Baseball Slugger is a baseball game by Com2Us. $0.99
And here I was, thinking that baseball couldn't get any more addictive. After Gamevil brought out Baseball Superstars and forced me to play season after season of the game I basically gave up on finding another game better. It has come however, in the form of an arcade home run derby type game from a previous baseball developer. Com2Us previously brought out 9 Innings Baseball, which I found wasn't up to Superstars in terms of the easy arcade style of it. Baseball Sluggers was basically venturing into an unexplored region and could control it with a half hearted attempt at a game. Com2Us has delivered with this game with not only an addictive game and brilliant graphics, but a great online mode that really keeps you coming back for more. This is a real winner in my books and is the reason why it continues to do strong in the charts.
Baseball Sluggers has brilliant 3D graphics that look absolutely amazing. What makes this game stand out from other baseball games is that the game is all in 3D and has a high polygon count (How good the game looks basically). All of Com2Us' games are spectacular but Baseball Slugger takes it to another level. The whole game just screams colorful, crisp and a heap of fun. There are also amazing slow motion cut scenes that happen when you perform the perfect home run and add to how good this game is.
Baseball Slugger is such an easy game to pick up and play, but managing to master it is the real hard part. To play Baseball Slugger you have to tilt you iDevice until the transparent section on the screen is where you believe the baseball is/will be and press the hit button. Timing is everything in the game and you will find yourself fouling and missing the ball quite alot to start off with. This is a great step up from the D-Pad style hitting we have come to play, and more like the batting experience found in MLB World Series 2009.
Before I start lets make one thing clear. Baseball Slugger has absolutely nothing to do with playing Baseball matches as its more of a Home Run Derby event. There are three game modes to play in which are Match-Up, Arcade and Classic as well as a training mode.
Match-Up is where all the excitement happens as you must battle your way through fierce competitors to become the best of the best in the all out slug fest. This mode is extremely slick with only the slightest bit of delay between what you see your opponent doing and their actual score. There are four different levels as such to compete in for Match-Up, each with harder pitchers, generally harder opponents and longer and more excruciating matches. This mode makes the game what it is and you will be playing the bulk of your time in this mode.
Arcade mode is slightly different to Match-Up. The aim of this game is to get as many points as possible with ten lives as such. So for example every strike or foul is a life lost. Points are earned by basically hitting the ball. You get extra points for getting multiple homeruns in a row, hitting poles and scoreboards, hitting the ball over 500ft and hitting the ball in all different sectors of the ball park. There are many special balls which make your job either harder or easier, with ghost balls that disappear then reappear or balls that multiple your score for that hit. This mode lets you earn quite a few gold balls, which can be used to buy new equipment that improves your ability. This customization part of the game is also another reason why its so addictive.
Finally Classic mode takes a kind of customization on actual Baseball rules. Again you have ten lives but this time you have to see how many home runs you can hit, with almost like baseball if you hit it in the air and it doesn't go for a homer you will be caught out. This is good practice to get your eye in and also can be used to earn some decent gold balls.
Baseball Slugger: Home Run Race 3D is a spectacular game that manages to secure your time day after day, hour after hour. The match-up mode is an amazing concept that was pulled off spectacularly. Fun gameplay and brilliant graphics are found in the game that will have you bashing and crashing your way up the global Slugger charts in no time. Any baseball or online fans will crave this game but it will really appeal to anyone. I have friends in the UK and Australia who have never watched a Baseball game in their life, yet they absolutely adore this game. Seriously don't be the odd one out, just buy this game now!
I would recommend this game if you enjoyed- Baseball Superstars
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