To try out some of the new features, I went ahead and simulated the 1994 season. Here are the things that I really liked a lot.
The first thing that caught my attention are the new player pages. Below is Tony Gwynn. What stood out to me is after his height and weight it has symbols for Gold Gloves, All Star Appearances and Silver Slugger Awards. If you hover over one of the symbols it will give you the year in which it was accomplished. I love it. Speaking of awards, there are new ones this year. The Cy Young Award(Best Pitcher Award) is back but now you have an actual MVP award. There is also an option that lets you decide if a pitcher should be eligible to win the MVP award. You also have the Silver Slugger Award for each position. Really nicely done.
As we progress through the season you will notice other great changes. The All Star voting system is one of the cool changes. The game starts giving you All Star voting updates and as a manager you also have your own ballot to submit.
Then we get to the Pennant Chase. Brad Cook mentioned that in this version there would be more emphasis on the pennant chase. The pennant chase screen becomes active with 30 days left in the season. This is how it looks:
You will also notice the logos that are historically accurate for 1994. This happens automatically when you start a league thanks to the new license with MLB
You can see all the logos here as we look at the final standings:
As you can see, Frank Thomas had a monster year and broke the homerun record of Roger Maris. It wasn't good enough to get the White Sox into the playoffs. The Mariners got a horrible break as Randy Johnson made only 22 starts until he got hurt and was lost for the season.
The Yankees had an unreal season and the Kansas City Royals just had everything go right led by all people Bob Hamelin.
Remember, 1994 was supposed to be the first year with the wildcard and the extra round of playoffs.
Another new feature is naming a playoff series MVP. The Yankees would sweep the Indians and Wade Boggs would be named series MVP
The Yankees and the Braves would have the best records in this alternate 1994 but it would not lead to the pennant for either of them.
The Reds would win it all and you have to love this next screen with the trophy and the official MLB logo. Nicely done.
One of the other features that was added was the all time playoff leaderboard. Really sweet. It keeps both individual postseasons and career postseason numbers. You can see what a historic postseason Bob Hamelin of the Royals had in this new 1994.
Is that it? Not close. We now move into the Hall of Fame. Once again, another feature which is much more interactive. All active managers get their own HOF ballot and just like real life, a player must get 75% of the vote to gain induction and get at least 5% to stay on the ballot.
You also get the full voting results
That is not the best part, the actual Hall of Fame and the way it looks might be my favorite feature. Check it out
Amazing! These are not even all the features. Because I did a quick simulation of a replay season the new coaching, managing and GM modes were not utilized. Trust me, those are also very cool. I will post about them next. Enjoy Out of the Park Baseball 16! Markus and staff have outdone themselves again.
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