Strategy is key in DDS: Pro Football 2019 and Pro Basketball 2019
It’s September and that means the 2019 versions of our world class sports simulations are right around the corner and we’re bringing you a first look today at Draft Day Sports: Pro Football 2019 and Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 2019! There are a host of new features and improvements coming to both games and today we’re going to focus on a key component of both games. STRATEGY!
Sports simulation games are all about strategy and both of our pro games this year have upped the ante in bringing you brand new strategic options. Let’s start on the gridiron. One huge new change you will find in DDS: Pro Football 2019 is that in career mode you’ll be putting yourself in the game. If you’re familiar with DDS: Pro Basketball you’ll feel right at home with the global and local play options letting you control everything or just the job of general manager with the option of hiring yourself as head coach. If you really want to up the challenge turn on the mode that will allow yourself to be fired – then these new strategy options will really count!
The first thing you’ll notice in our screenshots is that the UI has been totally revamped and rebuilt from the ground up to give you better access to the game information. Everything you need is just one click away with our expanded new side game menu.
We’ve got a brand new depth chart here offering you different packages you can save and switch between. You’ll be able to assign use of those packages for each formation ensuring you have the optimal lineup on the field at all times.
For the utmost in control, create your own custom playbook. Each play is laid out in detail now and you’ll be able to quickly and easily put together a playbook that best suits your team.
What would all these strategy options be if you only had the final score to rely on? Take a look at the play analysis and see how every play you have run has stacked up against every defense your opponent has thrown at you. Don’t forget to check the flip side too to see how your defenses are holding up. Use this info along with the custom playbook option to build precisely the right strategy to lead your team to victory!
Strategy doesn’t stop with the on field play. You can’t forget about managing the team itself and the strategy of managing your cap. Players will give you some informational feedback such as they hoping to change teams and you have the ability to make that happen with a smart offer! You can promise a role to a potential free agent as well as offer him a smattering of contract bonuses and use different distribution strategies to make the contract as cap friendly as possible.
That’s just a small sample of what to look forward to with DDS: Pro Football 2019 but let’s take a look at what’s coming to the hardwood in this year’s edition of DDS: Pro Basketball. We talked about new game modes for DDS:PF – DDS: Pro Basketball 2019 has them too. You’ll be able to play in challenge mode where you’ll be at the mercy of ownership trying to meet their desires or play in the new sandbox mode where you won’t be fired for poor performance and will be able to change to any team you want in the offseason.
Challenge mode introduces some new concepts into the game from ownership. You’ll have a clear budget on what to spend on players and the coaching staff. You’re the one writing the checks so you can exceed those budgets but do so at your own peril – even winning big will only lessen ownership’s unhappiness with you not sticking to the budget. You owner will give you a clear expectation of what he expects you to achieve on the court as well and will also now comment on your roster. If he wants a superstar you better find out a way to get him one!
The team staff budget was mentioned above as a new feature but there’s more to it than just coaching salaries. There is a new training staff budget allocation. The more you allocate to the staff the better off your team will be. Better funded staffs can both help players to avoid injury as well as recover faster from them. We’ve all seen the importance of a good training staff in the real world so keep that in mind when deciding just how much you want to spend on that new head coach!
Game strategy has been totally revamped in DDS: Pro Basketball 2019. On the offensive side you’ll have a number of strategies to choose from. Each strategy will impact the style of play in a different fashion and you’ll be able to see what it does to pace, floor usage and play actions. For example the Seven Seconds offense shown above will make your team play as fast as possible on the offensive end relying heavily on attacking with the basketball and leading to many drives and three point attempts. If you’ve got a big man you want getting the ball in the post (remember those guys?) then this won’t be the strategy for you!
We didn’t just change things up on the offensive end though – the defensive side of the ball gets a whole new look in DDS: Pro Basketball 2019 too! You’re given four man to man strategies to choose from (you also can use zone and press options like you previously could with your coaching philosophies). Each M2M strategy has its pros and cons and you can change them to suit your opponent. Playing a team that loves the three? Use the attack strategy and run those guys off the three point line. Hopefully you have a good shot blocking big man if you’re doing so otherwise you might be running them right into a layup line.
General defensive strategies we’re enough though. You can assign up to five players individual defensive instructions. You can assign them to guard the best perimeter, best post or just the best player period and they’ll be matched up accordingly. If you really want to get down to a fine level of detail you can even assign specific matchups for the next game giving you the ultimate in control!
We hope you’ve enjoyed this first look at our pro lineup for 2019. Stay tuned as we will be announcing more information including release date and special pre-order discounts for both games! We look forward to hearing from you about these new games – hit us up in our forums, on Facebook and on Twitter.