Parents' Guide to

R.B.I. Baseball 19

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Baseball game strikes out with flawed play, tech issues.

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While this baseball game has arcade-like action and new modes, it's not much better than last year's game and probably should be left in the dugout or sent back to the minors. R.B.I. Baseball 19's production quality isn't very good, with player models that lack detail, stiff animation, limited camera views, and no announcers (you'll only hear the umpire's voice), so things sound empty. More importantly, the controls might be easy to pick up, but there's little depth. For example, pitchers have two buttons -- one for fast pitches and one for slow -- and you might be able to aim a little by pressing on the joystick while the pitcher winds up for the throw, but it doesn't always seem to work. Similarly, batters have only two buttons (swing and bunt), so any variation is strictly tied to timing.

The artificial intelligence (AI) is also spotty. For example, your fielder may snag the ball with plenty of time, but after the throw, the base runner is called safe when that clearly wasn't the case. In another instance, the ball was thrown to third base for some reason. Perhaps there are a few isolated bugs that could be ironed out. Even for casual baseball fans, R.B.I. Baseball 19 is still plagued with issues tied to previous games in the franchise, and given those issues, despite some of the improvements over last year's game, it isn't worth it for true baseball fans.

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