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R.B.I. Baseball 21

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Available on:Xbox Series X/SMar 16, 2021
PlayStation 5Mar 16, 2021
Nintendo SwitchMar 16, 2021
PCMar 16, 2021
Xbox OneMar 16, 2021
PlayStation 4Mar 16, 2021

Developers: MLB AM, Raiser Games

Publisher: MLB AM

Genres: Sports, Simulation, Arcade

PLAY YOUR WAY. Create a legacy and make a statement. The world of MLB awaits in R.B.I. Baseball 21. R.B.I. is the fast-paced, easy-to-learn baseball franchise perfect for anyone who wants to pick up and play, and R.B.I. Baseball 21 brings new features including create-a-player, play-by-play commentary, immersive time-of-day, and incredible visual improvements. Step up to the plate, crush home runs, and take your club to a World Series title in R.B.I. Baseball 21. - Create-A-Player Mode: with enormous customization options, create a slugger that fits your style and make him an MLB superstar - Play-by-play Commentary: Our most requested feature – Play-by-play has come to R.B.I. Baseball! Striiiiiiiiiike! - Progressive Time of Day: watch the sun set over the third-base line with all-new time of day improvements! Afternoon games will progress into night and more - NEW IN 2021 FOR NINTENDO SWITCH™! Challenge the world with Online Play – Prove you are the best with head-to-head matchups - Pick up and play with exhibition mode – Fast-paced baseball on demand - Start a dynasty with Franchise mode – pick your team and develop your own MLB story - Challenge the world with Online Play – Prove you’re the best with head-to-head matchups - Crush monster homers in Home Run Derby mode – lift the trophy with your favorite slugger - Deep customization options allow for you to manage the complexity to the way you like - 12 batting control style combinations – crush dingers your way - Customize difficulty with contextual difficulty sliders - Set your preferred camera angle for pitching and batting with 19 options - Jam out to over 20 licensed tracks, including songs by Justin Bieber & Travis Scott, The Chainsmokers, Diplo, blackbear & more - Incredible player model improvements make the action more realistic than ever - Pitch paths driven by MLB STATCAST totally unique to pitchers in the game - Play-by-play commentary makes the game feel more natural than ever before - Weekly Roster Updates keeps your squad up to date with the latest MLB breakout stars - Play as all 30 MLB Clubs & every player, as well as over 165+ legendary MLB players and clubs

R.B.I. Baseball 21 Critic Reviews

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The marketing materials for R.B.I. Baseball 21 makes some bold claims that the end product fails to deliver on. While it does carry the full MLB and players union license, it is a lesser representation of the game of baseball than some of its more-arcadey rivals. It touts features of AAA sports games, yet trips over its own cleats when asked to make a clutch play. The lack of online play will make it a non-starter for many and the aggressively bad animations will disqualify it for anyone hoping for a semi-serious game of baseball. This mess could be cleaned up, but players will need to wait for next year’s outing to find out.

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On the Nintendo Switch, R.B.I. Baseball 21 strikes out, but swinging at least. There were some moves in the right direction for the franchise, rosters appear to update frequently, and the pitching was still pretty fun. However, a lack of polish, depth, and much more than competitors are providing leave R.B.I. Baseball 21 quite a ways behind. Despite the game having its issues, it could serve as a “pass the time” experience on the couch when the TV is being utilized.

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There are plenty of flaws here, and at times those flaws caused frustration. However, the bottom line is there is fun to be had here, whether in franchise mode, exhibition, or online. There is still plenty of room for improvement (like, plenty plenty), but if you're looking for a fun game that can be enjoyed by all, you could do a lot worse than adding RBI Baseball '21 to your rotation this year.

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For RBI Baseball 21 to launch in such a poor state with MLB The Show going multiplatform is like seeing your favorite team sit on a pile of cash as a division rival forms an all-star team.

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