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R.B.I. Baseball 19 Arrives on March 5 - New Trailer and More Features Revealed

R.B.I. Baseball 19

R.B.I. Baseball 19 Arrives on March 5 - New Trailer and More Features Revealed

MLB Advance Media announced R.B.I. Baseball 19 is scheduled to arrive on March 5 for for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Android and iOS devices.

R.B.I. Baseball 19 features:

  • Your Franchise with Total Flexibility: Develop and manage your MLB squad across multiple seasons by adding at the trade deadline, signing free agents, calling up prospects and even taking advantage of newly added two-way players.
  • Fashion Sense: Every official 2019 uniform for all 30 teams and more gear & equipment options than ever before.
  • Authentic MLB Players: Updated player models including over 350 redesigned likenesses, hundreds of new animations, more realistic player movements and reactions to deliver a whole new level of authenticity.
  • Revamped Physics: Reengineered ball physics bring realism to every pitch, hit, and play.
  • Legends & Legend Teams: Play as 165+ all-time greats. All-new Legends Teams available for play on Exhibition Mode and Friendly Online matches.
  • Stunning Environments: Amplified lighting, textures, cinematic sequences and 3-D crowd system in all 30 ballparks.
  • Home Run Derby, Your Way: Pick any MLB player or MLB Legend, compete in any MLB ballpark and customize a bracket for the ultimate Derby showdown.
  • Online Multiplayer: Play ranked and friendly exhibition games with friends and the rest of the world.
  • Bigger and Better Soundtrack: A new soundtrack with music from popular artists including OneRepublic, CHVRCHES, Greta Van Fleet, and many more!
  • Weekly Stats & Roster Updates: Stay up-to-date with weekly roster updates throughout the regular season

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  1. Wow has the show become that stagnant and stale for some people? 
    RBI 18 was fun for a little while...not as good as Super Mega though.  RBl 19 should be fun too...I just wish they would add a retro mode with the fat little men.
    Could RBI baseball eventually dethrone The Show??? I'm actually looking forward to this game. The franchise mode additions and improvements have me intrigued. Can't say the same about The Show 19.
    Peter_OS
    Could RBI baseball eventually dethrone The Show??? I'm actually looking forward to this game. The franchise mode additions and improvements have me intrigued. Can't say the same about The Show 19.

    All RBI would have to do to beat the Show right now is add online franchise and season mode :usa:
    If you haven't actually played RBI Baseball, then you don't know how frustrating the gameplay can be. I've thrown down money two years straight on the game (while also buying The Show), and I usually give up on RBI after a few games. The approach RBI takes to pitching & hitting takes a lot of getting use to. Go to YouTube to watch some games and you'll see what I mean.
    So, unless there's a big makeover for the gameplay, not sure I'll give it a try again this year. There's a reason the early promos haven't shown any gameplay video.
    Smart move releasing 3 weeks before The Show- reminds me of the old 32 bit days when releases would be moved around for a competitive advantage. Let's face it it's not the show but at least its an option.
    dynastymgrguy
    If you haven't actually played RBI Baseball, then you don't know how frustrating the gameplay can be. I've thrown down money two years straight on the game (while also buying The Show), and I usually give up on RBI after a few games. The approach RBI takes to pitching & hitting takes a lot of getting use to. Go to YouTube to watch some games and you'll see what I mean.
    So, unless there's a big makeover for the gameplay, not sure I'll give it a try again this year. There's a reason the early promos haven't shown any gameplay video.

    RBI is still a 20 minute game and takes after it's predecessor from the 80's, quick and sometimes fun. It's not a sim compared to The Show, apples to oranges.
    For the first time ever, I'm going to buy this game alongside MLB the Show 19. The more baseball games, the better. No harm in giving this a try. I like what I saw in the "gameplay trailer." Seems to be improving.
    roadman
    RBI is still a 20 minute game and takes after it's predecessor from the 80's, quick and sometimes fun. It's not a sim compared to The Show, apples to oranges.

    Sure, but why not promote it as such. The promotion has been so dramatic and engaging -- it's like apples and oranges between the perception of what you're going to get and the actual game.
    underdog13
    Woah seems like their franchise mode is growing and getting somewhere.
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    Agreed... definitely has my interest!
    inkcil
    The developers last year said they consider this game a Sim, in spite of its graphical "basicness."

    :lolabove:
    And THAT's why I gave it a try. Again, I root for anyone entering the market with a licensed MLB game... I just wish the effort was better. I bought MLB the Show, OOTP, and RBI Baseball last year. Yes, all very different experiences, but I ended up spending the most time with The Show. (sadly, lost to the Nationals two straight World Series using Cleveland).
    I remain hopeful that this will finally be the one to get into the "good" category. I LOVED the old RBI baseball 20 years ago, but the last couple of versions for Xbox have failed. I want to like this game, but haven't so far. It's hard to get the 'retro' feel with the modern amenities that make it fun. Just a more playable game would make me thrilled, and some actual gameplay video will set me on the path to buy or not to buy
    Being it gets released 3 weeks before The Show, I want to give it a shot. My primary concern is, 2 weeks to release, and no actual gameplay videos have been released. Never played the series before, but from what I understand the gameplay has been rough in prior releases.
    Eyeman79
    Smart move releasing 3 weeks before The Show- reminds me of the old 32 bit days when releases would be moved around for a competitive advantage. Let's face it it's not the show but at least its an option.

    RBI is terrible
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    Man the game comes out within 2 weeks and they still haven't shown us any game play vids..I truly want this* game to succeed been a big baseball fan..*
    I want this game to succeed because on the Xbox we are limited but at the same time I know the game will not be dramatically better than last year's game. I found myself playing more SMB2 last year as it was just a fun experience. That being said I will still support this game as well, I just hope they have made some decent improvements.
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    13whitebread
    I need a baseball game for my switch and I like the authentic MLB license. I have so much downtime at work this will pass the time gonna give it a try

    Same. If it plays well in handheld then I’m willing to give it a shot.
    jeffy777
    Same. If it plays well in handheld then I’m willing to give it a shot.
    Not a bad idea, I would love to have this on my Switch as well. Play SMB2 on the Xbox and this on the Switch.
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    This game comes out next week and they have nothing else to show? I am obsessed with baseball and I haven't been this obsessed in years. I have watched every spring training game I can for the first time ever. I'm going to follow this entire season this year. I am itching to play a baseball game. I'm going to take my chances with this edition. It's only $30 and I have Gamers Club Unlocked, so why not? I bet this will be like 2K vs Live where both games have their pros and cons, but one is far superior to the other, but you find enjoyable out of both, too. I will play this for 3 weeks until I get the other game. It will be cool to own two baseball games.
    Does anyone have a legends list? I was surprised to know they have over 100.
    Hellquist
    This game comes out next week and they have nothing else to show? I am obsessed with baseball and I haven't been this obsessed in years. I have watched every spring training game I can for the first time ever. I'm going to follow this entire season this year. I am itching to play a baseball game. I'm going to take my chances with this edition. It's only $30 and I have Gamers Club Unlocked, so why not? I bet this will be like 2K vs Live where both games have their pros and cons, but one is far superior to the other, but you find enjoyable out of both, too. I will play this for 3 weeks until I get the other game. It will be cool to own two baseball games.
    Does anyone have a legends list? I was surprised to know they have over 100.

