While this baseball offering may be family-friendly, that doesn't excuse some of its major stumbles
With the distinct lack of just about any sports titles on the Switch in the indie space, without even considering the pretty meager number of baseball games, I don’t doubt fans of the sport perk up a bit whenever something new comes to the table. Unfortunately, in the case of LLWSB2022 (sorry, it’s a mouthful) you’ll want to keep your expectations pretty heavily in check if you’re hoping to have some fun with it. There’s no question that legitimate attempts have been made to make the presentation a bit showy, from the sometimes elaborate moves batters make as they come to the box (which you’ll unfortunately begin skipping endlessly since they just keep doing it for every at-bat) to an occasional Quicktime-like action sequence when trying to field a ball. The problem is simply the inconsistencies, areas that need work, and sometimes baffling AI brain farts on display by your team when setting up to field the ball. Maybe the goal was to make it more “realistic”, with kids being more imperfect in their decision-making than their professional counterparts,but too many times you’ll be left simply scratching your head at their inexplicable behaviors. Throw in batting where depth perception for where the ball is feels overly tricky, struggles to understand how and when to make your team’s special ability gauge useful (even though your opponents often seem to use theirs like it’s going out of style), and pitching against the AI batters being aggravating even when being determined to throw only absolute garbage, and as a package this game seems like its doomed to be mired in mediocrity… but at least with some style.
Justin Nation, Score: