World Class Baseball
Release Date: December 1989
Developer: Hudson Soft
It’s about time we get America’s favorite past time on the TG-16 with World Class Baseball. I turned this game on and after picking the Pennant Mode and my team, I was sent to the batter box. The batter animation put me off a little bit, but I put that behind me and once I got a hit, I could only think of Tommy Lasorda Baseball. The fielding view is exactly the same. The scoreboard between innings is exactly the same. And despite a little difference in pitching and batting graphics, it plays exactly the same.
The twelve teams you can choose from are all fictional, so I chose to be the Fries, because I love fries. You can move around the batter box. You can bunt for an easy base most of the time. You can swing away. I felt the swinging was a bit slow, but getting contact was very generous. This is definitely a hitter’s game, shown by a couple dozen hits between both teams.
The pitching doesn’t give you a ton of control. You can hold up to throw a change up and down to throw a fastball. Pressing right or left will move the ball in those directions. The computer is pretty good at taking balls, unlike me. I just swung at everything, because it all looked like I could connect until after I hit the swing button. I couldn’t pull off a check swing, so I guess that isn’t possible. I made a comeback in the 9th inning, blasting a grand slam, but it wasn’t enough.
The animations when swinging are awkward, but there are more animations on the field, so there’s that.
The music is out of place and the digitized voice is awful.
Outside of exhibition, there is only a pennant mode, where you play every team once.
The computer was great at getting hits and scoring. I was alright at it.
Fun Factor: 2.5
I had an alright time, but I wasn’t compelled to play more than one game.
Overall Grade: 2.4
World Class Baseball earns a C+. It’s a solid baseball game, but it didn’t break any new ground.