Game Review: Little League Baseball World Series 2010 (360, PS3)

You know what’s strange? I find baseball a very boring sport to watch both on TV and live. But whenever one of my little brothers or cousins ever had a Little League game, I would never pass up the chance to go watch them play. The kids were always more entertaining than the pros. It was great seeing my little brothers out there on the field having fun and learning valuable lessons on teamwork without too much pressure to win (or make money). And now you can enjoy all the fun of Little League with Little League Baseball World Series  2010 on the Xbox 360 and PS3 (360 version reviewed here).

Little League World Series Baseball 2010 is a kid-friendly, arcade style sports baseball game. Choose from 16 US and International teams, or create your own custom players in Edit Mode. Then pit your team in a quick exhibition match or attempt to win the Little League World Series in Tournament Mode. Before stepping out on the plate, though, you can brush up on your skills and learn the controls in Training. Challenge Mode has fun baseball-themed mini-games such as Pitch Bowling, Home Run Tourney, and a field base throwing memory game, plus many more. Play in nine Little League stadiums which add to the authenticity of the experience. Two players can play, too.

While playing the various modes, you can unlock collectables like trophies and baseball cards. But the goodies are more than just for looking at. You can take a few cards with you to the games that act like power-ups, and use them to give yourself a temporary boost in stats. Good plays fill up a talent meter, and when it’s full, you can unleash powerful batting, pitching, and fielding skills. Of course, if you want a more traditional baseball experience, you don’t have to use the power-up cards and talent meter.

The controls are easy to learn, with intuitive throwing and battling motions. Fans of simple, arcade style baseball should enjoy this Little League game.

Kid Factor:

Young sluggers will love the cartoony graphics and intuitive controls. Older players will appreciate the in-depth customization features and team edit modes. Heck, even adults like me who just want a fun arcade baseball experience will find something to like here. There are selectable difficulty modes for players of all ages and skills.. I’m not an expert on baseball or anything, so if they flubbed some of the rules and fundamentals, I wouldn’t be able to tell. Reading skill is required for all the text in the game. Little League Baseball World Series 2010 is rated E for Everyone.

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