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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Triple Play has always been the heavy hitter of baseball franchises, and Triple Play 2002 shamelessly continues in the tradition of its forebearers. That aspect of the game may turn some off of its mechanics, but it’s hard to argue with graphics and sounds of this quality. For the majority of players, the gameplay will also be of major appeal, since it’s based on a the human player’s skill working together with the baseball player’s abilities. Since the modes range from the simple Home Run Derby to the far more involved season and draft pick, gamers of all persuasions should be able to find a fit for their preferences with ease. For next year’s release, EA Sports had best introduce some more new elements, but since this is the first inning on the XBox, fans of this all-American sport owe it to themselves to grab a copy of Triple Play 2002.
In the end, 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 game that is a little more realistic, All-Star Baseball might be a better choice. Nonetheless, a rental of the various Xbox baseball games on the market should quickly clear up any confusion you might have.
Triple Play Baseball 2002 offers easy, arcade-like play controls and decent enough visuals, but the weak two-player experience seriously cuts down on the overall enjoyment.
Triple Play 2002 is an entirely different take on the genre. Pitching is easy and fun, while batting is almost too difficult. The nice sound and graphics really save this game from mediocrity, leading to a game that's at least worth the price of a rental.
Game Informer Magazine
Well, it was bound to happen at some point - EA has finally released a professional sports title that makes cleaning out the inside of a honeywagon sound fun. Not only is this year's Triple Play terrible when it comes to gameplay, but it's paired Bob Costas (the godfather of baseball commentary) up with some joker who says "that guy looked like a gazelle!" Do yourself a favor and steer clear of this stinker.
As much as people tout graphics, the true test of a video game is how it plays. This couldn't be more true than with a sports title. Games can be ugly and still be champs. Just look at High Heat last year. So, while the graphics for Triple Play are pretty awful, the game could still be saved with superior gameplay. It's not.
Triple Play 2002 is a baseball game with decent aural and visual presentation that is completely ruined by awful, limiting, arcade-like gameplay. Baseball purists will find this game to be a complete joke and even moderate sports fans will be turned off by the game's inexcusably simplistic pitching and batting interface. With games like All-Star Baseball and World Series Baseball providing a much better hardball experience, gamers should definitely pass on shelling out hard-earned cash on this poor excuse for a baseball simulation.
EA definatly needs to straighten this series out. Is it a sim game or a home run fest? Thats one question they need to decide on and quit disguising this arcadey shallow coaster as a deep sim baseball game.