    I'd recommend getting an old Pro Yakyuu Spirits instead if you have a PS3. The 2013 edition, which I have, plays and looks great and is available for under $10 shipped on eBay. And if you really like it you can buy the PS4 version that's coming out later this year. :wink:
    Jon Arbuckle
    I'd recommend getting an old Pro Yakyuu Spirits instead if you have a PS3. The 2013 edition, which I have, plays and looks great and is available for under $10 shipped on eBay. And if you really like it you can buy the PS4 version that's coming out later this year. :wink:

    I'm looking forward to the Japanese game for sure.
    I need something portable so I will purchase this for my switch. Looks like every year it is improving hoping it’s better if not I’ll purchase RBI 18 for cheaper but my money is that it is better
    13whitebread
    I need something portable so I will purchase this for my switch. Looks like every year it is improving hoping it’s better if not I’ll purchase RBI 18 for cheaper but my money is that it is better

    Depending on your needs and desires, you may want to try MLB 15 on the Vita (the Vita would also give you the ability to play Madden 13). If you already have a Switch, I am not sure you'd want to invest in a Vita, but, with the baseball and football games out there, the Vita remains my primary gaming platform. The Switch sports games just don't seem to measure up (yet).
    Even though I was not likely to pick it up, I was still rooting for the gsme. The silence is very concerning though. Is day of media exposure, not showing any gameplay less than a week before launch is equivalent to hiding the game.
    I grabbed this one for the Switch. I hope it scratches the itch for my lunch breaks and travel schedule. With the $29 price tag, it was an easy pickup. If it is good, the price is a steal. If it is bad, the price is easy to write off.
    inkcil
    Even though I was not likely to pick it up, I was still rooting for the gsme. The silence is very concerning though. Is day of media exposure, not showing any gameplay less than a week before launch is equivalent to hiding the game.

    Agreed. I would never buy this title without first seeing some gameplay footage. Having said that I have watched footage of the previous games and never bought it. I was hoping this year would be different however it is not looking good. Don't know of many games that don't release some gameplay footage within a week of launch. Doesn't send signals that they are proud of their game.
    Does this series seem content with failing?
    There is not a sign of footage for this game this year and it releases tomorrow.
    Their twitter talked about a giveaway week last week and ever since they have not tweeted about any giveaways. It's almost comical.
    CMH
    Does this series seem content with failing?
    There is not a sign of footage for this game this year and it releases tomorrow.
    Their twitter talked about a giveaway week last week and ever since they have not tweeted about any giveaways. It's almost comical.
    Lol I honestly would have pre-ordered had there been any type of gameplay shown
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    I bought it. I own both a ps4 pro and the X. I just feel like the only way this, or other smaller baseball series, will have a chance is if we all support it by purchasing it. However, it is inexcusable and an embarrasment to show absolutely no info at all. It makes no sense unless its the exact same game or they arent delivering on what they promoted. Im not even sure how people are supposed to know this game exists outside of stumbling upon it by accident.
    Keirik
    I bought it. I own both a ps4 pro and the X. I just feel like the only way this, or other smaller baseball series, will have a chance is if we all support it by purchasing it. However, it is inexcusable and an embarrasment to show absolutely no info at all. It makes no sense unless its the exact same game or they arent delivering on what they promoted. Im not even sure how people are supposed to know this game exists outside of stumbling upon it by accident.
    Yeah I'm more than likely going to get it because it's the only option an Xbox guy has. Love OOTP, but also want to get my in game fix in.
    Still, pretty embarrassing marketing effort.
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    Will I Am
    Right but that's midnight tonight so was wondering.
    Sorry I read it as this past midnight. Yes it's coming out midnight.
    I plan to buy it too. But disappointed in no news. So I'm waiting because if it's destroyed by fans of the game, I'll stay away. I don't care about opinions from people trashing it before it's out. I want to know what guys here think.
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    CMH
    Sorry I read it as this past midnight. Yes it's coming out midnight.
    I plan to buy it too. But disappointed in no news. So I'm waiting because if it's destroyed by fans of the game, I'll stay away. I don't care about opinions from people trashing it before it's out. I want to know what guys here think.
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    NP, hopefully some streaming on twitch tonight so can check it out.
    Will I Am
    No digital pre-orders is what I read. Maybe tomorrow it shows up.

    If I had to guess I'd say there's probably a minimum size a game has be to be eligible for pre-loading (because if a game is small enough it can be downloaded within a few minutes or less which defeats the purpose of pre-loading). RBI might be below that size.
    RBI 18 was just 3.16 GB, for what it's worth.
    goillini03
    I grabbed this one for the Switch. I hope it scratches the itch for my lunch breaks and travel schedule. With the $29 price tag, it was an easy pickup. If it is good, the price is a steal. If it is bad, the price is easy to write off.

    I'm with you on this, at $29 it's an easy pickup since there is no other Xbox MLB game. Have some credit ready to take the plunge tonight and be the guinea pig. I remember last year they had a lot of patches to fix a lot of the problems people reported and were very responsive to suggestions. I think they would have done more to fix things people wanted if it were possible given the game engine. Hopefully they were able to clean up the load times this year, that was my biggest pet peeve of the previous games.
    I have 18 on switch so it’s hard to comment on a graphics comparison to last years game but the graphics are definitely nice on Xbox one. Player likenesses are not great on the other hand. The batting stances for guys I know where alright.
    Animations for fielding are pretty bad so far. Players skate around and frames still seem to be missing like last year. The players often just jerk into position. Also the ball interaction with fielders is not smooth at all. I had a pitcher covering first play that was one the ugliest things I’ve seen in a while.
    The load times between half innings is a lot better.
    Gameplay wise I don’t see anything different than 18 at all yet. It’s RBI baseball.
    I’m having fun but I’m not sure for how long that will last. I’ll start a franchise soon and maybe that will add some replay value.
    CujoMatty
    I have 18 on switch so it’s hard to comment on a graphics comparison to last years game but the graphics are definitely nice on Xbox one. Player likenesses are not great on the other hand. The batting stances for guys I know where alright.
    Animations for fielding are pretty bad so far. Players skate around and frames still seem to be missing like last year. The players often just jerk into position. Also the ball interaction with fielders is not smooth at all. I had a pitcher covering first play that was one the ugliest things I’ve seen in a while.
    The load times between half innings is a lot better.
    Gameplay wise I don’t see anything different than 18 at all yet. It’s RBI baseball.
    I’m having fun but I’m not sure for how long that will last. I’ll start a franchise soon and maybe that will add some replay value.

    Thanks for impressions. When you go into franchise can you check and see if they have financials (or anything similar, like a points system?) I know there's free agent signing but that doesn't necessarily mean money and budgeting is involved.
    CujoMatty
    I have 18 on switch so it’s hard to comment on a graphics comparison to last years game but the graphics are definitely nice on Xbox one. Player likenesses are not great on the other hand. The batting stances for guys I know where alright.
    Animations for fielding are pretty bad so far. Players skate around and frames still seem to be missing like last year. The players often just jerk into position. Also the ball interaction with fielders is not smooth at all. I had a pitcher covering first play that was one the ugliest things I’ve seen in a while.
    The load times between half innings is a lot better.
    Gameplay wise I don’t see anything different than 18 at all yet. It’s RBI baseball.
    I’m having fun but I’m not sure for how long that will last. I’ll start a franchise soon and maybe that will add some replay value.
    Just saved me $30. Thanks!
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    bcruise
    Thanks for impressions. When you go into franchise can you check and see if they have financials (or anything similar, like a points system?) I know there's free agent signing but that doesn't necessarily mean money and budgeting is involved.

    Franchise is barebones. There is Today’s game, Calendar, Lineups & Rotation, Trade Players, Reserves, Standings, Add Free Agents, Team Stats, League Leaders, Settings.
    No financials or anything.
    The weird ball not interacting with the player properly is getting to me. A fielder can be 3 feet away and the ball magically warps into their glove. I just had a play where the cpu fielder dove but the ball should have bounced but the ball warped into his glove and I didnt tag up.
    Also preloading throws is hit and miss. It has cost me quite a few bases given up and a couple double plays.
    CujoMatty
    Franchise is barebones. There is Today’s game, Calendar, Lineups & Rotation, Trade Players, Reserves, Standings, Add Free Agents, Team Stats, League Leaders, Settings.
    No financials or anything.
    The weird ball not interacting with the player properly is getting to me. A fielder can be 3 feet away and the ball magically warps into their glove. I just had a play where the cpu fielder dove but the ball should have bounced but the ball warped into his glove and I didnt tag up.
    Also preloading throws is hit and miss. It has cost me quite a few bases given up and a couple double plays.

