For gamers out there like myself who cut their teeth on R.B.I. Baseball rather than Strat-O-Matic, I highly recommend this as a supplemental experience to today's console baseball titles. It may just supplant them in your imagination, as it's a platform to weave believable baseball tales of any stripe, at whatever speed or level of control you desire.
Overall, Out of the Park '13 made a few improvements over its predecessor, but the meat of the game is pretty much the same game, which is actually a good thing. If you already have Out of the Park '12, $39.99 might be too much for a few visual and AI improvements. If you don't have a prior OOTP game, OOTP13, much like last year's game, is an excellent baseball management simulator.
This is a great game for people who are interested in a extremely in depth management sports simulation. This is NOT for anyone who just wants to play through a game of baseball like a console sports game. If you love in depth management of stats, lineups, financials, minor league's, drafts, and much more; this is the game for you!
I really got hooked on this sports management situation - and I am not a baseball fan by far. The information is presented in a very accessible way (compared to the loads of data you face) and the ability to completely build your own fantasy league, import modded logos and uniforms brings an addiction level that is rarely reached these days. For me it's on par with Civ: Just one more ball game.
No, it doesn't have NBA 2K12 or MLB: The Show like graphics, but it doesn't need to. It's not what this game is about. And who has ever blamed Minecraft for being graphically deficient?
Try this game for a little while and it will really grow on you!
OOTP 13 does exactly what it sets out to do-it provides the hardcore fan with the most detailed front office sim experience possible. Once I got into the ebb and flow of managing my team, it was sheer baseball nerd nirvana, and there's a lot of value in that.
It's a game of stats; it's a game of numbers, and lots of information. It also gives history and quotes from players and baseball personalities throughout the history of the game. If you have a passing interest in the game of baseball this series may not be for you. For those baseball fans, those real baseball fans, if you have not discovered this franchise yet, then you are in for a real treat indeed.
This simulation is very-well developed. It accurately reflects baseball of any era from the 1800's to complete and accurate rosters as of 2012. If you want a game where you are the CEO i.e. GM then this is the game for you. No, the graphics and sound are not like a first-person shooter or something but they are very good for what they are needed for. This isn't some glitz shooter for a dumbace. You are smart? You will like. This is a game about building a contender through the draft, free-agency, and trades. Controlling ticket prices etc. It is a very deep simulation and has excellent online leagues against human opponents. Easily the best game in the genre.
Have to agree with Helm123 after so many years of the same old crap you'd think he'd up the graphics of the game to at least something like MicroLeague Baseball animations. I'm sick of READING text myself. I want to see more than just a stupid softball roll out into the field and it's not even accurate of what the text says happen. My money is going to Baseball Mogul 2013 because at least it has some animations and you get a little of the feeling of being there. APBA baseball was fun in its day because it has BROADCASTING and that would be an improvement to this game as well. Take it from me it's just not worth $39.95 every year just to get an upgrade to the HTML performance and a new lineup card. He's just milking the donkey now and you also and you're just not getting $39.95 worth if you have a lesser year version to at least 2007.
Same old tired graphics as the years before. Can't believe it's 2012 and we're still reading endless lines of text. At least now when I need my sports simulation fix I can fire up Football Manager and at least visualize the outcome of the game.