Posts Tagged ‘Out of the Park Developments’

Bat Men: Out Of The Park Baseball 18 out now

Only two things are certain in baseball year on year: Out of the Park [official site] will be provide the best sports management simulation in the business, and the Curse of the Billy Goat will never be broken. Only one thing is certain in baseball year on year.

I’ve been playing a preview build of the new version of the stat-heavy Out of the Park, out today, and it’s as detailed and intricate as ever. The 3D view, which was new in last year’s release, has been improved, though I still switched it off after a couple of games. It’s fine but doesn’t match up with the detailed commentary (something the game acknowledges) and I prefer that play-by-play information to a visual short-hand.

Read the rest of this entry »

Out of the Park Baseball 18 dives for March

A new year means new annual sequels means a new take-me-out ’em up. Out of the Park Baseball 18 [official site] will slide home on March 24th, Out of the Park Developments have announced, expanding and improving the baseball management sim in the usual annual sportsquel ways. Expect a new Challenge Mode, AI improvements and a redesigned interface along with the usual current team data and the addition of historical ‘Negro league’ teams. We’ve not had a good hard look at OotP Baseball in ages but what Adam liked in 2014 is, as I understand it, still a solid foundation for the series. Read the rest of this entry »

Hot Iced Action: Franchise Hockey Manager 3 Out Today

Ah yes, numbers - that's a sports management game all right.

The official sport of Halloween is, of course, iced hockey. The sport’s origins date to Halloween 1874, when trick-or-treaters refused sweeties by a miserly Montreal hockey millionaire retaliated by flooding his private hockey court. The water froze overnight but when Sir Stanley Cups took to his court the next morning, he discovered that iced hockey was a delight. And that’s why Franchise Hockey Manager 3 [official site] is being released today of all days. It’s an iced hockey management sim from Out of the Park Developments, the folks best known for their baseball games. This year’s big addition is an National Iced Lockey League license. Read the rest of this entry »

OOTP Gets NHL License For Next Hockey Manager

Our Adam raves about the Out of the Park Baseball series but apparently we’ve not even mentioned its makers’ iced hockey series. Franchise Hockey Manager 3 [official site] will be coming on October 17, creators OOTP Developments have announced, and for the first time it’ll have an official NHL license.

This means virtual managers will get to play as proper National Iced Hockey League teams with their correct logos, uniforms and all that, as well as lift the Stanley Cup [a trophy named after Stan L’Hockey, the chap who invented the sport while trying to retrieve his dropped dentures from a frozen pond with a branch -sports ed.].

Read the rest of this entry »

Suh-Wing Batter! Out Of The Park Baseball 17 Released

“And it’s ‘One! Two! Three strikes; you’re out! at the old ball game!” They sing, and They are filthy rotten liars. Baseball has a great many more numbers than that, reams of statistics, waves of them, an ocean of numbers grinding down the shores of my brain. RBI, RC, RP, GPA, GS, HBP, SLG… but that’s fine, because numbers and statistics make a fine foundation for the complex high-rise of Out of the Park Baseball, the sim-heavy management series. Our Adam is an OotP fan but he’s still tied up in GDC tidying-up so hey, here’s me to tell you Out of the Park Baseball 17 [official site] is out.

Read the rest of this entry »

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.

Read the rest of this entry »

Wot I Think: Out Of The Park Baseball 15

Out Of The Park Baseball doesn’t simulate a sport, it simulates a world. Tracking franchises, coaches, leagues, rosters and rules, the game is capable of generating a fictional world built around America’s Pastime. Previous releases have been among the most impressively simulated and highly regarded sports management games ever released, and the new season’s release doesn’t disappoint, despite some undercooked new features. Here’s wot I think.

Read the rest of this entry »