R.B.I. Baseball '14
Platform: iOS and Android
Not only one of best baseball games for the Nintendo Entertainment System when Tengen released it in 1986, R.B.I. Baseball is still widely considered one of the best baseball games in video game history.
For one, it was the first to get a Major League Baseball Players' Association license to use actual player names, which meant it was the only place where the Mets' Darryl Strawberry and Doc Gooden could match up with the Boston Red Sox's Roger Clemens and Wade Boggs without a kid having to enter those names on his or her own. As much as Bo Jackson's unstoppable performance in Tecmo Super Bowl became legendary, Vince Coleman's unparalleled speed on the basepaths made him unstoppable when stealing bases and turned every single into a guaranteed run.
Whether it was Nolan Ryan throwing smoke or Fernando Valenzuela moving the ball all over the screen, R.B.I. Baseball set up epic basement matchups that still live in Gen X lore and bring up hurt feelings to this day. So strong is the attachment to this game that sites such as Polygon and Joystiq devolved into outbursts of pure joy when Major League Baseball announced it was bringing the game to consoles and mobile devices this year. Two-button controls, 20-minute games, unlockable retro jerseys and full slates of MLB teams, All-Star squads and 480 active players are all in the works.
We realize this isn't really an enhancement, but if the team on the field is involved in a blowout, this is perhaps the most fun, baseball-related way we can think of to kill time.
-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.
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