Big League Baseball 2005 Review

Big League Baseball is a great simulation for baseball fans, but it's a less-than-stellar gameplay experience.

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Big League Baseball 2005 is the best statistical and strategic simulation of baseball available on mobile, but it also has the least appealing interface of this year's offerings. The game features the full rosters of all 30 MLB teams, complete with statistics for each player. Pitchers all have their four main throws; and batters have four types of hits. The difficulty is well tuned and yields appropriate scores for a game of baseball. Unfortunately, you aren't given much control over pitching, and the game's isometric camera angle is difficult to deal with when batting. In general, Big League Baseball is a great simulation for baseball fans, but it's a less-than-stellar gameplay experience.

The game keeps a profile for you, tabulating your performance.

In Big League Baseball, you can either play an exhibition game or try your luck at championship mode, which works like a typical MLB playoff. In either case, you'll choose your starting pitcher and your batting lineup, after being presented with the relevant statistics to inform that choice. This is a level of complexity that most mobile developers would eschew, citing that it belongs in a hardcore sim. Baseball fans, however, will surely appreciate it.

The action is shown from a simple isometric perspective, from which the game never deviates. Fielding looks OK from this angle, but it's impossible to gauge the height of a pitch. This is too bad since, you know, you need to decide which ones you want to swing at. It's nice that you're given four types of swings, but these are useless if it's impossible to tell which throws are strikes and which are balls.

It's impossible to tell where pitches are headed.

Despite its unfortunate viewpoint, Big League Baseball 2005 actually looks and sounds very good for a game on the old LG VX6000. Some of the animations look a little slow, but that's to be expected. This is a popular handset, and it's nice to see that THQ was able to develop something of this audiovisual quality on more than just early-adopter hardware.

Big League Baseball's faithful translation of baseball statistics makes it a great choice for the enthusiast. Big League's gameplay, however, is not the best in its class. Casual fans would do well to look elsewhere.

The Good
Full player rosters and accurate statistics
Four types of swings on offense
Set up batting orders before every game
Looks and sounds great on the old LG VX6000
The Bad
Terrible camera angle doesn't let you gauge which pitches are good
7.4
Good
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Big League Baseball 2005 More Info

First Release on Mar 14, 2005
  • Mobile
Big League Baseball is a great simulation for baseball fans, but it's a less-than-stellar gameplay experience.
7.3
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Developed by:
THQ Wireless
Published by:
THQ Wireless
Genres:
Baseball, Simulation, Sports, Team-Based
Content is generally suitable for all ages. May contain minimal cartoon, fantasy or mild violence and/or infrequent use of mild language.
Everyone
All Platforms