[PlayStation 4] Super Mega Baseball 3 Review
- On May 13, 2020
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Run up the score in a relaxed slugfest or push the limits of your reflexes in this refined baseball simulator.
Super Mega Baseball 3 refines the series’ formula with the deepest on-field simulation yet, comprehensive online and offline game modes including a brand new Franchise mode, and vastly improved graphics. New content includes revamped UI plus tons of new audio, team/character content, and stadiums with variable lighting conditions.
• Challenge your hand-eye coordination or relax and hit dingers with fluid gameplay that scales seamlessly from novice to beyond-expert levels of difficulty.
• Apply and refine your baseball instincts with a sophisticated baseball simulation featuring new pickoff and stealing mechanics, wild pitches/passed balls, designated hitters, and situational player traits.
• Take in the sights and sounds of 14 richly detailed ballparks, each featuring unique day, night and alternate lighting conditions.
• Guide an evolving team to greatness over multiple seasons in the all new Franchise mode featuring player development, aging, retirement and signing/releasing of free agents (1vCPU, 2vCPU, local or online).
• Compete online to win pennants and climb to higher divisions in the cross-platform Pennant Race mode (1v1, online only).
• Create your ideal league with a comprehensive customization suite that includes season length/structure, team names/uniforms/logos, and player names/appearance/attributes.
• Play or simulate any combination of games/teams in customized Seasons and Elimination brackets, solo or with friends (1vCPU, 2vCPU, 1v1, 2v1, 2v2, CPUvCPU, local or online).
• Skip customization and compete for top leaderboard scores with standardized teams and settings (locked player attributes) in Standard Season and Standard Elimination modes (1vCPU, 2vCPU, local or online).
Super Mega Baseball 3 – Gameplay Trailer
Back in 2018 I had a chance to review Super Mega Baseball 2Back in 2018, I had the chance to review Super Mega Baseball 2 on PlayStation 4. I had a great time with the game, and it’s stayed on my console’s hard drive ever since, with me jumping back to it every once in a while for a quick game. I was really excited when I found out that Super Mega Baseball 3 was coming out in May, and even more happy when I got the game for review!
I’m not a big fan of full-on sports sims, but I do love playing arcade-style sports games. Super Mega Baseball 3 hits a perfect mix of arcade action with some additional sim elements with this year’s new Franchise Mode. I jumped right back into the Season Mode of the game, which is a fun option that allows you to change the length of the season as needed. As I started playing it, the game’s tutorials popped up when it was time to learn a new skill, doing a great job at explaining it, and then letting you apply what you’ve learned in real-time. It really gets the flow of the game going since you learn new skills and practice them right away.
The arcade action felt as good as I remembered it from its prequel. As I quickly looked at the teams, I saw a few new additions, which meant new players and new teams to take on… but I did end up once again picking the Moose. The roster had shifted slightly, but all of my favorites were still there. Playing through the season, I was happy to see that the gameplay remained as fun as the last time, from the batting to the pitching, to fielding, it all felt great. When you switch to pitching, you get to choose which pitch you want to use, choose where you want to throw the ball, and then you need to move your cursor to the spot where the ball should land for better accuracy. I won’t go into every gameplay mechanic – since I would end up being here forever – but rest assured that it’s all great and works like a charm.
The other significant change was the bump in the game’s graphics. Super Mega Baseball 3 still retains its cartoonish look, but somehow everything just looked better. All the character models look better, and the crowds look livelier. All of the arenas have an extra sheen to them, especially with the multiple day, night, and special lighting conditions, from fog to the red setting sun. Each arena has its own special look and feel. The game ran great during my time playing it for this Super Mega Baseball 3 review, although I do have to mention I am playing on a PlayStation 4 Pro.
The new Franchise Mode is a lot of fun, offering you the chance to play with your team over multiple seasons and years. Play the games, simulate the seasons, control your budget for the team, sign free agents, release members, and manage the team with special bonuses. You don’t have an unlimited budget, so you have to make shrewd decisions about your roster and how you manage them. As you progress over the years, you will see characters with different traits. Younger players will show inexperience, but as they gain more time on the field, they will get better traits as they hit their prime ages. As expected, as they continue to age past their prime, they’ll be slightly slower, and not perform as great as before on the field, which is a sign that lets you know they’re moving closer to the age of retirement. There is a ton of content and depth for Franchise Mode, making it perfect for people looking for more of that sim element, keeping them playing for the next few years.
I had a great time with Super Mega Baseball 3. It does everything that Super Mega Baseball 2 did, and then does some new things even better. It’s had a big visual upgrade, which is very noticeable while you’re playing, and it adds a ton of depth through the new Franchise Mode added to this sequel. If you’re looking for a more arcade-style baseball alternative on PlayStation 4, then this is the perfect fit for you.
This Super Mega Baseball 3 review is based on a PlayStation 4 copy provided by Metalhead Software.