Rent The Cages: Pro Style Batting Practice for Wii
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The Cages: Pro Style Batting Practice

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Don't waste your time...

posted by Tularious (PUYALLUP, WA) Oct 19, 2010

Member since Apr 2006

The interface with the controller is horrible. The baseball game that comes with the Wii console is much better. I knew this game was a batting cage syle game play, but I at least figured I would be hitting the ball far down the field. I would be better off in a real batting cage. There is no consitancy in the swing mechanics. The swing height will imitate the controller, sometimes it won't. I hit far more foul balls and grounders than I did any in the air, let alone deep in the outfield. And forget over the fence.

It became extremely frustrating and the long delay between pitches made the game very boring. If you feel the need to smack a ball down the field and over the fence, stick with the Wii Sports baseball. You'll have way more fun.

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Just trust me instead of wasting your time.

posted by reddragon1 (MAPLE GROVE, MN) Jul 10, 2010

Member since Jun 2009

4 out of 5 gamers (80%) found this review helpful

I can't say enough bad things about this game.

It's from Konami and the music and graphics remind me of all of the Konami games from the NES. If this was 1991, that might be a good thing, but in 2010 on the Wii, it's the worst. In fact, it's shovelware like this that give the Wii the reputation of not being a serious gaming platform, but I digress.

The UI is barely usable. This is the first game I've played where you're better off not using the motion plus. You take the motion plus off, and it's slightly usable, if not tolerable. It has the most clunky set of settings available. Most of the time it won't even let you get out of the screen you're in. There are a lot of points where all you can do is push B and swing until you get to a different screen where you can finally call up the menu. I actually found myself using the Wii home menu the most often to get where I needed to go, basically restarting the game.

Keep in mind that I'm a grown adult. I don't even know how a kid would even play it, let alone enjoy it. The game offers a lot of different "perspectives" so that you can try to not be terrible, but I found them all to be awful.

Let me be clear, this is a batting cage game, I didn't have high expectations, but I did expect that you could get in there, just swing for the fences, and have a good time. You can't even do that. Under the best circumstances you will only get pitched to every 10 seconds. That is super slow. Sit there and count to ten, thing about how long that is in what is supposed to be a fast-paced video game. A real pitching machine is much faster.

This game is garbage. Don't waste a precious rental slot getting it. Don't buy it, no matter how cheap it gets. And if, after reading this whole review, you do anyway, well, just know that "I told you so!"

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Really Bad

Wii sports HR derby is still wayyyy better

posted by jay1313 (BROOKHAVEN, PA) Sep 16, 2010

Member since Sep 2009

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

I play baseball (mens) year round and pay alot of money to go to the batting cages. I was hoping this would be cool to do once in a while, rainy days, snow time, etc...But it's not. It's way to slow - there's no help available - some options never actually work - and in the end, it's TO HARD. Yup, you heard me, tooooo hard...You can swing perfectly, with power, exactly correct and the ball goes no where. Other times u can luckily flick the paddle correctly and hit a HR.

I really, really, REALLY wanted this game to be realistic and fun. But it's actually a frustrating waste of time. This coming from a life-long ball player.

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