The game builds upon the original with enhanced gameplay mechanics and a much more polished artstyle. Build your dream team and challenge your opponents to a good old-fashioned game of hardball, online and off.
A sports game that took its subject matter down to its core element, and made it easy to digest for those with minimal knowledge of the sport.
By shifting the focus to clear, simplified methods of controlling the pitching, batting and fielding, as opposed to the heavy stat-based side of the sport, Super Mega Baseball managed to offer an arcade-y feeling yet ultimately faithful baseball simulation. This sequel builds on the solid gameplay foundations by offering a bit more in terms of content and visuals, keeping the instant fun of the original and simply adding more ways for you to have it.
There are a few more modes on offer this time around, too. You can also take part in a local or online Elimination tournament, which can be fully customised to your specifications.
Put simply, the higher you set your Ego, the more of the game you have to manually control, as well as the AI difficulty. So, if you want to micro-manage every aspect of your team and have zero assists when it comes to battling, pitching or fielding, then bump up the Ego — but expect to have yours checked at first.
Despite the cartoon-y look, Super Mega Baseball 2 can be scaled from instant fun to near-realistic simulation by tweaking Ego, allowing you to find your personal sweet spot. Brilliantly, this can be adjusted per person playing, so local multiplayer matches can be balanced to satisfy all skill levels.
Ego can also be switched on the fly, so if you find yourself struggling or absolutely destroying your opponent then you can fine-tune elements until things even out.
A pitcher throwing a bunch of poor balls that result in home-runs will see them lose their mojo, lowering their stats. Conversely, a series of strikes will see their mojo increase as they hit their stride. Again, the game has a host of customisation options, allowing you to create a bunch of custom players; but now you can also create your own team.
Verdict As far as local multiplayer games go on the current consoles, Super Mega Baseball 2 is a great option.
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