    Thanks, that's what I figured. I thought since they had free agents and trades listed as features that maybe that had changed, but no such luck.
    This will be my first time playing this. Should I get this to try it out? I will keep the receipt this time, so if I hate it I will take it back. I don't know what to expect. All I want is a fun alternative. Tired of playing basketball. I need my baseball fix!
    Was hoping to hear about significant gameplay improvements. Doesn't sound like that's the case though.Wanted to give this series a shot, but probably not now.
    Just got through my second franchise game. Lost both. 3-1 and 5-2.
    Positives:
    -Graphics
    -pretty good hit variety
    -controls are responsive.
    -plays like an RBI game.
    -it’s a quick baseball experience.
    Negatives:
    -animations are lacking and fielding animations are flat out abysmal.
    -this is a personal opinion but the music is weird as hell. Lol
    -ball physics are real bad.
    -not much depth for replay value.
    Here’s the thing for me. I had fun and I could see me playing this on the Switch to kill time but I’m just not sure why this game didn’t really get better. It’s like what, year 4 for the reboot and it just hasn’t evolved much at all. It seems like people are clamouring for a good baseball game on Switch or on Xbox but this just isn’t. It’s a mobile game at best and I’d argue that there are deeper mobile baseball games. If you took graphics and updated rosters out of the equation mlb 2k12 is a better baseball game by miles and that’s saying a lot because that wasn’t even a very good baseball game 7 years ago.
    To be fair I obviously didn’t sink a lot into it so maybe my opinion is premature but to be honest I feel like I’ve seen everything I will see in the hour and a half I played.
    CujoMatty
    Just got through my second franchise game. Lost both. 3-1 and 5-2.
    Positives:
    -Graphics
    -pretty good hit variety
    -controls are responsive.
    -plays like an RBI game.
    -it’s a quick baseball experience.
    Negatives:
    -animations are lacking and fielding animations are flat out abysmal.
    -this is a personal opinion but the music is weird as hell. Lol
    -ball physics are real bad.
    -not much depth for replay value.
    Here’s the thing for me. I had fun and I could see me playing this on the Switch to kill time but I’m just not sure why this game didn’t really get better. It’s like what, year 4 for the reboot and it just hasn’t evolved much at all. It seems like people are clamouring for a good baseball game on Switch or on Xbox but this just isn’t. It’s a mobile game at best and I’d argue that there are deeper mobile baseball games. If you took graphics and updated rosters out of the equation mlb 2k12 is a better baseball game by miles and that’s saying a lot because that wasn’t even a very good baseball game 7 years ago.
    To be fair I obviously didn’t sink a lot into it so maybe my opinion is premature but to be honest I feel like I’ve seen everything I will see in the hour and a half I played.

    I held out hope, but that hope is erased. Basically, the team that produced this game did not release any footage, no walk-throughs to go over new features... just silence. Silence speaks volumes. Releasing the game this early is a good move because those of us who are eager to play a baseball sim will drop down some cash just to get on the field. Sounds like it's just RBI Baseball 18 with a cover boy update.
    So what happened to new physics, updated environments, hundreds of new animations, improved franchise mode?
    Just lies? Maybe there's a day one patch.
    That sucks. Was hoping to have a MLB game on my switch.
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    CMH
    So what happened to new physics, updated environments, hundreds of new animations, improved franchise mode?
    Just lies? Maybe there's a day one patch.
    That sucks. Was hoping to have a MLB game on my switch.
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    I bought 18 for switch and probably played a total of 10 hours of it so I wouldn’t necessarily trust my expertise on comparing this years with last years.
    Also saying ball physics is bad might not be what I meant. As far as hit variety and the way the ball moves it’s pretty good. I’ve had bounces go over the fielders heads and it slices fairly accurately. What I meant was how the ball interacts with fielders. It warps into the players gloves. Not just once in awhile. Every single play.
    I will say 100% the fielding animations are bad. There is a better variety of animations but they just don’t animate well. The ball gets thrown weird a lot. The players catch balls backwards regularly. Players snap into position frequently. Having more animations really isn’t the problem it’s how they execute the animations that is the problem.
    I didn’t comment on the environments I just included them in my thoughts that the graphics are good. Ishould have mentioned them on the positive side, well other than the crowd is pretty stale. But the actual stadiums look really good.
    It is fun though. I just think anyone expecting it to be miles better than 18 will be majority disappointed. I myself had hoped it would be but it just really isn’t a big enough jump imo from 18. That being said I honestly think for $30 I will pick this up on the switch
    I should have the game any time now. Very discouraging to hear there is basically no improvements in the areas where they specifically said there would be improvements.
    PVarck31
    I should have the game any time now. Very discouraging to hear there is basically no improvements in the areas where they specifically said there would be improvements.

    I’m looking forward to your review. You may feel different.
    I am giving it a break for a bit and thinking maybe I will see it a little differently in an hour. It’s tough because I honestly was disappointed but I did think it was going to be a big leap from 18. I’m hoping now with perspective I may feel differently when I play again.
    Free agents has 3 sections. Regular players legends(pre 93) and classics(post 94)
    You can just add free agents Willy nilly
    There are classic jerseys to choose from and they have managed to put in pullover jerseys without buttons(unlike the show) lol
    CujoMatty
    Free agents has 3 sections. Regular players legends(pre 93) and classics(post 94)
    You can just add free agents Willy nilly

    If you played RBI Baseball 18, then I want to know if there is anything different about pitching and batting? Do you have any control over type of pitch other than the location of the left stick?
    dynastymgrguy
    If you played RBI Baseball 18, then I want to know if there is anything different about pitching and batting? Do you have any control over type of pitch other than the location of the left stick?

    Nothing different.
    CujoMatty
    Free agents has 3 sections. Regular players legends(pre 93) and classics(post 94)
    You can just add free agents Willy nilly
    There are classic jerseys to choose from and they have managed to put in pullover jerseys without buttons(unlike the show) lol

    Jesus christ how lazy could they possibly be to have a "free agency" system like that. Ugh.
    tbread28
    Midnight release if you pre ordered. I think game looks promising.
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    I am not expecting huge things. A game that will keep me interested while on the road is enough. Also, we need to see what patches bring to the game even though I hate that it comes to that.
    Just looking at the video, it doesn't look as bad as I thought, might be also the fact I'm watching the gameplay clip on a small screen. I get it's arcade but come on, they could do a LOT better!
    goillini03
    I am not expecting huge things. A game that will keep me interested while on the road is enough. Also, we need to see what patches bring to the game even though I hate that it comes to that.

    This right here is exactly the right way to go into it. I have played 8 games tonight which says something. I definitely had some fun. The positive thing about the fielding issues is at least they are mostly cosmetic. It was only detrimental to gameplay a few times.
    I have decided that I’m definitely gonna trade it in on XBox and get the Switch version.
    CujoMatty
    This right here is exactly the right way to go into it. I have played 8 games tonight which says something. I definitely had some fun. The positive thing about the fielding issues is at least they are mostly cosmetic. It was only detrimental to gameplay a few times.
    I have decided that I’m definitely gonna trade it in on XBox and get the Switch version.

