Bases Loaded 3 is the best of the quartet thus far, thanks to TOSE righting most of the wrongs of Bases Loaded II.
While BL 3 retains the annoying “camera-behind-the-pitcher” feature, you’re finally allowed to move your batter around the plate. This makes it easier to hit the balls, which allows for actual gameplay. The field camera is now above the entire field, as it should be, and the control is even tighter and more fluid than the first game.
Instead of simply playing a good ol’ game of baseball (hats down, cups up), Jaleco challenges you to play “the perfect game.” At the end of every game, they rate you in thirteen different categories. Example: if you’re caught stealing, you get three points off. What is this, a gentleman’s game at Grandma’s house? Stealing a base is one of the best parts of baseball! At any rate, the point of a perfect game is to get a score of 100. Otherwise, even if you beat the other team, you don’t actually “win.”
Counterpoint: it’s baseball. Just because TOSE tries to shove new features down your throat doesn’t mean you have to care. Thanks to solid fundamentals and Ryne Sandberg’s winning endorsement, Bases Loaded 3 is a triumphant return for the series.
PUBLISHER: Jaleco DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Sports
RELEASE DATE: 07/27/90 – (JP), 09/1991 – (US)