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9

Excellent

Ah, Baseball Stars reincarnated!

posted by Vignirsson (SANTA CRUZ, CA) Oct 23, 2007

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Member since Nov 2005

4 out of 4 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

For some of you that might not remember, there was a game that reminded me of this game here called Baseball Stars from SNK during the NES days. It was the ultimate in baseball simulation, allowing you to constantly change and upgrade your players, detailing them however you wanted.

Why do I bring this up? As detailed as some of the other baseball sims are (EA, Sony, etc), it is nice to get back to what people really want. Something that is basic and yet open for any and all editing and tweaking. This is as close as you can get to pick up and play, it only took me about 10 minutes to get the hang of the batting and I have watched many hours pass by while playing it.

Gameplay is simple, push the button to swing the bat and locate your bat in the right location for offense, while pitching makes you chose a direction for each different pitch and locate your pitch in the magic square over the plate. Base running and fielding are the same, pressing buttons to move to the base that you want, tapping to run faster, etc. Basic gameplay.

Graphics are something else, but that is what makes it appealing to me. The chibi style characters have a lot of personality and it is awfully amusing to watch the spinny eyes when a batter swings hards and misses or the GLARE that they give the screen when a called strike might be questionable.

Voice over is all right, I can stand to live without it as the announcer isn't THAT lively, but it does seem to blend in pretty well. Background music is the same, nothing astounding but enough to make it entertaining.

What makes the game is the customization and the RPG element when you play a season. The season allows you to play a normal season but also gives you the tools you would need to make your team great, while earning points to improve on all sorts of characteristics and to make trades.

All in all, this is a great effort. It is HUGE in Japan and I can see why. You would be missing out on a lot of you don't rent this game!

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GF Rating
9

Excellent

Surprising Game

posted by Dbacks23 (ROSEVILLE, CA) Oct 20, 2007

Member since Dec 2006

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

When I first rented this game, I was unsure whether it would be good, or a piece of junk. It was great. Batting is simple and fun and pitching takes a couple tries to control, but is fun once mastered. Season mode is kind of boring after a while, unless you love accurate stats, because boy does this game have it. Success mode is where you make your own character, and guide him from collage freshman to a senior, while practicing on the baseball team, doing jobs, etc. It entertains you for a few hours a day, but after a while, you just to play in a darn game. Personally, I think the best part of this game is just doing exhibition games with my custom(arrange team) and listening to the crowd roar with excitement as Japanese Albert Pujols rips one out of the park...

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GF Rating
1

Horrible

gameplay video

posted by cahil10 (WATERLOO, IA) Jul 15, 2009

Member since Jun 2009

i watched the the gameplay video for this game. it reminds me of the old ken griffey game for the N64.

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