I think the developers or programmers (or whoever) forgot that the wii-mote has a directional pad on it, which is perfect for a baseball game. Every time I tried to throw the ball to a base, the player would throw home. Unless you are standing, or sitting, in the absolute perfect place (the sweet spot) in the center of the TV, the wii-mote is useless. When you finally find this sweet spot, the computer's AI is so good (even on the Easy setting) you will find it hard to play. I hit two balls that should have been home runs, but the computer managed to jump 15 feet in the air, after climbing a 10 foot wall, and catch them, both times.
There is also no auto-fielding so you have to run the player to the ball after a hit. It takes a few seconds to realize which way the ball is going, then you have to look around and see which random player the game has assigned to you. Then when you finally get the ball, you always throw it to home, anyway. Good luck trying to pull off any of the sweet moves the computer AI can. Supposedly you can jump for a ball (as the computer AI and the tutorial have demonstrated) but every time I tried it, my guy would slide at the ball feet first. I would always shout, "You're a fielder, not a base runner!" Very frustrating.
A friend and I tried playing multi-player, but that is just as impossible to play. Both players can't stand in the sweet spot, so one player's wii-mote will be useless during the play. We only played the game a total of 40 minutes, and that includes trying to get the game started in the first place (there was a scratch on the one we got and the Wii wouldn't load it).
Don't rent this. Wait for a better baseball game to come out.
posted by DarkLarva (SOUTHINGTON, CT) Nov 28, 2007
Member since Nov 2007
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
Overview: The BIGS for the Wii is a decent game, definately worth at least a rental. The pitching/hitting controls are innovative and make the game much more immersive. The sound is done nicely, the music isn't the best (but music doesn't really matter in a sports game anyway). The graphics are simply "OK", a lot could have been done to improve them. Single player mode will get repative after awhile but multiplayer can be quite some fun if you have a friend to play with.
Scoring Template: Sports Game Gameplay [1.25/2.5] -Limited single player modes, no season play! -Create a Rookie mode (single player) is more focused on mini-games. -No action replays! +You can create your own players and edit rosters. +Arcade style makes for interesting game play. Features "Matrix-Style Bullet Time" on many plays. +The BIGPLAY meter gives you the option to make your pitches nearly unhittable, or your hits a garunteed homerun. Depending on how well you play, the BIGPLAY meter fills up faster rewarding skill.
Controls [1.33/2] +Excellent use of the Wii remote for pitching! +Excellent use of the Wii remote for hitting! -Terrible use of the Wii remote for fielding/baseruning.
Graphics [1/2] -Character models rarely look like the actual player. oSpecial Effects, the crowd, and the weather effects are simply "O.K". +The Stadiums at least look decent, though could be better.
Sound [1/1] +Good use of the Wii remote's sound function. +Annoucners are good and thankfully are not really annoying.
Music [.25/.5] oJust an average music selection
Multiplayer [1/1] +If you have another player who knows how to play, Multiplayer can be a lot of fun. +BIGPLAY meter really can make multiplayer games intense and interesting.
Replay Value [.5/1] +Great if you have a person to play multiplayer with! -Single player mode gets boring fairly quickly.