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May 19, 2021

5 Essential Tips for Mastering Sports Simulation Games

DDS: Pro Football
DDS: Pro Basketball
DDS: College Football
DDS: College Basketball

Sports simulation games are vastly different from the traditional video games you’d play on PCs or mobile apps. Most of those games are simple and straightforward – score the most points and you win the game. But sports simulation games are meant to emulate real life, which comes with far more curveballs and variables that are out of your control.

Sports simulation games are built for those who have a long-standing and deep-rooted emotional investment in the sport. They’re meant for diehard fans who seek to go beyond the scoreboard, who understand that so much more goes on behind the scenes than what is seen on game day. They’re designed for those who are in it for the long haul, who are willing to commit and build a dynasty from Day 1.

If this sounds like you, you’re already on the right track to success. To help you get there, here are some factoids to bookmark in your brain so that you can master sports simulation games.

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How to Expertly Build Your Franchise in a Sports Simulation Game

1. Build a Team, Not Individual Star Players

It’s a rookie mistake to blindly vie for the highest-rated players. Yes, it’s important to look at an athlete’s stats, but keep in mind that you are building a team. These sports are won by teams, not solo players. When scouting for new additions, consider each player’s personality, background, and athletic strengths and weaknesses. These should give you an idea of how compatible they might be for the team and your strategies.

With our games at Wolverine Studios, the pro games allow you to sign free agents while the college games let you recruit student-athletes. The games are fully customizable, with complex, lifelike characters with rich backstories and unique traits, so you’ll get a feel for managing or coaching multi-dimensional players and all the challenges that come with it.

2. Choose the Right Staff

Bear in mind that, at the end of the day, a franchise is still a business. Think of it this way – the sports team and coaching staff comprise one department of the company. But there are other departments, other gears and cogs, that are just as vital in ensuring that the franchise runs like a well-oiled machine.

When you’re the general manager, it’s your responsibility to oversee the overall operations of the franchise. You’ll be tasked with selecting the head coach and managing salaries and other financial matters. Ensure that everyone is aligned on the franchise’s vision, that there are clear goals and expectations to achieve, and that everyone pulls their own weight to push the team to succeed.

3. Think in Franchise Mode

There will be a million and one setbacks, so prepare yourself to face them head-on. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will your franchise be. You’ll win some, you’ll lose some – be it a game or a season – and that’s okay. Stick it out, experiment with different playbooks and strategies, and adapt based on what did and didn’t work for your team.

Wolverine Studios offers career-based simulations with a sophisticated AI that keeps you on your toes. Every year, we introduce upgrades, new playbooks, and customizable strategies so that you can build your dynasty the way you want to. 

4. Learn from Experience

Albert Einstein said that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” There’s no point in running the same failing plays in the hopes that they will miraculously work in another try.

Fortunately, Wolverine Studios provides extensive historical archives and databases that let you track and monitor your progress over time. You can export the information and analyze the data to see where you can improve and optimize. The first step to building your dynasty is strengthening your strategy and analysis skills. 

Plus, it’s important to note that our savvy AI is a fast learner. It can make intelligent decisions, so don’t think that there’s an easy way to succeed! Instead of wasting time trying to sidestep it, learn to experiment with different players’ strengths, pivot positions, and adjust strategies.

5. Use Available Tools and Info in the System

The Draft Day Sports series is jam-packed with data and features to help you make informed decisions for your team. Access almanacs for historical info and statistics. Monitor the individual stats of your players and others on the market, particularly if you’re looking to recruit or sign new players. Review the contract information of your team members and look at the roster in detail.

These will not give you a straight answer on what to do to win. That would defeat the purpose of a sports sim! Making the right calls is going to be up to you. But if you properly use the diverse tools we offer and analyze the detailed information available to you, this data can help reveal vital insights on what to improve and how you can best move forward.

We’re not going to say that this isn’t about the destination, because we’re all striving for the big win. However, it’s still largely about the journey. Follow the tips we gave you in this blog post and you’ll find your experience with sports simulation to be eye-opening and fruitful. 

Are you ready to start building your fantasy sports dynasty? Wolverine Studios has exactly what you need. Try our free demo today and see what all the excitement is about.