If you read my Super Mega Baseball 2 article from last year, you know I was very excited to not only have a baseball game on the Switch, but also a very good game. I was happy that the sequel, with the appropriate name Super Mega Baseball 3, will be released this spring. I was also very curious to see how last year’s game would be improved, because there is no MLB license, which means that it can not be a simple update of the list, of which so many sports games are accused. In other words: Will this upgrade be worth it in just one year?
The biggest new feature of this year’s game is the franchise mode. I didn’t expect this mode to be so deep at MLB:. Show on PlayStation 4, and I was right in that assumption. You have a budget that you can divide between signing players and using part of that budget for player upgrades. Developers say they can adjust the balance if they get more feedback to keep the game fair. However, signing players is a bit weird, and if I miss something, you can only sign players for a year’s contract.
I was also frustrated not being able to exchange players with other teams, although I’ve been planning to do that for a while now (you can release and sign new players from the free agent pool, but not directly with another team). Despite these peculiarities, I appreciate the other aspects of honesty. The player felt good: Forward or backward. Older players get worse as they get older, and younger players get better, but at different rates. I’d say the franchise is a good start. The absence of MLB players makes it difficult to simulate and emotionally attach to them.
Another aspect of the game that has been updated this year is the increase in the number of teams and stadiums. Moreover, the fact that the teams go from 16 to 20 and the stadiums from 10 to 14 is not a big leap forward. Even if it’s not in large numbers, if you play a lot of games, it’s nice to have the extra variety. Since MLB doesn’t have licences for players, teams or even stadiums, the developers had to use their imagination to create unique locations. Each of the stadiums is unique and this year the possibility has been added to play at different times of the day and night. The graphics have also been updated this year, but are very subtle because the game has a cartoon-like aesthetic.
Many other aspects of the game seem to have been carried over from last year. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, because most of the foundations of the game are very solid. Superb gameplay, very similar to last year’s. This includes a pitch adjustment interface, where you select a pitch and then move the cursor to a point. The speed and accuracy with which you can do this determines the accuracy of the step. The first person system is back, so you can choose between 0 and 99 to adjust the overall difficulty of the game.
Super Mega Baseball 3 remains a highly customizable series. Team names, team logos, player names and much more can be changed. I really appreciate that I can adjust my franchise from 16 to 200 games per season and change the number of innings at will. The pace of the game is fast, but I still enjoyed playing only 5 innings and playing 32 seasons.
There are some recurring elements that I would like to improve. Super Mega Baseball 3 still has no advertisers. I know it’s probably a release that the developer can’t absorb, but I must point out that it’s a missed opportunity. And of course, I can’t comment on this review without specifically saying that I want to see the MLB players and the royalties of the team in this game. With such a great game, it’s a pity it can’t contain real players and real teams. If they could have competed for a licence, the game would easily have become one of my best of the year. At the same time, I think it’s really cool that the players in the game all have different ages and races, and even both men and women.
I enjoyed Super Mega Baseball 3. The new franchise is simple compared to other sports games, but still very entertaining. The new stadiums and new teams are also a nice addition. But if you played last year’s version, I’m not sure there’s enough this year to attract you. The lack of an MLB license makes it even clearer, because there will be no reason to have the latest news from your favorite team in real life. The gameplay is excellent, but that was also the case last year. If you’re new to this show, you should jump into it, because it’s a great baseball to take anywhere. Anyway, if you have Super Mega Baseball 2 and the franchise mode doesn’t really suit you, there’s no reason to rush to buy this game.
Super Mega Baseball 3 Overview
- Graphs – 8/10
- Sound – 6/10
- Gameplay – 9.5/10
- Last call – 9/10
Final thoughts: GRAND
Super Mega Baseball 3 retains the beautiful gameplay of the previous game and is just fun to play. The franchise add-on mode will certainly appeal to some players, and it’s a great iteration of the franchise to begin with. However, if you already own Super Mega Baseball 2, the entrance fee for this suite may be too high.
Ben has enjoyed playing since the NES, but it was not until the introduction of PS2 that he started to make it a hobby. Besides writing regular reviews, he is a regular member of the podcast.
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