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The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Super Mega Baseball 2 is a downloadable baseball game for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows computers. The gameplay is appropriate for players of all ages, with players able to create and customize squads with male and female players. Downloadable content (DLC), which is promoted by the game, is available for players to further modify your athletes for $3 or $4 dollars a pack. There isn't any controversial content, but parents should know online multiplayer matches are unmoderated, so kids may be exposed to inappropriate comments.
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What's it about?
A mix between an arcade game (with accessible controls and fast action), and a deep simulation (with real-world physics, detailed stats, and a comprehensive skill curve), SUPER MEGA BASEBALL 2 offers more team and league customization than its predecessor. The game also comes with upgraded visuals and online multiplayer modes, which is a first for the series. Competitive players can test their skills in ranked (1 verses 1) matchmaking, arranged matches (1v1, 2v1, or 2v2), or take on the computer in solo, local co-op play, and online co-op games. Other features include an overhauled user interface, training and exhibition modes, and optional downloadable content (DLC) packs.
Is it any good?
This accessible baseball sequel is a veritable home run for players for all ages. While Super Mega Baseball 2 might not have the players or teams you know and love, since it's not an officially licensed Major League Baseball game, players will notice its attractive visual style and tight, responsive controls. Play a few innings against the computer, and you'll find it a fun and fast baseball game that's hard to put down. Gamers will no doubt love the vast customization options, too, so you really can make the athletes look exactly the way you want, including making a team of male and female players to hit the field. But after you play a game or two, you'll start to appreciate the amount of surprising depth here that takes the action to another level. Wear and tear -- caused by slides, dives, and of course, injuries -- will begin to affect player ratings. For example, an athlete's speed will decrease after they're hit in the ankle by a wild pitch. You'll need to rest up these players to regain their full abilities.
Unlike the first game, Super Mega Baseball 2 offers multiplayer support with a ton of options, so if you grow tired of playing against computer-controlled players, you enter the game's online lobby to be matched with others looking for a human opponent. Online gameplay was fast and smooth. Visually speaking, the player models and animations have been redone, and look much better than the 4 year-old game, as you'd expect. The only serious issue with the game lies in issues with the computer controlled players. There were some random outfield "decisions" that were questionable, such as throwing the ball to the wrong base, or holding onto a ball when there was a chance to throw a player out. But computer opponent issues aside, fans of baseball games will no doubt enjoy taking a swing with Super Mega Baseball 2.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about gender roles in sports games. Super Mega Baseball 2 lets you make professional teams with both men and women on a squad, so do you think this changes the way that the sport is played? Could this be applied to real-life sports teams as well?
Talk about playing a virtual sports game on a television versus playing the real game on a baseball diamond. Is Super Mega Baseball 2 a substitute or merely an entertaining addendum for when you can't play outside? How can you best bridge the gap between real and simulated play?
Discuss realism in sports games. Super Mega Baseball 2 has a cartoonish presentation, but does this make the sport seem unrealistic when you play? Is the sport missing something when you're not playing with real athletes?
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