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In the end, Interplay Baseball 2000 is a contender. It's a straight no-frills baseball game that blends a little arcade and a little realism to make an overall impressive title. I had fun playing it, and didn't take too long to get the hang of its many aspects. The biggest disappointment appears in the sound department, where the feeling is hampered by a bizarre, surrealistic quiet that isn't like any game I've been to. I think EA's effort has more bells and whistles, and it's actually a faster-paced game. And lastly, for the first time in ages, EA's game doesn't suffer from bad frame rates, while Interplay's is much better than last year's -- looks a tiny bit slower than the competitors.
For a single player experience based purely on gameplay this title continues to improve. Overall though it steps back a bit from last years version. The competition has really heated up and if you have friends along for the ride you'd be better off passing the ball on this one.
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While the game is fun to play even despite the problems, it doesn't offer something that would clearly put it ahead of Sony's or EA's game, even if the graphics and sound are on the same level. There's no spring training, fantasy draft (other than a limited one in the game's Tournament Mode), multiple camera angles or a new twist on fielding (like catching balls from the fielder's perspective). Yet those who want a more challenging hitting system should be satisfied with this game: there's no pitch cursor showing you where the ball is going to land (like MLB 2000) and you have to control how high or low you swing on the higher difficulty levels. The pitches also come fast!
Baseball 2000 einiges zu
bieten, was aber auch bei
der Konkurrenz zu finden ist. Das größte Problem zeigt sich während des Ballgerangels. Zum einen ist die Kameraführung nicht gerade gut gelungen (zu schnell wird umgeblendet, falsche Position) und zum anderen ist die Steuerung des Batters nicht so frei wie bei Triple Play. Man kann den Spieler einfach nicht richtig bewegen und bekommt auch beim Schlagen keine große Hilfe. Ebenso ist die Steuerung der Mitspieler im Feld bei der Gegnerschaft bei weitem besser gelöst. Darüber hinaus sind zwar Namen und Trikots dem Original abgeschaut, dennoch fehlen die realen Gesichter. Das Einzige, das sich wirklich abhebt, ist die reale Schwierigkeit, den Ball zu treffen, was aber nicht nur Anfänger frustriert abschalten lässt.
Interplay Sports' Baseball 2000 is a contender. It's a straight no-frills baseball game that blends a little arcade and a little realism to make an overall impressive title. I had fun playing it, and didn't take too long to get the hang of its many aspects. The biggest disappointment appears in the sound department, where the feeling is hampered by a bizarre, surrealistic quiet that isn't like any game I've been to.
In the end, if you are looking for the best baseball game out for the PlayStation today, Baseball 2000 isn't the game this season. Triple Play 2000 and MLB 2000 are much better games. The only thing that Baseball 2000 offers in the baseball market this year is its simple control. This might appeal to the simulation crowd, which might not like the arcade-style control of MLB 2000 and Triple Play 2000. Otherwise, I'd say send Baseball 2000 back to the minors.