R.B.I. Baseball 15
Top Critic Average
RBI Baseball 15 slightly improves on RBI 14's biggest faults, but game-breaking bugs make us want to charge the mound.
Stripped down to arcade basics, it's buggy, bland, and not much fun.
A retro-feeling throwback to the days of arcade baseball games. It offers simple, basic fun, but the pitching and hitting just doesn't feel robust enough to appeal to anyone other than the most casual of baseball fans.
At the end of the day, we're not entirely sure why R.B.I. Baseball has been revived. A full-on, retro styled game would perhaps be a reasonable alternative to MLB The Show, but this game ventures way too closely to Sony's series without having the budget to compete – and it makes a poor connection as a consequence. Bench this one, and get your baseball fix elsewhere.
"RBI Baseball 15" would make a wonderful mobile game, especially considering the stat-tracking elements and updated rosters, but on the PlayStation 4, it's a game that'll fail to impress anyone that never got to play the original.
R.B.I. Baseball 2015 isn't a bad game. It's not a genre-defining game, either. At $20, there are certainly worse things you can throw your money at (I'm looking at you, Yorbie). If you need a quick arcade baseball fix, then R.B.I. Baseball 2015 can hit the spot. However, when last year's MLB 14 The Show can be had for a mere $5 more at this point, you may want to save up a little bit to experience a more complete package.
Despite being an improvement upon last year's release, R.B.I. Baseball 15 is a glitchy and lacklustre effort that lacks any passion for the sport it is trying to replicate.
Some more work is needed before it becomes a must-play classic, but, for now, baseball fans – especially those who only have an Xbox One – should be pleased by the results. Play ball!
Still overpriced, still under-featured -- barely functional in many respects. Corners cut everywhere. Just skip it.
With two decades of gaming technology revitalizing numerous other franchises, the final product should have been a nostalgic throwback with just enough modern day spice to keep things fun (much akin to the recent 'NBA Jam' offerings), not the soul-crushing experience with a $20 price tag it turned out to be.