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Out of the Park Baseball

Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:59
Now that I have tired myself out on post-apoc gaming, I have begun to look around for something lighter. :) Quite by coincidence I discovered that the premier PC baseball game, Out of the Park, is now available on Steam! Way to go, guys! Even better, last year's edition OOTP 14 is 50% off!

I haven't played a baseball sim since I purchased ProSim Baseball back in 2009 (I think) from Matrix! I liked ProSim because I am not a hardcore sports guy. I like to watch the occasional game, but I don't follow trades, line-ups, and all that front office stuff. ProSim was nice because while it did have all that stuff, you could completely automate it and just focus on calling the plays, which I liked. I've always heard that OOTP was the better sim, but every time I looked at the screenshots, it suggested to me a way more complicated game.

Anyhoo...I discovered that there is a nearly full featured demo for OOTP 14 available from the website. I DLed it but I really didn't think I would like it because I feared a big learning curve. I was right :), but I was also pleasantly surprised that the game also allows you to automate as much as you want. I started with a minor league team and before too long was having fun with the game. Again, there is a lot to learn about the game, but it wasn't as steep a curve as I feared.

Anyway, just wanted to give a heads up. Not sure yet - I want to play around with the demo a bit more - but I think I might pick up a copy.

PS: I was reading that starting with this years OOTP 15, the devs are going to start implementing 3D graphics for the individual baseball games! Great!
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Thu, 04/03/2014 - 16:07
This looks interesting: a procedurally generated horror game. The devs are Zombie Studios, the guys who made the solid F2P shooter Blacklight: Retribution. Having played that game a lot, I know these guys have talent, so this might actually be good. I like the Stalker-vibe:

Quote: About Daylight

Waking up in an abandoned hospital with only your cell phone for illumination, you explore the institution’s dark criminal past as you attempt to escape. In Daylight no two experiences are the same, and it is best played alone in the dark.

Daylight introduces gamers to a procedurally generated world that replicates the horrifying nature of Daylight over and over again, but creates a different environment for each new game. Each time the player begins a new game, they experience a new world with new content and encounters; from the layout of the building and the things they seek to the events they encounter, it is never the same experience twice. Keeping an eye on this one. The game was supposed to be out this week, but the devs delayed it three weeks because they weren't happy with some of the procedural stuff. That is a good sign that this is going to be slopped out there.
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