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Game Review: Out Of The Park Baseball

Posted on April 8, 2012 at 8:10 PM
Filed Under: General Baseball
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The last few years, the great folks over at Out Of The Park Baseball have set me up with a review copy of their amazing game.  I don't think I got a chance to write a review last season, but with OOTP13 and the fascinating iOOTP now out, it seemed like a good idea to get a few thoughts down and encourage you to support this game.

First off, let's take a look at the computer version.  While it is titled Out Of The Park 13, it is the 2012 version of the game, complete with up-to-date rosters and that includes the minor leagues as well.  If you enjoy any portion of the game, whether it's making out lineups, doing trades, deciding who to promote and when, you've got something to enjoy in this game.

I simulated one season for the folks over there, as they were trying to get results from a wide group of people so to get a consensus pick for the playoffs, etc.  I wasn't able to spend the time that I should have, setting all the lineups and making sure the rosters were stocked in the minors the way I wanted.  Hopefully this summer I'll take the time to really get into the game on a deeper level.

Even on the most surface level, though, this is a lot of fun.  You can simulate a week, a month, a year, whatever you want to do and watch your team climb in the standings.  The only thing that I found a little irksome was that my team seemed to get injured a lot, and not even the Carlos Beltran/Lance Berkman types that you might think.  I'd get to simulating but it seemed like I couldn't go a week or so without someone either going on or coming off the disabled list.

Other than that, it was a lot of fun.  I'm thinking of setting up a completely fictional league and having an inaugural draft.  Maybe I can get Adam Wainwright on the Death Star Dingoes or something.  There are so many ways that you can have fun with this game, you'll wish you were back in college with all that free time.  (If you are in college with all that free time, we'll be over here hating you.)

You get a lot of the same fun with iOOTP, the iPhone version of this game.  (Don't worry that the link says 2010 rosters--the new version is up at the App Store.)  I've not finished a season on this yet, trying to take a bit more time with it.  I started a new association and had an inaugural draft, trying to stock up with some young talent while still putting together a team that can be competitive this year.  As you can imagine, that's a tough balancing act.

There are two drawbacks to the game on the iPhone.  First, there is not as much screen space, which is a problem when doing an initial draft.  The lists only showed three at a time, so you'd have to do a lot of scrolling to find the player you wanted.  I have a feeling this works incredibly well on the iPad, if you have one of those.  The second drawback is, of course, that since you have it with you wherever you are, you run the risk of getting caught playing it when you weren't supposed to.  I'd be like "oh, I'll simulate just one more week" and then remember I was at work and I better not.

Having this wherever you may be is, on the whole, obviously a good thing.  Want to kill time waiting at the doctor's office?  Maybe you can swing the trade that brings you Felix Hernandez.  Getting your car serviced?  Could be you could simulate that playoff run.

There's really no reason not to get at least one of these versions.  Granted, it may make for some sleepless nights as you continue to think "just one more," but that's your own problem. This is a great game and it comes highly recommended from this corner!

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