Review by Pegboy
"The best baseball game of all time"
Baseball Stars was one of the first baseball games to come out on the Nes. The one thing it had that other baseball games lack, however, is its create a team mode. You can make your own team, name the players, hire or fire them, and power them up. To power your players up you have to win money by defeating other teams. With these options in mind, lets get on with the review.
For its time, the graphics were superb. The images are very clear and clean, colors fit accordingly and are varied, such as in the different team uniforms. The movements of the players were realistic while they were batting or pitching. Even though the graphics were very simple, they are good.
I enjoyed the music during the game. It sort of feels like a real baseball game and if a player is on second base, the music becomes more tense and gets you pumped up (well, your not jumping out of your seat). Even on the menus and intro screen the tunes were catchy, and I have found myself humming them at times. Sound effects weren't awful, such as sliding into a base, or the bounce of the ball on the ground, in fact the sounds that the umpire makes are quite amusing.
The controls though the game are smooth and easy to learn. What really caught my eye is how you control your pitcher. As opposed to today's menu controlled pitching, you control the speed of the ball with up or down on the D-pad. After you pitch it, you can curve it left or right using the corresponding direction on the D-pad, and all this depends on how built up your pitchers stats are. This is a major reason that this game is better than all of today's.
The overall feel of this game is awesome while you are playing it. Just the ability to create a team and customize the players is enough to be the absolute best baseball game, but the good (enough) graphics, sounds, music, and controls make it feel like a real baseball game. There is a League Mode where you can play with six teams, already existing or newly created, computer or human opponents, and up to 125 games. In league mode, the game keeps up with stats, such as batting averages, homeruns, ERA, RBI's, and saves. The VS Mode option allows you to play exhibition games, where stats are not altered, but instead you play just for fun. The Make Team option allows you to create your own team, choosing a name, team logo, and what strength your team specializes in. Hire and fire players players, remove teams, and trading players are other options found on the main menu.
Many a time have a found myself hooked on this game for months at a time. It is very addicting and you will find yourself coming back to it often!
With all of the different options to choose from and great gameplay and replay value, this title is definitely, DEFINITELY worth picking up! Don't miss out!
Reviewer's Score: 10/10 | Originally Posted: 11/26/02, Updated 11/26/02
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