You may have noticed that the feature list for Football Mogul 23 includes "New and Improved Replay Mode". Replay Mode is a feature I added for Football Mogul 21 that loaded every player's real-life stats at the beginning of each historical season. (You can turn on Replay Mode when you start a New Game, or toggle it at any time in the Options Dialog on the Tools Menu.)
Unfortunately, the original Replay Mode didn't work exactly as intended. In some years, a player's season stats took a backseat to their overall talent level. In the following example from the 2000 season, the artificial intelligence is choosing Tom Brady as the starting QB despite the fact that Drew Bledsoe started every game behind center.
If you're replaying the 2000 season, you want New England's starting QB to be Drew Bledsoe, not Tom Brady. Brady might be the GOAT. But for his first season, he was just the backup QB. This is the same screen with the improved Replay Mode in Football Mogul 23:
It's weird to see Drew Bledsoe being graded 12 points higher than Brady. But that's the point of Replay Mode: to recreate a season using just the stats from that one season. The games might play out differently, but every player's performance is based entirely on their real-life stats.
As you can see in the above example, I've also added the ability to easily view a player's actual historical stats by choosing 'Predicted' in any of the Team Dialogs. Finally, Replay Mode now eliminates injuries to a player who hasn't yet played in the same number of games as he did in the season being replayed — giving every player the chance to replicate the performance that they achieved in real life.
Changes from Version 25.07 to 25.09 include the following:
One of the best things about Baseball Mogul 2022 is that it effortlessly loads saved games from previous versions. If the previous version was installed to the default folder (e.g. "C:/Sports Mogul/Baseball Mogul 2021") Baseball Mogul should automatically find these files the first time you run the game, and ask if you would like them copied to the Baseball Mogul 2022 folder.
f you don't see the above message the first time you run Baseball Mogul 2022, try installing the most recent patch and running Baseball Mogul again.
You also have the option to copy the files manually:
1) Open the folder where the previous version (e.g. Baseball Mogul 2021) was installed. If you don't know what folder this is, run that version of Baseball Mogul and choose "Open Game Output Folder" from the Help Menu.
2) Open the folder where Baseball Mogul 2022 was installed. Again, if you don't know where this is, run Baseball Mogul 2022 and choose "Open Game Output Folder" from the Help Menu.
3) Copy all files of type "MOG File" from the old folder to the new folder.
4) Run Baseball Mogul 2022 and click "Resume a Previously Saved Game". Those files should now be available.
This year, I finally added support for two-way players like Babe Ruth and Shohei Ohtani. Two-way players can be used as both pitchers and position players over the course of a season. And, thanks to the designated hitter rule, players like Ohtani can even pitch and DH in the same game.
Because the Baseball Mogul Scouting Report was designed to show either a pitcher or a position player, two-way players like Ohtani now have two different "views":
Click "Scouting" from the Lineup Dialog and you'll see Ohtani's Scouting Report as a DH, with his hitter ratings, skill at each defensive position, and batting splits versus lefty and righty pitchers:
Click "Scouting" from the Bullpen and you get his pitching ratings, pitch arsenal, fastball velocity, and pitching splits versus lefty and right hitters:
The "Two-Way Player" button below his ratings lets you know he's a two-way player — and you can click it to toggle back and forth between his hitter ratings and pitcher ratings.
Creating Two-Way Players
Most players in the game are flagged as "one-way" players. To convert a player to a two-way player:
Work In Progress
Because there are only a handful of two-way players, this feature wasn't beta-tested extensively. This means that there are still bugs. For example, it's possible to insert Ohtani as a pinch hitter in a game even if he is also the starting pitcher. My philosophy has been to err on the side of letting you break the rules. I would rather get an bug report that says "Baseball Mogul let me do something that violates MLB rules" than get a report that says "Baseball Mogul won't let me do something that is legal within MLB rules".
That being said, I would of course like to eliminate both types of bugs. So please let me know when this functionality misbehaves, and I'll get the bugs worked out.
If you've played Football Mogul for a while, you may have encountered the bug where your starting quarterback tackles the kick returner during a kickoff (?!). Or, worse, your QB is injured during the kickoff (#$%&?!):