A Quick Look At Konami's MLB Dream Nine
Posted on Thursday, March 21 @ 13:53:16 Eastern by KevinS
A few days ago, I was able to hang out for a while with the staff at Konami to try out their recent baseball sim on iOS and Facebook, MLB Dream Nine. I admit to not knowing too much about baseball, but I'm always up for a good scratch and spit, so I hopped on the train into the city and corked my bat (just in case).
There are two versions of MLB Dream Nine: one for Facebook and the other for iOS. They're both free-to-play and really let baseball fans not only create their dream team, but dig deeply into the world of statistics in team building. Players can build to their heart's content, scout for new talent (and find better scouts for ever-better talent), and simulate the mettle of their squad against both friends and unknown challengers across the web. It was easy to swap players in and out of position, pull new guys up from the bench to the lineup, and combine certain groups for special stat bonuses (like having all All-Stars or Young Guns, or everyone being from the same team).
The Facebook incarnation has been out since September, and the mobile version since January, so the big news when I was playing was the updating of the roster and scouting system. The issue I had was that it's not entirely clear who you're getting when you select a scouted character—no stats at all, just a vague outline of where they're best—so hopefully that's made a bit clearer in the future, as it feels sometimes like I was swinging blind. But with over 600 players in the iOS game and over 700 on the Facebook side, there is plenty of talent to mix and match. There are even weekly league games to keep players interested and coming back for more.
I don't want to say they're just for die-hard baseball fans—even I was able to win a few games against other beginner's squads—but if you prefer the numbers and Moneyball science of fantasy sports with your friends, MLB Dream Nine might be right up your alley.
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