Arc Style: Baseball 3D (Nintendo 3DS) Review

By Joseph Walsh 19.11.2014

Review for Arc Style: Baseball 3D on Nintendo 3DS

It's interesting, to say the least, that a developer such as Arc System Works, a company more renowned for developing some of the most technical, beautiful, and engaging 2D fighting games on home consoles, has ventured into the mobile market in an attempt to deliver accessible sports titles. Now it is having a swing at producing a handheld baseball game, but is this portable sports title, Arc Style: Baseball 3D, what the Nintendo 3DS has been longing for or should the team stick to fighting games?

Arc System Works' new love affair with sports games didn't exactly kick off in the right direction, with the poorly received Arc Style: Soccer!! leaving a lot to be desired, as well as raising questions over what the developer can really offer in an already over-saturated genre.

Although the 3DS can lay claim to a huge and varied library of games, it feels malnourished in the sports department. Does Arc System Works' simple take on baseball manage to capture the essence of America's favourite pastime, or does it fail at first base?

Screenshot for Arc Style: Baseball 3D on Nintendo 3DS

Gameplay options include Exhibition, Tournament, and Multiplayer - that's it. Tournament mode is essentially a lazily compiled set of exhibition matches that take place one after another - gradually increasing in difficulty - with none of the mandatory components expected in today's sporting titles. Whether batting or fielding, some of the expected baseball videogame mechanics are here, yet due to the slow pace and overall lack of challenge, it's more a case of going through the motions rather than taking part in a compelling game of bat-and-ball.

Presentation is intriguing, with more effort than expected poured in. Characters' body shapes are amusingly disproportionate to exaggerate their strengths and provide a general at-a-glance view of the team, useful for when picking players for their desired position. The same level of attention obviously cannot be said for the rest of the game; the crowd is non-existent and the general vibe is humdrum. As for the character creation tool, it does at least add some charm by including a photo import option, leading to some deranged and Frankenstein-inspired creations.

Screenshot for Arc Style: Baseball 3D on Nintendo 3DS

Cubed3 Rating

5/10
Rated 5 out of 10

Average

This isn't an awful game - it's just that, for the most part, it isn't much of one. A severe lack of options, game mechanics, and attention to detail in the audio and visual department leave Arc Style: Baseball 3D feeling sapped and uninspired. Considering the quality of baseball games that predate this, it's not too presumptuous to expect a higher standard of gaming, especially given the 3DS' hardware capabilities. Let it be said, though, that this isn't an embarrassing effort by any means, but there is a lot of room for improvement.

Developer

Arc System Works

Publisher

Arc System Works

Genre

Sport

Players

1

C3 Score

Rated $score out of 10  5/10

Reader Score

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