Critic & User Reviews
Fun game with Fun mini games
posted by Gorworr (GRESHAM, OR) Aug 10, 2008
Member since Aug 2007
9 out of 9 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
The only problem I have with the game is, I wish there was slightly more customizing your team. The only thing you can do is change the team name and colors and then change the look of your star player.
It would of been so much more fun to be able to change all the players on your team. But perhaps this game will do good enough that they can make a second one and change that.
But other then that fact the game is loads of fun!
posted by gamecat78 (DENTON, TX) Apr 7, 2009
Member since Jul 2008
3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful
posted by cavscout (PRESCOTT VALLEY, AZ) Aug 12, 2008
Member since Mar 2008
10 out of 11 gamers (91%) found this review helpful
The tutorial is a little daunting, particularly when it comes to pitching. As my 5 year old and I were working through all the pitching lessons I began to be concerned that this was going to be way too complicated.
Never fear - once in the game a waggle here and a waggle there sends the ball to the plate. He was pitching and having a blast without a thought about timing or button presses. Meanwhile, his older brother enjoyed the complexities of the pitching interface and took advantage of them.
The batting is the best yet for a Wii baseball game. Other than the contact swing (you have to swing slowly, which the CPU never seems to recognize), everything else works like a charm. You can pull the ball or send it to the opposite field, swing with an uppercut to send the ball into the air, or use a downswing to drive it into the ground.
Fielding is simple, consisting of remote waggle and a button press. Running is taken care of by the CPU.
During the game, points are earned towards power-ups that can be used by the players on the field. They aren't quite as cartoony and off the wall as those found in Backyard Baseball or Mario Super Sluggers.
All in all, a very enjoyable and surprisingly realistic baseball game geared for the younger set. Graphics are more than serviceable and the PING of the aluminum bat is a nice touch.
However, overall it's a fairly sterile presentation - particularly for kids that have experience with Mario Super Sluggers for the Gamecube. Even Backyard Baseball, with it's atrocious graphics seems to offer a more engaging experience presentation wise.
There seems to be a good degree of customization available, but to be honest we haven't delved into much of that yet.
Overall, this is a surprisingly good baseball game for the Wii that will appeal to a range of ages. And I'll reiterate - the batting interface is not only realistic, but way fun.
Bunny hops & hacks
posted by Brixyl (ALBUQUERQUE, NM) Aug 21, 2008
Member since Jan 2007
3 out of 4 gamers (75%) found this review helpful
Controls too Complex for "Little League"rs
posted by JMichaud (BETHESDA, MD) Aug 12, 2008
Member since Jan 2008
1 out of 5 gamers (20%) found this review helpful
First, the pitching. You can select where in the strike zone the ball goes to and one of nine pitches by either holding the A or B button down, or hold neither down. Then, during the pitching motion you can turn the Wiimote left, right or not at all.
Each combination of the button holding (or not) and the twisting motion (or not) leads to a different pitch. Problem is, it's easy to forget which combination of button pushing and twisting leads to what pitch. This game needs a cheat sheet in the worst way.
Batting's worse; first, you have to determine if you want to swing at all at the pitch. If you do swing, then you have to determine if you swing the Wiimote in an upwards motion (for a home run type ball or fly out), a level motion (for a line drive or line out), or a downward motion (for a grounder or a ground out)
Then, you have to determine if you want to swing on time to send it center field or a split second early/late to send it into left/right field.
On top of all that, you have to determine if you want to swing the Wiimote slowly for contact or quickly for power.
I have a feeling that most players are going to bypass all this and play this game like the baseball part of WiiSports. If they do, they'll have a good time (especially with friends).
But this begs the question: why put it in the game if it's hardly used?
The Single player works well - until the playoffs. That's when the AI gets brutal. I send my best pitcher and make a variety of perfect pitches, but in four playoff games, the AI averages three runs IN THE FIRST INNING. Let's just say I went 0-4 in those games.
There are mini games, but most of them require you to learn the headache inducing controls, so I passed on them.
LLWSB2K8 is a good game to rent, but the tough AI and complex controls take it off my "buy" list.
Okay at Most
posted by Tdlmacnt (HAMDEN, CT) Dec 5, 2009
Member since Nov 2007
Amazing The Best Game Ever!
posted by gamemania (MIDDLESEX, NJ) Nov 18, 2009
Member since Feb 2009
posted by jlalb06 (LONG BEACH, CA) May 16, 2009
Member since Dec 2008
posted by Friedrich (LLANO, TX) Feb 11, 2009
Member since Jan 2009
posted by steve2722 (JAMESTOWN, NY) Jan 10, 2009
Member since Oct 2008
Great but boring after a while
posted by hahaha7484 (GLENDALE, AZ) Sep 22, 2008
Member since Sep 2008
i like the pitching, but hate the fielding
posted by kbodin1 (LYNN, MA) Sep 8, 2008
Member since Jul 2006