One of the first PC games I played was a baseball simulator. I enjoyed creating player lineups with many real players such as Ken Griffey Jr. I was never too skilled at it, I didn’t know a lot of the rules of baseball or the stats, but it was still a lot of fun. While some sport simulator games add unique game mechanics or feature famous cartoon characters, the game Super Mega Baseball for the NVIDIA Shield creates a sense of familiarity around realistic gameplay. The game has been available on other platforms for a while, even winning Polygon’s 2014 Sports Game of the Year.
Although the user interface looks cartoonish, the game’s polish includes great performance and a realistic physics engine. Additionally, it supports up to four local players playing against each other. Multiplayer games are hard to come by, so I’m happy there is a way to get your friends involved in the game. Gameplay modes are 1v1, 2v1, 2v2, and a co-op mode where players work together against a CPU.
There is a leveling system. After collecting enough points, you advance up the ranks. This improves your teams which should let you win against more opponents. That in turn should give you a higher leaderboard score than your friends. Your teams, while you improve them, can be highly customized to look like and be named for anyone you want. Have a baseball team full of former presidents? Sure!
The game is $20 to purchase on Google Play, exclusive to the NVIDIA Shield TV. It’s a solid game without ads or any type of IAP.