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Baseball is America's favorite past time, and people from all over the world take part in the classic game. However, we haven't seen a solid baseball game for the iPhone until now, with the introduction of Baseball Superstars 2009 from creators GAMEVIL Inc.
Now don't get me wrong, you will not see Manny Ramirez or any other Major League Baseball player, but it still qualifies as a very gratifying baseball experience. It is a solid and fun baseball game, while still remaining challenging.
My favorite things about playing BS2009 are the amount of modes that it offers. Many times with sports games on the iPhone, you get just a standard single game. This is not the case at all with BS2009. You have five different game modes to choose from, each with their own unique styles of play.
First there is normal mode, this is your standard single game found in pretty much every sports game. You can choose from any of the teams, adjust your lineups, find a good stadium and then you're off to the ballpark for a simple game.
The next mode is My League, and this is probably my favorite of all. It's a mixture of a be a pro type mode, and an RPG. You create your player, choose the name, bat handedness and a contact or power hitter. Once you have your player created, you begin the season. You can train your player, and even buy items to increase your player's stats.
When you are ready to play, you only hit with your player, while the rest of the game simulates until you hit. When the game is over, the coach will give you feedback. Fore the record, he doesn't hesitate to tell you how worthless you are when you have a rough game. This mode is definitely the highlight of the game, it's fun to focus on your single player and build his stats and abilities.
Season and homerun modes are pretty much self explanatory. In the season mode, you choose what team you want, and go through a schedule trying to make the playoffs and win the championship. In homerun mode you are basically put into a homerun derby. There is not much more to it than that. If you enjoy the homerun derby then you'll like this mode, but it's probably the weakest of all of them all.
Mission mode is the last game mode you can choose from, this is kind of a spinoff from the "My League" mode. You control the player you create, and try and attempt to achieve different goals. They stem from getting a couple hits in a game, to coming back in the bottom of the ninth to win the game. They aren't the most complicated tasks, but they give the game a little more depth.
When it comes to sound and graphics, Baseball Superstars 2009 shines. The graphics are colorful and the stadiums actually look like they got some size to them. The controls are at most basic, but the on screen control pad makes hitting very easy. Fielding the ball is done by the computer, but you do control throwing the ball and where it goes.
I think something that would've made this a no brainer for game of the year, is if there was a multiplayer mode. This game would be set up perfect for match-making games. Whether it's a homerun derby or single game, it would be a blast to take on another player.
Baseball Superstars 2009 runs normally for $4.99 and is worth every penny. If you keep an eye on it though, you may be able to catch it at a $2.99 price tag. Any baseball fan, casual or hardcore, will enjoy this game for the cartoony graphics. With solid game modes and excellent controls, it really strives ahead of many other games that have been released for the iPhone. Baseball Superstars 2009 can be purchased from the iTunes application library.