    The Switch version is what got me!
    Baserunning speed is unrealistically fast. Were previous iterations of the game like this as well?
    EDIT: Maybe it's just how fast they accelerate out of the box.
    Two things are keeping me from loving my first try at RBI. Base runner speed and lack of response throwing to bases. I can deal with wonky animations from time to time but the other two things get a bit frustrating. Through three games I kept feeling like if everything would just slow down a half second they are really on to something.
    For a switch user it’s well worth it. I’ll be getting Show too when the price drops. Both provide different types of games. So no use comparing the two.
    MLB Advanced Media should stop making the game themselves and hire Metalhead Studios (the guys behind Super Mega Baseball) to make their "casual" MLB game. Giving the Metalhead guys the MLB license with their awesome gameplay would be a huge hit.
    No Additional cameras
    STILL haven't implemented a behind the pitcher cam
    Other than that a marked improvement with player models batting and pitching animations
    feilding looks wonky
    This game is a mix between MLB 2k10 and something else
    Played a few innings Cardinals (me) vs Cubs last night, quick impressions:
    + camera angles much improved, both at bat and in the field, stadiums look more detailed and you can see more of them while batting and fielding.
    + load times between innings have improved. Last year you could go make a sandwich while waiting, this year it's about 5 seconds.
    + player graphics have improved, I can easily tell the difference between players and know who's up by not even looking at the name plate.
    + AI strategy is improved, over a few innings, I noticed it was possible to take a walk and the AI seemed to be taking into account who was batting.
    + HR Derby can be setup with any players and in any stadium
    - bit hard to judge fly balls, maybe this will improve with time
    - animations could be better, warping and suction of ball evident
    - music sucks but can be turned off without affecting ballpark organ
    - I had difficulty on medium but was getting pounded 7-1 in the 5th inning, maybe I just need more practice though.
    Overall, I can see myself playing more this year than last
    I simulated a year in franchise. Jesus Aguilar led the league with 68 HRs, Trout had 66 (42 SB). A lot of players with 50+. Only one ERA under 4.
    I was playing as the Braves and my two best players were Acuna batting .373 with 30 HR, and Dansby Swanson .360, 29 HR, 28 SB.
    Just figured I'd share. A very offensive sim engine I guess.
    Thank you for the gameplay! It doesn't look too bad. I will get this game. Like someone else said, this is an alternative to sim. Nothing wrong with having arcade and sim baseball games. This will hold me off until March 26.
    May consider getting it on the Switch but from videos I’ve watched, there seems to be frame rate issues. Anyone with the Switch, can you comment?
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    Alright so I'll throw some impressions out there. I own both a ps4 pro and one X so thankfully this isn't my only baseball option this year. I also am someone coming from the High Heat day and played the hell out of that.
    Fired it up and first thing i did was check our franchise to see if this will be an option for those without the ps4. It's not. As others have said there is no point or monetary system so you just add who you feel whenever you feel. I believe the CPU does though as well but there literally is no offseason mode so its just do it within one day or not. There are injuries. There are trades you can initiate but after simming a season i never received a trade offer so it doesn't seem like the cpu will offer you anything. There are 3 types of trades. Unrestricted so it will be accepted regardless, loose, and strict which is supposed to be realistic. I didnt offer any trades though to test it out.
    After season one, players do retire. Ellsbury and Troy Tulo both retired from the Yankees. A few others from other teams like Brian McCann but those three were the most notable. Opening day has markings on the field but they say 2019 regardless of what year you are in. You can only play 10 seasons and it doesnt appear you can switch teams at any point. I still do not get why there would be no system to add free agents with points or money. It really stinks because at least that would give you some sort of bare bones legit franchise.
    Gameplay is RBI. It's not the show obviously. It doesn't play that bad though. 3 levels of difficulty. Pretty decent hit variety. Fielding is average. There is suction to the ball, throws are too fast and dont seem attribute dependant,and it plays a very arcade game. Stadiums look very good. Player models are alright. Bats look ridiculously too large lol. Colors are vibrant though. No weather that I've noticed. Just day and night. There are no different camera angles that I noticed. Game plays pretty smoothly but it's very arcade like. No pitch types as expected, just slow, fast, and curve yourself after letting go of the ball.
    I guess it would be a good pick up and play game but it's not worth 30 dollars to be honest. It's also not as fun as Super Mega for the arcade style. It seems like this game was caught in between two games as if it couldn't tell if it wanted to go full out arcade or try to be realistic. Bottom line to me is that the team developing this should be ashamed of themselves for being 4 years into this and having the game at this state.
    sportdan30
    May consider getting it on the Switch but from videos I’ve watched, there seems to be frame rate issues. Anyone with the Switch, can you comment?
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    I don't have the game but I just saw a YouTube video saying that a new patch seems to have fixed the stuttering issue the game was having.
    Hi, thanks for the question! Here are the updates:
    Gameplay Tuning
    AI Fielder and baserunner logic fixes
    Animation fixes
    Many smaller UI fixes
    And a updated roster
    From RBI Gaming/Twitter
    Not sure if this eas a one time occurence or a bug but...
    Cpu had bases loaded with 1 out. Pop up to my catcher. Infield fly rule callled. I caught it and threw to 3rd and somehow there was a run down. Problem was, the guy at third hadnttagged up or anything. Odd.
    MLB should be ashamed for promoting and putting out a product like this and charging $30. Ugg..What a disappointment.
    I rather take out my old original Xbox that I still have or an xbox360 and play a decent looking baseball game that plays great from early to mid 2000 than play this "Official" MLB RBI Baseball.....SMH
    jeffy777
    15 minutes of Switch gameplay:
    https://youtu.be/vz8k3KwWwD4
    Formula1Racing
    MLB should be ashamed for promoting and putting out a product like this and charging $30. Ugg..What a disappointment.
    I rather take out my old original Xbox that I still have or an xbox360 and play a decent looking baseball game that plays great from early to mid 2000 than play this "Official" MLB RBI Baseball.....SMH

    You know that this is meant to be an Arcade-style game, right? One that adds news elements but keeps the old RBI style?
    goillini03
    I am seven games in and have not had a problem (on Switch). What system are you on?

    Xbox1. One freeze had Moustakus batting continuously like batting practice. I couldn't get out of that until I exited to the xbox1 home screen. Freeze #2 occurred with a blurry screen and a ghosting bat with a hitter in the box. I don't know if the consoles received the update, yet.
    Formula1Racing
    MLB should be ashamed for promoting and putting out a product like this and charging $30. Ugg..What a disappointment.
    I rather take out my old original Xbox that I still have or an xbox360 and play a decent looking baseball game that plays great from early to mid 2000 than play this "Official" MLB RBI Baseball.....SMH

    Then play what you like, it is not marketed as a "SIM" game nor is it charged at $60. I think everyone would admit The Show is better but not everyone has a PS4 or wants to shell out hundreds for one, then another $60 on top of that for the game. This is a decent option for me and others who feel that way.
    Back on topic, played online for the first time last night, only took 5 min to find a game and had a lot of fun. I could compete and the animations did not take me out of making plays or cost me outs/runs. The other guy meanwhile had a bit of trouble fielding and I got a couple of cheap runs off him. Kinda felt bad for him but he kept playing til the 7th, then friendly quit and I got the win.
    roadman
    Xbox1. One freeze had Moustakus batting continuously like batting practice. I couldn't get out of that until I exited to the xbox1 home screen. Freeze #2 occurred with a blurry screen and a ghosting bat with a hitter in the box. I don't know if the consoles received the update, yet.

