This morning, we asked
about realism in games, using MLB 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars
as an example of a deliberate move away from realism. Spike's Hanshin Tigers DS
is in direct contrast to that title, in that it is absolutely
realistic, lacking even the "fantasy" of pretending to play baseball.
There's nothing more "realistic" than facts! While 2K's title is a baseball game that breaks away from accurate depictions of players and abilities, Hanshin Tigers DS
is a strictly
factual interpretation of baseball with no actual baseball involved.
Somehow, the Japanese game market is capable of sustaining this incredibly specialized game. It's not just a trivia game -- it's a baseball trivia game. About only one team
, the Hanshin Tigers (who have been honored with pinstriped Gamecubes and Neo Geo Pocket Color systems!).