many reviewers, I don't always like the genre that
I review. I basically hate sports games but I've reviewed
them for years. Why? Because Von is an evil bastard
and makes me do it. I may not like a game from a personal
standpoint but I can tell a good game from a bad game.
It works out for everyone: You get an unbiased review;
I get to go through hell for a day or two, and Von
derives extreme pleasure from my discomfort. There's
a German word for that that I recall Lisa mentioning
on an episode of the Simpsons. I think it was Volkswagen
or something like that. (Actually, it's Schadenfreude
- and I love it! - Oh, and it's spelled V-A-U-G-H-N!!
any case it turns out that Out of the Park Baseball
6.5 isn't a baseball game per se, it's an expansion
pack to Out of the Park Baseball 6 which is a good
Franchise-mode-style sim. If you're interested in
getting involved behind-the-scenes of your favorite
sport, then you've got to check out the original game
and this expansion pack. You've got to be a real fan
of the original to get your money's worth out of this
expansion pack. There are some decent upgrades but
most of them are subtle. It still makes the original
game bigger, better and deeper and at less than ten
bucks you're not risking too much cash if you don't
will oversee all aspects of running a pro ballpark
such as purchasing the players, hiring staff and management,
setting ticket prices, offering concessions and designing
your ballpark and parking lot. All of this requires
money. If you've got a good team you've got it made
as long as you manage your expenses properly. If your
team is struggling you'll have to be more creative
with what you've got. You may have to sell your big-money
players and hope that rookies will show more promise
later in the season.
entire week of games can be condensed into a minute.
Although this may seem fast it's actually a bit of
chore to wait so long for the results when compared
with similar games. Keep in mind this engine is a
few years old and it's beginning to show its age.
You'll realize this when you have to plod through
numerous menus to access some stats or make a trade.
of the best upgrades is the ability to change your
roster each day of the week. This gives you more flexibility
when you see what is and isn't working - or should
I say who is and isn't working? The AI is a lot more
savvy than before and will make trades and other changes
in mid season to improve its performance much like
a human player would do. It's interesting to see the
AI in a winning situation trying to grab as many star
players as it can before the summer trade deadline.
In a situation like this it can be really hard to
gain the necessary momentum to make it through the
must be mindful of trades because it's not always
about winning the game as it is making the fans happy.
If the fans don't show up, you don't make any money
and money is what makes the world of professional
sports go round. If you trade a hometown favorite,
even for a superstar, you're liable to suffer a backlash
from unhappy fans that might boycott your ballpark
making it difficult for you to purchase better players,
coaches, trainers and a multitude of other upgrades
designed to improve your empire.
6.5 is all about menus. The interface is clunky but
it does get the job done. It's like a girl with a
good personality. She's not pretty but she's fun to
hang around with.