PS3 ‘Little League’ offers major league powerWritten by Michael Siebenaler | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Baseball fans can enjoy big league power in the Little League format on PlayStation 3 (PS3) and Xbox 360 now with “Little League World Series 2010”. Activision and Now Productions now expand this quality series beyond the Nintendo Wii. Authentic action-seeking players can rejoice that developers include the new PlayStation Move controller option. Move controller owners definitely have an advantage, with greater movement sensitivity, gameplay is a bit more challenging with a regular PS3 controller.
The worldwide teams and appealing visuals provide nice variety for players who play offline co-op mode and up to four players in the multiplayer mode. Full tournaments are another great option while special one-time use cards, which work like power-up abilities and activated talents based on a special meter, provide some variable gameplay elements.
Players can learn terms and concepts of the game through some thoughtful commentary from Gary Thorne and Brent Musberger. The announcers also comment on each player’s data when boy and girl players step up to home plate. Inexperienced players should try the tutorial and skill challenges.
Batting works smoothly while aiming hits becomes more challenging. Players can also tweak the pitching and fielding options between easy and technical. Camera angles can be challenging, but players can easily snag fly balls. Pitching controls present the most challenge as hurlers have a limited cache of change-up, two-seam fastballs or four-seam fastballs.
The sizable tournament mode, exhibition mode, and mini games work well while online features include leader boards, achievements and trophies. It would be great to see a full gameplay mode online in the next installment (***, rated E, available on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360).