With all this hoopla about Zelda lately, it reminded me of another game we played in 1988: Bases Loaded. I mean, that game was epic. I think I wrote about it about a year ago.
1989 wasn't a bad year in baseball. And if you know me, you know that I love baseball. Won't be long before I'm chirping about The Show 17. Anyway, the Cubs had Dwight Smith, Andre Dawson, a young Greg Maddux, Ryne Sandberg, and Mark Grace. They had a charismatic manager, the late Don Zimmer. He lead them to a 93-69 record, but unfortunately fell to San Francisco in 5 games in the NLCS. Anyone remember that earthquake that rattled the Bay Area during the World Series that Oakland ultimately swept?
Me, I had Bases Loaded 2. Critic tears this game to shreds, and I will agree with him that the music is terrible. Now I realize why my father would get annoyed when I'd play this. Or maybe it was my bad habit of leaving all the cupboard doors open. Who knows? The gameplay isn't all bad. It's much harder to hit than the original. I like how you can edit your lineup before the game starts, and from what I remember, it gave you complete lineups and stats in the instruction manual. It also gives you the players' biorhythm after the game, so can tell who's in a slump, and who's not. I don't necessarily like the view from the cheap seats, but the artificial turf stadiums are reminiscent of places like Veteran's Stadium, Riverfront Stadium, and a host of others at the time.
We'd play this well into the 90s, usually resulting in us going outside to play some real baseball. Funny thing is, we'd imitate the pitcher and batter's stance from this game. Hey, I never said I wasn't a weird kid growing up! But this game is part of the childhood memories that I've grown so fond of.
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