Brandon Warne

Brandon Warne

Brandon Warne lives in Plymouth, Minnesota with his wife Amanda and their two cats Buster and Oscar. Brandon is a 2010 graduate of the journalism program at Northwestern (Minn.) College. In addition to GM Games, Brandon writes for FanGraphs, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, TwinkieTown, and a handful of other media outlets. Twitter: @Brandon_Warne

9.9

Amazing

Review – How do you improve on perfection? OOTP 18 found a way.

One of the hardest things I do every year is write a review for the latest edition of OOTP. I’ve written on a number of occasions that they just keep improving on what was already perfection, and that’s again the case with this year’s edition (OOTP 18), which is absolutely incredible after I took a year-long hiatus from writing reviews. To that end, it has to be even more difficult creating a game...[Read More]

9.1

Amazing

Review of MLB Manager 2015 – A game that’ll be a time killer

If you go into playing MLB Manager 2015 with the idea that you’re getting a stripped-down version of OOTP ‘16 for your desktop, well, that’ll tell part of the story. Sure, there isn’t as much details as a game that we gave a 98/100 just a couple months ago. And for an iOS game, of course that level of detail won’t be able to be condensed down into a version that’ll fit on your phone. But honestly,...[Read More]

9.9

Amazing

Out of the Park Baseball (OOTP 16) Review – New levels of unimaginable depth

Right out of the gates with OOTP 16 users are greeted with a landing page which teases a cool new feature in this year’s game: official logos. This year’s iteration features all 30 MLB logos, over 150 minor league logos as well as historical MLB logos, as promised from the pre-launch press release. The powered by Baseball Prospectus logo is neat to see as well, not only as someone who interned wit...[Read More]

9.8

Amazing

OOTP 15 REVIEW – AN IMPROVEMENT ON (NEAR) PERFECTION

From the very get-go, one gets the sense that Out of the Park Baseball 15 is going to be an immersive experience. Just by virtue of selecting “new standard game” — one of eight different first screen options — the user is confronted with the decision whether to take the more standard path with a new league based on 2014 MLB rosters and schedules, or whether to choose between seven othe...[Read More]

9.3

Amazing

iOOTP 2014 Review (iPad, iPhone)

Having already reviewed OOTP15, it’s certainly hard to know what to expect from iOOTP, the iOS version of the game created for enhanced mobility on Apple devices. As such, it is expected that this version would be considerably truncated from the PC version reviewed here. PC version review here. Knowing this is key in reviewing this game based on its own merits and what is possible for an iOS game,...[Read More]

Review of OOTP 14 Baseball

Our Review of Out of the Park Baseball 14 It’s all-encompassing and comprehensive. “It’s not too often you hang an 8 on somebody,” said Terry Ryan earlier this week. Ryan was of course referring to the 2-8 scale scouts use to determine a player’s future impact. Well, Mr. Ryan hasn’t yet played OOTP 14. From the beginning it’s easy to see that this is an exhaustive, almost all-inclusive simul...[Read More]

8

Very Good

Review – PureSim Baseball

It may be November, but if you’re anything like me, baseball is never far from your mind. And while console games like MLB The Show, and for many of you, the old MVP series, there are a great many players who are looking for something to fill more of the fantasy void. As a fantasy owner of eight teams, I feel your pain.   Insert PureSim5, a baseball simulation modeled after the OOTP series th...[Read More]