As if this week could not get any better, my favorite mobile game just got its 2015 release! MLB Manager 2015 is available now on Android and iOS for $4.99. That may seem like a lot for an app, but one Lincoln is well worth hours of baseball management on your phone and tablet. Screenshots can be found below. Also, be sure to listen into Big Red Sports Talk this week as Brad Cook of OOTP Developments calls in to talk about OOTP 16 and MLB Manager 2015.
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MLB Manager 2015 also features Opening Day rosters, a Shop a Player function, and other new additions detailed below. The game offers the most immersive experience for armchair baseball GMs who want to guide their favorite teams to glory. It sells for US$4.99, with historical seasons available as in-app purchases on the iOS platform. (In-app purchases will be added to the Android version soon.)
“With its official MLB.com license and many great new features, MLB Manager is still the king of mobile baseball management games,” said MLB Manager lead developer Sebastian Palkowski. “It’s the perfect way to get in some baseball action on a smartphone or tablet while on the go.”
MLB Manager 2015 includes these features:
• 2015 Opening Day rosters: Each team has its projected 40-man Opening Day roster, as well as 20-25 top prospects, for a total of 60-65 players. An upcoming free update will include the official Opening Day rosters.
• Shop a Player: This option was brought over from OOTP to allow GMs to suggest a player for a possible trade and field offers from other teams.
• Simulate to Date X: GMs can now simulate to a specific date, and a new Don’t Disturb feature allows uninterrupted long-term sims.
• Player Shortlist: GMs can now add players to their shortlists so they can quickly return to their profiles any time. It’s a useful feature for tracking players’ careers after they leave a team.
• Career Stats Leader Boards: Retired players with 10 or more years of experience automatically join the career leader boards for home runs, strikeouts, and other stats.
• Improved In-Game Subs: When a GM makes a substitution during a game, they can easily see the current game situation, which is helpful when simming ahead in a game and being asked to, for example, put in a new pitcher because the AI pinch-hit for the current one.
• Better Trading AI: AI-controlled GMs make better trade offers.
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MLB Manager 2015’s core features include:
• Three game modes:
• Major League: Mobile managers guide their favorite Major League Baseball teams through the 2015 season and beyond
• Fictional: A fresh customizable world full of fictional players, providing a unique challenge each time
• Historical Major League: Three exciting past seasons to recreate — 1919, 1939, and 2012 — with the ability to buy more through in-app purchases on iOS only; in-app purchases will be added to the Android version soon. (On iOS, historical seasons are $0.99 each, 10 for $4.99, or all seasons dating back to 1901 for $19.99. Pricing will be the same when in-app purchases are added to the Android version.)
In Historical Major League mode, real players show up in the draft when they made their actual major league debuts, assuming the user owns those seasons.
• Managerial options that enable players to set lineups, pitching rotations, and depth charts before taking the field to make in-game calls, including when to issue hit-and-run and steal signs, how to configure the defense, when to pull pitchers and put in pinch-hitters, and more.
Players can also let the computer handle those decisions and set a series of sliders that dictate overall strategies, such as aggressiveness on the base paths, how often to pitch around batters, and more. They can simulate the season a day or a week at a time, jumping back in to manage games whenever they want.
• A play-by-play text stream that describes what’s happening on the field during the game, making it feel like a radio broadcast.
• An in-depth financial system that allows players to unleash their inner GMs. Are they looking for undervalued players who might help the team win while keeping payroll low, or are they free-wheeling spenders seeking high-profile free agents for the big win?
Players oversee trades, negotiate contract extensions, sign free agents, draft players, cultivate minor league prospects, move players between the active roster, minor league roster and disabled list, and more.