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MLB Feat. Ken Griffey Jr. Review

Publisher - Nintendo
Developer - Angel Studios
Platform - N64
Type - Sports
Score - 7/10

Graphics: 4.0 out of 5.0; As far as baseball games go, the animations are spectacular and very abundant. Players ready themselves at bat, shake their heads at bad calls, and pitchers become annoyed if you take a while to throw the ball. Even umpires get into the action by leaning over and checking their shoes or to run their hands through the dirt. This is very real folks. Dirt effects are amazing and look more realistic than reality. Each batsman has basically their own stances, faces, and features; despite some of their legs that look like toothpicks. Why give it only a 4.0 then? For one, though the stadiums are well detailed and accurate, they look much to cartoony and flicker when the camera goes by. Another thing is that during the homerun sequence the player walks like a robot and when your teammates clap, you can see a mass of pixels that is supposed to be a dugout. Though it has flaws, the positives do outweigh the negatives.

Play Control: 3.0 out of 5.0; Many people are going to praise the pitching and batting interface for what it is, entirely creative. Me on the other hand can't get by the fact that it is overly annoying and tricky. It might be fun if your opponent doesn't move the ball too much, but it usually turns out that the pitcher over dominates the batter and makes it frustrating. I do like how running and throwing coincides with the C-Buttons ( conveniently laid out in a diamond shape ), but it falters because of the fact that when trying to move more than one player at a time, it gets confusing and having too use the z-button to run back to a base doesn't always work right. All other controls are good, and no other sticky situations occur elsewhere.

Game Design: 3.0 out of 5.0; The creators have managed to make a somewhat enjoyable game with a few creative strokes. If only they used the constant delays of this belated game to actually tune it up. Oversights like having a specific speed tagged to each pitch and 106 mph pitches are unrealistic and detract from the overall feel. There are plenty of modes, but it is lacking a create-a-player feature that could have upped the replay value.

Satisfaction: 3.5 out of 5.0; Even though there are many things that could have been better this game will keep you occupied for a while with its fast paced arcade gameplay. Don't expect the fun to last forever, because if I were trying to pick a baseball game from the selection out there, this wouldn't be it. Go for All Star Baseball instead and rent this for a few kicks.

Sound: 5.0 out of 5.0; Wow! I expected a good showing here, but this is absolutely amazing. I was stunned to hear a seamless announcer, crisp smacks of the bat, vendors calling out popcorn , pepsi, and peanuts from the stands, and encouraging and sarcastic remarks from the bystanders. There are even ambulence and sirens in the background. This is some of the best audio I have heard in a very long time.