Baseball is one of my favorite sports, so to celebrate the MLB Postseason being here, I think it’s time to review a baseball game. MLB Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. was released in 1998 for the Nintendo 64. That’s a long name, so I’m just gonna call it MLB for this review. The game is fully licensed and has plenty of players on every team. MLB is loved by retro gamers for its arcade feel, but is the game still good today?
In order to get a grip on the gameplay, I straight up played a full 162 game season with the Arizona Diamondbacks, winning the World Series in seven games. The Seattle Mariners are my favorite team, but I wanted a challenge. The gameplay is very simple. Swing the bat and throw with the A button, pitch with A, B, and Z combinations, and run the bases with the C buttons. The baserunning is one of the worst parts of the game for me. It’s hard to maneuver since sometimes the runners don’t respond to your button presses. Everything else about the control is fine, running in the outfield, swinging and moving the hitting/pitching cursors, diving to make catches, and going through menus, but running the bases sucks. The games go by quickly, and it’s fun to change pitchers, substitute players, and attempt to beat teams. The game is very customizable, and I love that aspect. The gameplay is fine and fun for the most part, but the baserunning is shitty, but none of the aspects have aged the best for standard sports game reasons.
The graphics of the game are bad. It’s a licensed N64 game from 20 years ago, so I didn’t have high expectations, but the character models are blocky and undetailed, the ballparks look weird, and the game generally just looks old. The music is fun, but gets repetitive, since it’s the same generic baseball music over and over. The graphics and music haven’t held up well.
This game was a trip. The game is fun, but I can’t say that it’s a good game in 2018. Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. hasn’t aged well.