Super Mega Baseball Extra Innings Review
Super Mega Baseball Extra Innings (and breathe) is an arcade sim baseball game that brings and interesting view on one of America’s favourite pastimes! This cartoon style sim aims to give you a slice of the baseball life. These opportunities appear very few and far between. That’s fine by me and there haven’t been very many baseball titles on the Xbox One to date. In fact, there’s only 1 and that’s RBI Baseball (US only). What I have seen from Super Mega Baseball is a solidly built and easy game that gives you all the help tips and hints to get you up to speed on the best way to play. The controls are simple, allowing you to get on and enjoy smashing those home runs and strike outs. I would have loved to see more game modes as there are only 2. Exhibition mode allows you to play a quick game and season mode which allows you to choose various lengths. The season mode actually does have some decent depth allowing you to customize your team or hiring trainers for special bonuses. Beyond this, you can completely adjust your players’ look through body shape changes and colour options.
There’s also a local play mode though sadly no multiplayer options are available. That’s basically it when it comes to options, yet if you love baseball the core game is perfect and you can just keep playing these two modes. Up-to four players can take part in the local co-op play, 1 v 1 head-to-head, 2 v 1, 2 v 2 and co-op against the CPU. In co-op mode, team mates alternate batting/running each time at-bat, and alternate pitching/fielding each inning, meaning ballplayers need to be on their toes every play. Graphically Super Mega Baseball is smooth and clean with its cartoon style characters and pitches. I didn’t experience any issues with glitches at all with physics that are simply on point. All round, this a solid baseball sim.
The sound and music are great, giving you the feeling of a fast paced baseball game. Super Mega Baseball isn’t licensed by Major League Baseball which, to be honest, is fine as I wouldn’t know the difference in names anyway. Also it’s given the developer room to be creative: You get to take to the field as some really fun and different teams like the ‘Sirloins’. Metalhead Software was able to make up for the lack of licence with not only the teams, but also the individual players. Each of the pre-made teams has their own style of play. For example, one team may be great at contact hitting, while another doesn’t hit as often, but when they do, it’s for power. The levelling system is also really well laid out, giving you star points towards each players stats, allowing you to take on the harder teams.
Super Mega Baseball is set a very nice £15.99 in the Xbox Live marketplace which I can happily say is a great price for what I think is a solid baseball sim with fun and interesting teams but if your still on the fence why not try it now for free thanks to the new try it system on Xbox Live.
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