    I was going to ask about the update. I have only played in docked mode, so I might try tonight on hand-held to see if it comes up for me. I have a list of items to send them that need patched, not like they may care, but I was going to add this one too.
    I understand that. However, we are in the year 2019 and to release an "arcade" baseball game with the power of the current consoles they could at least pump-up the graphics to the current standards.
    I take it some of you never seen or played decades old baseball games eh? Check them out and compare. No reason for RBI to have inferior graphics and gameplay. But if that is what sales now a days as good enough...Yikes!..lol
    goillini03
    You know that this is meant to be an Arcade-style game, right? One that adds news elements but keeps the old RBI style?
    Formula1Racing
    I understand that. However, we are in the year 2019 and to release an "arcade" baseball game with the power of the current consoles they could at least pump-up the graphics to the current standards.
    I take it some of you never seen or played decades old baseball games eh? Check them out and compare. No reason for RBI to have inferior graphics and gameplay. But if that is what sales now a days as good enough...Yikes!..lol
    The graphics may not up to the standard of today's sports games but they are much more improved than the old generations.
    The only argument might be old pixel art because that style is timeless. But RBI isn't a pixel art game. If it was, it would look better than old pixel art games.
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    Oh, come now, I came here to see what this game had to offer and what it looked like. Remember, they(MLB) doesn't show what the game actually looks like in their promos and never found videos or screenshots here or anywhere else. I now see why!
    Sure of course I am going to play what I want to play, I am not arguing that you should not play RBI, I don't give a or care. I was just giving my opinion on the promoters and producers($$) of this bb game (MLB)
    Ah, The Show, a current gen baseball game and currently the only quality baseball game you can buy right now, no other third party devs seem to want to make a competitive BB game which is sad. The Show can be played as you want it to play...Sim or Arcade. You have a choice. I suggest any true baseball fan that are stuck with only having an Xbox1 or Switch wanting an decent baseball game to save their pennies and get a used PS4 and The Show...much better BB experience.
    baconbits11
    Then play what you like, it is not marketed as a "SIM" game nor is it charged at $60. I think everyone would admit The Show is better but not everyone has a PS4 or wants to shell out hundreds for one, then another $60 on top of that for the game. This is a decent option for me and others who feel that way.
    Back on topic, played online for the first time last night, only took 5 min to find a game and had a lot of fun. I could compete and the animations did not take me out of making plays or cost me outs/runs. The other guy meanwhile had a bit of trouble fielding and I got a couple of cheap runs off him. Kinda felt bad for him but he kept playing til the 7th, then friendly quit and I got the win.
    Formula1Racing
    Oh, come now, I came here to see what this game had to offer and what it looked like. Remember, they(MLB) doesn't show what the game actually looks like in their promos and never found videos or screenshots here or anywhere else. I now see why!
    Sure of course I am going to play what I want to play, I am not arguing that you should not play RBI, I don't give a or care. I was just giving my opinion on the promoters and producers($$) of this bb game (MLB)
    Ah, The Show, a current gen baseball game and currently the only quality baseball game you can buy right now, no other third party devs seem to want to make a competitive BB game which is sad. The Show can be played as you want it to play...Sim or Arcade. You have a choice. I suggest any true baseball fan that are stuck with only having an Xbox1 or Switch wanting an decent baseball game to save their pennies and get a used PS4 and The Show...much better BB experience.

    Actually the best baseball game on the market right now IMO would be OOTP. As far as RBI goes I find it fun despite it's shortcomings. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a "lite" baseball game.
    Oh geez You can't compare OOTP to the Show, we are talking about console video baseball gaming boss, come on now. The Show is the best baseball "Video" game right now. Ok, now? Corrected for you. And I am extremely giddy that you are having fun with RBI...Enjoy!
    Eh-Red
    Actually the best baseball game on the market right now IMO would be OOTP. As far as RBI goes I find it fun despite it's shortcomings. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a "lite" baseball game.
    Formula1Racing
    I understand that. However, we are in the year 2019 and to release an "arcade" baseball game with the power of the current consoles they could at least pump-up the graphics to the current standards.
    I take it some of you never seen or played decades old baseball games eh? Check them out and compare. No reason for RBI to have inferior graphics and gameplay. But if that is what sales now a days as good enough...Yikes!..lol

    I do not think that you do, but it is good to know that you have no reason to come back into this thread.
    goillini03
    I was going to ask about the update. I have only played in docked mode, so I might try tonight on hand-held to see if it comes up for me. I have a list of items to send them that need patched, not like they may care, but I was going to add this one too.

    I did get through a game without freezing, but is there anyway to get rid of those tutorials that are displayed when playing a exhibition game? I notice in game options there is a reset tutorial line.
    Anyone can answer, thanks.
    RBI Baseball originated in 1986 and the first year they came back four years ago, the mantra was, "we are going to stay close to the 1986 gameplay model. 20 minutes quick pick and up game.
    So, Formula, did you play HH baseball in the early 2000's? Ever see their graphics, the burned out faces? Even back then, people griped about the graphics that game produced.
    There is better details in the stands and better player models this year.
    Essentially, it comes down to, to each their own. Just as you said you don't give a care if people like to play RBI, the same is true that people don't give a care if someone doesn't play RBI.
    Formula1Racing
    I understand that. However, we are in the year 2019 and to release an "arcade" baseball game with the power of the current consoles they could at least pump-up the graphics to the current standards.
    I take it some of you never seen or played decades old baseball games eh? Check them out and compare. No reason for RBI to have inferior graphics and gameplay. But if that is what sales now a days as good enough...Yikes!..lol

    There are plenty of truly great games that don't utilize all the power of consoles like The Messenger, Dead Cells, Shovel Knight , Celeste etc etc . That doesn't mean they aren't good games or aren't deserving of your time. Graphics do not indicate how good a game is. I don't own RBI Baseball but this games is trying to achieve something different from the Show is and their graphics reflect that. I for one like the graphics for what it is , its a smaller budget, smaller priced game and not everyone wants a super sim game like the Show so this is a decent alternative. The show turns off people for how "hardcore" it is. Alternatives shouldn't be scoffed at
    and you have to remember, Arcade Sports used to be a big part of sports gaming on console.
    roadman
    I did get through a game without freezing, but is there anyway to get rid of those tutorials that are displayed when playing a exhibition game? I notice in game options there is a reset tutorial line.
    Anyone can answer, thanks.
    RBI Baseball originated in 1986 and the first year they came back four years ago, the mantra was, "we are going to stay close to the 1986 gameplay model. 20 minutes quick pick and up game.
    So, Formula, did you play HH baseball in the early 2000's? Ever see their graphics, the burned out faces? Even back then, people griped about the graphics that game produced.
    There is better details in the stands and better player models this year.
    Essentially, it comes down to, to each their own. Just as you said you don't give a care if people like to play RBI, the same is true that people don't give a care if someone doesn't play RBI.

    I am also wondering how to to turn off or hide the tutorials in exhibition mode it’s annoying to keep seeing something pop up on screen especially when you only use like 2 buttons lol
    Formula1Racing
    Oh geez You can't compare OOTP to the Show, we are talking about console video baseball gaming boss, come on now. The Show is the best baseball "Video" game right now. Ok, now? Corrected for you. And I am extremely giddy that you are having fun with RBI...Enjoy!

    Thanks! There is nothing wrong with liking The Show better than OOTP because that is subjective. However don't try and tell us OOTP is not a video game because it is and that is objective not subjective. Back on topic RBI does not sound like it's a game for you.
    goillini03
    You know that this is meant to be an Arcade-style game, right? One that adds news elements but keeps the old RBI style?

    Actually the developers said that they consider it a Sim. We may consider it arcade when comparing it to other games, but if the developer says it is a Sim, then that's how we should "judge" them.
    It just has severe limitations in the areas of sound, graphics, animations and presentation.
    The Bigs 2...that was an arcade game.
    I was like 11 or 12 when the first RBI was released on NES. It was not an arcade game. It was the most realistic simulation of the sport on home consoles to date when it came out. Got it at JC Penny's when they had an electronics section back in the 80's. Man I miss my childhood....
    inkcil
    Actually the developers said that they consider it a Sim. We may consider it arcade when comparing it to other games, but if the developer says it is a Sim, then that's how we should "judge" them.
    It just has severe limitations in the areas of sound, graphics, animations and presentation.
    The Bigs 2...that was an arcade game.
    I was like 11 or 12 when the first RBI was released on NES. It was not an arcade game. It was the most realistic simulation of the sport on home consoles to date when it came out. Got it at JC Penny's when they had an electronics section back in the 80's. Man I miss my childhood....

