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.
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.