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|Acting||The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting).||5.0|
|AI||How smart (or dumb) you perceive the game's artificial intelligence to be||3.0|
|Gameplay||How well the game mechanics work (player controls, game action, interface, etc.)||3.0|
|Graphics||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines||3.0|
|Personal Slant||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes||4.0|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||3.0|
|Overall MobyScore (1 vote)||3.5|
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There you have it. It looks to be a strong season in front of us. So go ahead and pick up MLB '99, grab some peanuts and crackerjacks, and remember to always eat Farmer John smoked sausages.
The Video Game Critic
The stadiums look decent but don't expect anything spectacular. Vin Scully does a fine job calling play-by-play, and the vendor voices in the background are funny. The AI isn't the greatest, and purists may scoff at the number of home runs, but if you're in the mood for arcade action you probably won't mind.
MLB '99 has all the necessary bells and whistles: updated stats and rosters, create and trade player options, multiple play modes including exhibition, season, and playoff features, improved graphics. The game plays just like a PC title, so if you're strictly into simulation-like gameplay, MLB '99 is the way to go.
In the end, MLB 99 is a sound baseball game, and fans of last year's MLB 98 will surely enjoy it. But after playing Triple Play 99, the faults of MLB 99 are blinding. Triple Play 99 is such a complete package that it even makes you like baseball more after you play it. If you want the current best PlayStation baseball video game, then Triple Play 99 is the way to go.
It all comes down to this: MLB '99 focuses on play over presentation while Triple Play focuses on just the opposite, and neither really distinguishes itself from the other. We just wish a baseball title would come along that offered both.