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  • Summary: MLB Front Office Manager lets gamers do everything a real-life baseball GM can do to develop a team from Spring Training through a full MLB season, into the playoffs and the World Series. Using Major League teams and players, gamers create their own fictional baseball universe and buildMLB Front Office Manager lets gamers do everything a real-life baseball GM can do to develop a team from Spring Training through a full MLB season, into the playoffs and the World Series. Using Major League teams and players, gamers create their own fictional baseball universe and build their reputation into elite status. Gamers can replace aging veterans with rookies, scout the Minor Leagues, make blockbuster trades, and even participate in bidding wars for posted players from Japan as they make their way to the Hall of Fame. A true baseball general manager also acts as a mentor in MLB Front Office Manager. Legendary Oakland Athletics' GM Billy Beane offers advice, encouragement and guidance as gamers steer a team through the intense competition that is Major League Baseball. Billy Beane is considered one of the most talented GM’s in baseball today and has turned the Athletics into a consistent postseason contender since being named GM in 1997. Now, in MLB Front Office Manager, he passes that knowledge on to gamers. MLB Front Office Manager offers two distinct game modes. Become the GM in Career Mode, and manage a team through a 30 year career that hopefully leads to the Hall of Fame. As the gamer’s knowledge and skill progresses over time, gamers gain points to improve various areas and help the team win games as a result. With Online Fantasy Mode, create an online head-to-head management experience. With up to 30 Managers in the league, gamers can compete against friends to see who has what it takes to be the best. [2K Sports] Expand
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  2. Negative: 6 out of 13
  1. 2K and Blue Castle Games are definitely on the right path but I think they could have spent a few more months or so to finish the game before releasing it; though, with Spring training camps on the way and the upcoming release of MLB 2K9 it’s understandable as to why the publisher decided to release MLB Front Office Manager right away. If you can get past the technical nuisances of the game, you will find a really interesting and enjoyable management simulation, one that actually tests your wits.
  2. This game had great potential, but unfortunately it fails to deliver. Only the most hardcore baseball fanatics are going to be able to stomach the breadth and depth of this title. I'm a pretty big baseball fan, and it was even too much for me.
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    There are a considerable number of issues holding MLB Front Office Manager back. Lack of three-team deals, a mediocre interface, and questionable AI logic are unacceptable even from a new IP. I hope 2K gives Front Office another go next year, because with some fixes to very obvious issues, this could be a great game.
  4. A lethal combination of clunky menus, lack of guidance, and general tedium combine to make Front Office Manager a dud.
  5. An obtuse interface makes MLB Front Office Manager bewildering even to baseball-sim veterans.
  6. Baseball text simmers have dreamed for a game like this for years, but if you want to be taken seriously by the sim crowd you need to do a better job of simulating the sport – otherwise it’s simply not worth the time and money.
  7. If you're not a die-hard baseball fan with years of knowledge on its rules and practices, you'll more than likely be lost extremely quickly, wondering when it will end.

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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. jc
    Feb 3, 2009
    3
    I'm glad they made an effort to bring a baseball sim game to consoles but this game is terrible. I'm not sure they did one thingI'm glad they made an effort to bring a baseball sim game to consoles but this game is terrible. I'm not sure they did one thing even ok, there is probably 15-20 major fixes that need to be addressed. Maybe they will put some effort into it for next year because i think there is a market for this stuff. The franchise mode in the show is way better than this piece of crap. Expand
  2. DaveEckelberry
    Mar 15, 2009
    2
    Not just bad, but bad on multiple fronts.

    I'm a baseball fan, and based on the reviews here, I didn't expect a great, or even a
    Not just bad, but bad on multiple fronts.

    I'm a baseball fan, and based on the reviews here, I didn't expect a great, or even a good game. But I was surprised by a failure on so many levels: design, programming, and artistic. No offense to any of the people who probably worked quite hard to make this with little time and little budget, but at some point you have to look at the result and go, why bother?
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