||How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be
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||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines
||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes
|Sound / Music
||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition
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Other interesting quirks include the Strike/Ball format, the one letter team abbreviations, the scoreboard, speed measures in kilometers and the odd angle of the field. However, these do not distract from the overall gameplay of this forgotten classic, but rather add to the Japanese aura which surrounds their original version of our game. I have to say, this game should be rated 85% - not perfect, but certainly better than the horrid fielding and hard pitching seen in later games like RBI Baseball. You'll find yourself staying late nights just to ATTEMPT to hit an inside the parker or pitch a no-hitter, usually to no avail.
Game Freaks 365
Baseball isn't the first baseball game I'd pick up for the NES, there are plenty of better ones. The amount of time it takes to actually get good enough to make the computer game even moderately fair is sickening, and you might not feel too good about existence if you force yourself onward. It's not exactly a milestone in one's life to say you've conquered Baseball, but it would be damn impressive to some people. I won't say stay away from it, but read the above carefully so you know what you're in for. I was happy I was able to finally give it one in the stomach, but it took a lot of practice. I guess that can make a good game for some people, but be warned.
Computer and Video Games (CVG)
Ardent Baseball fans will doubtless glean some enjoyment out of this, but I'd personally wait for a better version of the sport to be released before rushing out with my dosh.
Le rythme est peut-être ce qui blesse le plus Baseball. Comme on contrôle assez peu de choses dans le jeu, chaque attente entre nos actions donne l'impression de tirer en longueur, et au cours d'un match, de s'éterniser. On trépigne d'impatience plus que d'excitation. Mais en même temps, le base-ball est un peu comme ça aussi. Et comme nous le verrons dans d'autres tests, y compris celui de Baseball Stars Professional sur Neo Geo, les simulations de base-ball par définition ne peuvent pas entretenir d'action vraiment soutenue. Côté technique, il n'y a pas grand chose à dire. Le jeu est violemment dépouillé mais clair. En fait, en 1983 sur Famicom, il est le seul à ne pas imposer le terrible fond noir ! Les petits bonhommes ont aussi certaines poses et animations réussies, malgré leur taille. Les bruitages eux sont dignes d'un Game & Watch mais on s'en accommode assez bien.
The Video Game Critic
I thought this early Nintendo title would deliver some fun old-school action, but its gameplay turned out to be atrocious. I like the idea of viewing the entire field on one screen (as in Atari 5200 Realsports Baseball), with a separate screen for the pitcher/batter duel. The ball movement is smooth enough, but the fielders are painfully slow and choppy. Much of the fielding appears to be computer controlled, and it's all too common for outfielders to throw out runners headed to first. Baseball's sound effects are practically non-existent, and so is the fun.