Review by Blackjack4x

"Made around the same time as Urban Champion and Golf.... and it shows"

Urban Champion, to me, is recognized as the game with perhaps the least depth of any fighting game ever made. Baseball, titled appropriately enough, is the Urban Champion of baseball games. You play the computer or a friend in a game, choosing bewteen six "teams", which are really just initials, C, D, G, S, T and W. There are no options, just a nine inning game and that's it.

Graphics: 3/10

Early NES. The players are very pixelated. On par for the time period.

Sound: 2/10

A little musical score at the title screen and between innings, but that's it. The sound effects are below average.

Gameplay: 4/10

Well, the game is simple. Your player can pitch, hit and throw, and they all use the same button. Strategy is non-existant because the game doesn't let you pinch hit, or anything else that may require a little thinking. Outfielders move very slow, especially on a ball hit back to the wall. The baserunners are very slow as well, but speedy compared to the outfielders. The two player mode is OK, but there's no season mode, no editing mode, no all-star game, nothing. The game doesn't even use fake players, let alone real players. Every team is just a bunch of guys that look the same except for the color of their uniform. 54 guys in the league and they're all identical. As for hitting, you hit the ball and that's it. And for pitching, forget about strategy and pitching against righties and lefties, just hurl the ball in because that's all you can do. It's nice to see a simple baseball game that's easy to play, but this takes it to the extreme.

Replay: 2/10

No options, and you will eventually tire of playing the computer or a friend......

Overall: 3/10

Like Urban Champion, Baseball redefines simplicity, and that's not a good thing. I don't recommend renting this game, because virtually any other baseball game out there is better. Stay away.


Reviewer's Score: 3/10 | Originally Posted: 11/01/99, Updated 04/26/01


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