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Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr.

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Reviewed by Geoff McCulloch When most people see this game, they think All-Star Baseball 99 is better then Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. But personally, it isn't. The graphics look better, but that is it. (I mean the graphics look better in All-Star Baseball 99) There are also many glitches in All-Star Baseball 99, for example, it won't keep your create-a-player stats, and so on and so forth. So I will give this advice now, Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. is better.

Graphics 10 out of 10

The graphics are awesome. They never fade or get invisible when the ball gets close up, and how they made the characters were outstanding. It is easy to find where the ball is going unless it already bounced. They also made the stadiums close to the original. In other words, there is the ivy bushes near the outfield wall in Wrigley Field, and the left field wall will not be 10 feet tall, but 50 feet tall, from the Green Monster. So far, I haven't found any troubles with the graphics. I rate the graphics as an A+.

Music and Sound 9.5 out of 10

The sound is great, including some cool functions. But I'll get back to that later. The music is a bit choppy, and gets boring after a while. But overall, it's okay, and you should probably get used to it. Now, the sound is opposite. The sound of the crack of the bat, the sound of the ball in the glove, an error, the Griffey commentary. it's all outstanding. The Griffey commentary is great. For example I was once St. Louis against Arizona in the Bank One Ballpark in Arizona, and the place was packed. There was basically no seat empty. We were winning 12 to 1, and Griffey said, "The fans are going home!" When I looked back, it seemed that there was no seat full! There was many 25 people in the whole ballpark! When it is obvious that you hit a home run, Griffey says, "That ball is going, going, gone!" Whenever Griffey himself hits a home run, and he comes back at bat later in the game, he says, "I'm back!" When you make a diving catch, he will say a variety of things, one of which is, " Look at that one-handed grab!" Also, you can here the crowd. A couple of the things they say, "Popcorn, one dollar!""Hey, can I have a beer over here?" Overall, the music is okay and the sound is excellent.

Game Challenge 8 out of 10

The game is easy, but only if you chose an easy team to beat. If it is a team like the Seattle Mariners and you haven't traded to get Ken Griffey Jr., it's probably hard. Another challenge is trading. The CPU makes the decision, whether the trade is smart or not. For example, you cannot trade Mark Bellhorn, Phil Plantier, and Raul Ibanez for Barry Bonds or Frank Thomas. Overall, it's a great challenge, unless you know how to conquer it.

Game Play-Fun 10 out of 10

The game play is great. It's not too easy, but not too hard. There are many pitchers that you can choose from, each with a change-up, fastball, standard pitch, (slider, screwball, or curveball) and a specialty pitch. (cut fastball, super fastball, split-finger fastball, super change-up, and a knuckleball) You can change the alignments of the infield and outfield, and curve the ball without a curveball pitch. For batting, there is also a variety of things other than just swinging and bunting. You can lead off, steal, retreat, advance and pinch hit.

Replayability 10 out of 10

I think this game has a high replayability rate because there are numerous trades that you can make, and numerous teams to choose from. The only thing that you don't need is create-a-player. One challenge for replayability would to go through a full season with every team.

Camera Angles 10 out of 10

I feel that the camera angles are another great thing. When an outfielder lines up with the ball, you're right on top of it. When someone throws the ball, you're right on top of it. Overall, camera angles are an important part of the game, otherwise, we'd still be playing the type where it is always overhead.

Overall 10 out of 10

Overall, this game is excellent. Superior graphics, great sound, outstanding challenge and fun, high replayability, and awesome camera angles. For all you gamers out there who long for a good baseball game, get Major League Baseball Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. It's worth your money.

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