2010 Topps Attax BaseballBox Price:$31-$48
Good:Creating a strategy trading card game is definately a step in the right direction, the cards look cool, the online features are cool, the games are short.
Bad: The strategy is pretty weak, too simple, it's more like playing war with a deck a of cards than an actual strategy game, the cards ratings are limited and often wrong.
The Bottom Line: PLEASE, BRING BACK STRAT-O-MATIC BASEBALL!If Topps wants to challenge non-sports trading card games like Yu-Gi-Oh, they've got to do better than this. The strategy is far too simple, both batters and pitchers have 3 ratings on each card: Fastball, Change-Up, and Speciality. Basically whoever has the higher rating in an category scores a run, it really doesn't resemble baseball as much as I expected.
If Topps were to use the Strat-O-Matic baseball blueprint for Topps Attax, every kid on the planet would be playing it. What people don't realize is that Strat-O-Matic baseball was the forefather of games like Magic, Dungeons and Dragons, Pokemon, and Yu-Gi-Oh.
The design is sharp, crisp, and the foil cards are pretty cool.
The checklist is fairly deep. I liked the addition of Nolan Ryan, Mickey Mantle, and other past greats. I like it when a product teaches kids about past greats. The only problem I had with the checklist was that many players were on their 2009 teams and I think that might dampen kids enthusiasm for the game, especially if it doesn't have a player that is on their favorite team.
I really don't see any value to these, I feel like I am playing with a deck of cards, not trading cards. It's also hard to determine the value of a product like this. If they expand and fix the flaws, their could be value down the road.
When playing this game, I kept wanting to play Stratomatic Baseball. After a few games, it got pretty old. It's too simple for it's own good and really doesn't involve much strategy whatsoever. I think that companies often underestimate the baseball intelligence of kids, and such is the case with 2010 Topps Attax.
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