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SEGA SaturnGame Revolution
All things considered, this is an awesome game (despite my nit-picking). The graphics are the best I've seen in any sports game, and being able to watch Frank Thomas swing the bat is worth the money alone. The little quirks don't taint the overall experience. This game is a lot of fun to play, alone or with a friend. So much fun actually, that I'm immersed in a 162 game season, and I'll probably have it completed around the time that Crystal Dynamics decides to release next year's version of 3D Baseball.
3D Baseball does have a few drawbacks, noticeable to both casual and die-hard fans of America's favorite pastime. Most notably are the absences of Major League Baseball teams or logos (Wright has to refer to the Yankees as "New York A."). In addition, players can only take the field in four imaginary ballparks (it should be said, however, that they all look good). The game also lacks all-star, home run derby, and playoff modes. For players who can tolerate these shortcomings, 3D Baseball should prove to be their best diamond run on the Playstation. And if Crystal Dynamics can update 3D Baseball with all the licenses in place, there's little doubt that this game will become the new king of the ballpark.
3D Baseball is a fun title that has some up-sides and down-sides. I enjoy the tight gameplay and the stats available, but I just wish they would have taken a little more time, added more stadiums and updated the stats to reflect the end of the 1996 season. The fielding is very simple to learn, and just about anyone will be able to pick up a controller and start knocking the ball around. I think with a few adjustments, 3D Baseball could have been one of the best baseball games ever. All of the little annoyances don't really do much more than frustrate me, but the idea is to have fun, not frustration. I waited a year for this one, so I guess my wait for 3D Baseball 2 begins now.
Crystal Dynamics seems to be heading in the right direction with this title. However, it's still a step behind the competition of Sega's World Series Baseball 2 and EA's Triple Play 97 - not to mention Sony's MLB Pennant Race. The game looks and plays as well as the other baseball titles out there, but lacks the polish that the others' major yearly updates bring. 3D Baseball is an excellent rookie attempt, and future updates could easily become contenders for the MVP award.
It's hard to live up to a name like 3D Baseball. Especially when the actual game that bears this title is just not all that three dimensional. Sure you get a variety of free flowing camera angles, some decent polygonally constructed stadiums (only 4) and 700 gangly MLB players, but the actual gameplay of 3D Baseball is really paper thin, especially in this era of power hitters like Sega's World Series II and Electronic Arts' Triple Play 98.
SEGA SaturnGamePro (US)
With these problems, 3D Baseball would have rivaled World Series for the Saturn king of the swing. As it is, it's better than Big Hurt but less than satisfactory for hardcore baseball fans.
Disappointing to say the least, 3D Baseball is strictly minor-league material. Fans of the diamond should stick to Triple Play for the best PlayStation baseball game to date.
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