When I started playing R.B.I. Baseball 15 on my Xbox One I was really excited. There was finally a baseball game that seemed decent that could be played on Xbox. I soon found out that I was wrong. While R.B.I. Baseball 15 looks like a fun game, once you start playing it more it really doesn’t live up to its promise. Keep reading our review to find out why.
What I Liked
- I’ll start off with the best feature of the game. The AI were really smart. There were very few moments that made me think: “If this were real baseball they wouldn’t have done that.”
- Of course another advantage it has is that is is multi-platform. Xbox and PC gamers do have a baseball game to play, it just isn’t quite as good as its competitor, MLB 15: The Show.
- You can play full 162 game seasons, and the games are all 9 innings. There are also full 25 man rosters, which can be modified to your liking.
- As far as I can tell, it follows all the rules of baseball and doesn’t add anything extra.
- There is a very detailed statistics page, where you can look over all of your players stats for batting and pitching.
What I Didn’t Like
- The game felt more like an arcade game then one that actually belonged on your home console.
- The graphics weren’t as good as I felt they could of been. They weren’t horrible, but they also weren’t great.
- The announcers got very annoying repeating the same phrases over and over. They had a severe lack of different sayings.
- The controls took a long time to get used to, and even after playing quite a few games I still find myself messing up a lot.
- There were some glitches in the outfield with the ball freezing, but they didn’t affect the gameplay, because the players and game still acted as if it was caught.
- It got somewhat repetitive after playing for a while. There were only three different types of pitching, fast, slow, and regular. You could curve the ball, but even that didn’t add much excitement to it. The batting was also always the same, and the pitchers barely changed up their techniques.
- The online play had constant frame rate stutters, and that was when you could even get into a game. At the time of writing this I have only been able to get in to one game with the matchmaking.
R.B.I. Baseball 15 is a game that looks good at first but eventually loses its appeal. If you own a Playstation console you should definitely go with The Show instead, but if you only own an Xbox or PC you might want to look into this game a little more. It isn’t the best game you’ll ever play, but could deliver some fun, especially with this week being the beginning of baseball season.
Original Release Date: March 31, 2015
Platforms: Xbox One (Reviewed), PS4, PC, Mac, iOS, Android
ESRB Rating: E – Everyone
*A copy of this game was provided for review.