Super Major League / World Series Baseball


Publisher: Sega
Hardware: Naomi GD Rom
Year: 2001
Controls: 1 Joystick, 2 Buttons, 1 Flipper Per Player
Number of Players: 2 players
Serial / Ic : GDS-0010 / 253-5508-0309
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Ported To: N/A

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Baseball, like many other sports, can be excellent fun when converted to the many bazillions of zeros and ones that make up all computer code. World Series Baseball 2001 starts off well. The intro is cool, with some nice shots of players hitting massive home runs, pitchers striking men out and even end-game banter. It puts you in the mood for some serious sluggin' action.

And slug you will. After wiping the drool from your controller and praying that your little Sonic Chao hidden inside the VMU is okay. The visuals are surprisingly clean and well animated. The motion capture is so impressive that at one point the smooth 30fps gameplay saw a passerby asking why there is a game on a Tuesday morning. Uneducated fools. It smells a little like Virtua Tennis but tastes more like Ken Griffey Jr Baseball on the N64.

Batting is a simple case of swinging, bunting or perhaps taking a hit. The latter is particularly realistic and you'll find yourself wincing every time the baseball hits a player in the midriff, exhaling in agony. At any rate, the batting modeling is surprising good and you'll relish the chance to smash the ball into the outfield, perhaps even into the crowd.

Pitching is quite well done too, with a multitude of pitches available. Each pitcher has his favourite throwing style and again, the motion-capture is used to great-effect in this instance. The way the pitcher stands, eyeing off the batter, then winds up and lets fly is mesmerising.


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