    I hear you but anyone can see that they are not competing, or trying to, with The Show. That automatically makes it arcade IMO. I would also not consider original sports games as sim. Played too many of them on the NES to see them for what they really were.
    inkcil
    Actually the developers said that they consider it a Sim. We may consider it arcade when comparing it to other games, but if the developer says it is a Sim, then that's how we should "judge" them.
    It just has severe limitations in the areas of sound, graphics, animations and presentation.
    The Bigs 2...that was an arcade game.
    I was like 11 or 12 when the first RBI was released on NES. It was not an arcade game. It was the most realistic simulation of the sport on home consoles to date when it came out. Got it at JC Penny's when they had an electronics section back in the 80's. Man I miss my childhood....

    Sounds like sim is objective, Ink.
    I played RBI back in the day and I thought it was arcadey even during that time. I considered Baseball Stars more of a sim because it threw financials in the game. Fast forward to Earl Weaver and Tony LaRussa and those became more of a sim.
    Ink, here is an article for RBI 18 where they discuss the team never wanted to go the simulation route:
    https://www.polygon.com/features/2018/1/22/16911760/rbi-baseball-18-ps4-switch-xbox-one-mlb-mlbam-history
    With no better options available, MLB took the extraordinary step of deciding to produce its own video game. But the company never had any interest in going the simulation route.
    “There wasn’t another option for baseball fans to try a different type of baseball game,” says Jamie Leece, vice president of gaming and VR for MLBAM. “If you go back to the original R.B.I. , or you go back to NHL ’94, or even some of the early FIFAs, even PGA Tour back then, it was just simple, pure fun. And regardless of whether you had a video game background or familiarity with controls, you could play a sports game, and it was an equalizer.”
    A less complex baseball game would have the potential to reach a wider range of gamers and baseball fans, and it would be more conducive to development across consoles and mobile devices. What’s more, it wouldn’t run any risk of being seen as a competitor to MLB The Show, Sony’s incredibly realistic — and intimidatingly complicated — simulation franchise. MLBAM’s next step was tying the product to an old-school brand, for some name recognition and nostalgia.
    goillini03
    I hear you but anyone can see that they are not competing, or trying to, with The Show. That automatically makes it arcade IMO. I would also not consider original sports games as sim. Played too many of them on the NES to see them for what they really were.

    I agree that they are not trying to compete with the Show, and for a lot of reasons, I think that is a wise choice. But I disagree that it's automatically arcade because they aren't/can't compete. IMO, MLB 2K couldn't compete with the Show, but that doesn't mean it was an arcade game.
    Although we weren't using the term Sim back in '88, if we had been using it, there's no way you could have convinced me at the time that RBI wasn't Sim. There were no power ups, special moves or abilities, speed or turbo boost buttons. No quick time mini games lol. It wasn't the baseball version of Ring King , lol.
    inkcil
    Anymore Switch impressions? I think I'll try it when a used copy pops up. I already have '18 digitally on Xbox One...

    So far, so good. There are some bugs that will annoy you, like a ball going through your first baseman on a throw from SS. You will still get the out. I have chalked that up to a bug issue, not that it should have been an error.
    I have only played in docked mode, but like it for what it is. I travel a lot, so this will take care of my baseball itch. Worth $30? Probably not. At least not right now.
    I was impressed with the day one roster that already had Harper on the Phillies (but with the wrong number). I have a feeling that they will continue to patch/add things, so it probably is better at the $20 price tag.
    MaximumChaos84
    The feilding is the worst part of this game imo it's horrible.
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    I think that they need some help here as well. I have noticed a few times where diving was harder, and not as intuitive, as it should be. Also, it seems to be like 90% of the bugs I have found are in the fielding portion of the game.
    Question for you. Have you tried to play with fielding assist on? I hate using assists, but I think I might try that this evening.
    inkcil
    Anymore Switch impressions? I think I'll try it when a used copy pops up. I already have '18 digitally on Xbox One...

    I only got two games in undocked last night, but both felt like I was still playing on docked mode. I think overview a few posts up still stands.
    Sorry if I missed them, but would someone be able to post some screen shots of the actual game for the Xbox One? Also was interested to hear thoughts on commentary during the game.
    Thanks.
    I've played a couple games since release.
    The game is fine. It's not great. It's probably not very good. It's debatable if it's good or bad. I think it'll depend on what you're looking for.
    There are things that I wish were better. I still think hitting is kind of hit or miss. There seems to be some disconnect with what actually constitutes solid contact.
    There are FAR TOO MANY opposite field home runs. In fact, I think every home run I've seen hit is opposite field. This is true even in the Home Run Derby.
    Scores have been good. 6-5, 4-3, 2-1, 7-1, stuff like that. A nice range of scores.
    Starting pitcher stamina is still dreadful. I don't think a starter has lasted more than five against me, even while winning. On the other hand, I don't seem to have issue with keeping my starter in to around the 6th or 7th. Part of that is I'm not striking out a lot of hitters at the moment. I also think the CPU AI loves to use the hard fastball which drains energy a lot faster. I would love to request BAM fix this but it's been a problem since at least RBI 16 (the last one I played) so I doubt it's on their to-do list.
    Fielding is dreadful in that fielding animations are dreadful. It almost feels like a lot of the new animations didn't make it in or were accidentally left out. Things get quirky when you try to throw quickly. It's not so much that frames are missing but an entire animation is missing so a player simply goes from fielding to having his arm releasing a baseball. And depending on the animation to field the ball, it can look very very awkward. That said, the outfielder animations are much better.
    The ball does warp on defense but it's not my biggest peeve right now. Again, it's very clearly missing animations that make the ball appear to warp. A guy can be running toward a ball and magically come up with it. It's not as if the ball couldn't be fielded, it's that it seems unusual because an animation of the fielder leaning forward or sliding for the ball isn't there.
    If the game can clean up its animations this year - not next year, this year - then it'll make this game look a ton better.
    As for gameplay, I won't comment too much on it because I think it depends on what you're looking for. It's not a deep sim, but it's also not entirely arcade either. I find the at-bats the most arcade-y with moving the batter and pitcher around, a limited pitch mechanic (which isn't a complaint because it's RBI, but still can turn some people off) and an emphasis on less pitches is better. But once the ball is in play, it's a sim. The ball will go everywhere. You have lots of hit variety, balls down the line, bloops, drives into the gap, slow rollers, texas leaguers, atom balls, ground rule doubles (the ball might bounce a bit too high creating more than typical), etc.
    I'm enjoying it for what it is. It needs some clean up on animations and gameplay (like the opposite field home runs and pitcher stamina) but I don't think there's much more it can do on the field without taking away from the quick-game approach.
    jmount78
    ...was interested to hear thoughts on commentary during the game.
    Thanks.

