Every once in awhile a game is released to the masses that makes me scratch my head in confusion and question why the developer went the route that they did to create such a travesty.
This game is not one of those games AT ALL.
Nicktoons MLB is a nostalgia trip throughout the many generations of Nickelodeon age groups that will keep the kiddies at bay and the veterans picking it up once they see the likes of Rocko and CatDog while waiting for the game to load.
In terms of playability, this game shines on the standard Xbox controller. While it also can use the Kinect, I don't recommend it. It makes the game overly clunky and not enjoyable to play that much. Trust me, this game will not make you want to buy a Kinect to play it differently.
Controls are simple on the standard controller. Pitching is controlled with the left stick to position the shot (normally away from the player's blue HOT SPOT) and the type of pitch is decided with the X, B, A, and Y buttons. Each player has different stats that play an important role across pitching batting and fielding so it's all about experimentation to prosper.
Then again, this is a kids game.
Character wise, we have TONS of MLB players to choose from as well as around 25 different Nicktoons from multiple universes. You have obvious selections such as Spongebob and Aang from Avatar, as well as newer Nicktoons (Dudley Puppy from Tuff Puppy and Fanboy and Chum Chum) as well as more fan-based and classic Nicktoons such as Ren and Stimpy and Invader Zim. The announcers also never seem to grate on my nerves, well, Perch Perkins does, GIR will never grate on anyone's nerves unless you don't currently own a soul. But honestly, some of the Nicktoons don't seem to mix well size wise with the players...but who cares? THEY'RE FRICKIN' CARTOONS!
Field wise there are 12 total, 6 Nicktoon fields and 6 from reality. Each has unique aesthetic changes that creates great variation and you never really get bored of one unless you play it constantly.
The loading screens are a very small portion of the game but really impacted my overall vote. Each one features at least one cameo from one Nickelodeon show from either my childhood or my younger cousin's childhood. The Angry Beavers, CatDog, Dib, Chickenfoot, The Almighty Tallest, Plankton, Otis (Back at the Barnyard), all of the Rugrats, Rocko, Arnold...the list goes on. NOSTALGIA FUELS THIS GAME TO VICTORY.
This is a baseball game that I own, and I hate baseball. It's pretty much the game you would pull out when a buddy comes over, he thinks he'll hate it, but he'll end up loving it.
The achievements are really easy so it's worth at least a rental in my book. They won't take over 7 hours to do, and you can lower the difficulty for all of them as well as decrease the amount of innings for most of them.
Overall, I had a blast with this game and I highly recommend it to any fan of classic Nick for a nostalgia boost they haven't felt in the longest time.
Now if only they would release a Kenan and Kel DLC pack....