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Baseball Mogul 2003 may not offer much more than BM2002 did, but the new online support is vital for those who want to match their managerial skills against other humans. I’ll be plunging into a dynasty immediately…and I’ll let you know how things went 10 seasons down the line.
Baseball Mogul 2003 is a fun game for everyone. For those who are fanatical about baseball it is a great game and a bargain.
There was a time when Baseball Mogul was the most exciting text-based baseball game on the market. Unfortunately, that time may have passed. Though Baseball Mogul 2003 features the same formula that made the series a hit in the first place, it suffers from a case of same-old, same-old and from the fact that there are better simulations on the market with much greater depth.
Overall, Baseball Mogul 2003 provides some fun moments, but it’s a little simplistic and it hasn’t changed enough from its earlier installments. It’s also a little easy, once you figure out how to trade with the computer GM’s. (I made the Expos into a perennial World Series threat on the “mogul” difficulty setting, and once you can do that the game loses its excitement.) But if you’re a casual baseball fan, and if you haven’t played any of the other games in the series, then it might be a fun enough way to spend the weekend while watching your favorite team on TV.
Judging games based on preconceived notions of what they should be--rather than what they actually are--may seem grossly unfair, but it's hard not to do that with Baseball Mogul 2003. Anyone who came under the spell of the earlier releases can't help but feel let down that the series just hasn't lived up to its potential. The first game could have evolved into a classic sports management sim rivaling the likes of the UK's revered Championship Manager line. Instead, it's stuck in a rut, and fulfilling all of that initial promise is as far away as ever.
Mogul 2003 still has the huge advantage of being the most visible product in its genre; the franchise has been around long enough now that people recognize it. and the competition is mainly sold online (OOTP is marketed as Season Ticket Baseball and sold in stores, but I would guess that this just confuses people). However, anyone interested in this type of game would be advised to take a long look at the friendlier, more polished alternatives.