Before I even begin, those who are not familiar with the game manager, or GM, aspect of baseball, should back out immediately and forget about buying this game. Out of the Park Baseball, OPB, is a very complex game that focuses on team management and coaching, not, playing the game of baseball itself like regular sports games; such games include: MLB the Show and/or MLB2K. If you find any game mode confusing in any, or both, of these series, you will be wasting your money on OPB; it's pratically learning a new language and is meant for, only the most, hardcore baseball fans with adequate knowledge of the game.
If still reading, then you believe you have the patience and knowledge to play this game.
So what is OPB? It is a simulation/strategy game that places you in the shoes of, as stated earlier, a baseball GM. It is up to you to manage every single player and coach on your roster, whether regarding saleries or team roles. Do not be deceived, it's not as easy as it sounds, like a standard franchise mode; OPB is very detailed, and displayed, as if you are a real GM. There is no simple functions and auto help, everything is manual and requires a lot of thought in order to be successful. For example, if you half-a** your roster, just to speed up the season, you will be punished in the long run. Hours could be spent fiddling through the many functions; examples include, but not limited to: emails, news, waivers, bids, contracts, happiness, player development, team morale, etc. The gameplay layout is pratically identical to a GM's computer; though fake, it feels as if you are literally sitting in an office and deciding a fate of a professional baseball team.
If you are still interested, after reading thus far, I respect your taste.
The hard part, discussing the most complex part of the game, is finally over; I will now move on to the other features.
On the menu, you will download the rosters of, almost, every professional baseball league; this includes many asian, such as Japan and Korea, teams as well; not limited to just the USA's baseball league, MLB. Now you can pick any of these, hundreds, of teams and become the GM; from here you will manage REAL players and coaches from these different leagues. OPB does an excellant job of updating on a timely basis as well, so you will never fall behind when real life transactions are made, such as trades and signings. If you prefer a more creative approach, then you can customize a league of your own. You can determine age group, from high school to professional, and create a fantasy league. Let's say you played some high school ball in a small town, twenty years ago, and recall all the player and team names; you can use this information and reconstruct the past. The ability to create such a league, using realistic baseball templates, from scratch is a rare feature; truely captivating.
Finally, let's talk about the in-game simulator; here is where you MANAGE, not play, baseball games. To simplify the experience, just visualize watching a baseball game on the computer, not live, but as a play-by-play cartoon display that updates every several seconds. Your job is to manage the game itself, as in giving signs. This is rather easy to understand to most, but can be confusing, if you are unfamilar with certain plays such as a "hit-and-run." It's all strategy and selections; mainly reading a list of plays, and a summary of the play(s) called. Example: "B-1 Swings. Grounder to second base. 4-3. One out." (The batter hits into a ground out to second base; 4 stands for the second baseman, and 3 is the first baseman)
Overall, this game is phenomenal and deserves a 9.25/10. I am a huge baseball fanatic and egghead; the main reason why I admire the beauty of OPB. Those not like-minded will downgrade this game and all its aspects; it is for this reason, that I, STRESSED the importance of baseball knowledge and dedication at the beginning. To buy this, and then complain about its complexity, is not only disgracing OPB, but the game of baseball aswell.