Every year, Out of the Park Baseball does a phenomenal job standing in its own space, unequaled, as a simulation game. There are other baseball sims out there. There are other ways to play baseball games that are fun but each year, OOTP is the best at what it does.
Out of the Park Baseball 19 is no different. It continues to build on the already great game. This year, more emphasis has been put into 3D stadiums and models. They have done more to make it seem like you are watching the events unfold on the field. It has advanced leaps and bounds in the last couple of years, but you will not be getting the MLB the Show treatment. It adds to the game but you will never, in any way, confuse this with a real game like the Sony Interactive product.
I love baseball. I love video games. This is a great marriage of both. OOTP allows you to do some incredibly interesting simulations. You can create a team of Mike Trout’s and take on a Team of Bartolo Colon’s if you want. It’s a joy. It allows you to take something that is wonderful and put your own spin on it for entertainment. If you want to be more serious, you can just run a franchise for as long as you want. You can scout young players and develop them or try to buy a World Series.
OOTP has been long known as a game you can sink 100’s of hours into and this year is no different. It looks better, feels better and has new things added this year. Out of the Park Developments is releasing and online mode called Perfect Team this summer. I have yet to look into it or try it, as it isn’t out yet, but I’m intrigued to see what spin they put on this online mode.
I can’t only sing it’s praises, though. OOTP has a very steep learning curve. It can be simply overwhelming when booting it up, but that is with nearly all simulation games. Even with the depth to the game, amazing ways to edit the game and make your own world, I still have not been able to create the world I want. I have spend hours on forums and talking to other users and I still have yet to master how to adapt the game to include feeder leagues to work the way I want them too. This is essentially a type of league that graduates players to another level. I can’t master this process or even get moderately what I want out of it and after reading about others who have tried, they feel similarly.
Now, I represent a very, very small percentage of people who want to do this one certain thing but it’s one thing I wish was present in the game. I know that others in the past, a moderate sized contingent, have wanted a tournament, World Baseball Classic-type mode, and it is in the game this year. You can use historic rosters in this stand-alone mode and it’s a wonderful addition.
If you have read this far, please pick up the game and give it a shot. If you don’t want to pay full price, check out Electronic Arts Origin. It’s $5/month and $30/year to have access to a great library of games you can play anytime for a single price. You could try out other games like Titanfall 2 which is a great shooter, FIFA 17, Star Wars Battlefront or even Mad Max, which is a highly underrated open world game. It has The Witness, a puzzle game which many people have enjoyed including Special Assistant to the GM for the Astros, Kevin Goldstein. (Everything can be baseball related if you try hard enough.)
It’s a great service and the fact that OOTP 19 is available on it is amazing. The access to great games is getting even better, so please, go out and buy a copy or give it a shot on Origin. See if you like it like so many others have.
Note: I was given a Steam key for the game. I have helped with rosters in the past. I would pay for the game and have in the past. I have never received any payment from them, only the key to the game for my input on the rosters, BETA team and now reviewing the game.