Sorry Bases Loaded 3 fans: Bases Loaded 4 is the best game in the series. Everything that was top-notch about 3, including the camera angles, the speed, the ball tracking, the team management, and the insane number of games you can play (up to 130!), remains excellent here.
During field play, there is a smaller map off to the right hand side of the screen that tracks the ball and your fielders’ locations, so you can move them appropriately. Remember in the first game how your large sprites would change to freaky pixel demons when the camera switched to field play? No longer. Your sprites are just as large batting and pitching as they are out in the field.
Bases Loaded 4 completely trumps the need to return to the other three games, and it also highlights the fact that only two Bases Loaded games should have ever been produced for the NES: the original which, for better and worse, introduced new ideas to the land of NES baseball, and Bases Loaded 4 which brings BL2 and 3‘s best ideas together into a great package.
To release Bases Loaded 4 as the fourth in a tetralogy with little to no change in gameplay, two years after the series made the 16-bit upgrade, is absurd. Well done, Jaleco and TOSE, you magnificent money-grubbers!
PUBLISHER: Jaleco DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Sports
RELEASE DATE: 11/22/91 – (JP), 04/1993 – (US)