Game Review – Baseball Superstars 2013

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Alrighty people its Baseball season once again, no not the MLB, they’re still in Spring Training or whatever. I’m talking about the newest game Baseball/RPG sim from Gamevil (horrible name by-the-by): Baseball Superstar 2013. Now if anyone ask what’s name favorite type of mobile gaming I say: “That’s ez, handheld consoles of course, because 90% of app games are pretty to look at but have nothing going on anywhere else.” However as the one true Omnigamer I play games no matter what format they’re on and I have my favorites even among app games – the Baseball Superstars series is one of them. Colorful, yet challenging brands of games that mange to entertain me – even though I wouldn’t know a RBI from an ERA. So how does BSS 2013 hold up ? Well…

 

 

It’s a ‘experience’ all right, like stubbing your toe.

 

The Goods: Like most apps games that are made with some effort it looks good, and BSS 2013 is especially improved. The cut scène characters look better than ever, and even move a little. Also during games, the players and the field both have some depth to them this time, so no need to squint and kind of judge where the ball might head to while you’re up to bat. Speaking of which, stating your character (whether it’s a Batter, Pitcher, or both) is also is a bit more effective in 2013. In previous games you would have to stat one attribute into oblivion before your player would show any marked improvement. Now just win some games, train hard that first year for bonus points and be lucky (more on that in the bads section) and before you know in your bet the league MVP before you retire. Like previous BSSes, 2013 has their fair share of challenges, missions, baseball related quizzes, and cut scenes to enjoy but it also includes a very light PvP – so the game can keep you busy. Finally BSS 2013 is free to download for idevices and android OSes so yeah good stuff.

 

The Bads: Steep as heck learning curve. Serious I’ve played almost all the BSSes before 2013 (literally and figuratively) and this current game was so mind-bending hard to figure that I was to how this game is the worst app game I’ve ever played. Fortunately my combined dogged journalist mentality and Omnigamer instincts allowed me to understand this game over and upgrade from ‘game is the worst app game I’ve ever played’ to ‘mildly annoying app game’. Why? Because they made some questionable changes that really hurt the gameplay. 1# on the list is locking down best stuff in the game unless you pay (with actual money) for it. Now I know the other games in the series offered ‘pay to use’ items too but they only gave players slight advantages in the game and you wouldn’t miss’em if they weren’t there. In 2013 all the best stuff (elite player gear, specialty super pitches/swings, player upgrades (that’s next), etc.) people have to pay for. They even have to low hangers to charge you for changing player’s name during the campaign – screw that!

 

 

The Bads (Pt.2): Another sore spot is the leveling system, like a said before its more effective stat wise than previous titles, but instead of letting us pick which stats to focus on we have to rely on the luck of the draw by picking from one of four random card. Three of those cards have predetermined stat changes and only one of the four allows us to choose where we put our stat points. So if you get the one card that has all four stat points of ‘Mental’ you’re stuck with it; oh, I’m sorry, I misspoke. I mean you can reshuffle anytime you like and try to get that non- predetermined stat change card, but only if you have  reshuffle cards. Where do you get reshuffle cards? Why you buy them with actually money of course because those are just one of the ‘pay to use’ items they have available for purchase. And if that’s not bad enough you have to upgrade two more separate times, with two other items, and those item, you guessed it can be found in the ‘pay to use’ item shop. Hopefully I’ve made my point here because I don’t to start rambling. Let’s end this.

 

 

 

 The Ranking

 

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Honestly I’m being generous here, this has to be the worst game in the series not because it’s broken on the technical side or it isn’t fun to play; on the contrary it is fun to play and it is technically sound (once you actually get used to it). It’s an extreme let down because it is a obvious attempt at a greedy cash grab at the expense of a good game and that is just wrong.  Gamevil, free advice, if you want money for Baseball Superstars, charge for it like your games because your F2P model sucks bantha poodoo man. Hey if I have to buy Baseball Superstars for $10 just to have a complete, non-nerfed game so be it, it still be the cheapest game I’ll buy all year. And while I’m at it change that company name please, Gamevil is not a name, it’s a typo (I should know).

 

 

 

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