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Review of Out of the Park Baseball 19

Greetings, readers. Today the full version of the updated game Out of the Park Baseball 19 was to come out but early this morning, to my disappointment, not much on the game had changed since the other day when I downloaded it and it still said bata on the screen. That means it is still in the test phase, for those of you who don’t know. Though the game is almost identical to last year’s version, the changes that were made are awesome. Ready? Let’s review.

First of all, my favorite new goodie is the preloaded fictitious league to which you can give any name. They called it the U.S. Baseball League. It is a 24 team league set in the United States, with a history and back stories starting from 1977! I could spend hours just reading through the history and the almanac. I don’t know how long it took to set all this up, but to the developers … bravo! I immediately took control of the Philadelphia Blackhawks. Only one of the team names made no sense, so I changed the Detroit Honu to the Detroit Black Knights, and that team now plays in Black Knight Stadium. I am going to have so much fun with baseball this year.

Another big improvement is the look of the players. As I mentioned briefly in yesterday’s blog entry, in Out of the Park 18 they look like little Weebles instead of people. So unrealistic. In Out of the Park Baseball 19, I feel more like I am watching more realistic looking baseball players. Even though all the players are fictitious in this league, you can have the program generate a fictitious picture. It adds to the whole team experience. I now have a face to put to a name. You can also create a team photo.

One thing that Out of the Park Baseball 19 has not done yet is given me the ability to download the historic stadiums which was so prominent and useful in last year’s version. I thought I could be sneaky by copying and pasting the stadiums from the older game’s directory into the new game, and it almost worked. It seems like one set of files which were quite needed didn’t come over. Hopefully in a day or two, this year’s version of the game will have its own download of stadiums to use.

A new feature in the game is something called Perfect Team. However, it still says on the game’s front page it is coming soon. When I find out exactly what it is and how it plays, I’ll let you know. It sounds most interesting, but at this point I am only guessing that it means using classic real-life players to build the ultimate team.

My old play-by-play buddy, the digitally enhanced voice whom I call Com Puter – lol – works his magic to keep us entertained with the game’s text to speech feature. Believe it or not, he’s not as monotone as you would think. I played the new game with the voice on and with it off, and it definitely adds to the experience to have this play-by-play feature on.

Let’s tally.

Game play and presentation: 9.5 out of 10.

Graphics: Improved to a 9 out of 10.

Fun factor: A perfect score of 10.

Ability to download stadiums: Well, so far a failing grade of 5 out of 10 since I was able to achieve part of the stadium downloading process. Once the game goes out of beta, I hope the problem will be corrected and this game will get a higher score.

True final score is pending, but for now: 8.4 out of 10.

Even though the game scored lower than a 9 this year, I would recommend this game to any baseball fan. I would also recommend two things. Play a season in major league baseball mode, and go ahead and create your own league. That is where the real fun is. So put on your batting helmet, and swing for the fences.

Until next Wednesday, I bid you a great weekend, take care, and as always, happy reading.

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Top ten list of things gone by the wayside

Greetings, readers. I was thinking the other day of things from my childhood, and before, that are no longer around. This is a top ten list, again in no particular order.

#10. Electric trolley cars. [I’m not certain if every major city has done away with these or not, I just know I have not seen one since I was a little boy in Pittsburgh.]

#9. Small, fast-moving lines at major airports. [9/11 saw to that.]

#8. Big American cars. [When I was entering my early teenage years, the big boats, as they were called, were just going out of style.]

#7. Not needing a passport on cruise ships to visit places such as the Caribbean.

#6. Most cookie cutter stadiums. [The three examples that come to mind are Three River Stadium in Pittsburgh, Veteran’s Stadium in Philadelphia, and Riverfront Stadium in Cincinnati.]

#5. Penny arcades. Or in my era, quarter arcades. [Oh, the day of going to the arcades and playing games like Galaga and Air Hockey.]

#4. Antiquated gaming systems. [Atari and Nintendo have given way to Sony’s PS3 and the Xbox 360, but in their day the original home gaming systems very effectively put the quarter arcades out of business.]

#3. Movie rental places. [The convenience of watch-at-home options, such as Netflix or Blockbuster.com, ended the days of going to the video store, hoping that the title you wanted to watch was still on the shelf.]

#2. Cheap gas. [Gone forever are the days when gas was 25 cents per gallon. Even a dollar a gallon would be welcomed.]

#1. Smaller sports leagues. [Both the National Football League and Major League Baseball in particular, have expanded to too many teams, and the talent got stretched. And yes, that is the technical term. Players who should be playing at a minor league level are now playing at the major league level. The overall product suffers.]

Next week, we’ll get back to you with more entertaining blog entries. Until then, have a great weekend, stay safe and warm, and happy reading.