Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

Major League: Super Mega Baseball – Extra Innings

There are two great baseball series in the world. The PC is home to the brilliantly in-depth management simulation Out of the Park, which features the actual state of play in several countries worldwide as well as endless customisable fictional leagues. Then there’s the Playstation exclusive MLB: The Show series, which I’m tempted to refer to as the FIFA of baseball games until I remind myself how much richer than FIFA the experience has been in recent years (disclaimer: I haven’t played the 2015 version).

If you don’t have a Sonybox and fancy some hands-on slugging rather than the number-crunching management of OOTP, recently released Super Mega Baseball: Extra Innings [official site] should scratch that particular (p)itch.

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Dwarf Sport-ress: Out Of The Park Baseball 16

Of all the game releases anyone might need a reminder about, an annual sports series seems unlikely to be jostling for a space at the front of the queue. Out of the Park Baseball [official site] is different though. It’s different because baseball isn’t a popular pastime or even part of the cultural background in many parts of the world. It’s different because it’s one of the most in-depth and customisable simulations of anything ever. Out of the Park isn’t the Football Manager of baseball sims, it’s the Dwarf Fortress. To explain why, I’ll tell you about the three games I started when I downloaded the new version last night.

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Bat-To-Ball: Out Of The Park Baseball 13


I may be the one of the few men in England who cares that the new baseball season has just begun over in UnitedStatesVille, USA but I’m surely not the only sports simulation fan to be intrigued by the release of Out of the Park Baseball 13. As with many sports games, the annual releases tend to involve incremental improvements, roster changes and the addition of minor features rather than radical alterations.I’ll list the tweaks to the formula below but, more importantly, I’ll tell you why the series matters and why baseball itself is such a wonderful gift to lovers of all things simulated.

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Swing! Baseball Mogul 2012 Demo

First person who links to the Calvin & Hobbes smock cartoon wins most obvious link of the day.

Baseball season started a couple of weeks back (Phillies are 7-3 up, thanks for asking) which has grabbed the attention of all the nations in the World Series. Fortunately I’m in one of them – a place called “The United American States” – where they show the sport on all walls and areas of sky. And so the baseball games are appearing too, including Baseball Mogul 2012 – a management sim that boasts it offers you far more detail than most. Don’t believe them? Then try the demo.

In other news, the word “mogul” is fun to say. Mogul mogul mogul.

Go Phillies: Major League Baseball 2K9 Demo

Duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh, duh duh duh duh, BADDA-BAD-DAD-BAD-DAAAAH!

2K Sports’ Major League Baseball 2K9 has a demo out this week, letting you play a three inning match between the Tampa Bay Rays and my beloved Phillies. Which was nice of them. Although maybe it’s a psychic demo, and it automatically picks your team when you download it. It’s literally impossible for me to say based on the evidence of my download, so let’s say, given the evidence, that there’s a 50% chance it’s psychic, and 50 that it’s a coincidence. That seems reasonable. Anyway, blimey, I enjoyed it.

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Chew, Spit, Manage: MLB Front Office Manager

Wrigley Field, where I saw my first game ten years ago. Aw.

At first the end of January seems an odd time to release a baseball management game. With all the teams hibernating in their branded caves, and the beginning of the glorious new season not until April, people aren’t in a ballgame frame of mind. But Spring Training begins in about three weeks, and it’s right now that the managers are in their frenzied meetings and negotiations, performing the real-world version of swapping baseball cards with the other kids on the playground. (I hear the players with hologram faces are the most popular.) So it is that 2K Sports’ MLB Front Office Manager is out Monday. There’s the first of three trailers introducing the game below, along with ill-informed comment from the only person in England who could care less.

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