    If you like hearing "ball, strike, safe and out" you're good.
    Playing on Switch - docked only so far.
    Many more different hit types than past years.
    I wouldn't call it warping but clearly the ball sometime just hits a fielder and they have it but it isn't bad just a lack of an animation. No big deal for m. I am not seeing a ball way out of reach just get magically transmitted to a fielder. It is more like a dive animation got them in the area and it hits their back but the catch it. Not a huge deal in this type of game. I am used to it from all the old NES games in the day I don't need 100% fluid animation of a guy fielding a grounder. If they bend over and it looks like it hits between the glove and foot and he 'catches it' I am fine with that.
    For what it is I enjoy it. Quick 20-25 minute game of baseball that is simple to play.
    Trades had a setting when I started my dynasty on like levels of none/mild/strict in terms of who how they get approved.
    Dynasty also had different levels of injury I forget what they were but I set it to 1-10 days which after none was the lowest
    Looks like you can add legends to you roster as free agents in franchise. Have not tried it put saw them in the free agents list.
    I simmed a whole season and a few people retired. You could then in stats go back and look at past years.
    Wish there was more stats but all the main ones are there (AB/H/R/HR/2B/3B/SB/SO/AVG/OPS/OPS+SLG) (W/L/SV/SO/ERA/WHIP/OPPAVG) missed a few maybe but as a stat geek I want sacrifices, ground ball%, vs righty vs lefty etc
    Small stat bug. If you bring a pinch hitter they don't get a games played stat. Looks like just starters get games
    So if I pinch hit for someone the pinch hitter still has zero games but gets the AB correctly
    Had another fun game as the Mets vs the Braves winning 5-2.
    Really if you're just looking for a quick 30-45 min game and you can let the animations go, you'll find a nice one here.
    Both home runs in the Mets Braves game were pulled which was nice to see. Acuna going deep to left center and Cano pulling one near the line in right.
    I'm not sure what ratings make a pitcher better than another in run or hit prevention but I'm intrigued. The ratings for pitchers (at least from what we can see) are velocity, curve, drop, speed difference and stamina.
    It makes me believe that the game takes DIPS into account and believes (which I agree with as well) that once a ball is hit, it's out of the pitchers hands.
    Using someone like deGrom in the Mets game, I was able to use his combination of velocity, curve, speed difference and stamina to keep the hitting AI guessing while also not suffering too much of a stamina drop by being aggressive frequently.
    My lone mistake was a nonchalant pitch covering the plate to Acuna in the first. After that, I got into a better groove and was able to power and finesse my way through the game with ease.
    Or maybe it doesn't matter. The next challenge is to use a really crappy pitcher and see if I can do the same. My issue with RBI 16 was how easily I could be deGrom with a fifth starter. Let's see if this holds up.
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    I took a day off today and decided to play mostly all day long and LOL.
    I only won one out of 10 games I played today. I am playing on medium. The AI is ridiculously OP. I'm used to blowing out the AI, but I am getting blown the hell out in every game except a couple. The only game I won was with the freaking Rangers (4-1). Most of the scores on average from the AI has been 8 or more runs. The most being 18 with the White Sox.
    I have to say the worst part of the game is definitely the fielding. The ball warping is a close second. I am enjoying the game and it's quite fun, but it will be more fun when I start winning some games lol. I am eating a lot of humble pie today. I will play again later tonight.
    I am having the Show flashbacks when I am fielding by pressing L1 and doing other stuff I do on the Show, so that has cost me a lot of pain and suffering. My goal is to win one more game tonight. I feel the game is a mix of arcade and sim, but a lot of unrealistic stuff is going on. I did witness the opposite field home run by Jay Bruce and I am like, WTF?!?!?! This is going to be a steep learning curve for me.
    A lot of the games I have played, I am hitting well, but the runs aren't generating. I just need to get used to the buttons. They are quite different and I have too much the Show muscle memory going on, which is costing me games. Once I get used to the buttons, I think I will win more games. The good news is I can hit. Just need those runs and improve my awful defense.
    franch1se
    how deep are the rosters? ie - how many players in franchise mode are in an organization? Can we edit players? Never played an RBI game

    Hey Franchise, I do not believe that you can edit. The rosters are accurate, the reserves are actual guys on the team, the Free agents are real and the legends in the FA market are “real” as well.
    One thing about the game last few years was it got repetitive fast. For those with 19, do you feel like it's repetitive or is it better this year? More variety in the gameplay and game by game?
    Also, is there any difference between the xbox/ps4 versions vs the switch? I'm leaning on getting it on switch because of the portability but don't want to miss any features. I heard a rumor switch does not have replays but not sure.
    They removed top spin from hits in last year's game after first introducing it in '17. That might have to do with some of the lack of variety. I have yet to see any top spin shots in this year's game either, though.
    EDIT: My goodness, I thought I was in a thread for The Show. My apologies.
    hyacinth1
    One thing about the game last few years was it got repetitive fast. For those with 19, do you feel like it's repetitive or is it better this year? More variety in the gameplay and game by game?
    Also, is there any difference between the xbox/ps4 versions vs the switch? I'm leaning on getting it on switch because of the portability but don't want to miss any features. I heard a rumor switch does not have replays but not sure.
    My concern is how quickly I'll get good at pitching again since the last time I played RBI in 2016.
    I feel like I'm getting close and that might ruin the game. I'll see.
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    hyacinth1
    One thing about the game last few years was it got repetitive fast. For those with 19, do you feel like it's repetitive or is it better this year? More variety in the gameplay and game by game?
    Also, is there any difference between the xbox/ps4 versions vs the switch? I'm leaning on getting it on switch because of the portability but don't want to miss any features. I heard a rumor switch does not have replays but not sure.

    No instant replay in the Switch version.
    The gameplay is smooth, though. Only time frame rate dips is during cinematic cutscenes.
    inkcil
    Anymore Switch impressions? I think I'll try it when a used copy pops up. I already have '18 digitally on Xbox One...

    Really enjoying this game on Switch. I went with the digital version.
    Still adjusting to hitting and fielding (I actually moved to Assisted for a few games and that helped keep the CPU at bay). Gameplay is smooth in docked and handheld. Graphics have been improved from previous versions.
    This is a nice fit on Switch; playing a game in 20-40 min. is a nice convenience. Overall, I'm having FUN and that's the most important thing.
    Oh, and the load the times are MUCH BETTER than previous Switch versions. Huge fix there by the RBI team.
    Really maddening that this hasn't been released for Android, just like last year.
    They also told me no home run derby this year. What's up with that?
    Sorry guys, I just can't keep this game. I played all weekend and I cannot justify any reason. The AI is OP even on easy. They get way too many runs. The game is just bad. I sound salty and sound like a sore loser, but no one wants to play a game they cannot win. I only won one game the entire time I played this game. I almost won my second game with the Nationals (4-0), but the game froze :brickwall
    I cannot invest my time on this game. I am happy I finally got to play RBI, but it's not for me. I'm going to exchange it for something else. This is the first game I bought in a brick and mortar since 2011, so I kept the receipt just in case.
    Hellquist
    Sorry guys, I just can't keep this game. I played all weekend and I cannot justify any reason. The AI is OP even on easy. They get way too many runs. The game is just bad. I sound salty and sound like a sore loser, but no one wants to play a game they cannot win. I only won one game the entire time I played this game. I almost won my second game with the Nationals (4-0), but the game froze :brickwall
    I cannot invest my time on this game. I am happy I finally got to play RBI, but it's not for me. I'm going to exchange it for something else. This is the first game I bought in a brick and mortar since 2011, so I kept the receipt just in case.
    Do what makes you happy, for sure.
    I'm curious what you were doing on the mound? Do you always keep the ball over the plate? Are you curving after you throw? Mixing in heat with slow pitches?
    I wish the CPU was more difficult on normal.
    Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
    viper652
    Really maddening that this hasn't been released for Android, just like last year.
    They also told me no home run derby this year. What's up with that?

    Android version usually releases last by about two months.
    HR Derby is back and better than ever. Last year you could only play with the CPU selected players and in only one stadium (Nationals Park).
    This year you can play in ANY stadium with ANY players. It is really setup well.
    CMH

    I wish the CPU was more difficult on normal.

    I agree. Normal is too easy and Hard is too hard. They need to have a difficulty that's between these two.
    goillini03
    This is how I feel as well.

