[Review] HardBall IV


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In Italy, a nation dominated by soccer, other sports have huge difficulties to get some space and so it’s the same for all the sports that are traditionally americans, like football and baseball. However in that extraordinary compilation of games I received one day by a friend for I still thank him nowadays there was this HardBall IV.

My heart says…


I didn’t know what kind of game HB4 was but I tried it anyway. When I started playing it I realized I didn’t know anything about baseball…but I started anyway to hit balls and pressing keys randomly. This game ignite the passion for this sport so I started to follow some games, read about the rules so I became a bit more skilled to enjoy the game a bit more. So I choose St. Louis Cardinals (that I still support) and started playing seriously. And then I fell in love with this game…

Splash screen





At this point you should know me, at least just what it takes to understand that this kind of graphics is my favourite of all time, clean and detailed and I loved the precision of all the venues. Very good.






This is the hard point. Being a baseball fan but not an expert (let’s say I only watch some match sometimes…) I don’t really know if the control method it’s very good or very poor. All I know is that it took a bit af time for me to manage the controls and I recognize sometimes they’re a bit confusing (how can I tell to the 1st base to go in 2nd and to the 3rd going home with only one key? or how can AI know the key I’m pressing it’s a command to a specific player?) but in the end you can easily play a good match if the difficulty is set to easy.


Among the pros I have to tell that the roster of all the teams it’s huge, there are all the american and national teams and the players stats.


There’s also a logo and shirt editor that sometimes I used when I was tired of playing.



Only hearing the menu music made me happy. Add the in game jingles and a bit of commentary and you got all you need. My heart says it’s great, but honestly I have to tell that some effects are a bit repetitive and the commentary it’s a bit poor. Not bad anyway.



With all the teams you can choose, the matches you can play and the thigs you can edit, be sure you’ll have plenty of time to play HardBall IV. You could play it for a years without getting bored.

Final score 77/100


Year: 1994

Developer: Accolade

Publisher: MindSpan

Genre: Sports, Baseball

Game Mode: Single Player

Original Platform: MS-DOS, Sega Genesis

From same developers:

From same publishers:

  • Empire Deluxe (New World Computing, 1993)
  • Rune (Loki Software, 2000)

Inspired to:

  • Baseball (1983)

If you liked it you can also try:

  • Bases Loaded (1987) and sequels
  • World Series Baseball (1993)

Other chapters of the saga:

  • Hardball! (1985)
  • Hardball II (1989)
  • Hardball III (1992)
  • Hardball V (1995)
  • Hardball VI (1998)
  • Hardball VI: 2000 Edition (1999)

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12 Comments Add yours

  1. In my limited experience baseball games are a lot more fun than watching baseball itself. I’ve been to a few and it’s fun, but gets a bit boring after a few innings. Granted, I’m not a great judge of this as sports in general don’t really hold my attention, although I do like tennis. Probably because it’s quick 🙂

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    1. benez256 says:

      For me it’s exactly the opposite. I could watch thousand baseball games but I cannot watch a single tennis game…😉

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  2. wwayne says:

    Hai ragione, in Italia gli sport diversi dal calcio hanno una difficoltà enorme a guadagnarsi l’attenzione che meritano. Io, avendo un’anima anticonformista, in passato ho seguito il basket e la pallavolo (quest’ultimo sport l’ho anche praticato), ma adesso a causa del poco tempo libero non seguo più neanche quelli.
    La squadra non di calcio che più mi è rimasta nel cuore è la nazionale di basket che vinse l’argento alle olimpiadi di Atene 2004: Michele Mian con i suoi tiri da 3 e la sua iconica barbona, l’altro personaggione Pozzecco, il talento smisurato di Gianluca Basile… per non parlare di Galanda, un vero fenomeno sui rimbalzi. Me li ricordo tutti a distanza di oltre 10 anni, e questo la dice lunga su quanto fossero straordinari.

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    1. benez256 says:

      Io avevo iniziato a seguire baseball e rugby e fortunatamente ogni tanto riesco ancora a vedere qualche partita…


      1. wwayne says:

        Del baseball conosco soltanto due ottimi film sull’argomento: Di nuovo in gioco e L’arte di vincere. Il secondo è stato il più elogiato dalla critica, ma il primo è nettamente il più bello. Grazie per la risposta! 🙂

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      2. benez256 says:

        Scusa e non vogliamo citare La squadra più scassata ddlla lega con Charlie Sheen???


      3. wwayne says:

        Onestamente non l’avevo mai sentito neanche nominare. Grazie della dritta! 🙂

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      4. benez256 says:

        È una boiata ma merita assolutamente!

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  3. enpera says:

    So you are Italian? 🙂 greetengs from Hungary

    Liked by 1 person

    1. benez256 says:

      Yes, italian. Nice to meet you, you’re the first hungarian I talked with! 😀


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