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Little League World Series 2010

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Wholesome baseball sim is loads of colorful fun.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

This is a very wholesome baseball game. Skill and athleticism are celebrated, as is trying one's best. The mixed-gender teams also send a good message about inclusiveness. There's a minor mixed message in that each team has a "star player," which is somewhat at odds with the game's overall teamwork message.

Positive role models

The LIttle Leaguers here are all eager, earnest athletes, which makes them good role models for the young kids that might play this game. Because the characters in the game are kids, children will easily relate to them.

Ease of play

If you dive right into a full game, you might have difficulty figuring out the controls, but if you take the time to play through the in-depth training mode, you'll see how easy and simple it all really is. This is a tutorial that will not just explain what buttons to press, but genuinely make you better at the game.

Violence & scariness

When a player uses a special power-up, he or she may appear "on fire" -- symbolically surrounded by flames.

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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Little League World Series 2010 is a wholesome and sweet-hearted, but still thoroughly fun and enjoyable baseball game. Kids can edit their own teams and uniforms, and teams consist of both boys and girls. There's a lot of focus on teamwork and sportsmanship, but each team does have a "star player" with a special skill. If kids are having any trouble playing, they should definitely go through the in-game training regimen (tutorials), which should help immensely.

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What's it about?

LITTLE LEAGE WORLD SERIES 2010 is a vibrant, cartoonlike baseball game that simulates a Little League season all the way up to the world series. And they do mean \"world\" series, as you can choose teams from all over the globe. In addition to regular baseball games, you can also engage in a slew of multiplayer mini-games that range from home run derbies to a dunk tank that dares you to sink your costumed mascot.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

If the colorful, cartoonish characters of Little Leage World Series 2010 make it seem like a kids' game, that's because it is. But family-friendliness does not mean it's a dumbed-down or lesser baseball game in any way. You've still got several pitching styles to use, a precise batting system, lots of managerial control over your team, etc. But you've also got a ton of fun stuff, like trivia about the players that flashes as they go up to bat ("Favorite food: Sweet potatoes," or "Favorite movie: Enchanted") and a costumed mascot dances between innings.

Playing well earns you power-up cards, which you can pull out to improve you hitting, batting, or fielding at a crucial moment. This system allows you to keep powering up the stats of your team members, guiding them all along through the season, and actually serves to create an emotional connection between you and the on-screen players. While it may not have diving slides or big-name hitters, this is still a seriously fun baseball game.

Online interaction: The game's only online components are leaderboards which list the best scores of players worldwide.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the kinds of sports and athletics they like to get involved in off-line. Does playing a sports game like this inspire you to go out and play a sport in real life? Or does a video game that celebrates physical activity inherently send a mixed message.

  • The teams in this game are of mixed genders. How do you feel about playing on a sports team with members of the opposite sex?

Game details

Platforms:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Price:$39.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Activision
Release date:July 20, 2010
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E for (No Descriptors)

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Adult Written bydnrage August 19, 2010

I waited so long and I am so dissappointed

This game is horrible! I was so mad after playing this game compared to the Nintendo game I played back in the 90's. Its not real at all. This game should have more than nine players on the team, that way you can use the LL rules to substitute players! A real LL team has up to 14 players and every kid must play a certain amount of innings. Another problem with the game is the fact that you cannot steal a base and there are no wild pitches. If they could add these things in along with Online Head to Head play, this would be the most awesome game to play. But the video game world fails us again. I am LL coach and I was really hoping for a game with more real features.

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