Metalhead is back with another helping of the Super Mega Baseball franchise, so we took Super Mega Baseball 2 out to the ballpark to see what it is all about. Simply put, it’s a great follow up to the original that added in a few requested features from that title, so if you enjoyed the original, you’ll appreciate the sequel.
If you want a more in-depth review, you can check out our video review or its embedded script below. Super Mega Baseball 2 is currently available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
Hey now Baseball buddies, Matt Heywood here to review Super Mega Baseball 2 from Metalhead, which offers up a non-MLB licensed baseball sim experience.
If you’re a fan of Super Mega Baseball, then you will appreciate what Metalhead did with the sequel, which is now out for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. The second helping for SMB, and no, I’m not talking about the Plumber Bros., improves upon the addicting, yet easy to play experience that was featured in the original.
In terms of gameplay mechanics nothing has changed. SMB2 offers up the same easy-to-learn, but difficult to master baseball game controls that any level of gamer can pick up and play. You definitely don’t need a deep tutorial, or hours of practice to figure out how to best hit, pitch, or field the ball, as well as how to run the bases. The controls are simple enough that all ages and skill levels can utilize them, but there are enough nuances that they take some time to master, which is most evident in pitching and hitting.
The visuals have improved slightly, but the biggest change in the graphical presentation comes in the characters themselves, which all still come in various shapes and sizes, but they’re a bit more true-to-life in terms of their height. The ball parks all look great too, but since none of them are real, just like the players all being made up, it’s not like you will feel compelled to check out every detail since they’re not comparable to MLB players and parks.
Where SMB2 really excels over the original is in its gameplay modes department. First and foremost there are now multiple online multiplayer modes. These modes feature both co-op and solo style multiplayer games that you can take part in to test your skills against other human players, or to team up with a fellow meatbag to take on the game’s AI. Best of all, the game supports cross platform play, so it actually isn’t hard to find a match quickly.
I found the Pennant multiplayer mode to be the most engaging, because it only supports human versus human play, but it also offers up a ranked leaderboard, so it’s a great mode to really test your skills against other players to see how they stack up. Plus, games last 10-15 minutes, so they’re easy to get done in short gaming bursts.
SMB2 also added in a fully fleshed out Season Mode for the single player modes, which allows you to play through a full season with one team en route to securing the league championship.
SMB2, just like the original, has managed to capture the glory and fun of the 80’s and 90’s era baseball sims in a fun and engaging fashion. It would be great if this game had the MLB license but kept its simplicity and visual charm, but as is the generic teams and players are good enough, and considering how you can customize every aspect of every team, you could basically make your own pro team anyway, so the lack of a MLB license deal isn’t major.
It’s an 8 out of 10 type of sports game, and highly recommend for baseball fans in general. It’s casual enough to open it up to players of all skill levels, but it is deep enough to even satisfy hardcore baseball sim junkies.
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