Out of the Park Baseball 15 is the 2014 version of the award-winning baseball game that GameSpot called "the best baseball management sim out there".[/b] OOTP offers unparalleled flexibility in creating your own baseball world and guiding your favorite baseball franchise to glory.
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Release Date: Apr 24, 2014
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"It’s as perfect a simulation of the game as has ever existed, and for fans of other sports sims, it might just be a window into an entire new world."
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January 23

Announcing Out of the Park Baseball 16 - Officially Licensed by MLB.com!

Available in March 2015, Out of the Park Baseball 16 is the latest version of the award-winning baseball simulation series. Pre-Order now at ootpdevelopments.com for just $34.99 ($5 off the regular price), receive the game three days prior to official launch, get a free Steam key and possibly win one of three MLB.com Shop gift certificates or Amazon gift cards.

For more info and a full list of new features, please see the official press release: Announcing OOTP 16

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October 29, 2014

OOTP Update #7 (Build 15.6.34) Available Now

The newest update for OOTP15, version 15.6.34, is now available. This patch fixes a problem where ballpark images may go missing when playing out games in newly created leagues.

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Reviews

“The only baseball sim I've ever gotten addicted to...”
Curt Schilling

“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.”
98 / 100 – NotGraphs

“This gem of a game is absolutely worth anyone's time who loves the sport of baseball.”
95 / 100 – Gaming Trend

About This Game

Out of the Park Baseball 15 is the 2014 version of the award-winning baseball game that GameSpot called "the best baseball management sim out there".[/b] OOTP offers unparalleled flexibility in creating your own baseball world and guiding your favorite baseball franchise to glory. Play solo with a baseball world of your own creation: play a typical major league game with real 2014 rosters including full minor leagues, make a simple, 8-team league, create a historical league with real players from any year between 1871 and 2013 or build an enormous world with baseball leagues in multiple countries. For the ultimate challenge, join an online league and test your mettle against other human players!

Out of the Park Baseball is the closest most people can get to being the general manager of a real baseball team. Handle GM tasks like drafts, trades, scouting, waivers, team finances and personnel. Negotiate player contracts. Or, dive into the more hands-on management and set your team's lineups, pitching staffs, and in-game strategy. You can oversee your league at a high level, or play out each game, managing pitch by pitch and making all the calls from the dugout.

Players in OOTP are rated across multiple skills, and include individual personalities and custom faces created with FaceGen technology. OOTP players progress realistically over time. Try to build a team through the draft, or try to sign big free agents to put you over the top! OOTP also has a powerful news engine that generates personal messages and news articles. Behind all of this is an incredibly powerful statistical engine that tracks an enormous number of statistics for each player in your world. Want to know how your star hitter is doing against righties with runners in scoring position? No problem!

New Features in Out of the Park Baseball 15:
  • 2014 Opening Day major leagues roster set, plus seven international leagues with real roster sets (Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Mexico, Cuba, Italy, The Netherlands)
  • 3D ballpark and 3D ball flight support
  • A brand new interface introducing many new screens and a completely recoded manager home screen
  • New (optional) player rating system, examine how your players compare to league average
  • Easily create games with historical teams from different years competing in a single league
  • Improved spring training, with non-roster invitees, customizable spring training roster size and spring training length
  • Many new league rules & options (i.e. posting system, purchase players for cash, minor league age limits etc.)
  • Proper support for independent leagues
  • New Playoff matchups editor
  • Better league news and play-by-play commentary text
  • Improved player-creation algorithms, resulting in the best player development ever.
  • Various AI and core engine improvements, making the most realistic game even more realistic.
  • Much more, over 100 new features & improvements

Out of the Park Baseball also has a vibrant and helpful user community, and an active one that creates a vast number of user customizations that you can use to further improve your gaming experience, including special roster sets, logos, player images, and more.

If you are a baseball fan, you need this game!

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8.x
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: min. 1024x768 display
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: min. OS X 10.6
    • Processor: Intel Processor
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: min. 1024x768 display
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Most 32-bit and 64-bit Linux OS
    • Processor: 1 GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB RAM
    • Graphics: min. 1024x768 display
    • Hard Drive: 1 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Includes 32-bit and 64-bit versions
Helpful customer reviews
51 of 65 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Very realistic. Jays still can't make it to the postseason even in simulation.
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26 of 26 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
35.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
I created a fictional league based on the MLB. I didn't want to use historical players and wanted every team to start on even ground.

