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What can I say, another year another Triple Play game…it just wouldn't feel like the baseball season without one. This years offering goes all out in an effort to recreate the total baseball experience…both realistic and fantasy style. There are a slew of gameplaying modes to choose from that should appeal to both the strategy and arcade minded players alike. The graphics are about the best you are likely to see in a Playstation b-ball game and the sound effects are second to none. As always, the announcers are superb and really bring the game to life…as does the rowdy stadium crowds! Triple Play 2001 is undeniably one of the best baseball title available for the Playstation console and one that any self respecting videogame / baseball lover should not be without.
There are always pluses and minuses with buying a “franchise” or sequeled sports game that has been around as long as Triple Play. The good news is that you know what you’re getting: the graphics are the best for this console and they improve marginally from year to year, stadiums and game modes are added, and player animations and facial expressions are always being refined. The bad news is that you know what you’re getting (didn’t I just say that). In other words, are new rosters, players, stadiums and features worth the price of the game? You make the call. Judging this game on its own merits, the graphics are great, the home run derby is fun, and the addition of home run legends is nice. The only downer is the long load times between different screens. In the past, this game has been hard to beat for the top Playstation baseball game title and I don’t think anything has changed this year.
In total, Triple Play 2001 is a game that represents the cream of PlayStation baseball titles. It's not perfect, but it succeeds at what it does and delivers the best rendition of a baseball experience of any PS baseball title. It's fun, amply realistic, and the variable simulation levels open the game up to wider audiences.
Triple Play's stat tracking is once again an industry best, and for the first time in years, the gameplay is actually playable...but can still be a little frustrating at times.
Go deep with Triple Play 2001 for the PlayStation and customize your heart out with the huge roster and management mode, create your own player, or take your chances in tournament play (obviously it doesn't have the ability for online play like the PC version, of course). Whatever you do, it's going to be one long season!
While the overall game hasn't changed that much from last year, it's still a must play for baseball fans. The additional features don't do a whole lot for the gameplay, but will make gamers play "just one more game." The next big step probably won't come until the series is brought out on a next-gen system. Until then, this game will satisfy.