Review MLB 9 Innings 16
It's a new season for MLB
Author: Brandon Girod
Date: 18 Apr 2017, tested on HTC One M8
Great graphics, multiple ways to play, very hands-on gameplay
Auto play is unbalanced, very time consuming gameplay
Welcome to the newest iteration of the 9 Innings series, MLB 9 Innings 17 for Android. If you’re familiar with the game then you’ll feel right at home. This is a baseball simulator that allows you to play through all nine innings of a game yourself or gives you the option to kick back and manage your team as the game plays itself.
This roster has been updated since the previous year, but if you played MLB 9 Innings 16 then you’ll feel right at home here. Virtually all of the menus are the same, as is the gameplay. When you first boot up the game, you’ll be given the option to totally bypass the tutorial - which is a godsend for experienced players or those of us who enjoy learning through experience. There are three ways you can play: defense only, offense only or all play mode which lets you play both. Alternatively, you can also have games play out automatically, but you shouldn’t - your AI team is awful.
There are a few types of games you can play, too. For instance, you can play a simple exhibition match or you can play in a league. As you play, you’ll be able to earn new card packs to unlock new players or train up the ones you already have so they can have better stats. The better the stats, the better they’ll perform, but your competition will get better, too.
I actually enjoyed how much hands-on MLB 9 Innings 17 could be. I don’t have the time needed to dedicate to a full game, which is unfortunate, but the game is flexible, so I can play in a way that suits me better. Baseball fans, don’t pass this one up.