When it comes to baseball video games, 2014 is bound to be dominated by MLB 14 The Show. That game hits PS3 in April and PS4 in May and features stunning graphics, cool gameplay, and excellent franchise mode options. But there's another game on the release schedule that takes a little different approach to baseball gaming.
RBI Baseball 14 is scheduled for an early April release on PS3, Xbox 360, and mobile platforms (Android, iOS), and it's way more low-fi than MLB 14. Released by MLB Advanced Media, RBI 14 is kind of a throwback title. It's based on one of the oldest, coolest baseball games ever developed, RBI Baseball. The first version of the game was released for the original Nintendo Entertainment System in 1988, and there hasn't been an RBI title since 1995. The new game will honor the series in gameplay and look and feel, but update the graphics for newer consoles.
If you're a baseball gamer, circle April 1 on your calendars: That's Opening Day for MLB14 The Show. The title rolls out on PS3 and Vita first, followed by PS4 in May.
The title features enhanced gameplay and graphics (the stadiums are more photorealistic than ever thanks to a big boost in processing power and design), as well as enhancements to the title's play modes. Quick Counts, one of the new features, lets you to play a a full game in half the time by using statistically-generated pitch counts. Another cool development is Year-to-Year Saves, which allows you to move your saves and franchise data from MLB14 to future releases.
Check out a few screenshots from the game, as well as a trailer that shows off how the game looks and feels on a PS3:
Even in his spare time, former University of Michigan star Denard “Shoelace” Robinson can’t help but carve up defenses.
Virtual defenses, that is.
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Shoelace took some time away from preparing for NFL training camp to chat with SI Kids about the game’s new features, his strategy as a play-caller and achieving his childhood dream of being on the cover.
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SI Kids caught up with Harper to find out what he thinks about the new game. Check out the interview and see Harper's videos for the new game after the jump. More »
Being a legend in one sport doesn't necessarily translate to success in another. Former NFL running back Marshall Faulk learned that lesson the hard way from golf great Arnold Palmer. Palmer pokes fun at Faulk spending so much time "at the beach" as he struggles to hit a ball out of a bunker, but is kind enough to offer him the beverage that is named after him. All of this is to help promote the new video game Tiger Woods PGA Tour 14.
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