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R.B.I. Baseball 15
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that R.B.I. Baseball '15 is a downloadable baseball simulation. There's no inappropriate content, but as it's a sports title vying for realism, there's lots of product placement throughout as advertisements. Parents also should be aware that there's multiplayer, which could expose players to inappropriate content.
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What's it about?
R.B.I. BASEBALL '15 is an updated entry in the long-running sports series that dates all the way back to the classic gray Nintendo system. Although it has its share of modern features such as multiplayer and ranked matches, this entry is distinct because it aggressively skews toward old-school with simplified controls: Though many other games try to take advantage of every button on increasingly complicated controllers, R.B.I. Baseball '15 uses only two buttons.
Is it any good?
R.B.I. Baseball '15 is, in a word, serviceable. If you enjoy a casual game of catch, and that's the level of depth and sophistication you want, then you'll have a blast. But by all other perspectives, it's hard to recommend this game. It's clunky and lacking in so many ways: Even though the controls are simple, you can't change them at all. Simplified AI for your teammates means grounders go whizzing by your players no matter what you do; passing between players is similarly unresponsive. There are lots of other instances where the minimalism oversimplifies, but the net result is something that should have been smoothed out, not dumbed down.
The graphics are great, and the ballparks for all 30 franchises have been painstakingly crafted. There's lots of detail elsewhere in tracking stats, and if you want to pick up and play a game, a full nine innings shouldn't last you longer than 20 minutes. But due to the simplified nature of everything here, there's not a whole lot of variety in the way those 20 minutes can go. The AI can be brutally tough by a wide margin, which means you're better off playing with friends. But in the long run? You should be looking somewhere else.
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