I'm from Cleveland, so I played as the Indians.

My top draft pick was a bust, BOTH my solid closers got 4+ month injuries, I was constantly plagued with minor injuries to almost every player no matter how young and durable they were, and despite starting with a solid rank in the power rankings, ended up dead last and extremely frustrated with 0 room for payroll and my only good players gladly signed with another team when they became FA's.

10/10 for realism

edit: Because this is technically listed under the Helpful Reviews section, I feel like I should say a little more than just a joke.

This is a great sim, and while there are frustrating seasons, the satisfaction felt from building a great team really makes it worth it. It's daunting at first, and if you're a casual fan, there will be struggles. They don't simplify statistics for you, and just like real life, there are intangibles to consider when it comes to players you sign/draft (whether they are injury prone or durable, whether your scouts consider them quick or slow learners which is huge for development for young kids, whether or not they dog it too often on the field, and seriously, for the love of God, check their defense ratings and whether or not they have good range at their position. They all come in to play and punish you for simply drafting the highest available talent without considering anything else).
But boy do I have fun during inaugural drafts. There's just something enjoyable about filling different types of teams, trying to build teams with extreme groundball pitchers backed up by scrappy, young, high contact, low power, great fielding players to make your pitchers unstoppable but struggling to score runs yourself. Or, building a team with the most power in the league, but realizing your poor defense and speed is costing you the division.

The In-Game play could be better. It gets to the point where I have almost memorized the first lines of the play-by-play and know exactly whether I've grounded out or hit a home run. There are no 3D models or accurate displays/routes of any balls in play (I've seen the ball rocket out of the plate, but the description be "soft fly ball"). But you can still micro manage games: call for steals, hit and runs, pitch outs, bunt etc., while still being able to just simulate each game if you aren't feeling that.

I highly recommend this game.
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
320.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 1, 2014
I'm not much of a sports guy. What little interest I had in following professional baseball faded over 10 years ago. So you would reasonably assume that I wouldn't care for this game.

I'm here to tell you, that if you have a deep interest in management simulation, statistics, and strategy, then this game is a must-play, whether you know anything about baseball or not.

My knowledge of baseball statistics was severely lacking when I started playing OOTP15. However, I put in a small amount of research time (an hour's worth of google-fu) and then jumped headfirst into the game. The first thing I noticed was the nearly overwhelming amount of complete statistics for every single player, and not just those in the majors - from the lowest of Rookie Leagues through every level of the minors. Your scouting director can give you a report about any player and summarize their playing ability (and, just like in real life, sometimes the scouts are wrong!) You have the option of managing your team with as much or as little control as possible. You can play as the commissioner and simply watch the teams develop around you. You can play as a GM who lets his staff make all the decisions about lineups and strategy. Or you can micromanage every single game in the season! Don't want to play with actual players and actual teams? You can create a fictional league, with fictional players. Don't want to play alone? There are many different leagues running online that you can join, which opens up trading to be much more interesting than it is when playing against the AI. The level of control and customization you have in this game is nearly absurd - and I mean that in the best possible way.

It has to be emphasized at some point in the review that this isn't a game where you play the player - there is no point where you are at bat or pitching. Rather, you're the manager - you can give some limited orders (bunt, pitch around, etc.) but it's up to your autonomous players to win the game. If you're expecting to watch 3D rendered baseball games, you won't get that either - if you watch a game, you're given a text play-by-play, with some limited graphical representation about where the ball gets hit and which player is standing where. The quality of the game doesn't come from its graphics, of course. It comes from the depth of the simulation - down to where and how each individual pitch was thrown.

In conclusion - give this game a chance. I'm not a baseball junkie - I can't even name 10 current MLB players off the top of my head, yet I'm in love with OOTP. I think that speaks pretty highly of how good this gem really is.
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 4, 2014
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.
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11 of 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
416.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Let me be frank: if sorting through pages and pages of statistics and micromanaging a budget isn't your idea of fun, OOTP isn't your game. If you squint it looks more like chartered accountancy than a game.
However, if you're the kind of weirdo who likes that stuff, this game is extremely satisfying. I've been a Bill James fan nearly as long as I've been a baseball fan, and building a team using WAR and FIP and having awards conferred according to ability rather than popularity is deeply gratifying on some embarrassing math nerd level.

