lost in sub-menus while playing. The game came equipped with a broad selection achievements that require you to play with small market teams like the Mariners and Rays. This makes it more exciting as GM because playing with big market teams is simply boring. It is painfully easy to make them into a superpower (if they already aren’t).

The folks at 2K Sports gave a good effort this time, but I would definitely like to see them come back with a heavier hitter next season. The $39.99 price tag isn’t too much to ask for this title and definitely will hold you over while waiting for MLB 2K9.

Rating: B-

Good

* In-game interface user friendly
* In-depth team interactions
* Good presentation

Bad

* Difficult menus
* Poor player and ballpark graphics

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