Major League Baseball returns to ballparks in just a week, but if you can't wait that long to get your fix, you can get a jump start on season in R.B.I. Baseball 18, available now on Xbox One and PlayStation, and coming in April to Switch, iOS, and Google Play. This is the fifth installment in this annualized series, and it's still looking for its home run, or a triple, or, well, even a single. This series has struggled from the outset and hasn't gotten much better in the years that followed. I scored last year's game a 2 out of 10, stating it was basically a roster update with less content than the previous year's edition.

Developer Major League Baseball Advanced Media is talking a bigger game this year. This includes redesigned stadiums, character models, and the additions of Franchise mode and home run derby. In this New Gameplay Today, we take a look at several of these features and give our early impressions of what players should expect.