If there’s one thing I learned from playing The Cages: Pro Style Batting Practice is that I’m a very bad baseball player.
This game gives players the opportunity to take swings against 19 different types of pitches like the regular fastball, the off speed pitch, or the curve ball.
But when you first get into the game, you can only get one pitch - the standard fastball. To get the others, you’ll have to go through the Training Mode of the game - thirty exercises that start off with hitting a stationary, floating ball to hitting a certain pitch into the outfield a few times to scoring a set number of runs before getting three outs.
This would be good if the controls were user friendly, and if the game tells us what’s wrong with my swing when I fail to get a hit. But this game doesn’t do that.
After each botched swing, it shows us the path of the bat through its swing (a floating bat no less) as it misses the ball. This shows us how I missed the hit, but it does not explain why I missed the hit. Is my stance wrong? Am I holding the bat the wrong way? How do I correct the swing so I don’t make the mistake again? These are questions that the game will not answer.
Instead, it makes me take another swing and another swing, and I’m making the same mistake over and over again. This can make the game frustrating.
Oddly enough, this is one game that I found more success playing without the WiiMotion Plus attachment. With the attachment, any flaws in my swing are magnified, and I look like an idiot trying to get that hit.
Speaking of bad looks, the game’s graphics are bland and unappealing; we’re in a eyesore of a ballpark cheered on by horrendously rendered fans.
There’s multiplayer available here, but the overly exact gameplay takes the fun out of finding out who can get the most home runs, get the most distance in a set number of pitches or score the most runs.
The Cages: Pro Style Batting Practice is too demanding for me to enjoy. SKIP IT.
Pitch, Swing, Replay.. After about 15 minutes, it gets pretty old. Made for multi-player entertainment. So if you playing only, don't bother. Also the game does not seem to pick up your motion that well. Definitely: PASS!