Game Review: Baseball Superstars (2009/2010) - 4/5
Ok guys, I'm going to change things up, and post a review about the Baseball Superstars series of games. They're both a lot of the same, but I prefer the sprite-based style of 2009 to the cell-shaded style of 2010.
Now, before I get started, I just wanted to let you all know, that if you've played Power Pro baseball on SNES or Pawapuro on Nintendo 64, PS2, etc. etc., then you've already know what this game is going to be, because it's damned near a port, which makes a longtime fan of that series like me ecstatic.
Anyways, onto it.
The game quite simply has some of the best spriting I've seen on Android, and looks great on HD phones. This is even including things like 16 bit emulators. the colors are rich, and the sprites stay crisp and clear even on bigger screens.
The 2010 version, however, does a good job with it's cell shading, but, it's not as smooth and crisp as other games you'll see with a similar style on this platform. In my opinion, it should have just stuck to sprites.
This game does a good job with having responsive controls and a simple enough to pick up control system that will attract people who play it casually, but, still has enough options in terms of pitching and the like, that someone who actually wants to have a competitive game will be hooked on it for hours.
Unfortunately, this is a single-player only game, so the fun factor is made or broken by the Computer A.I. Fortunately, this game doesn't disappoint. The computer definitely gives you a good game, and even if you lose, you go out of it feeling like you were out played and not just "the computer was invincible for that one", liek many games are known to do. The computer has the same options of pitching as you do, and the stats affect the team and individual players just like they do yours.
: This game has a good variety of modes. It has exhibition, season, and even a home run derby mode if you just feel like hitting the ball for a while.
Another thing that's cool about this game, is that you can select a power pinch hitter and power pitcher before each game to sub in at will. Each has increased stats, and "special" pitches and hits that they can do (albeit a limited amount of each). What's even more cool is that you can unlock even more of these special characters with points you earn from playing/winning.
My favorite hidden character so far was definitely a rendition of King from Namco's Tekken series.
Overall score - 4/5:
It's an awesome game, with great graphics. As said, I'd recommend purchasing the 2009 version, because the cell-shading of 2010 just doesn't do the game justice in my opinion, but both bring the same fun, arcade-style gameplay to bat!