Review: Baseball Riot (PS4/PSV/PSTV)

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Platforms:

  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation Vita

Extras:

  • PlayStation TV Compatible Yes
  • Cross-Buy Yes
  • Cross-Save No
  • Cross-Play No
  • Cross-Chat No
Title: Baseball Riot
Format: PlayStation Network Download (PS4 45.1 MB) (PSV 25. MB)
Release Date: January 19, 2016
Publisher: 10tons Ltd.
Developer: 10tons Ltd.
Original MSRP: $4.99 (US), €4.99 (EU), £3.99 (UK)
ESRB Rating: E
PEGI: 7
Baseball Riot is also available on PlayStation Vita, Xbox One, PC, iOS, Android, and Windows Phone.
The PlayStation 4 download version was used for this review.
A copy of this game was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
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Editor’s Note:
Portions of this review also appear in our PlayStation 4 coverage of Tennis in the Face.

When I found out a sequel to Tennis in the Face was coming out I was intrigued. The original had received a very nice score on the Vita and then a Cross-Buy port came to the PS4. What new features and exciting things will they bring to this new game?

Gameplay:
How do you do save the city from an energy drink you may ask? By defeating fans, fielders, umpires, and other Explodz-addicted maniacs with, as the name suggests, a tennis ball in the face baseball. It isn’t just the fluorescent yellow and white felt-covered animal-hide tightly stitched together over cork and yarn to form spherical objects that you’ll use as deadly weapons but also precariously placed objects around the single-screen stage.

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There are more than one hundred levels split over several districts and each one unlocks when you achieve a certain amount of wins for the preceding area. You can also try to complete missions dotted around the map, all of which seem to award a trophy. One requires you to earn at least two extra balls during one level, while another requires you to knock out five enemies with a single swing.

Baseball Riot comes from the same developers that made the unique King Oddball and obviously, Tennis in the Face. They essentially took Tennis in the Face and they made hardly any changes to the game. The only real change is the baseballs and a tweak to the scoring system. Oh, and the story has been altered slightly too.

… It can be quite addictive …
Controls are the same, simple and easy to master. You either aim with the analog stick and serve with the Cross button or the touch screen to aim and release it to swing. At any time, you can press the Triangle button to instantly restart the stage, which is a welcome feature in this kind of game.

After each swing, you can see a faint dotted line where the projectile left the bat and a few ricochets after. It’s another nice feature which makes perfecting your aim that little bit easier. I’m happy to note that this game is compatible with the PlayStation TV with the obvious lack of touch controls.

It can be quite addictive. I could easily tear through many of the quick stages that require some skill, and I’m sorry to say, a little bit of luck. This is all due to the fact that one of its good points can also be a frustrating annoyance: the visual effects, more on that in a moment.

I expected a few differences and maybe some new features but it feels and plays exactly like Tennis in the Face, this makes it difficult to recommend if you already purchased the original.

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Visuals:
Each character has a few things about their person that come flying off when they’re hit. These little projectiles, be it a foam-hand, cap or baseball mitt, can get in the way of the already unpredictable flailing bodies.

All of these seem to react differently each time, even if I perform the exact same hit. This in turn causes some mouse-trap-esque setups to fail because a certain object didn’t quite go where it should have. In some situations, this can also work in your favor and you luckily clear the stage in even less turns.

… You can tell this was originally a mobile phone game …
Everything has a simple and brightly colored cartoon look. Each district has its own style and characters populating it. You can tell this was originally a mobile phone game as it doesn’t push the hardware in any way. The game looks identical to the other PlayStation systems and translates well to the smaller screen.

Audio:
The audio consists of a few simple tunes and effects that also remind me of a mobile phone game. They are adequate and did not cause me to turn the sound down so that could be classed as a plus I suppose.

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Online/Multiplayer:
This game is singleplayer only with no online component.

… family friendly game with a little bit of humor …
Conclusion:
I am happy that Baseball Riot is a Cross-Buy title, it definitely gives you more bang for your buck. Does it feel like a sequel? Hell no. It’s more of a re-skin that translates with the Baseball loving gamers. It remains an almost identical game to Tennis in the Face. So much so that I barely had to alter anything from my old review.

If you failed to pick up Tennis in the Face then Baseball Riot is your best bet due to the marginally better scoring system. 10tons has given us another unique and enjoyable game that requires a degree of skill but also a pinch of luck, both good and bad. If you like flinging things around the screen and causing some cartoon havoc then you will like this family friendly game with a little bit of humor.

Score:
6.5

* All screenshots used in this review were taken directly from the game using the Vita’s built in screen capture feature and the Share functionality on the PlayStation 4.

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Written by Chazz Harrington

Chazz Harrington

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