What are the best baseball video games ever?
You’re about to find out.
The latest and perhaps the most dominant and popular baseball games, MLB The Show 20, continues in delivering equivalent real-life baseball experience.
It undoubtedly mirrors the reflection of the competitiveness of the sport, offering a recreational gaming experience all from the comfort of a sofa and a game console.
GamingTell goes down memory lane to compile a list of the top ten best baseball video games of all time.
The ranking is based on popular demands and reviews.
The Best Baseball Video Games
10. Triple Play Baseball
Triple Play Baseball game, which features Oakland Athletics’ first baseman Jason Giambi on its box art cover, was released in 2001.
At the time of release, it was one of the most sought after games among electronic baseball games.
It boasts excellent graphics and fun-innovative gameplay.
The”Create A Player” and “Big League Challenge” mode were exciting features that drew thousands of baseball game lovers to Triple Play Baseball.
Players can play a single-player game, playoffs, Home Run Derby, or a full season.
The game was developed by Treyarch and published by EA Sports.
9. All-Star Baseball 99
All-Star Baseball 99 video game developed by Iguana Entertainment and Realtime Associates Seattle Division, published by Acclaim Entertainment, features excellent graphics tempting and appealing to baseball game lovers.
The game allows up to four players and makes use of realistic stadium textures.
Digital photos of baseball players featured in the game add to the fun and give players a similar MLB experience.
Colorado’s outfielder Larry Walker features on the game’s box art cover.
8. MLB SlugFest
MLB Slugfest is a baseball game series.
It is more of a “street” style baseball game with aggressive and arcade-style themes.
It also gives the option to attack other players and permits tackle slides and flaming bats.
The game is something close to a real baseball game event.
It was developed by Sports Mogul, Gratuitous Games, and Midway Games.
MLB SlugFest was also released by Midway Games and available on PlayStation 2, Xbox, and the Nintendo GameCube.
7. Ken Griffey, Jr. Presents Major League Baseball
The Ken Griffey Jr. Presents Major League Baseball was released in 1994.
Upon release, it became a major trend in the gaming world and game peers, especially baseball lovers.
For SNES owners, thus, the game was a compulsion to be owned.
The game features of real stadiums and teams aided to a realistic MLB gaming experience.
It allows for both single-player and multiplayer mode.
However, it didn’t feature real players aside Ken Griffey himself as the game only had a Major League Baseball license and not a Major League Baseball Players Association license.
Its GameBoy version was released in 1997, which featured real baseball players stats of the 1996 season.
The GB version was a financial hit, with 1.2 million units sold.
It was developed by Software Creations and published by Nintendo.
6. Base Wars
Cyber Stadium Series-Base Wars is a combination of both baseball video games and robot games.
It offers both single and multiplayer options.
The gameplay holds in an era where baseball team owners are discontented with huge payment made to players and therefore choose the alternative of substituting players with armed robots.
The game gives four models of robots for players to choose from, each varying in several baseball positions of play.
If a player or team loses three robots in a game, the game would be forfeited.
The game is available only on the Nintendo Entertainment System.
It was developed by Konami and published by Ultra Games.
5. Backyard Baseball
Backyard Baseball was designed with children as its targeted audience.
However, the result was the creation of one of the most popular baseball games ever.
It featured female players and offered a range of options for choosing teams’ old-school style.
Since its official release in 1997, there have been eleven different versions created.
Its latest release was in 2015; Backyard Sports Baseball 2015.
The game offers various playable modes, including single-game and season games.
It was developed by Humongous Entertainment and published by Humongous Entertainment, Infogrames, Atari, and The Evergreen Group.
4. RBI Baseball
Run batted in baseball was one of the first baseball games with its first release in 1987.
It was the first baseball gaming experience for most gamers.
It featured eight teams, naming them by their existing real-life location rather than their actual team names.
Real players’ names and two All-Star teams in the game add to the gaming fun.
Over the years, various baseball games have been birth that surpassed RBI in realism and gaming fun.
However, RBI gamers would never forget the debut experience of one the first set of baseball games.
Its latest release was in March 2020, the RBI Baseball 20.
The game was developed and published by various software companies since its first release in 1987.
3. Baseball Stars
Baseball Stars is deemed to be the best baseball game on the NES platform.
Although released in 1989, its game features are of modern standard gaming of today.
It was the first game that introduced the save game data system, which allows players to keep track of game progress.
It also gives gamers the advantage for custom teams and players, which added to its addictive gaming experience.
Upon its release, it became a major hit boasting thousands of players in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico.
It was developed and published by SNK.
2. MVP Baseball 2005
Released about 15 years ago, MVP Baseball 2005 is still a classic in comparison to modern-day games.
It features all 30 Major League Baseball teams and stadiums and offers an extensive dynasty mode, thus permitting gamers to run team management up to 120 years.
Its Owner Mode gives gamers total control of every aspect of a team, from staff hires to price concessions.
The gaming experience MVP Baseball 2005 offers is addictive.
Despite being over a decade since its release, gaming communities have been devoted to updating the game roasters to conform with modern players in baseball to prolong the game’s longevity.
The game is developed and published by Electronic Arts and is available on PlayStation 2, Xbox, and Game Cube.
Then Boston Red Sox left fielder; Manny Ramirez features on the game’s box art cover.
1. MLB The Show 20
Since its first release in 1997, MLB: The Show video game series has been the leading and top choice baseball game amongst baseball video gamers.
Its latest release, MLB The Show 20, didn’t fail to impress too.
For the first time, it features minor league players and roasters in their likeness, adding individual player’s real names.
It also replaces fake brands advertisement in its stadium with real-life, authentic stadium advertisements.
The promotion of brands like Coca-Cola, PNC Bank, Delta Air Lines, is a new sight in the game’s stadium graphics.
Players either play in old-time stadiums or as all-time legends.
MLB The Show 20 is the complete package of baseball gaming experience.
It was developed by SIE San Diego Studio and published by Sony Interactive Entertainment.
The video game is available on the PlayStation 4 console and was released on March 17, 2020.
What a list. While it is still hot, we are great fans of MLB The Show 20. Which is your go-to?
Here’s a quick recap of the ten best baseball video games of all-time.
- MLB The Show 20
- MVP Baseball 2005
- Baseball Stars
- RBI Baseball
- Backyard Baseball
- Base Wars
- Ken Griffey, Jr. Presents Major League Baseball
- MLB SlugFest
- All-Star Baseball 99
- Triple Play Baseball
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