Baseball Superstars II, like Homerun Battle 3D is not your typical baseball simulation. But unlike Homerun, BBSII isn’t just about hitting as many home runs as possible, preferring to deal with the game in far more depth. You pitch, you bat, and you make strategic decisions about how your team, and its players, play the game. Naturally, if you’re short on time, you can just crack as many balls into the crowd as possible, but there’s much more to the game than simply that.
We don’t know a lot about baseball, but we definitely know what we like. And by and large we like Baseball Superstars II. Why? Because it’s all about me, me, me. In My League mode, when you’re batting, the game fast forwards through every other element of the game you’re not involved in. And when you’re pitching? Exactly the same. Admittedly if you choose the Seasons option, you play as the whole team, batting and pitching, but if you’re not interested in playing an entire season in real time, then there are ways around it.
Batting and pitching require two entirely different skill sets. Batting is all about split second timing, whereas pitching requires a solid strategic mind to ensure you keep the opposing batter guessing and not thwacking the ball out of the park for a homerun every pitch
Talking of homeruns, there’s yet another menu option in the shape of Homerun Race, which simply requires you to hit as many homeruns as humanly possible with a predefined number of pitches.
There is one caveat, however. During My League mode, for example, you get the opportunity to upgrade your player every two games by training and buying new equipment that allows you to improve various stats. All of this requires G-points, which can be earned by completing in-game missions or by buying them from Android Market. Buying them is likely to bankrupt you quicker than buying an actual baseball team, so that’s not really an option.
What you’re left with, then, is a lot of gameplay to improve your player to a level where you can compete with the best in the game. And that’s going to take commitment. The positive here is that BBSII is so addictive that losing vast swathes of your life to it won’t be an issue.
The Bottom Line
Thoroughly enjoyable baseball sim that has a few surprises up its sleeve but does require commitment to progress
Version reviewed 1.0.0
Requires Android 2.1 or higher