I just got my hands on Out of the Park Baseball 17 by Out of the Park Developments. This year's game has a lot of new features from past years editions including:
- For the first time ever, fully licensed by both the MLBPA and MLB.com!
- All major league player ratings plus those of more than 1,000 minor leaguers based on ZiPS, the projection system created by well-known baseball writer and SABR member Dan Szymborski .
- Out of the Park Baseball, 17 features FaceGen images for real players! With player aging, real-time emotion, and automatic uniform adjustment based on trades and free agency for most major leaguers, you're more in touch with your club than ever.
- Our new 3D animation and improved, authentic major league ballparks deliver the most powerful in-game experience yet. Moving player symbols, better lighting, textures and detail immerse managers in an intense MLB experience.
- New auto-generated game recaps, capturing the essence of what happened on the field.
- All-new Historical Exhibition option! Pit any two teams throughout history against each other in a single game or a series, or replay any historic World Series matchup with accurate rosters.
- Smarter, more cunning AI GMs and managers, with individualized personal approaches to roster-building, scouting, and finances.
- Authentic minor league systems from 1919 through 2015 with a database of more than 150,000 real players.
- Multi-core processor support for up to 60% faster simulation speeds.
- A beautifully redesigned interface.
- Improved AI throughout the game.
- New WPA graphs in game box scores.
- Recoded scouting algorithms for more realistic scouting reports and evaluations.
- Users may define team needs for trades and the AI will react accordingly.
- Improved player creation and development routines.
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If you ever wondered how teams from the past would do against your favorite present team, this is the simulation that promises cool results. Me being a Big Mets Fan, I recently put the 2015 New York Mets up against 2000 New York Mets with 2016 Hall of Fame Catcher Mike Piazza in a best of 7 (world) series. The 2000 New York Mets defeated the 2015 New York Mets in seven games, which was a shocker for me. It was a great experience managing the 2015 Mets, even though they lost (again). The new player animations made it even better and gave me the ultimate flashback like when I used to play Micro-League Baseball many moons ago.
The other features that I enjoyed most are when you take on the franchise's General Manager actions off the field (in-season mode) where you can make trades, sign players, etc. The GM computer AI is very cunning and won't allow you to make a lop-sided trades like other simulations. It keeps you looking for that right trade and sometimes you don't come away with the player(s) that you want unless you give that prized prospect up.
All and all, this is a great game for any baseball fan who is not into button smashing and likes the strategy side of the game and all the nuances that give you a chance to run the team the way you want.
In conclusion just for the record, I did not get paid for this review, but I just though that every baseball fan should know about this game because it a great accomplishment what OOTP 17 has to offer. If I was to rate this game from 1-10 I would give it a 9/10 because of the replay value it has.
My next thing to do with this simulation is to build a league with the top 30 teams in major league history and see who comes out on top. Of course, the 1986 Mets would have to enter that conversation. Check it out for yourself and Click Here!