Out of the Park Baseball 16 is this year’s version of the great Out of the Park Baseball franchise. 2014s version, Out of the Park Baseball 15 (confusing, I know) earned a perfect score in our accessibility review, and this year’s version doesn’t do anything to ruin the franchises momentum. Even better, for the first time ever the franchise has a licensing deal with Major League Baseball to allow official player names and team logos to be used in the game.
If you’ve played last years Out of the Park Baseball 15, you pretty much know what to expect. “If it ain’t broke” must be the motto developers often harkened back to, as OOTP Baseball 16 features almost the exact same presentation as its predecessor. Outside of a fresh coat of paint for a few menus, the layout remains easy to navigate and everything seems to be where it should be. There really is nothing holding back gamers accessibility wise. OOTP Baseball is still a slow paced, menu driven game that can be played at any pace with the mouse and optional keyboard shortcuts.
There is no sound outside of ambient crowd noise, but outside of providing atmosphere, sound is not needed to play this game whatsoever.
Just like above, OOTP Baseball 16 doesn’t do anything to mess up the perfect score of its predecessor, while adding in more options to increase accessibility. One such option is the ability to change the size of the baseball in the gameplay menu. It’s a minor thing, but considering the perfect marks the franchise received last year, it’s good to see developers continuing to make advancements instead of resting on their laurels.
New 3D stadiums are a nice touch, although the stands look very rough and crude, as the crowd just looks like a repeated pattern of blurry colors. The crowd in the stands is only cosmetic, but it would be nice to see some added detail to make the in game presentation pop more. The in game action tries to mimic Gamecast options that are featured on websites like ESPN and Fox Sports, but the level of detail in OOTP is lacking and as a diehard baseball fan that has seen this type of presentation numerous times, it’s quite noticeable. OOTP Baseball is more about the stats and numbers than the action, but a better balance of the two could take this franchise to the next level.
Again, none of the complaints here effect accessibility, which remains perfect.
The best baseball sim on the market, completely nerdy in all the best ways, perfect accessibility once again, new MLB license is a game changer.
Presentation quality can be spotty at times.