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MLB 2002 is the Swan Song for the series on the PSOne game console. Converting over to the PS2 next year (please 989, don't disappoint us), gamers will get to enjoy this series one final time on their aging gray console. Luckily I would easily consider this release to be the best in the series with 989 really pulling out all of the stops and delivering a truly enjoyable simulation style baseball experience.
If you can get past the sluggish pacing and incessant overcomplication, MLB 2002 is a wonderful game. Veterans may find that the changes and improvements in this latest release don't prevent it from evoking a deep feeling of déjà vu, but the additional gameplay modes, statistics options, and interface changes should be enough to warrant its purchase.
It comes down to whether you prefer the presentation and atmosphere of Triple Play to the interface and shine of MLB. Surprisingly, 989 has strengthened MLB?s baseball simulation, so take that into consideration when deciding who to back in the PlayStation World Series.
With several better choices of baseball games available on store shelves, I find it quite difficult to recommend this game to even the most diehard fans of the MLB series. Yes, the sheer variety of game modes and features is quite impressive. Unfortunately, its overall lack of aesthetic quality, coupled with gameplay that does our national pastime a tremendous injustice, leaves this game stuck in the minors without any options. If you happen to be one of those diehards, my advice is to rent it first and see if the slight additions and tweaks warrant a purchase. For this reviewer, however, you can buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jack, but you won't be taking me out to this ballgame any time soon!
Game Informer Magazine
It would have been nice to have had a chance to change my pitching speed or be given a real Franchise mode. Instead, you have to earn and buy players from a Fantasy roster that you start out with. What?! Why not just give me both features seperately?! The lack of additions to this year's title makes you wonder what 989 has been doing with its time. Working? We think not – just ask anyone who's played any of the other sports games by the studio.
With bland textures, stiff textures, and sub-par character models, and nothing else to redeem MLB, we just cannot recommend it to anyone. If you can help it, avoid this baseball game at all costs and pick up either Triple Play or High Heat.