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|Acting||The quality of the actors' performances in the game (including voice acting).||2.5|
|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.)||1.8|
|Graphics||The quality of the art, or the quality/speed of the drawing routines||3.5|
|Personal Slant||How much you personally like the game, regardless of other attributes||2.2|
|Sound / Music||The quality of the sound effects and/or music composition||2.8|
|Overall MobyScore (4 votes)||2.6|
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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.
Overall, the announcing is pretty weak. Here I am, playing just my first game. With the game tied 3-3 in the fourth, San Francisco Giants pitcher Livan Hernandez is in trouble. He's given up three consecutive singles to load the bases for the archrival Los Angeles Dodgers. Tim Worrell is called from the bullpen. Of course I use my cell phone to call the bullpen as San Francisco is still teeming with Motorola and Nokia face ornaments and the Giants bullpen will be no exception. Not on my watch.
Game Informer Magazine
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.
Game Informer Magazine
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.