Beating The Winter Baseball Blues…

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Waiting around for the baseball season to begin can drive any fan of Major League Baseball borderline nutsoes!So what better way to pass the time  than with an outdated PS One baseball game!I had initially picked up the third release from the VR  franchise,Interplay Baseball 2000,but encountered major freez-age every 7th inning or so during season play.Naturally i went with its predecessor,VR 99,and while the graphics aren’t as polished as IB 2000,the gameplay is just as good.Neither game has great graphics to begin with but the physics of the baseball are pretty realistic and the overall gameplay is surprisingly fun!The game moves at a fast pace and really puts an emphasis on  pitching more than anything,forcing you to keep an eye on your pitchers stamina and warm up relievers.It’s a shame i never gave these games a second look when they first released back in 99 and 2000.If your looking for a fun way to beat the winter baseball blues and you don’t feel like dropping 60 bucks on a next gen title,give Interplay Baseball 2000 or VR99  a try.You’ll be horrified by the graphics, and then fall in love with the gameplay.

Ya gotta love that cover art!
Ya gotta love that cover art!

2 thoughts on “Beating The Winter Baseball Blues…

    Brandon Robetoy said:
    January 29, 2013 at 8:27 am

    It’s always fun revisiting those older games. With Earl Weaver passing away recently, it reminded me of the many hours I spent playing Earl Weaver Baseball on my Tandy 1000 computer. Great game and was way ahead of it’s time.
    I also want to thank you for adding my Oddball blog in your reading list, I appreciate it.

      pancuco responded:
      January 29, 2013 at 12:28 pm

      No problem Brandon and thanks for commenting!Every winter i have to play something baseball related,whether if it’s on my computer or any other gaming device i may have at the time.One of my all time favorites growing up was Major League Baseball on the NES. No names of players,just numbers.Those were the days!

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