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Homerun Battle 2 Review
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Homerun Battle 2, Com2uS’ follow-up to their popular baseball-bashing title, is now available from the app store. Featuring new stadiums, new characters, new game modes, and plenty of new gear to work toward, Homerun Battle 2 offers the same great experience as the first with just enough fresh content to encourage veterans to make the jump to the sequel.

Homerun Battle 2 Pros:

  • Terrific graphics, smooth animations, and a variety of stadiums
  • Catchy soundtrack
  • Simple one-touch controls
  • Fantastic multiplayer integration and several game modes to enjoy
  • GameCenter provides global leaderboards and achievements

Homerun Battle 2 Cons:

  • Most gear is prohibitive without using IAP
  • Timer in Mission mode prone to expire before goal is complete
  • In-game chat is pointless, not enough time to use it

Homerun Battle 2 expands upon its previous modes of Training, Arcade, and Matchup to bring us Mission, Survival, and Burning. Arcade is a single-player mode where you hit as many homers as you can before reaching 10 outs. Strikes, balls, and fouls all count against you, and anything hit in fair territory will add to your score and keep you alive. Burning is a rapid-fire, fast-paced mode where you must hit good balls to keep your constantly-waning time bar alive. Good, great, and perfect hits boost your power bar. When full, your time bar also refills. Fail to make enough good hits and your bar will hit zero, ending your effort. The last of the single-player modes is Training, where you can select pitch types to practice hitting.

As fun as these are, the real meat of the game is in its stellar multiplayer action. Duel pits you against another human opponent, with the player who can fill his bar the fastest being declared the winner. Hitting for the cycle, crashing balls off of poles and scoreboards, and obtaining bonuses is the quickest way to gain an edge and outpace your opponent. Survival mode sees you take on a human opponent, with each of you needing to fill his gauge to win. Alternatively, if a player’s constantly-dwindling gauge empties completely, he loses. Each player can earn perks that help him by negatively affecting his opponent. Mission mode is a fun new addition that allows up to 4 players to compete to accomplish set goals, like score 4,000 points, hit for the cycle twice, or foul to right field three times. The first player to do so, wins. This mode is a lot of fun and it helps to keep the game fresh, as you are not necessarily just trying to hit homers like the other modes In addition to the great variety of modes now available, you can also choose between 3 players (a heavyset guy and a girl have been added), 5 stadiums (including nighttime settings and even a cool futuristic park), and plenty of great new gear that boosts your power/contact ratings at the cost of gold balls or stars. These are earned at a pretty slow rate, which makes buying a lot of great equipment nearly impossible without shelling out real money.

Graphically, Homerun Battle 2 has an extremely polished look, boasting some of the best visuals we’ve seen in a baseball title. It makes us wish that Com2uS can find someway to give us a full 9-on-9 baseball game at some point that looks and plays this sharp. Animations are smooth and the multiplayer modes are generally quick to match up and lag-free regardless of who you play. The soundtrack is arcade-like and catchy. It’s instantly familiar to anyone who’s played the original. The controls are very simple. Before each pitch, the game recalibrates to center your aiming reticule, which is in the shape of a bat’s barrel. Using the accelerometer, you line up the barrel where you think the ball will be when it passes through the strike zone, tapping the screen to swing. It feels very natural and works incredibly well.

Replay value is outstanding, as most modes are an absolute blast to play and the awesome multiplayer offers plenty of incentive to keep firing it up. Success in multiplayer matches earns points that allow you to climb the online ranks and earn major bragging rights. GameCenter integration provides global leaderboards and more than a dozen achievements. A universal app for $4.99, Homerun Battle 2 is a 4.5-Dimple swing for the fences.

Homerun Battle 2 Review, reviewed by Kevin on 2011-11-24T13:45:38+00:00 rating 4.5 out of 5

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