HardBall 5 Reviews (DOS)

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Game Zero (1995)
Accolade has done an amazing job bringing baseball's idiosyncrasies to the computer world. Incredible graphics and extremely deep statistics makes this a great choice. A must for any Baseball fan, and a title that could convince even the skeptical that baseball is still America's Number 1 passtime.
PC Joker (Nov, 1995)
Neben den zahlreichen kleinen Neuerungen bei Grafik und Gameplay ist auf der repräsentativen Seite des Sports ein superber Soundtrack auf CD zu vermelden, Wenn die entsprechende Surround-Hardware vorhanden ist, bekommt man damit auch akustisch die perfekte Stadionatmosphäre frei Haus geliefert - wozu die treffenden Kommentare von Al Michaels natürlich ebenfalls ihr Scherflein beitragen. Klares Endergebnis: Hardball 5 ist die beste Baseballsim, die man sportlichen PCs gönnen kann!
Gamezilla (1996)
I couldn't quite smell the hot dogs or enjoy the sight of fans throwing a home run ball back onto the field, but whiny criticisms aside, I would recommend Hardball 5 to most players. The only people who shouldn't shell out their $39.95 -- a great price, by the way -- are serious sports-game players who might be put off by some of the game's unrealistic tendencies. But Hardball 5 is definitely one of the more addictive and visually stunning of the sports games I've played. What it loses in realism, it makes up for in action.
PC Gamer (Jan, 1996)
Excellent arcade play; improved league play and modem options make this the best HardBall yet. Unrealistic replay statistics. It's still weak on realism, but HardBall 5's the best action baseball game available.
GameSpot (May 01, 1996)
The on-field graphics in Hardball 5 are nothing to write home about. In fact, fielding in the outfield can get a little tricky from time to time in large part because of them. It's the actual pitcher/batter interface screen, though, that is this title's crown jewel. Great perspective, huge players and, most importantly, a huge strike zone make the process of hitting the ball a terrific blend of challenge and viewpoint. Once you get used to having the pitch coming right at you (not as difficult as many people think), you're prepared to tackle the most playable baseball sim on the shelves today.
PC Action (Jan, 1996)
Gründlich aufgepeppt wurde Hardball 5 in Grafik und Sound. Die Spielersprites in SVGA sind extrem realistisch animiert, wirken lebensecht und lassen sich exzellent kontrollieren. Wer über ein Surround-Sound-System verfügt, darf sich von 328it-Klängen in Hifi-Qualität berieseln lassen. Am meisten Spaß macht das Bälle prügeln jedoch nach wie vor gegen menschliche Kontrahenten. Da die Fangemeinde in Deutschland rar gesät ist, dürfte es allerdings nicht ganz einfach sein, entsprechend Partner zu finden. Kein Problem: im Internet können Sie über das X-Band PC-Netzwerk gegen Spieler aus der ganzen Welt antreten.
Hardball 5 is strong on action, deep in stats, and lots of fun - a very good game. With the arrival of the 5.1 patch, it could be an outstanding game.
Another Hardball game: you know what to expect. Although I, myself, don't particularly like sports games on the PC (it's an RPG world), I can't find much fault with this title. Cool graphics, 3 different commentators, solid playability and a butt-load of stats make this a top contender in the world of baseball sims. My only beef is that the field looks flat, but that's because I'm spoiled by 3-D platform games.
Power Play (Feb, 1996)
Hardcore-Baseball-Fans können sich den neuen Teil getrost zulegen, die wenigen Änderungen machen den Kauf jedoch nicht zwingend nötig. Gelegenheits-Baseballer kaufen sich immer noch „Front Page Sports: Baseball“.
HARDBALL 5 is one of those games that shows potential more than it entertains. I remember seeing HARDBALL IV and thinking “I can't wait to see the next version.” I feel the same way this year. Yes, it's still the best action-oriented baseball game on the market, but like many major-league managers, I'm still looking for a player who can give me 100 percent day in and day out. Oh well, it took the Braves a few tries to get things completely right.