A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
This is an arcade baseball game, but indirectly promotes athleticism, teamwork, and because of its multiplayer modes, socializing and healthy competition, too.
Positive Role Models
This is a team sport, and with no central character to assume the role of. But these players are positive role models as baseball players. You can choose to customize the look of your players, with male and female models, and several skin color options.
Ease of Play
Similar to its predecessors, Super Mega Baseball 3 straddles the line between arcade game and simulation. Super easy to pick up and play, the controls are intuitive and responsive. The game's difficulty is flexible, allowing you to tweak the skill level of the A.I. (artificial intelligence).
Products & Purchases
The game offers downloadable content (DLC), for a couple of bucks apiece, including various customization packs.
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.
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.
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