The game isn't perfect. The interface isn't very intuitive and it takes too many clicks to get to some screens. The strength overview report takes nearly five minutes to generate, and has to regenerate every time I click the back button, so I avoid it entirely. The stat pages also have an annoying habit of forgetting your sorting parameters when you click back.

And what's with the impossibility of being a female manager/GM? I know there aren't any, but women have been assistant GMs and Kim Ng has been a candidate for GM jobs with several teams. So it could happen! It's a bit irksome to get emails addressed to Mr. Sarah. Come on, OOTP developers, it's a fantasy game, let a girl have her nerdy fantasy.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
440.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 27, 2014
I call it fantasy baseball on crack. It really makes all other types of fantasy baseball seem dull and extremely simple, like so easy that a caveman could do it. Playing single player is fun, but joining an online league is highly recommended. Winning never feels as good as it does when you best other human minds. Of course, I wouldn't know that, I've never won any online league, but even losing against humans is better than winning against the AI.

If you love baseball and statistics and managing, it doesn't get any better than the OOTP series.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
19.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 8, 2014
If you love baseball this is the game for you. If you love baseball management and always wished you could be a GM, ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ this game is for you. Embrace your inner angry fan that know's it can do a better job than your teams front office. Seriously, act out those fantasies of winning the World Series with the Cubs, trading for Giancarlo Stanton, and making the Padres relevant.

A dedicated community supplies all the logos you'll ever need, and usually ones you want made. Create a completely fictional league, have it start in 1840, make your own history. Or just play actual baseball history, but change it up. What if Babe Ruth stayed with the Sox? What if Lou Gherig never got sick? How would the stars of the Negro Leagues stats ranked if they played their whole career in MLB?

All of those and much much more can be answered and explored in OOTP!
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
31.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 9, 2014
If you know what statistics like WAR. VORP, and UZR mean, If you dream of running a baseball team if your way, then OOTP is about as good as it gets. The sheer amount of data available can be overwhelming and its presentation doesn't really capture what is romantic about baseball, but as a front office management sim this is as good as it gets.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
350.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
These best baseball simulator on PC hands down. If you like franchise mode/GM mode in other baseball games (2k/The Show), you will love this game. From sabermetics to full front office control to international teams/minor league/rule5draft/arbitartion and more, there is so much depth and customization that I am still learning new stuff about the game after 200 hrs.

In the year 2029 of my league. The commissioner decided to expand the league by 2 teams, the Jacksonville Airhogs and Austin Thunderbolts. I wasn't even aware this was possible, but is so cool and adds a new dynamic to the game. They had to hold and expansion draft and I had to put some players on a protection list. The 2 new teams could draft any player in the league not on a protection list.

Little changes like that can happen every couple of years like a few years earlier they removed the DH for the American League which is really awesome becuase it keeps the league fresh and interesting.

If you love baseball and always wanted to be a manager or general manager of any baseball team than this is the game you have always been looking for.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
733.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 19, 2014
I've been a long time OOTP player since the days of Season Ticket Baseball. If you are a baseball fan and want a computer baseball game, this is the best game by far. Even if you are just a sports fan and want to try a baseball game, try this. I buy it every year and have purchased it every year for well over a decade now. This game is worth every penny. Clearly, I play it a lot and get my money's worth :)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
29.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2014
extremely detailed and encompassing game, allows me to understand and appreciate aspects of baseball that I didn't even know existed. When I first got this, I knew I wanted to run some kind of simulator, and I also wanted to run a Sports game and since baseball is such a stats heavy sport, this is a great game to bridge the two together. I'm a fan of football, basketball, hockey, getting into baseball thanks to this game. I'm learning a lot and some supplementary reading on the side goes a long way. Great Game
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
293.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 17, 2014
Do you like baseball? Do you think you can really run a team better than your favorite teams Owner/GM/Manager? Go ahead and take that challenge on, to any degree of difficulty that suits you.

Just want to fiddle with in-game strategies and lineups? You can do JUST that, if that's all you want to do. Want to meddle with roster construction (trades, Free Agnet signings, promotion/demotions)? You can do that too. Want to control EVERYTHING? Yeah, you can do that too. Tired of modern day baseball players? Play with any players, from any season you can think of. Tired of real-life baseball players altogether? You can create an entire universe of fictional players (and even teams, if you so desire) to have your fun in.

It is an entirely customizable baseball experience that you really cannot afford to miss.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
530.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
OOTP Baseball is - at it's core - a very deep simulation title. If you love incredibly deep simulations, then this is the game for you. If you don't like hardcore simulations, you won't like it.

