Since its return to the gaming landscape in 2014, RBI Baseball – an MLB Advanced Media property – has taken a few steps to nudge its way into the baseball-niche market of gaming, dominated by MLB The Show.
In some cases, RBI was perfect as it was. For the gamers who don’t have the time to hammer out minute details like organizing an organizational roster down to Class A or manage every single pitch, RBI scratched that baseball itch with quick games and just enough realism that it was worth the reduced price when compared to the $60 titles.
In the fifth year since the relaunch, RBI is taking some serious hacks at becoming a game worthy of your consideration, even if you PlayStation 4 owners preordered MLB 18 The Show months ago.
RBI Baseball 18 will release in March, though an exact launch date will be made available at a later time.
If you’re without a PS4 and gaming on an Xbox One, Nintendo Switch or on mobile iOS or Android devices, RBI is your only choice. If the gameplay takes its anticipated step forward with the announced features meshing with its accessibility to gamers of all ages and skill levels, this year could mean that RBI will feel like more of a requirement and not an obligation to baseball fans who are sans PS4.
(OK, so there’s Out of the Park Baseball for you text-simmers out there, but that’s a choice for PC and Mac gamers and not for the console crowd)
As per a release sent out by MLB Advanced Media – the entity which took over the complete production of the series following four years of overseeing the process – here are a few things that are being touted as reasons for you to take a chance on RBI.
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Among the new features* for fans in 2018 will be:
· Franchise Mode: Take control of a favorite MLB team! Make trades, sign free agents or call up rookies across multiple seasons. A new player progression system allows players to develop, improve, and ultimately retire.
· Home Run Derby Mode: Challenge a friend in local head-to-head play or the CPU in the ultimate slugfest. See how individual skills stack up against friends and the rest of the world on the leaderboard.
· Authentic MLB Players: Completely redesigned player models, including more than 300 digitally modeled likenesses, along with hundreds of new animations and unique player-specific animations to deliver a whole new in-game experience.
· Better Ballparks: Witness the enhanced lighting, textures, revamped 3-D crowd system and get closer to the details with new dynamic camera angles and specially crafted cinematic sequences across all 30 MLB ballparks.
· MLB Legends: Add some of baseball’s best legends to your Franchise mode and play as any of the more than 100 retired MLB players.
· Online Multiplayer: Jump into ranked and friendly exhibition games with friends and players around the globe.
· Soundtrack: Listen to new tracks and music from more than a dozen popular recording artists.
· Roster Updates: Keep a season up to date with rosters throughout the 2018 season, including within Franchise mode.
MLB LEGENDS AVAILABLE IN R.B.I. BASEBALL 18:
Mel Harder, Bobby Doerr, Lou Boudreau, Dom DiMaggio, Ralph Kiner, Bob Feller, Monte Irvin, Phil Rizzuto, Red Munger, George Kell, Bob Lemon, Pee Wee Reese, Enos Slaughter, Ted Williams, Richie Ashburn, Red Schoendienst, Robin Roberts, Bobby Richardson, Eddie Mathews, Ernie Banks, Jim Bunning, Hoyt Wilhelm, Frank Howard, Al Kaline, Orlando Cepeda, Juan Marichal, Billy Williams, Brooks Robinson, Jimmy Wynn, Larry Dierker, Jim Fregosi, Catfish Hunter, Dock Ellis, Minnie Minoso, Willie Horton, Gaylord Perry, Johnny Bench, Fergie Jenkins, Bucky Dent, Rod Carew, Mike Hargrove, Rollie Fingers, Tom Seaver, Tony Perez, Bruce Sutter, Phil Niekro, Reggie Jackson, Steve Garvey, Ron Guidry, Graig Nettles, Jose Cruz, Mike Schmidt, Darrell Evans, Frank White, Keith Hernandez, Dwight Evans, Ken Griffey Sr., Mike Scott, Bert Blyleven, Gary Carter, Willie Randolph, Nolan Ryan, George Brett, Robin Yount, Mike Boddicker, Kelly Gruber, Dale Murphy, Goose Gossage, Rick Sutcliffe, Kent Hrbek, Willie Wilson, John Kruk, Ozzie Smith, Lenny Dykstra, Lee Smith, Rick Honeycutt, Paul Molitor, Terry Pendleton, Joe Carter, Wade Boggs, Mark Langston, Orel Hershiser, Harold Baines, Eric Davis, Brady Anderson, Matt Williams, Greg Vaughn, Edgar Martinez, Fred McGriff, Jeff Bagwell, Kenny Lofton, Shawn Green, Luis Gonzalez, Eric Gagne, Troy Percival, Jim Edmonds, Jorge Posada, Chipper Jones, Johnny Damon, Jamie Moyer, Derek Lowe, Roy Oswalt, Paul Konerko, Jason Giambi
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OK, Dock Ellis enough to sell this legends thing to me. Though I see a few names in this list that stretch the definition of “legends” quite a bit. All of this commentary from someone who last played competitive baseball in the 1990s, and never as a professional.
The release is fast to point out that the * means that some features will vary by platform. But that’s OK. Because as long as Franchise Mode is standard on the Switch version of the title, it would be worth the $29.99 retail price for consoles to make it a part of my gaming library. MLBAM will soak you for $6.99 if you opt to purchase this game on your supported iOS or Android phone or tablet.
While RBI will likely never become the robust title that MLB The Show has provided, it does provide an alternative – or option – for gamers.
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