Review by Blackjack4x

Reviewed: 11/01/99 | Updated: 04/26/01

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

Urban Champion, to me, is recognized as the game with perhaps theleast depth of any fighting game ever made. Baseball, titledappropriately enough, is the Urban Champion of baseball games. Youplay the computer or a friend in a game, choosing bewteen six"teams", which are really just initials, C, D, G, S, T and W. Thereare 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, butthat's it. The sound effects are below average.

Gameplay: 4/10

Well, the game is simple. Your player can pitch, hit and throw, andthey all use the same button. Strategy is non-existant because thegame doesn't let you pinch hit, or anything else that may requirea little thinking. Outfielders move very slow, especially on aball 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 realplayers. Every team is just a bunch of guys that look the sameexcept for the color of their uniform. 54 guys in the league andthey're all identical. As for hitting, you hit the ball and that's it.And for pitching, forget about strategy and pitching againstrighties and lefties, just hurl the ball in because that's all youcan do. It's nice to see a simple baseball game that's easy toplay, but this takes it to the extreme.

Replay: 2/10

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

Overall: 3/10

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


Rating:   1.5 - Bad

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