“Out of the Park” Baseball is a simulation series by OOTP Developments, and it’s gained a reputation over the years as being one of the best sports sims on the market. As a player of the series myself, I can vouch for this: I’ve spent more than a few nights chasing after World Series glory in the universe of OOTP, so this is definitely a very fun game to play.
OOTP Developments kindly gave us a copy to review, so we took the time to give it a whirl and see what’s new in this game, especially when it comes to how the game looks.
For starters, you can customize everything. And when I say everything, I mean everything. All you need to do is take a trip to the “Modify Colors and Uniforms” screen, and you’ve hit the jackpot.
In the particular save game that I used for this review, I decided to take over the Houston Astros (because there is nothing better than taking a team from the outhouse to the penthouse). I noticed that their colors were outdated. Since this is OOTP, you can correct that, as I did.
The extent to which you can customize things is amazing, and you can do this with every team, and everything imaginable can be changed or tinkered with.
Think the Marlins should go back to their old teal-black-and-silver identity? You can make that happen. Think that the New York Mets should merge with the New York Jets and become the Jets’ baseball department by adopting the colors of the New York Jets? That can happen as well. Or, and this is my personal favorite, do you believe that the Diamondbacks should go back to that mostly purple scheme? It can happen, and I made it happen.
The customization options are endless. As I mentioned above, you can change the colors and logo of each team. You can also change the name of each team as you please, in order to better fit the new logo/colors that you’ve given the team that you’ve chosen to tinker with.
In addition to just messing around with the vanilla parts of the logo editor, you can also upload your own logos and images to put into the game. You can also add logo packs if you want your game to look “authentic (like in the picture below),” which can be done easily via the Add-Ons Central feature. You can make this game look however you want.
Of course, there’s still a very large, expansive, and extremely deep baseball simulator here.
If you’re the type who prefers the tactical side and business side of baseball, then you will be in heaven with this game. You can control nearly every aspect of the operations of a baseball club, from setting ticket prices and dealing with other financial aspects of the game, to signing and trading players, to getting down on the field and managing the team yourself. You can take on all of these roles, and you can even be “Commissioner,” which would give you control over all teams.
You can choose any year in baseball history to start in, which means that you can do all of these things in any time period. Want to relive the “Golden Age?” Do it. It’s there for you make it happen.
Overall, this would be a solid game if all you could do was just manage a baseball team from day-to-day over the course of a current season. The customizations and all of the different ways that you can play the game are what make this game (and the series as a whole) really special. This game is definitely worth buying and playing, even if you just spend most of your time trying to make all of the teams in the league look the way that you want them to.