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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 3 is a sports game available for download for the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and Windows PCs. There isn't any controversial content in this baseball game, but it does support online multiplayer matches, with voice support, so kids may talk with others or potentially hear inappropriate words or phrases. It also offers some downloadable content (DLC) to give customizable options for players. It does promote athleticism, competition, and teamwork by working as a group of players towards a goal.
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What's it about?
SUPER MEGA BASEBALL 3 attempts to build upon what made its previous games critical successes -- accessible gameplay, several solo and multiplayer modes, and the ability to play like an arcade game or a deep simulation. It amps up the graphics and animation, adds a new Franchise mode, a tweaked user-interface, and better A.I. (artificial intelligence) for its players. Super Mega Baseball 3 offers several online and offline modes -- including a cross-platforms Pennant Race (one versus one, controller only) -- along with highly customizable players and 14 unique ballparks (with unique day and night conditions). The all-new Franchise mode lets you create and guide an evolving team to greatness over multiple seasons, which takes into account player development, aging, injuries and retirement, and signing and releasing of free agents.
Is it any good?
Whether you want to play this sports game like a straightforward arcade title or prefer more simulation-like depth, it's the best in the series to date. Despite a couple of issues, including a couple of random crashes, Super Mega Baseball 3 hits it out of the park. Baseball fans will no doubt find the stylized charm in this indie title. Along with the sleeker presentation and tweaked graphics, the first thing you'll notice are the refined controls for pitching and batting. Pitching requires a lot of finesse and practice to deliver a solid pitch (including Power pitches that require precise power and timing). Plus, Super Mega Baseball 3 introduces wild pitches, pitch-outs, passed balls (with success based on stamina, skill level, and other variables) and the option to pick off base runners. With batting, it feels similar to the previous game, but more responsive. Fielding controls are also tighter.
The game offers many returning modes like Exhibition, Season, Elimination, and the online Pennant Race, but Franchise mode will give you more depth -- should you want it -- where you take a pre-made or custom-built team and take them all the way to the championships. Features of the Franchise mode include player development (where you spend virtual currency to upgrade your team in several areas), aging and retirement, signing and releasing of free agents, and more. You'll have fun creating your ideal league with a suite of options including season length/structure, team names, uniforms and logos, as well as player names, attributes and appearance. Aside from the odd technical glitches (odd crashes, or outfielders that seem to float over the field), there isn't much to complain about with this family-friendly title. Between it's unique look and easy controls, several solo and multiplayer game modes, and availability on all major game platforms, Super Mega Baseball 3 is worth the investment in time, money and energy for fans of the coveted national pastime.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about gender roles in sports games. Super Mega Baseball 3 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 3 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 3 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?
- Platforms: Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
- Price: $44.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Available online? Available online
- Developer: MetalHead Software
- Release date: May 13, 2020
- Genre: Sports
- Topics: Magic and Fantasy, Sports and Martial Arts
- ESRB rating: E for No Descriptions
- Last updated: April 5, 2021
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