impression I have of OOTP 12 is that it is highly comprehensive.
Offering every season of baseball rosters from here all the way
back to the 19th century, and absolutely every option you could
possibly want. Perhaps the most attractive aspect of OOTP is
network play, allowing you to get all of your baseball buddies
together and hold entire fantasy baseball leagues of every
imaginable type wherever, whenever.
And as I said, the options are extensive. Want to provide your
own face images for players from any time period? You can. If
you want you could also generate random faces for all the
players. How about posting the "manager messages" you get over
the course of a season to Twitter or Facebook, so your fantasy
league buddies can keep abreast of your league's developments?
No problem. Heck, let's get creative. Want to change the cities
and team names of your league? Not a problem, in fact that's one
of the options you cycle through when starting a new game.
Likewise, most of OOTP's outstanding customization features are
not hidden in obscure option menus but are right there,
available in-context when they need to be.
That being said, OOTP's demographic is highly limited. There is
no hand-eye coordination involved here, but it's doubtful that
anyone would download this game without being fully aware of
that fact already. OOTP appeals to baseball fans - REAL baseball
fans - the stat head fans that can spend an entire afternoon
debating players and talking about the best moments of the best
seasons of all time.
Of all sports, baseball commands the most encyclopedic and historically learned fans (they'd have to be,
with so many stats to track) and such connoisseurs demand
accuracy. OOTP aims to please, and doesn't fail. In fact, I'm
reluctant to call OOTP a game at all, as it feels more accurate
to refer to it as a simulation program. And while automatically
simulating games will be the appeal for fantasy leaguers, you
don't have to do that at all. You can "play" the game yourself,
although your role will be reduced to calling the plays for the
pitcher or hitter.
OOTP offers more than a plethora, more than a myriad, but an
entire mini-universe of customizable options and configurations
packed into a slick, organized interface that any stat-head
could jump into in five minutes. Some readers might wonder,
however: Would someone new to statistical games and fantasy
baseball leagues be able to handle this monster of a program?
Tentatively, I argue that they would. OOTP packs a lot of power,
sure, but as long as your knowledge about baseball and baseball
statistics is passable, you shouldn't fear. Although mastering
everything about OOTP would be akin to learning a new language,
getting started is no more difficult than learning to ride a
-Josh Waters United States Team Writer Impulse Gamer