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If you’re looking for an excellent baseball title--among the already growing lineup--Triple Play 2002 should be on the top of your list. It has enough to satisfy sports minded gamers looking for solid action without getting irritated by complicated controls.
Triple Play 2002 is a very fun baseball game to play. The game's great graphics, involving gameplay, and great commentary all blend together to deliver an exciting and authentic game of baseball. Whether or not it's the game for you completely depends on your personal preference. If you're looking for a die-hard baseball sim, High Heat might be a better choice. Nonetheless, a rental of this and the other baseball games on the market should quickly clear up any confusion you might have.
While it's the best-looking boys of summer game on PS2, it's the second-best baseball purchase for the platform. 3DO's High Heat 2003 will be more fun over more time, but if you like your games as pretty as a lingerie model, Triple Play's cup runneth over.
Triple Play also strikes out in the game mode department. You can play through an entire season, draft a team, create-a-player, and compete in the Home Run Derby, but that's about the gist of it. No flash, no pop, just a straight-up baseball game that looks great and plays okay.
If you like watching baseball, Triple Play puts on a pretty glorious show. But if you like playing baseball, it's more of a caricature that's best suited for rookie gamers or the most casual of fans. Stick with High Heat MLB 2003 for the PS2's best representation of America's pastime.
Overall Triple Play 2002 is a wasteland of should have been, could have been, and never was. With a myriad of problems in just about every category you could think of, any fan interest beyond a two-day rental is quite a stretch. While a change in developers may have been a large determining factor in the lower quality the game presents, the lack of entertainment in this, a final build, is inexcusable. Play this one at your own risk.
Unfortunately, the only thing this game does well is make the stadiums look spectacular. Everything that happens inside the stadiums, however, is where Triple Play takes a cleat to the groin. The fielding is pathetically bad, and the AI is suspect on a number of levels.
If you are a baseball lover then you [i]must[/i] go with this year's champ [i]High Heat 2003[/i]. As for Triple Play 2002, try renting it for a laugh but let's hope EA Sports can turn this franchise way around for next Spring.