Out of the Park Baseball 17 is this year’s entry in the hardcore baseball simulation franchise that we gave extremely positive reviews the past few years. This year is no exception, as the team cleaned up the interface and added more depth that doesn’t take away from the accessibility of the franchise.
Out of the Park Baseball 17 is a sabermetrics fans dream. Being a text based game, no precision or reflexes are required, instead relying on the player’s ability to make decisions and interpret numbers to field the best baseball team possible. While there are keyboard shortcuts, the game is best played with the use of a mouse or touchpad, but every move is under your control and the player has as much time as they need to make any selection they desire, creating a pretty stress free gameplay experience.
Sound is not needed at all to play the game, as the only sound is the crowd noise or text-to-speech option while in a baseball game.
Out of the Park Developments cleaned up the interface for this year’s version, and it looks outstanding. While Out of the Park 16 and prior had cluttered menus, OOTPB 17 looks clean and sharp. Every word seems clearer and menus are easier to navigate. This is on top of the vast amounts of visual options such as text size. In addition, OOTP does a great job of labeling their menus to tell players which options produce the best readability.
Another feature that returns better than ever is the text-to-speech feature, which sounds less robotic and more human. One minor nitpick is that the text-to-speech feature has two options: one with crowd noise and one without. The crowd noise tends to drown out the speech and there doesn’t seem to be a way to lower it in relation to the volume of the speech, which could leave some players unable to use that option.
* Incredibly in depth exploration of the management side of baseball.
* MLB license means authentic rosters.
* Not a lot of “action.”