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Reviewed: Baseball 2001
Author: Chris Kim       Date: April 23rd 2000
Page: 4


 
Final Breakdown

Gameplay:

For the most part, the batting and pitcher interface is excellent with very realistic results. The career and GM functions are excellent and the multiple season modes simply is one of the most comprehensive and fun ways to play baseball on the PC. This would be all good, if wasn't for all the bugs and errors in the game that really makes it less enjoyable than it could be.

Graphics:

With 3D Acceleration enabled, the graphics look acceptable with decent player models and modeled stadiums. The designed stadiums maintain a solid design, but some textures are a bit washed out and lack some detail. The worst part about the graphics engine is that 3D Acceleration is very buggy and crashes a lot, and unfortunately, the software engine simply sucks at displaying the same detail.

Sound and Music:

Once again, the bugs and errors in the game totally kill the great sound effects and commentary in the game. Otherwise, it would be excellent; the commentary in the game is provided strongly by Thom Brennaman. Ambient noises from concession stands and the crowd in the background is a nice environmental addition. Other batting and pitching sound effects are pretty normal, though.

Multiplayer:

Pretty typical multiplayer options that will allow the player to play on the same computer with different people. Nothing especially different or special is offered in the multiplayer portion of the game that isn't featured in the single player of the game.

AI and Difficulty:

Great AI backs the game providing great challenge and varying amounts of realism to the game. On each according difficulty level, the difficulty rises at a pace that players will be able to adjust to slowly without mastering especially quickly. The interface turns more realistic results than typical baseball games.

Controls and Interface:

Great interface powers the game and the season modes are great to play because of it. The interface makes up for the poorly written manual. Controlling on the field is pretty simple and just like any other game, with a gamepad that is. With other devices, it's a learning experience with a learning curve like other games.

Overall:

Could have been one of the best baseball games out there, but marred by bugs and errors in the programming. Thankfully, most of these errors are fixable with a patch or two and once these patches are released and fix these awful bugs, Sammy Sosa's High Heat Baseball 2001 might have some competition to look forward to. Players that really enjoy excellent simulation features with a great pitcher/batter interface should pick this one up, and at only $30, it's not a bad deal.

Pluses (+)
  • Good Pitcher/Batter Interface
  • Solid GM and Career Options
  • Excellent Interface
  • Minuses (-)
  • Bugs, Bugs, Bugs!
  • Fielding is Tedious and Cumbersome
  • Did I Mention Bugs?
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    Added:  Sunday, April 23, 2000
    Reviewer:  Chris Kim
    Score:
    Page: 4/5

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