Review: R.B.I. Baseball 18 (PlayStation 4)

It’s a whole new ballgame! R.B.I. Baseball 18 take a significant leap delivering all-new Franchise Mode, Home Run Derby Mode, redesigned player models, stunning MLB ballparks and UI presentation.

Pros:

  • Realistic HD graphics.
  • 6.35GB Download size.
  • 19 trophies.
  • Roster updates.
  • Official teams and players.
  • Four modes- Exhibition, Franchise, Postseason and online multiplayer.
  • Teams show attack and defensive stats on a 100 scale.
  • Game options- Injuries, Trades, season length and roster size.
  • Season length- 52, 81 and 162.
  • Franchise- Trade players, add free agents, standings, and full roster management.
  • Day/night.
  • Mercy rule on/off.
  • Alternate uniforms.
  • Decent loading times.
  • Optional in-game tutorials.
  • Decent soundtrack with a mix of genres from pop to rap.
  • Stat central with all manner of stats popping up.
  • Sports center channel presentation.
  • Simple button system with one button commands for example for all outfield players.
  • The campaign has save and quit.
  • Online is friends or “Smart” similar ranked players as you.
  • Hitting the ball is solid, You have ball control for both pitching and hitting.
  • Clear UI.
  • On-screen prompts with things like ball speed, Fouls and the like.
  • You don’t need to faff with the fielding players much in terms of layout and positioning.

Cons:

  • No difficulty options or not easy to find.
  • Doesn’t explain all the rules.
  • Sluggish menu.
  • No fielding tutorial.
  • No real commentary.
  • Not aimed at new players.
  • Hitting the ball has a learning curve as you learn to judge the window of opportunity.

 

The Numbers:
  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 7/10
    Sound - 7/10
  • 7/10
    Accessability - 7/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Fun Factor - 8/10
7.6/10

Summary

Whilst Baseball is a fun game to play, Here we have a well made and polished title that has gone so far into realism it has ostracized any new potential players. It plays really well and looks fantastic but if you don’t know all the rules and tricks you will struggle to find enjoyment. The franchise mode is lengthy but does come at a cost of constant difficulty spikes. So, in short, this is for fans or people that want to learn a game the hard way, Just missed its home run.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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