Out of the Park Baseball, abbreviated as OOTP, is a text based baseball simulation for career, historical, and fictional play. OOTP was originally written in 1998, when lead developer Markus Heinsohn sought to combine realistic replay baseball simulation with career play to satisfy hardcore fans and casual gamers alike. OOTP presents a minimal graphic depiction of a baseball diamond with text indicating positions and on-field action. Scrolling text allows one to follow the game as it unfolds. The game offers HTML reporting ample enough to engage baseball fans. Third-party developers have contributed utility programs that assist gamers in creating leagues, players, logos, and other game enhancements.
OOTP Baseball 17 is an astounding journey through the past, present, and future of the sport. Whether you’re an owner, GM, or field general – or all of the above – get ready for the deepest and most satisfying version of Out of the Park Baseball yet. Build the team the way you want to. Start a new career with your favorite 2016 MLB team or span through almost 150 years of baseball history and run any team from the past! You can even set up your own fictional baseball universe or compete in online leagues against other OOTP players. Negotiate player contracts. Dive into the more hands-on management and set your team’s lineups, pitching staffs, and in-game strategy. You can oversee your league at a high level, or play out each game, managing play by play or even pitch by pitch! The possibilities in OOTP 17 are endless. Never played before? Set all options to auto, advance between pitches by tapping the space bar, and let the AI make decisions for you. Want to oversee every last pitching change, fielding substitution, and base running decision? The field is yours.
Matches can be played in an array of ways—3D, top-down view, text commentary, radio commentary, any variation of the above—and cleverly offer the same sense of engagement no matter your level of experience. The mode allows for any two teams from 1919 to 2016 to play against each other in a single game or full series. Players have the option of automating whatever they don’t want to do and handling only the assignments that are desired.
Another new feature for OOTP 17 is “FaceGen,” which provides the player portraits for the profile pages. Thanks to the MLBPA licensing they resemble the players, but FaceGen goes well beyond that. Faces actually age over time and show their current emotional state. When moves to other teams or organizations are made, they are updated instantly with the new uniforms and hats. Other improvements in OOTP 17 include increased simulation speed – which will be very noticeable to veterans of the series – updated rosters for the new season, new GM and manager AI preferences and tendencies, and player models that actually move around the field during game action.
If you’ve been playing OOTP Baseball and you haven’t given an online league a try, you’re missing out on a whole new level of engagement. There’s no greater feeling than putting a winning team together against other like-minded baseball junkies and seeing your long-term plan come to fruition, or even a short-term plan for that game 7 strategy you put in place. While there isn’t much new with online leagues to report, that’s only because they are already a very stable and enjoyable experience. For the record, all of the new features as well as features past are available in the online model.
Great game!! A hands down the best sports management game of all time. If you have always wondered what it would be like to control a baseball franchise you will absolutely love this game. If you have ever dreamt of having the greatest teams from different eras play against each other you will be able to live out those dreams. 😊