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.

 

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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