Best pure sports sim by far. No competition for realism by any other franchise, including football manager. Only gripe is the non updated rosters throughout the season, but they have made this easy enough to fix in game.
A very deep game that has so much to offer to those who enjoy the strategic and managerial part of baseball. If you have always wondered what it would be like to control a baseball franchise you will absolutely love this game. If you have ever dreamt of having the greatest teams from different eras play against each other you will be able to live out those dreams.
There's never been a game that celebrates the history of a sport quite like Out of the Park Baseball 17. From playing out matchups that until now could only be fantasized about to accurate minor leagues going back nearly 100 years what has been done with the product is remarkable. The full MLB licensing further legitimizes the series as best-in-class. Management-style games definitely aren't for everyone but baseball purists and aspiring general managers alike will find themselves in heaven with Out of the Park Baseball 17.
While I'm not a fan of baseball or sport micromanagement games, I can still appreciate Out of the Park for what it is, a solid game that has a butt load of features. Anyone who is a fan of baseball or games like Football Manager should definitely check this game out.
Something smells fishy here in metacritic land (a 3.5 user score?...c'mon this is just stupid)......this is by far the best baseball sim....flat out ever. The scope and depth of the game is mind boggling. For a serious baseball fan...this can't be beat. I've been playing OOTP since version 2 and at this point, I really can't think of anything this sim is lacking. You can pretty much create any kind of baseball universe you want. And the depth of statistics is perfect for a stats junkie like myself.
This game has kept my attention in it's various incarnations for well over a **** that says it all.
I've been playing for years. Great game if you love baseball,sim/management games. It's no where near FM but is heading in the right direction. Just a few things to mention. Markus, the developer is active on the forum and patches the game frequently. Yes, the forum has a few fanboys who will flame you if you don't agree with them or criticize the game in any way. They're in every forum but for a small community it can be toxic.
The game play is great and there only a few issues I have. The first is the Scouting. It's not where it should be. If done right it could be so much fun. Finances need to worked on. Trading has gotten better but can be improved.
I give it a 7. It's a great game with room for improvement.
I started playing OOTP in 2012, and I'm amazed they keep finding new ways to make it better. I love the new 3-D and GM ratings.
Unbelievable! Easily to best baseball simulation. The depth and ability to customize to any level the user wants makes this a must have for any baseball fan
It's a very complex game with great detail, but you know there's something wrong when right out of the gate, they're telling you all about God mode - and you'll need to use it, because the simulation breaks every few hours without making adjustments for when things go wrong and the game errors out.
It required far more time and patience than I was willing to give it, and after 4h, I was still unable to figure out the results of most of my choices. Feedback is very weak. Both the games I played through, I was stopped because my team had weak leadership and I couldn't figure out how to resolve it. Leadership is not a stat which was ever presented to me. After some Googling, you're apparently supposed to look through players bios to see who likes to play pranks, because they're leaders and prevent bad team chemistry. ??? Bad feedback systems.
Actual baseball games lack any excitement, which is about how I remember real baseball. You're there to improve averages, so games don't count for much given how many there are (the primary benefit of micromanaging games is it sort of helps you understand how numbers translate to play - but again, feedback is very weak), and once they're boiled down to a fatalist game of probabilities, it feels particularly hollow.
I've never encountered a game demanding I do so much observing and testing for such great lengths of time for so little mechanical information. -But it's the best sports simulator I've played, by far, and it reminded me a lot of the fun I had when I was using NREL's System Advisor Model, given they have a near-identical GUI.
SummaryStep into the shoes of a team owner, GM, and/or field manager to own the future or rewrite the past of your favorite real-world club. Start a new career with 2016 Opening Day rosters of the real major or minor leagues, or span through 150 years of history and run any club from the past! Perform drafts, trades, scouting, waivers, team fin...