RBI Baseball 3

Greetings, sports fans! Fanatic Fan here with a look at ' the latest installment in the R.B.I. Baseball series. Yes, there's another one! For R.B.I. Baseball 3 Tengen turned its attention to the Genesis, undoubtedly the best of the many R.B.I. games available.

The Gang's All Here!

Just like every other R.B.I. game last year's Major League teams are here (1990 rosters), including the National and the American League All Star teams. But Tengen has added a special bonus this go 'round. All the league champions from 1983 through 1989 are here, which allows you to play some intriguing match-ups.

ProTip: Oakland's 1990 ball club is a good team to team with. They have it all!

One drawback to having older teams in a video game is that retired players require a different licensing agreement in order to use their names. Here fictional names replace many of the players you'd expect to see, although their stats remain in the game.

Sights for Sore Eyes

Real player names and stats are half the battle when creating a good baseball game. Unfortunately, that's all you usually got in an R.B.I. game. Graphics and realism were always secondary. Not so in R.B.I. Baseball 3!

R.B.I. 3's graphics fare well against the current measuring stick -- Ballistic's Hardball! -- also for the Genesis. The players are detailed and have the correct uniform colors. The pitcher/batter confrontation screen is spectacular, and the on-field graphics, where most baseball games usually fatter, are solid.

Sounds to Cause Sore Ears

Although the graphics sparkle on this game, sound is a mixed bag. The sound effect of the bat smacking the ball is great, and the background music is generally unobtrusive (plus it can be turned off). Unfortunately the umpire voices are a major bummer. The home plate ump sounds robotic, and the on-field umps cough out weak "foul" and "safe" rulings as if they're choking on furballs.

  • Use the Easy level for batting and fielding practice -- the computer's in the Pee Wee League here. Medium is good once you've mastered fielding, because there are no ball markers to spot fly balls. Don't let the Hard level scare you away -- it's not impossible.
  • Right-handed pitchers should use the outside fastball against right-handed batters and the inside fastball against lefty hitters. These pitches tend to generate a lot of easy grounders to your shortstop and second baseman. Lefty pitchers should go with the outside fastball versus lefties and the inside cheese against the righthanded batters.

Something Old, Something New

R.B.1.3 is set for a brand new season, but it retains some traditional R.B.I. tendencies. Tengen finally included the ability to dive or jump for a ball. Halleluiah! It ain't baseball if your guys stand there like robots! You get the same behind-the-batter perspective when pitching or hitting, and three-quarters birds-eye look when the ball is hit. Pitching is still the same mix of fastballs and "squiggle" pitches. With a behind the batter perspective, it's nearly impossible to do much else.

Let's Play Two!

There are no surprises in R.B.I. Baseball 3, other than the incredible graphics. Tengen has taken some major league steps since the release of their Nintendo baseball classic, sooner or later they may just hit one out of the park. So stay tuned, sports fans!

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  • Levels: N/A
  • Theme: Sport
  • Players: 1
  • Difficulty: Average

The third in the spectacular baseball series is just out! All of the stats and players are up-to-date and the game play has been tweaked to near perfection!

reggie posted a review

The third in the popular RBI series is on its way for the Genesis system this fall. Better graphics, more features and good player control are improvements in the newest version.

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