Baseball Riot Review (PS4)

Baseball Riot

So there were two reason that I got this game. The first reason, which I feel was the most important, was that it was on sale. The second reason was because I had played Tennis in the Face, which I played about a year ago and also reviewed. You can read the review here. I’ve also played other games by 10tons and have enjoyed them so I figured it was kind of a win-win situation.

In Baseball Riot you’ll play as disgraced baseball star Gabe Carpaccio. Looks like Explodz has ruined another sports star’s life and this time around it isn’t just Explodz that’s behind all of it, but Gabe’s own team. Now that’s a shocking twist. Anyway, it’ll be up to you to make your way though level after level taking out crazed fans, former teammates, umpires, scientists, and of course the Explodz lawyers. With over 100 levels to complete, each level is like a puzzle where you’ll have to figure out how to take out each enemy the most efficiently.

I was really excited to play this game and did so right after downloading it. I really liked Tennis in the Face and thought it was like nothing that I had ever played before. I know this game is a sequel, but I thought that it would be a little different. Instead it’s basically the same game just with a baseball player instead of a tennis player. I found this to be disappointing and it made my enjoyment for the game go down. About halfway through the game I was bored and was eager to finish up and put this game on the shelf. To be honest, I only played this game until I was able to get all of the trophies and then stopped playing because I completely lost interest when it came to the last boss levels.

Since this game is exactly like Tennis in the Face, it plays exactly the same way. This isn’t a problem because it works. Aim your baseball how you want and then hit the swing button. Nothing really hard to learn there, but the game does get a little frustrating when time after time you just can’t seem to adjust your swing right to do what needs to be done for the level. There were many many times that I wanted to rage quit, but powered on anyway. The good thing about this game though is that there are no game breaking bugs or glitches and you’ll be able to play this game straight through without a problem.

Graphic wise, I wasn’t really sure what to expect with this game and after playing I have to say that I was once again disappointed with the copy and paste graphics that came from Tennis in the Face. Yes there were some differences, but everything else was the same and it made the game feel boring and unoriginal. I understand that this was a sequel, but that doesn’t mean that the graphics have to be exactly the same as the game before.

There are a total of 16 trophies for this game that range from extremely easy to get to “I’m going to throw this controller out the window” type trophies. If you’re a fellow trophy hunter, like myself, don’t get this game thinking that you’ll have an easy trophy list and add another 100% game to your list. It’s just not going to happen and you have to put a lot of work into getting the trophies. Not that it’s a problem, but if you’re looking or an easy and quick trophy list, look somewhere else.

Some bonus points have to go to 10tons for keeping their games multiplayer free so far. I’m still waiting to see when one day I’ll have to play their games in co-op or online.

Overall I give this game a 2 out of 5.

What’s Great:
+ If you’ve played Tennis in the Face, it uses the same mechanics so there’s nothing new to learn.
+ Each level is different from the last and each level has it’s own unique way of being able to complete it.

What’s Not So Great:
It’s basically Tennis in the Face with a baseball player. Nothing original about that.
Copy and paste graphics from the last game.

As much as I’ve enjoyed 10tons games in the past, I can’t recommend this game. Even if it’s on sale and even if you enjoyed Tennis in the Face this game just isn’t worth it. There’s nothing new and nothing exciting about this sequel and the whole thing from the story to the graphics just feel like a copy and paste from Tennis in the Face in order to bank on the success of that game. $4.99 is a hefty price tag for this game so don’t waste your money on it or your time. While I can’t stop you from buying this game, I will say don’t go in expecting too much because you won’t get it from this game.

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