Baseball Stars 2 Review

Baseball Stars 2 (Available on PlayStation 3 & PSP)
ESRB Rating: E
Number of Players: 1 to 2
Genre: Sports
Publisher: SNK Playmore
Developer: SNK
Release Date: July 19th, 2011

Parent Talk: Baseball Stars 2 is rated E for everyone.  It’s a cartoony baseball game that anyone can play and enjoy.

Plays Like: Bases Loaded, and other arcade baseball games.

Review Basis: Played several games both online and off for the PS3 version.

Details: PS3 version is $8.99 and PSP version is $6.99.

What’s This About: It’s about baseball, arcade baseball to be precise.  Featuring 12 imaginary teams and a robust amount of gameplay features, Baseball Stars 2 is one of only three AES/MVS baseball games ever made, and it’s clearly the showpiece.

What It’s Remembered For:

  • A blast from the past…1992 to be exact.  Back in ’92 baseball games weren’t made like this.  Here players could determine the angle of their pitch, they could move around a bit in the batter’s box, steal a base, bunt the ball, call a time-out, and even call in a relief pitcher.  It was advanced beyond its years, without going overboard with statistics.  The only thing you were told was how many outs you had, how many home runs, etc.  I honestly miss those days of simple, yet awesome arcade games.
  • Single player or multiplayer, arcade fun that never stops.  From power-ups to ease of play, Baseball Stars 2 is the type of baseball game you can play for ten minutes or hours on end and have a sheer blast.  Grab a buddy and everything becomes even better.
  • Fantastic visuals that never seem to get old.  The colors are vibrant and there’s nothing like seeing a fight break out on the field and getting a nice close-up of one guy getting smashed in the face.

Any Improvements?

  • Take Baseball Stars 2 with you wherever you go with the PSP version.
  • The network mode makes playing Baseball Stars 2 better than ever.  Instead of having to always have a friend around to play, just head online invite a friend and enjoy one of the best arcade baseball games ever created.
  • Region selecting.  With Baseball Stars 2 there’s no real need to select the Japanese version, as the game is identical to the North American version except the text is all in Japanese.  What’s cool is the option is there for those interested.
  • Save state.  Although not overly useful for an arcade baseball game like this, the feature is there for those that wish to continue their game at a later date.
  • Improved visuals.  You’ve come to expect this by now, and included are the typical full screen mode, and pixel smoothing.

Bottom Line: Who Should Download This?

This is another easy recommend for everyone who enjoys arcade games.  Few companies made as many great arcade classics as SNK, and Baseball Stars 2 holds up surprisingly well even after all these years.  The AES version typically sells on eBay for $100 and here you’re getting the vastly superior version for a mere $9.  Can anyone argue with that?  I know I sure can’t.

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