I just read Bill Harris’ lengthy discussion about OOTPB 2006. He makes some good points, but comparing OOTPB 2006 in its first (well, not even first yet since it doesn’t quite work) iteration to Football Manager really isn’t a fair comparison. FM has been around a long, long time. It is one of the longest developed text sims in the history of text sims. Heck Eastside Hockey Manager isn’t nearly as good as Football Manager for the same reasons, if we’re keeping score.
Even with that longevity, Football Manager only recently added its 2D match engine. Eastside Hockey Manager doesn’t have this fully functional yet.
Look, there are plenty of people out there like my brother who like Budweiser and Coors Light. It’s their beer, they swear by it, and don’t want to taste anything else. In fact, anything else actually tastes bad or “bitter” to them. Others, like myself, would rather drink water than ever again be forced to drink a Budweiser or Coors Light. The beer we drink is an acquired taste. There will always be folks like me that prefer a nice porter in a tulip glass and there will be people perfectly happy drinking Coors from a “cold sealed” can.
Out of the Park Baseball 2006 is the first badly tasting batch of what could be a fine porter. It doesn’t aspire to be an easy drinking Budweiser. Lots of people out there want it watered down or brewed as something else, but that’s not happening. It is what it is.
But yea, a walkthrough would be nice for the game…