Ultimate Baseball Online 2007 review

A free baseball MMO that takes some risks and still manages to be fun

Pros

  • The price (or lack thereof)
  • Thrill of teamwork
  • Online community

Cons

  • Bland presentation
  • Unreliable AI
  • Wonky fielding

At first glance, baseball games and MMOs don’t seem like a natural marriage. Sure, there are a few similarities: For every giant, ogre-like beast in World of Warcraft, baseball has a Roger Clemens. And for every diabolical genius bent on world-domination in City of Villains, baseball has, well, a Roger Clemens. But the common features really end there, which is why it’s surprising to see that Ultimate Baseball Online 2007 actually works pretty well.

After all, this free game is treading into some unfamiliar territory for a baseball sim. Instead of a one vs one match up, the two teams can be filled with 18 real players, each manning their own position on the field and waiting for their turn in the lineup. What’s more, you’re not picking a player from a pre-existing team. Everyone brings their own user-created character for a chance to gain experience points and level up in an RPG-style skill progression system.

More Info

GenreSports
DescriptionA free baseball MMO where each player on the field is controlled by a live human. It's not pretty, but the RPG-style level system is interesting enough to warrant a look from baseball fans who want to try something different.
PlatformPC
Release date27 April 2007 (US), 27 April 2007 (UK)
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