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R.B.I. Baseball 14

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Casual baseball reboot is easy to play but stuck in past.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

As an arcade-styled version of the sport of baseball, there are no positive or negative messages here.

Positive role models

There are no positive or negative role models to be found here.

Ease of play

This is a more casual spin on baseball, so the controls are very easy to pick up. For instance, there's one button to hit, one button for pitching, and one button for throwing from the field. The left thumbstick is used to direct your pitch or which base player aim for with throws. It's great for people with arcade-styled baseball experience.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism

Major League Baseball and its teams are represented, so players will encounter a variety of logos from the league and its teams. But there's no advertising.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that R.B.I. Baseball 14 is a simple, straightforward downloadable sports game featuring Major League Baseball. Players control one of the league's baseball teams and leads them to victory via a full season or playoffs. It's a more casual spin on baseball, so players don't dive into detailed elements of more traditional simulations like team management. It's pure and simple arcade baseball that's great as an introduction to the sport for younger players because they don't have to worry about things like complex controls that could frustrate them.

What's it about?

R.B.I. Baseball 14 is a reboot of the classic sports video game for the original NES. The game features all Major League Baseball teams, and players can pick a team and guide them through a full season or just World Series glory in Postseason Mode. It retains the simple controls of the original, requiring only a small group of buttons to hit, pitch and field. The game also packs updated visuals and animations, yet retains the same basic gameplay that made R.B.I. Baseball an instant classic.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

R.B.I. Baseball sticks to its roots almost too tightly. The simple controls are welcome, and seem especially great for younger kids seeking an easy to play baseball game. However, players get all the warts of the original title, such as not being able to exit load screens showing the score and a lack of precision when directing throws from the field. Outside of the visuals, developers did very little to give this game more modern touches, even though it runs on newer systems. For $19.99, that's too steep a price for nostalgia.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how well baseball video games mirror the real-world sport. How do they compare and/or differ?

  • Talk about the more casual approach to sports games like R.B.I. Baseball 14. Do you prefer a more relaxed experience or one with greater detail and realism?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
Price:$19.99
Pricing structure:Paid (The game is available as a digital download for a one-time price of $19.99.)
Available online?Not available online
Developer:MLB.com
Release date:June 24, 2014
Genre:Sports
Topics:Sports and martial arts
ESRB rating:E

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