R.B.I. Baseball 17

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Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Flawed arcade baseball strikes out with bad gameplay.

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Positive Messages

This is an arcade baseball game that doesn’t have any messages for players, positive or negative, Could take from it that it’s fun to play a team sport, work together toward an objective (winning).

Positive Role Models & Representations

Features more than 1,000 Major League Baseball players (including "classic" MLB rosters), so if ball player was positive role model in real life, could be positive role model in game. But we don't see these pro athletes off field.

Ease of Play

Simple controls; easy to learn.


Prominently features 30 official MLB teams, ballparks; published by Major League Baseball, so could be argued this baseball game is part of marketing behind actual sport. Some recognizable brands on players, in stadiums.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that R.B.I. Baseball 17 is a downloadable, fast-paced, accessible Major League Baseball game. It doesn't contain any controversial content, but there's some branding on the players and in the field, just like in a real baseball game. Parents need not worry about their kids talking with strangers during a multiplayer game as there’s no online support.

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Teen, 17 years old Written byYeksnksne October 23, 2017

Bad Game

Over priced, no roster editing abilities, bad animations and graphics, broken control mechanics, limited game modes. No player customization ability and no abi... Continue reading

What's it about?

R.B.I. BASEBALL 17 is an arcade-like baseball game that focuses on accessibility and brevity. You can choose to play as one of 30 official MLB teams (with downloadable roster updates) or select classic players, and then play by yourself or alongside someone on the same console or mobile device. Focusing heavily on pitching and batting, you can play through a nine-inning game in under 20 minutes (with easy two-button controls). Plus there's advanced stat tracking on the back end for your team, player, and league (across multiple seasons). Game modes include Exhibition, Season, Postseason, and others.

Is it any good?

While the game is fast and accessible (perfect for younger or novice players), its flaws are so bad, it will frustrate all gamers. For example, outfielders will dive to get a ball and land on the AstroTurf a few feet away from the action. Or a player might not adhere to rules of the game by running off a base when they should want to see what happens to the pop fly. Plus, with the exception of better menu graphics and a 2017 player roster, this game is nearly identical to last year's game.

Actually, it offers less because this year's game curiously doesn't offer online multiplayer as an option -- which makes the bad A.I. stand out even more when you're playing against the computer-controlled opponent. You can't trade players. You'll face the same team schedule in every single season. There's no commentary. Visually, the game's also horribly outdated, with generic players that don't look like their real-life counterparts and awkward animations like a player turning only their head to aim and throw a ball instead of their entire body. Overall, this game isn't worth your time or money. Perhaps the developers will swing back with a better game next year, but as it stands now, stay in the dugout instead of climbing onto the field to play R.B.I. Baseball 17.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about consumerism. Does the fact that Major League Baseball published this game turn it into a blatant marketing ploy for the sport? Is it as blatant as other games?

  • Talk about playing a sports game. Does this make you interested in the real sport? Does it make you want to play the sport when you're away from the video game?

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