It's the perfect game for anyone who's ever criticized their team's GM for doing a crappy job, since it gives you the opportunity to step into their shoes — and, with a few tweaks here and there, prove that all your criticisms are totally valid. It's wish fulfillment of the nerdiest kind, and I just can't get enough of it.
Owned every version ever released and the game gets better every release. An absolute must have for the detailed baseball fan and the best game in the text sim genre. The 3D modeling is still very much a work in progress and if they can eventually get it to the level that the FM series has that will be fine.
Those that don't like the text sim style and concentration on details and realism over bells and whistles probably wont like it. But for those that want this out of their game it is damn near perfect.
Amazing baseball sim/management game. This isn't "The Show" so if you are looking for arcade baseball please look elsewhere (although it would be nice to somehow combine the two). This is for the baseball history lovers, GM and manager wanna be's and creative people who love making up a baseball world that suits their own imagination. It really can be tweaked for every type of player, repeat history, change it a little, change it A LOT. Fully customize the game anyway you want it, logos, jerseys, hats, players, facegen (want Joe Montana in the game as a baseball player, no problem). The "community" is amazing with the work they do with some very intelligent and creative people willing to help out. By the way, a little advertised feature in this game is baseball cards! for those who enjoyed collecting in your youth or still do, you can create or use templates people already created baseball cards for your fictional league, just one of the coolest features I have ever seen put in a game.
Out of the Park ’16 proves once again why it’s the go-to series for baseball management simulators. With the new license to use real MLB players and the other additions and improvements, there’s not much you can’t do in this year’s edition. If you’re looking for a great baseball management simulator, you’ll be hard pressed to find something better.
Out of the Park Baseball 16 is once again a fine baseball sim, although it misses the ball on several points. The learning curve for new players is huge and a good tutorial is absent, ratings of players don't seem to matter too much.
This is the best baseball sim on the market, by far. I have played this since OOTP 8 and it has improved greatly with every release since. The game provides so many options for the user that it does take some "tinkering" to get your world how you want it. But, that is just one thing that separates OOTP from all the other baseball sims. Some people will say that it is not real. I beg to differ. The game plays out with the choices you make as the GM, Manager, etc. Your moves, i.e. trades, waiver moves, releases, affect your team and your fan base in a realistic manner.
Out of the box, it is ready to play. A few simple clicks with your mouse and you are managing a baseball team, from rookie ball to the majors or any one of the dozens of other leagues included in the game.
As long as the franchise continues, I can say for myself, I will purchase it without any second thoughts.
The community that is available in the forums is one of the things that is great about this game. If you have a problem or just a question on how to do something, chances are your issue will be addressed in a very timely manner and you will have a multitude of ways to do something.
Be aware, this is NOT and "arcade" game, so you will not get a player who regularly hit 100 homeruns or hits .700 every year, unless you physically go in and adjust the settings, and then it still may not happen. I have seen a few posts in the forum about user not getting the results they expect and say the game is flawed. How can my team, , lose 100 games when I have the same players that won the world series last year? Well, simply put, "The Fogs of War". The game is worth every penny in my opinion.
Anyway, OOTP16 seems to be too similar to OOTP15 to be given a 10 score. I enjoy the game very much because I am a statistic buff but the fact is that I have played nearly 30 seasons in this game using various starting options and I have not noticed any noteworthy differences from the previous game except for a few insignificant additions such as improvements to the GUI. Seriously, this is not worthy of a new $40 price tag. At best, the improvements made in OOTP16 should have been added as a $10 addon pack and not a whole new game for $40 because it certainly is not. Further, the licensing from the MLB added absolutely nothing to the game and should simply be removed to save money in the future. No one cared that the game did not come (out of box) with all the current team names. It was trivial to change the names in your own game and it was even less trivial to simply download a player made game start (basically like a mod) that did it for you. The MLB license probably added costs and brought nothing worthwhile to the player.
Other changes like with the managers seems to dumb down the system rather than add anything new. Basically the skill modifiers have been hidden so now when you hire coaches and managers you must depend on actual performance rather than some sort of metric. Ok fine. I can do that with my MLB team but what about all my minor league teams? I dont want to do that with all of them because it is simply too tedious thus this new "feature" is a wash. Its neither a step forward or back.
Overall, still a good game for us number crunchers but it is not a "new" game. You might as well buy OOTP15 for half the price if you are going to jump in. I feel like I got burned with this latest release.
The improved financial reporting also added nothing. We already had all this stuff in the previous game, all they did was improve the GUI to make it more accessible. This is good, but this does not warrant new game status. This should have been a patch.
Again I restate. This is not a new game! Its basically a patch disguised as a $40 new game.
Special Note: Unfortunately the creators of this game tainted the review system when asking only fans who liked their game (those who take the time to look at their forums) to review this game positively. They claimed that someone is trolling their game by giving it bad reviews... well clearly this is not the case and the reviews are extremely skewed in their favor (with too many unjustified 10 scores) rather than the other way around. This is very bad and reminds me a lot of Sony tactics to make their games seem better than they really are... until you go buy the game and realize that Sony **** the big one (hence no Sony system since the PS2).
Out of the Park 16 is the best baseball game of it's kind. It's also the only baseball game of it's kind. The game is very detailed with many customization options. It has good community support, you can find player photos for just about anyone that has ever played the game on the OOTP forums.. You can go with the major league setup, which contains all the logo's and players for each MLB team, along with all the associated minor league teams, or you can create your own fantasy league. Do you like stats? OOTP has got more stats than you'll ever need.
But, there are some big problems with the A.I. It just isn't good enough to handle substitutions properly. It isn't smart enough to properly handle many game situations when playing out your games. If you like simulating a full season, then it does a good job. But when you play out your games, the opposing A.I. will make some very questionable and sometimes silly decisions.
OOTP is still mostly a spreadsheet simulation. 3D graphics are under development, but still have a long, long way to go.
So, in summary, OOTP 16 is a good game. But, wait for a sale with a 50% mark down or more in price. You'll be glad you did.
It really doesn't have any competition. The vast number of options is quite amazing. However, the game is flawed at its very core. Player evaluation is flawed and the AI struggles with roster management. If you want to see some great players become backups or even sent to AAA for no explainable reason, then it's a pretty good game.
Update - The User Score is just a bit tainted since the programmers asked the users to inflate the score!
But at least I am getting my complaints finally listened to by the group!
With no manual, game setup that takes hours, financial system that does not match historical records, AI managers playing players out of position, so-called historical replays that use fictional coaches and owners (seriously, a historical 1977 replay has the New York Yankees owned by someone from Cuba and not owned by George "The Boss" Steinbrenner) and a new owner option that is completely idiotic, I say pass on the baseball game.
If you are a fan of recreating historical leagues there are better games out there.
Final Verdict - The game is not worth the money or the time!
SummaryLast year, the game introduced 7 international leagues in Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Cuba, Italy and The Netherlands. This year, it added the Australian Baseball League to that list, along with several independent leagues in the US and Japan. All of those leagues feature real rosters, of course, with hours of work invested in re...