OOTP 15 Review: International Baseball, OHBABY!

Vitals:

Game: Out of the Park Baseball 15 (OOTP Baseball 15)
Platform: PC
Developer: OOTP Developments
Modes: Franchise, Online Franchise
Cool Features: Incredible contracts system, massive player and coaches database (now including accurate INTERNATIONAL rosters!), complete customizability, plenty of add-ons, and a robust online community

Categories:

Realism: 10/10.
Graphics: 8/10.
Difficulty: 10/10.
Details: 10/10.
Playability: 10/10.
Intangibles: 50/50.

Total Score: 98/100 (A+)

Pros:

• Amazing contract details (arbitration, minor league contracts, team/player options, waiver wires, Rule 5 drafts, etc.).
• Massive and accurate rosters: MLB, MiLB, NPB, KBO, CPBL, and more.
• Detailed scouting and free agency and international scouting/development systems.
• Massively customizable (and BABIP for hitters now! Celebrate!).
• Advanced-stat friendly.
• Newer, cleanerer interface.
• Online multiplayer.
• Authentic and unilateral rule changes, as well as total customizability, if’n you dislike the AI’s random changes.
• Authentic development and declines for rookies, prospects, and veterans.
• As always: The game keeps itself fresh, constantly. Loved ones go neglected.

Cons:

• Many and lengthy loading screens.
• Still no LOB% for pitchers.
• Unpleasant, though improving in-game / game-management interface. As fans tend to do with OOTP, the community may jump in with realistic 3D stadium add-ons, so this may not be case closed here.

General notes on the updates:

• As suggested in the video, any OOTP user is going to want to add the “All-in-One” mod immediately. This mod dramatically improves the look and feel of the game.
• The back button and the bookmark button appear to be a bit glitchy (the back button just doesn’t work right the first click and the bookmarks button just has no functionality).
• The new 3D fields are definitely a work in progress, but don’t be surprised if the fans pick up the call where the production team left off.
• The new manager’s home screen feels like a solid improvement for sure. It’s customizable and generally more useful:

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• The AI feels generally improved too. It’s harder to fleece an opposing GM, but I will say: I managed to acquire Carlos Beltran and Dylan Bundy on the waiver wire midway through the 2014 season. That’s… Odd.
• All told, it’s a great game. OOTP 15 is the kind of game that drains your days away into a quiet, happy vortex of roster transactions and lineup changes. It’s a buy, for sure. And if you like international leagues — or you want to get to know the international leagues — then this is a MUST buy.

Purchasing: ($39.99 at OOTPDevelopments.com)

Other Reviews:

98 A+ Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP) 2014 (PC)
97 A+ Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP) 2013 (PC)
96 A+ Baseball Mogul ’13 (PC)
96 A+ MLB ’12 The Show (PS3)
79 C+ MLB 2K12 (PS3, XBOX 360, Wii, PC, etc.)
74 C MLB Ballpark Empire (Facebook)




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Bradley writes for FanGraphs and The Hardball Times. Follow him on Twitter @BradleyWoodrum.

9 Responses to “OOTP 15 Review: International Baseball, OHBABY!”

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  1. AC of DC says:

    Begin countdown to November and the 2015 NotGraphs OOTP Fantasy League . . .

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  2. Level30Wizard says:

    The interface improvements are much welcomed, and the new contract upgrades are great. But man, the loading screens are killer, especially during the off-season. Every single time you want to check free agents, get ready to wait a bit.

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  3. reillocity says:

    Given that this is NotGraphs, shouldn’t the audio be in French, with English subtitles (if that)?

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  4. Matthew Murphy says:

    Man, this looks like a lot of fun, but I’m pretty sure it would absolutely kill my productivity for months, if not years.

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  5. Brad Cook says:

    Just wanted to note that the issues you’ve seen with 3D are not symptomatic of anything wrong with your install of OOTP, because you added mods. 3D in OOTP 15 was a work-in-progress when we released the game, but we are working on it and will continue to improve it with free updates through the spring and summer. We also hired a full-time 3D programmer who is devoted to nothing but the 3D function.

    Thanks for the review!

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  6. M. Masson says:

    Yes, the 3-D development is promising, but at this point, it is non-functional for Mac users. Trying to use the 3-D option consistently causes the program to crash, even after the first patch has been installed. Has the development for Mac users stalled??

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  7. rek says:

    Best. Game. Ever. (Although have to say I actually prefer OOTP14 to 15) — folks who want to ruin their lives should pick up 14 now at reduced price. You won’t regret it (which is to say, you will regret it).

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  8. thevaliantx says:

    I look forward to two things in OOTP. (MORE) quick-starts created by the OOTP community, and 3D play at least similar to what we got from the FPS baseball series years and years ago. I’m calling it RIGHT NOW: If the OOTP development team is able to implement gameplay in 3D that looks fairly realistic, SONY (and their MLB: The Show team) is going to scared out of their minds.

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