RBI Baseball 3


Review by Bill Schultz



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Overall: 5

rbibaseball3.png (2776 bytes)RBI Baseball III by Tengen offers baseball fans all 26 major league baseball teams with their 1990 stats and all divisional champions from 1983 through 1989 with all the season numbers included. Sounds pretty impressive, right? Well, sorry to burst your bubble, but RBI III is not really that "outrageous" a cart.

True, the game gives you more options than you would expect in a baseball cart (and more), one or two player capability, computer vs. computer mode, and a full season option. This is where the problem lies: for all its stats and options, RBI III is a below average game in every sense of the word.

The graphics are really sub-par, the players are small and blocky, not far removed from the type of graphics you could have gotten from the classic Odyssey2 system. The statistics really don't seem to affect gameplay at all, most batters seem to hit the same, regardless of their 1990 batting average.

The controls for the game were not very good either. For example, to catch a ball hit to the first baseman, you have to move him right or left, which also causes your left fielder to move in that direction as well. Therefore, you would have two players moving at the same time. The controls used for pitching aren't very accurate. To throw a fastball, the player must press down on the controller and hit the A button. To throw a knuckleball, press up and hit the A button. While fine in theory, there seems to be no difference onscreen.

rbibaseball32.png (3324 bytes)All of those stats and the ability to use your favorite players are great options but they don't make the game great. This one falls short due to poor graphics and gameplay. I recommend it only to those of you who are die-hard fans, but I would recommend the outstanding Bases Loaded series by Jaleco before purchasing RBI Baseball III. With this cart, it's 1..2..3 strikes you're out.


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