"Backyard Baseball": not as good as the real thing
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Jun 21, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
gamers (62%) found this review helpful
Backyard Baseball is a simplified baseball game. You can play a home run mini game with more than one player, a pick up game, play a tournament, or make a team and play a season against the AI. The pitching and batting mechanics are easy to understand: if you're pitching, you select your pitch, use the thumbstick to mark where you want the pitch to go (high, low, inside, outside) and wiggle the Wiimote to make a pitch. If you're batting, you select either Power, Contact or Bunt and wait for the opposing pitcher to throw you the ball. You flick the Wiimote to swing the bat (or don't do anything to let the ball pass without hitting it.) Power Pitches and Bats adds a nice spice and some strategy to the game. Fielding is where the problems start showing up. If your opponents get a hit, the AI will select you a player on the field, and you use the Thumbstick to move the player to the ball. After your player picks it up, you select which base to throw it to. Problem is, sometimes the AI selects the fielder not closest to the ball, and the opposing team gets an easy hit - even when you do use the B button to select the nearest fielder. Another problem is base running. For some strange reason, your runners have a tendency to go from second to third - even when the third baseman has the ball in his glove. Why? The music is annoyingly repetitive as the comments made by Jack Fowler, the color commentator. He needs new material. And the graphics also need an overhaul; the fields are bland looking and several of the girls look like they're growing beards. Backyard Baseball '09 isn't a home run, but it's not a strikeout, either.
this game is fun but to me it was on the ok side if you have to play any kind of game just for 1 day play this one you will have fun and its not to hard to get things going well have fun and relax to this game of baseball
My 9 yr old daughter liked it. So it's easy for that age group to pick up and play. But here are a few of the problems. Controls in the field are weak at best. Coupled with the disastrous camera once the ball leaves the infield. Twice we had to quit the game because the ball was hit off of the wall, bounced back into the infield and the camera stayed focused on my left fielder. I could hear my shortstop running around and diving for the ball, but there was no hope in accidentally running into it. There was no choice but to quit and start over. Overall it was just not an enjoyable experience. Look elsewhere for your Little Kids playing baseball fix, since that's all there is on the Wii.