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November 1995 Issue



Sega Sports Does It One More Time

  • Size: 1 CD-ROM
  • Style: 1 or 2-Player Baseball Simulation
  • Special Features: All Major League Teams & Players, 4 Realistic Stadiums, Three Difficulty Settings, Home Run Derby, 4 Camera Views and A Real-Time Announcer
  • Created by: Sega Sports
  • Available: Now for Sega Saturn

Remember the infancy of the Genesis? One of the first games to appear on it was Tommy LaSorda Baseball, a visually impressive game that indeed "wowed" players as they contemplated the 16-bit era. Now there's the 32-bit Saturn and a new ground-breaking game in World Series Baseball. This inaugural baseball game incorporates elements that made Sega's LaSorda and Sports Talk popular years ago and combines them into the 32-bit world.

World Series was released earlier this year in Japan as Greatest Nine. In the translation to the US, Sega Sports secured the MLB and MLBPA license to bring all the players and teams to World Series Baseball. They also redesigned the game's four stadiums to realistically duplicate Yankee Stadium, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park and the Astro Dome. Finally and most obviously, a new English-speaking announcer is included to give you great play-by-play. Unlike the sluggish Sports Talk announcer, the World Series announcer's comments are smooth and lack any delay. He'll announce all of the players' names and even emphasize the stars during a home game.

World Series plays like many of the other baseball games on the market in terms of hitting, throwing and catching, but it gives you multiple fielding perspectives. Four varying field perspectives and a fifth that randomly chooses from the four can be used. Some perspectives are not that appropriate for fielding so you can set the fielding to automatic. You can also easily adjust your fielder's position before each pitch to accommodate for different batter's ball placement tendencies.

Sega Sports' new baseball game for Saturn packs great control into a visually impressive package. It lacks in some areas, such as roster management and trades. It is also unfortunate that the only stats it keeps are for your particular division and you can't play as multiple teams during a season. All that aside, World Series Baseball for Saturn is a game that you can't help but enjoy if you're any kind of baseball fan.


Andy, The Game Hombre
Concept:9
Graphics:9
Sound:9.5
Playability:9
Entertainment:9.5
Overall:9.25
"Sega hits a home run with this fantastic baseball title. The graphics are extremely clean and the animation is very good (though I think it can get a lot better). However, the two things that make this game revolutionary are the sound and the play control. The play control is tight and true, so you can easily control every player on the field without a moment's thought. Then there is the sound. It's unbelievable. The announcer keeps up (for the most part) with all the action. So when you mix all these elements together, World Series is an exciting and fun game to watch and play."

Reiner, The Raging Gamer
Concept:9.25
Graphics:9.5
Sound:9
Playability:9
Entertainment:9.25
Overall:9.25
"Cork your bats and put an emery board in your pocket, Sega Sports has just released a premier baseball game for the Sega Saturn. World Series Baseball is by far the smoothest baseball game ever made. The play control is tigh, and very receptive to the users response. Surprisingly, the announcing is actually pretty good. The announcer is right on, and he doesn't sound like a distorted Howard Cosell. The only squabble I have is that this isn't a statisticians game. You can only track season stats for your division and you can't check the other leagues standings."

Paul, The Pro Player
Concept:8
Graphics:9
Sound:9
Playability:9.25
Entertainment:8.5
Overall:8.75
"Sega Sports should stick with baseball because they've got a strong track record. WS lacks some of the 16-bit features such as trades, but it has unbelievable graphics that you won't see on Genesis. The fielding control is excellent in that the players compensate if the guy covering the base is not at his destination. I would've liked more stadiums and improved statistics, but hopefully that will be something for the next installment. You can't go wrong with this game."

The Bottom Line: 9
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