Super RBI Baseball

ANOTHER SEASON FOR THE RBI BASEBALL FANS

It's time to go deep over the wall in left field with Super RBI Baseball for the Super Nintendo.

The game is being released by Time Warner Interactive who recently acquired Atari games. This game is a faithful translation of the Tengen RBI Baseball series that has been out for the Genesis. The game has a Major League Player's Association License and has some very cool features, including isolated views of the field of play, showing distinct views of first and third base. In the Movie Mode you can see members of the crowd doing the wave, the third base coach giving signals to the batter, and the runner. The game features a home run derby, a Practice-Your-Defense Mode, plus a half season, a full season, and a World Series Mode.

The Difficulty settings Easy, Medium, and Hard work well.In the Easy Mode a red X appears where the ball will land. Get there before the ball lands and you will have a sure out. In the medium and hard difficulty settings, the red X does not appear.

You can use the L and the R buttons on the top of your controller to lead off of the bag. You can either increase or decrease the size of your lead.

When up to bat, press to get the best-pitched ball. Watch it as it flies out of the strike zone.

If you press the swing button, your batter will stop swinging and the ball won't be called a strike. This is the first game that allows you the luxury of pulling back your swing.

A line score feature keeps track of your stats, including all of the singles, doubles, triples, home runs, walks, stolen bases, and errors that take place during the game. A good feature for stat lovers.

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Play in all 28 of your favorite major league ballparks. Everything from the Ivy along the outfield wall at Wrigley Field to the Green Monster in Boston is included.

All of these options add to the feel of stepping up to the plate and facing off against big league pitchers.

I saved the coolest feature for last--the Game Breakers Option. If you think you're really good, begin a game down two or three runs in the bottom of the ninth inning and try to win.

There are 17 different, difficult scenarios to test your Super RBI Baseball skill level. I can't wait to do a full review.

MANUFACTURER - TENGEN NUMBER OF PLAYERS - 1 or 2

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From arcade to 8-bit to 16-bit, the RBI games have been some of the most complete baseball games ever. Back for '95, Super RBI has everything that made it great in the past, though it's not perfect.

These Guys Don't Strike

Options, options, options. As if 700 real major-league players and all 28 of their respective teams weren't enough, Super RBI also throws in every divisional winner since '88 and a bunch of all-star rosters with every stat you could ever need.

ProTips:

  • Hold Down on the controller for a better chance to hit a fly ball. Use this tactic in the Home Run Derby.
  • Jump at the wall when a homer is barely going over. You might just spear it.

Use player ratings to determine your lineup for a regular game or a best-of-seven series and create your own dream team. Relive classic moments in Game Breakers mode or swing for the fences in the exciting 20-pitch Home Run Derby.

Unfortunately, there's one big "E" in this game's score book. With the great control in previous RBIs, Super's poor controls are surprising. The very slow reaction time to button presses complicates the game's confusing controls.

The Green Monster Lives

As is typical in the RBI games, the graphics and sound are clear and have a comical side. Finely detailed stadiums and cartoony animations highlight the show, while the familiar music and umpires wail in the background.

With more features than any other baseball game, Super RBI should've been serious competition for excellent games like World Series Baseball. Too bad the controls undercut that potential. Still, with a series as popular as RBI, can a 32- or 64-bit version be that far away?

reggie posted a review
  • Time Warner for Super NES

This version just doesn't cut it when placed next to its 32X relative. The graphics are notoriously poor. The controls are cumbersome. The gameplay is sluggish. Three strikes, it's outa here.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Time Warner
  • Machine: Super NES

Oh lord, when will they finally stop making baseball games? For that matter, when will they finally stop baseball? Anyway, this version just doesn't cut it when placed next to its 32X relative. The graphics are notoriously poor. Three strikes, it's outa here.

reggie posted a review
  • Publisher: Time Warner
  • Developer: Time Warner

When you look at R.B.I. Baseball '95 for the 32X and Super R.B.I Baseball for Super NES, it's hard to believe that both games are from the same company. But it's true: both come from Time Warner. Granted, you should expect the 32X version to be more impressive simply because of the increased capabilities of the 32-bit platform. Yet despite offering the exact same game options (game breakers and create teams options for example), the Super NES version not only falls way short of its 32X relative, but it also lags behind the baseball competition on its own platform.

The blocky graphics lack detail and resemble an 8-bit cartridge, while sluggish game play steals the excitement. A close-up overhead perspective follows a ball that has been hit, but the view is so restrictive that you rarely see your fielder soon enough to position him for the catch. The radar is designed to assist in these situations and there is an option to allow the computer to control your defense, but these are merely band-aids that don't effectively solve the problem of the poor camera view. The controls are somewhat cumbersome, with the base-running controls assigned to the L and R buttons rather than the easier-to-execute X and Y buttons.

Super R.B.I Baseball is little more than a stripped down version of the 32X game also reviewed in this section. The design and structure is essentially the same for both titles. There are plenty of play modes ranging from a home-run derby to a game breaker's scenario, but despite the standard single game and seven-game series options, there is no true season mode - only an option to play one game against every team in the division or league. Passwords preserve your progress. There are 50 teams to choose from (including division winners since 1989 and two all-star squads) and a Create Team feature lets you mix and match team rosters. Yet even with these options, Super R.B.I Baseball just doesn't offer the excitement or game play you should expect from a Super NES baseball game.

reggie posted a review
  • Manufacturer: Time Warner
  • Machine: Super NES

Oh lord, when will they finally stop making baseball games? For that matter, when will they finally stop baseball? Anyway, this version just doesn't cut it when placed next to its 32X relative. The graphics are notoriously poor. Three strikes, it's outa here.

reggie posted a review
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