Anyway, I'm VERY, VERY excited for this year's game. I think they legit added lots and lots of good new features this year, and the graphical changes to the players alone make it worth it--they look about 5 times better. I like to play for the atmosphere as well as the challenge of a baseball game; I always use full broadcast presentation and soak it all in, so I'll be happy the game will look even better this time around--especially with the uniforms all revamped! I'm looking forward to the Braves new park, too--I'm interested to see how it plays! The design looks like a pitcher's park, which is pretty typical of the NL. The dimensions remind me quite a bit of Pittsburgh. Metro Dome will be a fun classic park, too!
Over the past few weeks, I decided to play MLB 16 as a just a GM for the Padres to see if I could build them up because that franchise is just rarely any good, so it sounded like a fun challenge. I should have turned off GM contracts!!!! By year three, I personally thought my roster looked quite good!! Plus, I'd managed to get some awesome trades for big time prospects (Andrew Cashner for Brady Aiken and Justus Sheffield I thought was solid), drafted REALLY well, and even had about $50million saved up to sign a big free agent (even after signing Todd Frazier). But man, the Giants and Dodgers each won 100+ games that season, which put us in a hard spot (I simmed all games for three years, only doing GM stuff). I was fired after year three....
Fortunately, I saved it at Opening Day of each season, so decided to start over year three (2018) and actually play the entire season myself to see if I can save my GM job, lol! I've had a good 4-1 start!! The roster is very fun, so I think I'll carry it over into the new game when it is out.
Let's go 2018 Padres!!! Ha