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The most in-depth game you'll get with a simple NES controller BigJKO (71) 3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars3.2 Stars

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Category Description User Score
AI The quality of the game's intelligence, usually for the behavior of opponents. 2.5
Gameplay How well the game mechanics work and the game plays. 2.8
Graphics The visual quality of the game 2.4
Personal Slant A personal rating of the game, regardless of other attributes 2.7
Sound / Music The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition 2.0
Overall User Score (32 votes) 2.5

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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.
Retro Game Reviews (Jun 18, 2015)
For such an early sports title Baseball is surprisingly deep and a lot of fun to play. While the single player mode is far too difficult and there aren't many gameplay options, the two-player mode is engaging and makes for some great competitive matches.
67 (Jan, 2011)
I grew up playing Baseball. It’s a simple, often boring game, but like any game one grows up with, nostalgic memories are forever attached to it. Something that fascinates me about Baseball, though, is how little its actual gaming value has changed. Even when I was a kid, I knew it wasn’t that good of a game. The computer cheated like mad; the in-fielders seemed to only catch hits when they felt like it; and the outfielders appeared to be running through sludge. Years later, I still know it’s not that good of a game, but the aforementioned flaws, along with other random quirks, strangely give the game character.
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.
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.
1UP! (Nov 30, 2012)
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.
Retro Archives (Oct 26, 2019)
En dépit de son âge canonique, Baseball sur NES représente à première vue une expérience assez complète de ce qu'on est en droit d'attendre d'une simulation sportive aussi ancienne. Tous les ingrédients essentiels sont là, depuis les différents types de lancer jusqu'à l'indispensable mode deux joueurs. Malheureusement, une fois les bases du gameplay domestiquées, on ne peut pas dire que la technicité soit reine, et on passe finalement plus de temps à attendre de faire quelque chose qu'à agir. Additionné à un manque total de profondeur, à une réalisation tout juste fonctionnelle et à un contenu qui se limite à un unique mode de jeu, on appréciera l'effort mais on aura quand même beaucoup de mal à ne pas passer à autre chose au bout d'une dizaine de minutes.
If you want a simple and nostalgic baseball experience, this is it. If you want to better simulate baseball, try one of the other dozen or more baseball games on the system. Notable for being an NES launch title, but not for much else.
NES Archives (Feb 13, 2008)
Why bother playing a baseball game where you can't control your fielders? Stick with any of the ten or so great NES baseball titles including Baseball Stars 1 and 2 and the three R.B.I. Baseball games.
The Video Game Critic (Apr 22, 2001)
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.