What better way to pass the time than with the national pastime? Thanks to World Series Baseball 2K1, you can bring home the whole year's worth of Major League Baseball--from the earliest spring exhibition game to the last dramatic out of the fall classic. The game features everything it should: updated 2000 MLB rosters and stats for all National League and American League teams; all the parks, including San Francisco's new Pacific Bell Park and Seattle's Safeco Field; and all the management functionality needed to replace a tired pitcher or send in a left-handed pinch hitter.
And World Series Baseball 2K1 raises the bar for baseball games in several ways. The Dreamcast's graphics abilities allow for finely detailed 3-D models of the players and stadiums as well as realistic weather and lighting effects. The game cribs some of baseball's most recognizable batting and pitching signatures, so you can expect to see Gary Sheffield's manically waving bat and Hideo Nomo's tornadolike delivery. As if that doesn't make the game real enough, these players even sustain realistic injuries. Also, you can use a TV-style hot-zone chart to track a batter's ability to connect in different corners of the strike zone--indispensable when choosing your next pitch from a palette of 32 variations on fastballs, breaking balls, and knuckleballs. And to make sure your opponent doesn't steal your signs, you can make your pitch selections through the separately sold Visual Memory Unit.