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.