Out of the Park Baseball 22

Out of the Park Baseball 22

I have been playing OOTP off and on since it was in single digits. I have a love/hate relationship with this game. So, let’s talk about this dysfunctional relationship a bit.

First, how do I play? I am only interested in GM with slight manager touches - typically, setting lineups and pitching roles, and team strategies - because the AI is atrocious at this, but I hardly ever manage or watch a game. I just sim sim sim. For me, I like to do the majors with fictional players, or a full redraft of real players and go from there.

Real player with 2341.3 hrs in game

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I didn’t want to buy this game at first, given Out of the Pockets’s complete and total greed with their Perfect Team system. However, OOTP came out with some nice updated graphics, a cool new tournament system (Perfect Draft), and made promises to fix one of the largest and most glaring flaws with the Perfect Team system : live players being trash tier in comparison to pretty much every single historical equivalent.

Okay, so…how’d they do?

Graphics : Are updated. But, now, it is clearly noticable that the attendance, no matter the era you play in, is full of cardboard cutouts. Literally. Your in-stadium audience is a bunch of flat, lifeless sprites. Now, I don’t know if this is a graphics option you can turn off or not, I have yet to look. If it isn’t….100% fail. Sorry.

Real player with 1662.4 hrs in game

Out of the Park Baseball 22 on Steam

Out of the Park Baseball 20

Out of the Park Baseball 20

UPDATE - 1/16/21 I guess after almost 2000 hours on just this version they don’t want me anymore. I had a game playing while walking my dog. When came back the game was uninstalled and no other games did that ever.

This is a formerly great game that I have nominated in prior years for Steam Awards. I got it many years from OOTP and the last few years on Steam. It was my favorite game. When OOTP started making what they call Perfect Team they took resources away from the game that made them famous to work on that part rather than the main games and thus OOTP began a decent in quality. All updates it seemed at the end of last year were for their new gimmick PT which I have no interest in. Bugs went unfixed. This year the release was in worse shape than last year and the vast majority of work appears to be on PT so the game is worse than it has been in years in my opinion. I really liked the guys on the OOTP team in the past. It looks like they got greedy though and trying to cash in on player decks and other garbage that has nothing to do with what made them great. I’ll play this version as long as possible and am done buying new versions. They lack the interest in the main game.

Real player with 2091.9 hrs in game

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Purchased day one as I have with the last two iterations. Long story short I recommend 10/10

Pros over OOTP 19:

1. This version is SO MUCH more efficient when playing or really doing anything! Last years version completely bogged down my CPU and GPU so it was impossible to do anything else multi-media related while in-game. OOTP 20 is a dream to run. I think the developers took A LOT of time with optimizing the game for this update. Last years version was painfully slow by comparison.

2. Spray chart is excellent! I appreciated this addition to the game. When you play the same game for a while with ficticious players you learn about many of them. However the spray chart for batting is excellent regardless.

Real player with 690.8 hrs in game

Out of the Park Baseball 20 on Steam