A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
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
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.
Products & Purchases
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.
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.
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 Visually, the game's also horribly outdated, with generic players that don't look like their real-life counterparts and awkward animations like a player turning only their head to aim and throw a ball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.
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