Bases Loaded II: Second Season spits a full-throttle loog in the face of its predecessor.
At least the original dared to be different. Camera behind the pitcher? Madness! Human-sized players? Surprisingly well animated. These outside-the-box trademarks distinguished Bases Loaded from the overwhelming deluge of NES baseball games.
Bases Loaded II hangs onto these groundbreaking features, but they also add needless ones, like a broken camera. When you or the computer score a hit, the camera flies away from the action at play, like a confused bird that just hit a window.
Another large problem is the too-fast field play. If the opposing team gets a hit and you don’t catch it right away, good luck throwing it back in time because that runner is going home, or at least to third. Perhaps the runner speed wouldn’t have been that great of an issue, were it not for the disorienting camera. When you finally catch the ball and throw it back, it’s a crapshoot as to where it will actually go, and the runner probably scored a point anyway. The options, like 1P and Versus mode, remain the same.
The robotic announcer is also back, although he sounds more congested than the first game. He should have taken this Second Season off.
PUBLISHER: Jaleco DEVELOPER: TOSE GENRE: Sports
RELEASE DATE: 08/10/88 – (JP), 01/1990 – (US)