Out of the Park Baseball 9, or OotPB 9 for short, is a comprehensive, astonishingly intricate sim. It%26rsquo;s just one that doesn%26rsquo;t have a friendly way in for new players. A newbie approaching Football Manager now would be daunted by the sheer scale of the thing, and it%26rsquo;s much the same here. If you don%26rsquo;t know how often to use your pinch runner, or what sort of ERA to expect from your middle relievers, you%26rsquo;re pretty much screwed. We do know what they are, but damn, this is overwhelming stuff.
Once you%26rsquo;re in, it%26rsquo;s remarkable. If you want to manage a 2008 Major League team, all the current real-world team details are in place. If you want to play the Dominican Winter League, it%26rsquo;s there. Or perhaps a historical league between 1871 and 2007. Or even a fictional league, designed entirely by you. Once in a game you can control every aspect, pitch by pitch, really getting to grips with what makes baseball such a fascinating game. The level of manager control, and depth of strategy involved, makes it ideal fodder for play-by-play management. Pulling your pitcher off before he gets tired, ordering the sac bunt and getting key runners in scoring position, sending your outfield deep to make a catch at the wall...
If you%26rsquo;re looking for a baseball management game, get this. The problem is, you%26rsquo;re probably not. Or worse, you might be vaguely interested, but without a good grasp of the sport this will just put you off.
Aug 1, 2008