Game Review - by StormDaemon
Microsoft Baseball 2000 is another one of the many the year 2000 baseball games that have been released this year, and you can probably guess just how it plays. The only way this game succeeds in graphics that are fast and look good, and the sounds are even better. The gameplay is very simple, and you don't even need to read the manual to get right into the game. A little skill is required but to actually to play the game well and takes a lot of practice. Tossing killer pitches, on the other hand, is rather easy once you get the hang of it.
Baseball 2000 features 3D graphics, great sounds, realistic rosters which area all licensed from the MLB, and easy playability. The graphics in all modes are inviting and quick, even with low detail and an average resolution. The sounds themselves have a very high quality level, and they certainly won't disappoint. The leagues and rosters are all licensed from the MLB, so you can expect to see all your favorite players in the game. Baseball 2000 features a learning curve that never leaves you reaching for the players manual.
From the first moment of playing the game, you'll feel right in place, whether you're hearing all of the plays from the announcers or precisely aiming in pitcher or batter mode. The game is also addictive with its simplicity and ease of play. With all of the ways to play and teams to play, there is a lot to do.
The only problem that could be found in the game is lengthy load times, but I hope that somehow helps the performance of the game. You have a large amount of control over the batter, pitcher, and the players in the field. Though this control isn't 100%, it is more than good enough to enjoy.
The best things about all of the 3D accelerated graphics are that the faces of the players are actually put on the models. Many games sacrifice the speed of the game for better quality graphics, but not with Baseball 2000, the game speed is just fine.
The sound effects and music all are of high quality in the game, and when you listen to all the ambiance, you'll understand. Not only can you hear the crowd, but you can also hear the announcers as they call the pitches and the swings, no matter how bad they are. Aside from the effects, the music is deviates from the theme of baseball we all know and love. The music is more of a rock/techno blend, which is surprisingly good.
Baseball 2000 is a game that most baseball fans will be sure to enjoy. Everything about the game was excellently produced, from the menu screens to the crack of the bat and it all shows while playing the game. The graphics are great, the sounds are great, and the playability is great. This game is for anyone who would even slightly enjoy a baseball game.