Game Review - by Jeremiah Pratt
Baseball fans everywhere will listen and praise for the perfect baseball simulation to come along. VR Baseball 2000 is not a disappointment, but leaves some issues untouched. Fortunately it follows the trend of good graphics, sound, and gameplay.
VR Baseball 2000 Offers exhibition, full season or home run derby mode. For the full season you can go the distance of 162 games or take the easy route (20, 40, and 68). VR Baseball 2000 sports a nifty Major League License, which means the all the "actual players" are there in the game. There is something to be said about the pitching rotation, which will be discussed that later.
Graphically, this game is a mixed bag. Mostly because the graphics do some really weird things, plus look strange. Now this doesn't necessarily mean their bad, because they're not. In respect to the player models they look like they glued the body parts with rubber cement. During pitching changes the stats stay up during until the first pitch is thrown, which obviously distracts you from swinging well. The stadiums and ground layouts are nice. And the score card is fairly well done, it's simple and easy to read. Maybe another fault is the graphics tend to flash a little. Almost too much desired, don't know what the deal is here.
The SoundFX, not much to say here, you are blessed with occasional crowd outburst, and stadium announcer. The in-game sounds are fairly standard, crack of baseball, and slide into base, Umpire (Safe Out!) and the hilarious crash sound (Thud). The Musical Track, not sure there is one didn't take notice.
The Gameplay can go a couple different ways good to bad. As for the good, the difficulty and AI can be fully customized. Making it very easy not to complain about "It's to easy". The players motion (fielding) and hitting/pitching is easy to pick up on. On the bad side, unfortunately there's allot to gripe about here. First the trades are too limited, you can only do pitcher to pitcher, and hitter to hitter. The Roster is very annoying. Your daily roster changes are not saved, and you must constantly update. By "constantly update" I mean before ever game. O.K. now that we are past that on to player attributes which is a big issue here. Now where have you seen that McGwire, and Sammy Sosa couldn't hit more than 40 homeruns? That's here in VR Baseball we'll leave at this; you'll never know whom the hero going to be.
The game is fun to play but may be a disappointment for hard core sports fans. The Graphics are good, but not great. The SoundFX are ok for what is there. Missing out on the musical track. And a few bugs that effect gameplay too much. Don't expect to see to many steals and triple plays. They are very rare. The pluses are you got real players stuck into a roster you can customize. But try keeping that perfect roster is pain, resulting in pregame setup, sigh.