When you think of launch titles for a console you probably won’t come to a sports title being one of them. That is exactly what Sega did with Tommy Lasorda Baseball which not so ironically is an arcade port (Sega went with their strong points with this console launch). Tommy Lasorda Baseball does not feature names of players or teams so you will have to focus on the gameplay itself.
During this time, Tommy Lasorda was the manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team. Tommy Lasorda Baseball was going head to head with standard bearers on the NES such as Bases Loaded and it held up admirably. Sega went with the graphics push on this one, an area that the NES could not compete in.
Gameplay is standard here, but with an arcade feel to it. Game modes were kind of limiting though only offering single game exhibitions or a 30 game season. There is no home run derby or strike series available, both are modes that would seemingly fit in well with the arcade feel that Sega was going for.
Tommy Lasorda Baseball won’t satisfy the simulation gamer but it could just be that quick arcade fix that most gamers are looking for.
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