- Developer: Wolverine Studios
- Publisher: Wolverine Studios
- Platform: PC
- Format: Digital Download
- ESRB Rating: Not Rated
- Release Date: June 28, 2012
- Features a revamped user-interface with new information bars
- Play or watch games from the new GameView display option
- Choose from new offensive strategies while coaching your team
- Play as GM, head coach, or both
- Includes European league and season play
- Features enhanced trading AI
- Link stats with Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2
- Game Developer: Gary Gorski
- Original Graphics Design: Paul Yuan
- Graphics Contributor: Ivan Carrillo
Draft Day Sports: Pro Basketball 3 is a text-based sports management simulation game that has you guiding a professional basketball team throughout multiple seasons in your quest to build a dynasty.
Creating LeaguesThe create league feature lets you create your own custom league, from its name and abbreviation to the salary cap for player contracts and luxury cap for teams that may be inclined to spend too much on payroll. You'll also be able to adjust the league size from 8 to 30, change the default logo (Pro Basketball 3 does not feature an official NBA license for authentic team logos and names), and set the names and logos of the development league and optional European league.
Rosters and FinancesPlayers can choose from the default 2012 rosters, an option to generate new rosters, use specific season disks, or import rosters from another source. There are two options for managing your finances. Those who want the complete experience of managing your team's salary cap and dealing with bird rights and restricted free agency can select the full financial model option, while those who want all teams to play with a fixed salary cap can select the limited financial model option. This option is only available for pro leagues, as the European league uses a budget model and there are no financial options for development leagues.
Customizing Your League
Other league options include individual toggles for trade restrictions, the ability to be fired, randomized owners' characteristics, high school draft entry, foreign draft entry, fantasy draft, and use an integrated file from Draft Day Sports: College Basketball 2. Finally, there are two control options. Global Control lets you wear many hats, as you assume the role of a general manager and head coach.
Local Control locks down your role as either a head coach or general manager, with the computer AI taking over the other role. You can suggest the computer AI to do certain things, but you cannot directly influence an outcome. One of the final steps involves creating your coach profile, which includes selecting or importing a picture and adjusting your philosophies on offense, defense, and player rotation. Individual skill ratings for such categories as development, strategy, and potential can also be adjusted, which will influence the game's overall challenge.
Managing Your League
Once you've set the main parameters, you can choose to play by yourself or create an online league for multiplayer support, with the latter allowing acting commissioners to protect their league with a password. You'll then begin your career from a home office screen, where you'll be able to manage the day-to-day activities in your league. You'll receive e-mails, make calls, view league leaders, browse news from around the league, view your team's schedule and more. Advancing to the next day simply involves clicking on a button when you're ready.
The game simulation screen lets you view the action from a 2D display or a new "game view" option, which arranges a number of different stat screens around a top-down view of the court. You'll be able to view the play-by-play text, a list of each player on a team's roster, in-game stats, scoring summaries, and more. As coach, you can make substitutions, call timeouts, yell at the referee, or try to "work" the ref in your favor. While the game is primarily text-based, you'll be able to hear sound effects such as squeaky sneakers, crowds, and the ball bouncing on the hardwood.
- Operating System: Windows 2000 or later
- Memory: 128 MB RAM
- Hard Drive: 250 MB free space
- Display: 1028 x 764