Now, if you like Baseball AND you like simulations ... well, you're going to think you died and went to heaven. Honestly, I can't think of a simulation that is more true to the subject matter than OOTP Baseball. When you're stressing out about what Pitching coach to hire for you rookie league (as I was when I started), you know it's a deep simulation.

If you like a great 'arcade' experience, this game is not for you. This game is about running a team the way you want to run it. You want to do a historical league with real players -- you can do that. I prefer a totally fictional league so that I'm not burdened with allegiances towards any teams or players.

All things considered, this game is engrossing ... it's immersive .... it's the best baseball game I've ever played -- and I've tried them all.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
741.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2014
I played Strat and PTP when it was hundreds of cards with dice and also when both were adapted to be played on the PC and other various generic baseball games or those designed to recreate a season but NONE COME CLOSE TO OOTP!

This will be the third straight year I have purchased and played this game after my brother turned me on to it four years ago. Since then I have absolutely loved this game. No matter what level you want to play at: owner, field manager or GM this game will give you an experience that no other game designed to be played at an organizational level can give you. Certainly far better than any simular game I have ever seen or played...

The user interphase is very user friendly and the flexibility this game affords you makes it impossible to get bored playing it. You can recreate a season or play an entire era over and there is always a new challenge or twist to make your blood pressure rise or make you cheer out loud.

*****It's like a never ending fantasy baseball fix*****
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
111.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 26, 2014
My starting rotation was Sale/Strasburg/Harvey and i still missed the playoffs as the Jays.

10/10 for realism.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
104.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
I'm barely a casual baseball fan but this sim still hooked me good. I bought it a week ago and have done nothing else since. It's ridiculous how compelling it is. Not only that, it's realistic enough that I've learned quite a bit about baseball I didn't know before, like what runs created are and what WAR means, and what the rule 5 draft is. To me this is the most important asset of a good simulation -- it teaches you something about the real world.

* For an indie game it has a fantastic interface. The "graphics" maybe are nonexistant, but the interface is beautiful and usable. It reminds me a little bit of Endless Legend in this regard.

* Despite having no graphics, the text-based play-by-play during a game you witness is spot-on, and apparently limitless in its variety. After watching 60 or so games I am still surprised by what it comes up with. It manages to capture the exact atmosphere of listening to a ballgame on the radio.

* The online manual is well-organized and for the most part answers what you wanted answered. Between this, the organization of the interface, and the intelligent and compassionate community, the learning curve isn't nearly as awful as I feared. You can automate as much of the complexity of the game as you want, in very fine gradients, similar to how Distant Worlds' AI options work.

It took me a while to dare to buy this game but I'm really glad I did.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 16
I'm a big baseball fan. I've been playing baseball video games since the early 80s Atari versions. I am also a big stats follower. One of my favorite games ever was Micro League Baseball on the Commodore 64. My friends and I would sit around and play season after season of it in the winter. All that said, I've been hard pressed to get into any baseball simulators recently. I've tried the other ones that are out there and they just collected dust.

Then the other day I was browsing around the Steam store and saw this. I saw the glowing reviews it's been getting. I figured for $20, why not try it. I am so happy I did.

This game is so deep and detailed. I started off just managing games. Then my #5 starter got hurt and I had to pull off a trade to get someone decent. And so I was sucked in. Now I find myself researching prospects, dumping salary, watching the waiver wire, and trying to land the very best coaches for my organization. I have been gradually taking over more and more of the management of the organization, but this game is so detailed I doubt I will ever do it all.

I only have a few hours invested so far, but I am very pleased. I like to play every game, and the gameplay is a lot like Micro League Baseball was, but without the animation in the game itself. Hopefully in the future they can add animated games, where you see the runners run the bases, the balls actually caught, etc. But where it might fall short in the animation dept., it more than makes up for it in the depth and management, which is what it was built for anyway.

There are some minor quirks, like not being able to pinch hit after the CPU makes a pitching change. But overall this is a phenomenal sim. Hats off to the devs. I'll be keeping a watchful eye on the reviews for OOTP 16, due out soon.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 6, 2014
Tons of customization
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
80.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21, 2014
Top game - even if you're not an expert on all the baseball terms.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 23, 2014
Best baseball game available on PC. Not for everyone, but if your favorite part of a sports game is building the team, then you'll find yourself helplessly addicted.
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