Monday, April 24, 2017

Super Bases Loaded (SNES) Review

Super Bases Loaded is the fifth game in the Bases Loaded series by Jeleco and was released in 1991 for the Super Nintendo.

When we got our Super Nintendo I knew we had to have a baseball game to go with it. My favorite baseball player of all time is Ryne Sandberg and when I saw him on the cover of this game I grabbed it. Knowing nothing about this game when I got it I was pleasantly surprised that it is a solid and enjoyable baseball game. It's not the best baseball game for the 16-bit era but it's a good game. There are no rights from MLB so all the players and teams are made up which kinda sucks but, for the most part, I really didn't have an issue with it.

Super Bases Loaded plays like any other baseball video game but it does have a weird mechanic. When you win your first single-player game you are given a score of between 0-100 and if you score high enough your level is increased which means that the computer team gets harder. Your goal is to earn a 100 on the hardest level. There were a lot of baseball video games around this time and this is a novel way of distinguishing themselves from other games. On the other hand, Jaleco could have added in a season play mode.

The camera during hitting and pitching is from behind the pitcher just like watching a game on TV. The only problem with the camera is when your opponent hits a ball to the warning track, the fence makes it hard to know where the ball is.

Other ways to enjoy the game is by watching games and editing teams. The game allows you to change the names and stats of up to two teams which isn't so bad but not as good as some other games. Super Bases Loaded consists of 13 teams to play with including such dynasties as the Chicago Cyclops, Atlanta Amoebas, New York Mercs, and how can we forget those dirty Washington Weasels.

Super Bases Loaded was a pretty good baseball game for the era and is still pretty playable today, as long as you're OK with fake players and teams. I give Super Bases Loaded a 6 out of 10.

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