If you are like me you are nothing more than a big, grown up kid, who still likes to play video games. Come on, don’t kid yourself, you know you do. But, as a grown adult, life has become busier and I have found it very difficult to fit video games into my life.
I was a big fan of the MLB The Show games for PS3, and still am, but almost two years ago I was blessed with my first child and my video game playing days have become obsolete. And it’s not as if I played a lot of games. I played MLB The Show and a few games on the Wii. No Call of Duty, Halo, or World of War Craft. But what little time I did have for video games before is now used to clean, feed, and simply rest my brain. I absolutely love my love now but I do miss playing my baseball video game.
It wasn’t simply pitching and hitting that I missed from the game but being able to manage a team like an owner. That was always my favorite part. Luckily, Out of the Park Baseball went out and made the perfect game for a guy like me and it is iOOTP Baseball.
If you have the time to dive into a full game I highly suggest getting the full OOTP Baseball but, if you are like me, iOOTP will be the perfect game for you. It is described as “the portable (iPhone/iPod Touch/iPad) version of Out of the Park Baseball, the best baseball management game ever created! Take over your favorite team and guide it to the championship. Trade players, set your lineups & pitching staff, negotiate contracts, draft youngsters, call the shots from the dugout or the front office. iOOTP Baseball is the ultimate baseball experience for your pocket!” I could not agree more.
Check out what is new with iOOTP Baseball:
- Just like its big brother, iOOTP 2012 features the complete 2012 roster set. Every player on every major league team is available, with complete ratings and career stats, along with the top 10 minor league prospects for each team.
- Detailed player histories, including award histories, are now available, and there are more league leaderboards, for a total of 8.
- As in last year’s game, the HD iPad version is included free, and many of the game’s screens have been reworked to take advantage of the larger display. Some iPad screens, such as the box score, have been improved from last year’s game to allow the display of even more information.
- We’ve revamped iOOTP’s user interface, and we’ve greatly improved the roster management and trading AI.
- Historical seasons now have real schedules, so you can play through your favorite team’s past seasons as they really happened.
- Like last year, three free historical seasons will be included. This year they’re 1924, 1969 and 1995. Bundles with 10 seasons and single seasons will be available for purchase.
- On the fictional side, iOOTP 2012 includes one new fictional setup, along with the ability to choose any year to start your fictional league, complete with stats and finances from that era.
- While managing a game, you can opt to use pitch-by-pitch mode, and you can sim until a specific inning. You can also change game options during a sim.
- In addition, you can now use the DH in any league and you can disable finances. You can also edit league, sub-league, and division names (division names are editable only in the iPad version.)
- We’ve enabled iTunes Share, which makes it easier to transfer saves or add logos to the game.
Personally, one of the best features is that you do not need WiFi to play iOOTP on your iPod Touch or iPad. Thus, I play it at work, during break at work, and even waiting in line at the bank or grocery store. It also has advanced statistics such as OPS+, ERA+, FIP, and defensive metrics. I am completely addicted to this game yet it has not taken up much of my limited and valuable free time.
For my first, and only franchise so far, I went with the Tampa Bay Rays who work on a limited budget. I set the DH for both leagues and kept the rest of the league settings the same. I allow trades and injuries to happen in the league and you even come across the occasional suspension due to fights or PEDs.
I set my offensive, defensive, and pitching preferences including lineups, depth chart, rotation, bullpen, and even the frequency at which my starters are pulled, players sacrifice bunt or steal bases. The game allows you to manage almost every aspect and, like a real team owner, you watch and pray for the best outcome.
I was graciously given a copy of this game and have been playing for one month an am about to start the 2027 season. Yeah, it is that addicting! And the best part is that I have done all of game play without taking time away from the things that are more important to me.
And, I know you are wondering, Bryce Harper has been a Yankee since 2019 and looks like a Hall of Famer. He is 34 years old and has a career .321/.418/.588 line with 503 HR and a 167OPS+. Peter Hardin, a fictional player who is highly touted in my universe, has a 181-60 record with 2.83 ERA, 153 ERA+, 2.88 FIP, and 2242 strikeouts in 2199 innings at age 29. Needless to say, I have had him locked up to a great contract for many years.
David Price, Felix Hernandez, and a few other notable pitchers became Hall of Famers. Prince Fielder finished with 633 HR and 3003 Hits. Albert Pujols finished his career with 655 HR and 3237 hits. Mike Trout is currently 35 and has a .273./331/.427 line with 2443 hits and looks to be a solid player who will miss the Hall of Fame. These are just a few examples but the game holds pretty true to the talent and comes with some unpredictability just like real life baseball.
I highly reccommend both the full version of OOTP Baseball and the iVersion of iOOTP Baseball for anyone who has wanted to manage a team and do it with some of the most realistic terms of any baseball game I have ever played. If you have a lot of free time on your hands then get the full version for your PC or Mac but if you are like me I cannot recommend iOOTP Baseball enough. Get it and thank me later!
Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy iOOTP Baseball but received no payment or other consideration for this review. The views expressed in this review, while likely shared by many, are solely mine.
-Jonathan C. Mitchell can be found writing about the Tampa Bay Rays at DRaysBay and the Florida Marlins at ESPN’s SweetSpot site Marlins Daily. You can follow him on twitter at @FigureFilbert. Be sure to follow MLBdirt at @MLBdirt