    Same...I do like the fact that the game is quick.
    The audio is maddening so I turned it off. Getting some temporary freezes when bringing in relievers after pinch hitting. Not sure if the stats are accurate during a franchise or at least when I sort them.
    Still happy to have something to play on the Xbox One.
    TSOLEliot
    Same...I do like the fact that the game is quick.
    The audio is maddening so I turned it off. Getting some temporary freezes when bringing in relievers after pinch hitting. Not sure if the stats are accurate during a franchise or at least when I sort them.
    Still happy to have something to play on the Xbox One.

    I'm getting the same freezes when I substitute a SP for a PH, but mine aren't temporary. I was told to wait 3 to 5 minutes to see if it continues to freeze, so, I will try that.
    Will I Am
    So how's the cpu ai in the game? Do runners take the extra base when they should, stuff like that. Thanks.
    No. A lot of stupid stuff.
    Runners hold with two outs.
    Base stealers will actually turn back if they know they've been caught. I've thrown out zero base runners because each one turns around back to first and makes it without issue.
    Outfield throws are too strong. You'll get your routine doubles. But anything hit remotely hard off the wall bounces too quickly to the OFer and is thrown in too quickly so you can't stretch your single.
    Forget about scoring from second on a single. It's basically not an option unless your runner is fast.
    Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
    CMH
    No. A lot of stupid stuff.
    Runners hold with two outs.
    Base stealers will actually turn back if they know they've been caught. I've thrown out zero base runners because each one turns around back to first and makes it without issue.
    Outfield throws are too strong. You'll get your routine doubles. But anything hit remotely hard off the wall bounces too quickly to the OFer and is thrown in too quickly so you can't stretch your single.
    Forget about scoring from second on a single. It's basically not an option unless your runner is fast.
    Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk

    Wow didn't know it was quite that bad, guess I'll stick with SMB2.
    There is a 3.6GB patch on Xbox One today. Anyone know what was patched?
    EDIT: found this info on twitter:
    R.B.I. Baseball 19
    @RBIGAME
    Fans, we've released the first patch for #RBIGAME on
    @Xbox
    ! Check out the improvements including enhanced base-runner AI, streamlined fielding animations, updated player photos, and more!
    Our first roster update is right around the corner, so keep an eye out for more info!
    4:32 PM · Mar 20, 2019 · Twitter Web Client
    baconbits11
    There is a 3.6GB patch on Xbox One today. Anyone know what was patched?
    EDIT: found this info on twitter:
    R.B.I. Baseball 19
    @RBIGAME
    Fans, we've released the first patch for #RBIGAME on
    @Xbox
    ! Check out the improvements including enhanced base-runner AI, streamlined fielding animations, updated player photos, and more!
    Our first roster update is right around the corner, so keep an eye out for more info!
    4:32 PM · Mar 20, 2019 · Twitter Web Client

    Some good fixes/updates here. Said the PS4 and Switch patches will be happening soon.
    There are so many bugs in the Android version it's insane
    My game just froze and quit after hitting a home. I don't remember any bugs last year
    Also the gameplay is not as smooth as last year
    There are so many bugs in the Android version it's insane
    My game just froze and quit after hitting a home run. I don't remember any bugs last year
    Also the gameplay is not as smooth as last year
    I think no matter the quality of this game, I just pray they keep making it year in and year out. I'm so saddened that we once had a year of seven console MLB titles, and now it's down to just two.
    viper652
    There are so many bugs in the Android version it's insane
    My game just froze and quit after hitting a home. I don't remember any bugs last year
    Also the gameplay is not as smooth as last year

    Did you just freeze and quit in the middle of your sentence? :google:
    I can confirm the PH bring in a RP freeze is now fixed. Just played two games and was able to sub freely with no freezes. The animations seem better and control of players is also. Much better game after the patch. Tried to play online but couldn't find anyone which is sad.
    baconbits11
    I can confirm the PH bring in a RP freeze is now fixed. Just played two games and was able to sub freely with no freezes. The animations seem better and control of players is also. Much better game after the patch. Tried to play online but couldn't find anyone which is sad.

    Notice any improvement in ai baserunning which was supposed to be improved?
    I installed the update for the Xbox one and so far it’s been playing great. I’ve played over 7 games straight and no freezes..
    Sent from my iPhone using Operation Sports
    I had a freeze with the game post patch, so, today they released another patch saying they fixed the freezing of the PH substituting for the hitter.
    I don't know if they are just writing this up now or not, this could be the patch that dropped last week and just added it to their blog.
    http://www.rbigame.com/weve-released-the-latest-patch-on-xbox-one-ps4-and-nintendo-switch/
    I will find out shortly.
    PS- The freeze I had completely locked up the game. I just tried to turn the game back on, and the screen came up and still locked and frozen. Uninstalling/Installing taking place now.
    roadman
    I had a freeze with the game post patch, so, today they released another patch saying they fixed the freezing of the PH substituting for the hitter.
    I don't know if they are just writing this up now or not, this could be the patch that dropped last week and just added it to their blog.
    http://www.rbigame.com/weve-released-the-latest-patch-on-xbox-one-ps4-and-nintendo-switch/
    I will find out shortly.
    PS- The freeze I had completely locked up the game. I just tried to turn the game back on, and the screen came up and still locked and frozen. Uninstalling/Installing taking place now.

    I have a feeling they just released the patch for PS4 and Switch.
    Some little things I've noticed playing the game
    -CPU sometimes selects an alternate uniform to wear. You can also switch to the other side before the game and choose CPU uniform yourself.
    -CPU rests players and sometimes puts different players in the lineup to create a favorable matchup vs your pitcher
    -CPU seems better after patch at making baserunning decisions and will take an extra base if they can. They also steal quite often and catch me off guard.
    -Love the cameras this year, when you hit a fly ball you can see a lot of the stadium, there is very little delay between hitting the ball and going to the fielding camera. You can also track a foul ball all the way to the seats.
    -if you are patient you can draw a walk from the CPU, seems there is some good AI and how pitchers throw to certain hitters. They seem to shy away from the power hitter.
    -Animations are much better and I find it easier to control my fielders. I've made a few diving catches with infielders and outfielders, misjudged some fly balls etc.
    -One negative, the Cardinals do not have all their cap selections and wear a dark colored almost black helmet with a white monogram when they hit on the road.
    baconbits11
    I have a feeling they just released the patch for PS4 and Switch.
    Some little things I've noticed playing the game
    -CPU sometimes selects an alternate uniform to wear. You can also switch to the other side before the game and choose CPU uniform yourself.
    -CPU rests players and sometimes puts different players in the lineup to create a favorable matchup vs your pitcher
    -CPU seems better after patch at making baserunning decisions and will take an extra base if they can. They also steal quite often and catch me off guard.
    -Love the cameras this year, when you hit a fly ball you can see a lot of the stadium, there is very little delay between hitting the ball and going to the fielding camera. You can also track a foul ball all the way to the seats.
    -if you are patient you can draw a walk from the CPU, seems there is some good AI and how pitchers throw to certain hitters. They seem to shy away from the power hitter.
    -Animations are much better and I find it easier to control my fielders. I've made a few diving catches with infielders and outfielders, misjudged some fly balls etc.
    -One negative, the Cardinals do not have all their cap selections and wear a dark colored almost black helmet with a white monogram when they hit on the road.

    Yeah, you were correct, they just wrote up the blog today. I had a hard freeze and couldn't get out of it. So, I uninstalled/reinstalled the game.
    I tried the pitcher/batter sustitution twice in one game and no more freezes. Good deal.
    Also, this is a first for me, 1st time I scored a run on a short SF to center.
    Plus, I won my first game on easy, yet. lol
    It's not that bad of a pick up and play game.
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