I think the best news baseball fans have gotten so far this season is that the reworked of the beloved RBI Baseball was going to have a price tag instead of being a free to play game. Well, it's here now, for $4.99. If you've been anxiously anticipating RBI Baseball 14 [$4.99], it seems like a good idea to pick it up just to signal to the powers that be that we're willing to pay money for actual video games when this could've so easily just been a freemium grind riding on the coattails of the RBI Baseball brand.

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Initial impressions in our forums seem positive, although oddly enough the game doesn't seem to save if you quit mid-game. I'd like to think this is something that's going to get fixed pretty quickly as it stopped being OK to lose progress when you get a phone call or need to answer a text message in early 2009. The workaround to this is just play shorter games, as you can even just play single inning games if you want to.

Either way, I'll be streaming this later today and we'll have a review up soon if you want to wait before spending... half as much money as you would on a single beer at an actual baseball game on RBI Baseball 14.

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    • the_rebel14

      Wow... That's really cool!

  • WBH1981

    And it's about $2.00-3.00 too much!

    • http://toucharcade.com Eli Hodapp

      ...And this is why future titles in the series will likely be free to play.

      • speedyph

        TOKE DA WORDS RITE OUTTA MY MOUF ELI MY GOSH A BEER IS 10$ LIKE U SAID AT DA BALL PARK LOL AN KIDS ARE COMPLAINING BOUT HOURS OF FUN 4 5$ I DONT WUNNA LIVE ON

      • nini

        "I don't want to live on this planet anymore", it's like an inverse "first world problems" but equally as self-interested.

    • timmfox

      Really? The Show - $59.99. 2K - no game. I think $5 bucks for this game is more than reasonable. In fact, I was expecting to pay $14.99, which is the console price. Thank you devs for delivering a fun mobile baseball experience for $5.

    • LightningX32

      Would you prefer free and only getting about 5 teams and then having to pay $1 to unlock each team? $5 is the perfect price for the game, it's going to be $20 on consoles they could have easily tryed to charge us $10-$15.

    • StealthDawg

      Definitely the dumbest comment I've read today. Unreal.

    • Lakers_Dodgers310

      Are you really that broke? Maybe you should give up gaming until you can afford it. We are getting a console game for only $5 so relax with the complaining and just enjoy the game.

    • mclifford82

      lol @ your face

    • spokentruths772

      Lmao!!!! Wow didn't realize 5 bucks was too much for a quality game

  • PlannedObsolescence

    I thought mobile gamers love freemium/iap releases so this should read that baseball fans hearts were broken to find this game devoid of iap/etc ;-)

  • LightningX32

    Downloaded this morning and I'm really enjoying the game. Hoping they will add some kind of mid game save option. It is priced just right at $5, especially considering it will be $20 on consoles.

  • curtneedsaride

    Two things. 1. This game is SO worth $5. I'd pay $10 for it. And if it doesn't sell well because of people who only want F2P games, then the next version we'll all start out as a no-name club and have to pay for EVERY-THING! So, please, if you like baseball, buy this and support this model!!!
    2. This game does NOT have mid-game saves or iCloud saves. So, no transferring saves from one device to another over the cloud. And if you don't want to just have the game paused in the background, you'll have to sit down and play 20-30 minutes at a time to finish a game.

    I would REALLY, REALLY like to see them implement at least mid-game saves, so we can exit out of the game anytime and jump right back in where we left off instead of having to start that game all over again.

    BUT, even as is... Worth $5. Thank you for a proper MLB title, finally!

    • blakedaking

      I was going to buy but not crazy about no in-game saves. I rarely sit down and play on my phone for 15-20 minutes so I will probably wait. I wanted to support a non F2p game

  • FIFTHSUN2012

    I'm a marginal sports video game fan but I downloaded this one to play and also to support the right kind of ios developers.

  • djstout

    Only major league? No Japanese league by any chance?

    • nini

      It's a MLB game so much like the World Series, it contains surprisingly little of the world.

      • Jake7905

        Why would it be surprising that a MLB game doesn't feature international leagues? And last time I checked there are players in MLB from all over the world.

      • curtneedsaride

        Because in and of itself the MLB is Major League Baseball, which includes 30 teams, all in the US and Canada.

      • djstout

        Ummm, there is only one team that I like and would play with and they are not in the major league.... But I might give this one a go, could be cool but don't know which team to play with

      • curtisrshideler

        Then whatever league your team plays for, ask THEM to make a baseball game with only teams from the league where they actually play THEIR games.

      • mclifford82

        It's called the World Series because MLB, like NFL, NHL and to a much lesser extent, NBA, are worldwide leagues. They don't play internationally, but the best in the world play FOR these leagues.

        I'm sure there's exceptions, which people on the internet are wont to find, but by and large that is the way of it.

      • DtheGOPkiller

        Yes!!! A person who understands how baseball works. Baseball has this weird rep from people who don't know the sport as some exclusive club. It is only exclusive in the sense that it's for the best around the WORLD. Korea Japan Latin America wherever doesn't matter. If they are of that special breed that can play at the professional level in baseball they play for the MLB. Baseball is the most diverse sport I can think of. Asian, White, black, Latin, Latin brown, Latin white, Latin black, don't care if you purple and from Botswana. Can you throw a nasty breaking pitch? Can you throw a 90+ MPH fast ball? Can you throw this stuff with command? Can you felid a hard hit ground ball cleanly 99 out of 100 times? Can you hit a Professional pitcher even 3 out of 10 times? That's a .300 Average. Can you jack the ball 400 plus feet? Then we will bring you over and make you a star and draft you into the MLB. Because that's where the BEST from all the WORLD play. Japan league? Guess where the VERY best in japan play? The MLB. Their dreams in Japan are to play in the MLB. If your that good you will. Period. Baseball is diverse it's awesome it's about THE SPORT itself and not all the other bull. If you can play........ You can play. It's hard work it's not boring like people try and say and it's a sport full of lots of hard working classy athletes.

      • DtheGOPkiller

        Hey look its someone who knows nothing about baseball. First off the MLB has players from ALL OVER the world playing in it. It's one of the most diverse sports ever. It has Asian players Latin players white players black players. From Japan and Korea and all over dozens of Latin nations. ANYONE who can play at the MLB level get in regardless what color you are or language you speak or country you live in. You do NOT have to be a American or Canadian citizen. The reason the WORLD series is called that yet has all MLB teams is because like I said ONLY the best in the world play in the MLB. If your really really good and play at a professional level and you live in Japan or Korea or Cuba or Europe or Australia or ANYWHERE you will be asked to play in the MLB. Do you get it yet? If not then once again you don't know jack about baseball. The World Series is played by two remaining teams filled with the best players from around the world.

  • mothman99

    Five bucks is great value for a game of this calibre. You'll easily get your money's worth and have a lot of fun, too. What's not to like?

  • ralongtin

    No MFi controller support.

  • Ramaz1234

    Game is fun and worth $5. But it's missing some things. Like a save feature during a game and for season or play off you can't chose how many inning u want. And you can't change roster before game.

    • joaquin_ondamoon

      Yes. Desperately needs a mid game save feature, as well as the ability to change the lineup (unless that's something I'm just not seeing). Admittedly, I've only spent like, ten minutes with the game, but so far I like what I see.
      Also, playing on 4s and haven't experienced any crashes, which other 4s users have reported. Looking forward to trying it out on my iPad2.

  • timmfox

    A batting practice feature or HR Derby would be nice as well. Loving the game so far.

  • jForsythe

    Out in australia now.

  • DtheGOPkiller

    This game is sloppy and horrible