LGR – Microsoft Baseball 2000 – PC Game Review

LGR – Microsoft Baseball 2000 – PC Game Review


[funky bass line] [typing] Well… You’ve clicked on this video, even though there appears to be the
name of a generic baseball game in the title. And… yes. That’s correct. We’re going to be
looking at a baseball game and WHY, you might ask. You don’t look like a baseball guy! No. I am in fact not a baseball guy,
or even very much of a sports guy, About as much baseball as I get is this, uh… Duke Nukem Forever hat, signed by Jon St. John. And while I can indeed where this with, uh… debatable effectiveness, we’re still taking a look at this game. Why? Because my own personal nostalgia. And much like a badly placed plantar’s wart, it’s a little weird at first,
but eventually you grow to accept it. Like this. Microsoft Baseball 2000, developed by WizBang Software Productions and published by Microsoft in 1999 for Windows PCs. It’s obviously a pretty serious simulation, seeing as the box art shows Al Leiter
throwing a baseball at your face so hard that he’s blurring sideways. “Welcome to the Big Leagues.” “Get ready to play ball right into the next millennium.” At least if Y2K doesn’t kill us first. Yep. Looks like a baseball game, which is confirmed once inside the box, where you’ll find the CD-ROM with
the word “baseball” printed on it at least five times, and a manual with the word “baseball”
contained on practically every page. Microsoft Baseball begins with a Microsoft logo, then a baseball logo, then a Microsoft Baseball logo on a menu screen. Al Leiter is once again gracing us with his posing skills, while you’re given the option to
play one of several one-off games, start or load the playoffs or a whole season, get some help, and change the options. Options are optional, but obviously of use, since you can not only change
things like graphics and sound stuff, but alter the game’s length,
difficulty and other assorted things to make your baseball experience
more or less baseball-y. Jumping right into a single game is
probably the first thing you’ll want to do, since it lets you choose any team,
stadium, and time of day right off the bat. Heh heh. No pun intended. You can also just choose to play
tonight’s game from real life. Well, tonight from back in 1999, that is. Look at the roster and pretend you know
what you’re doing by shuffling dudes around, choose your controller from anything
you have hooked up, and play ball! Sportscaster Thom Brennaman will then
brief you on what you’ve just chosen in case you already forgot,
which is quite considerate. THOM:
I’m Thom Brennaman, and today we’re in Wrigley Field. for the game between the Atlanta Braves and the Chicago Cubs. LGR:
Then, depending on what side you’re on, you’ll either start by pitching or batting, because this is not an outfielder simulator. Nor is it a hot dog vendor simulator. Although, now that I think about it,
both could be pretty awesome. But anyway, if you’re batting, you have a choice of multiple hitting styles before the pitcher pitches his pitch. And depending on the options and
assists you chose before playing, it ranges between as simple as
swinging at vaguely the right moment to as complex as aiming the swing and having to be more precise with your timing. Paying attention to the strike zone that
pops up in the middle of the screen is of utmost importance, since that’s kind of how baseball works. If the ball is thrown through that zone
and you don’t hit it, it’s a strike. If it’s outside and you don’t hit it, it’s not. And if you don’t see any kind
of thing with the zone at all, you’ve probably turned it off and have made the game extremely hard for yourself. As with any baseball sim, determining when the simulation
wants you to hit the ball is a bit of a learning experience. So playing the Home Run Derby is a great opportunity to figure out the game’s hitting quirks, since it throws perfect pitches your way every time and all you have to do is focus on your timing. Not only that, but setting up your own
custom selection of late-’90s baseball superstars to just knock balls out of the
park is pretty awesome to behold. And this is from when steroids were still cool, so it’s all kinds of inspiring. But anyway, pitching is also a thing, although it also takes place from
the same perspective as batting, so make sure not to forget which one you’re doing. That can get really awkward. Choose your pitch, place the reticle somewhere
inside or outside the strike zone, and hope you’re Greg Maddux. Now, there’s no tutorial or anything, so it makes some assumptions, as far as you knowing what these
pitching and batting styles are, and when it’s best to use them. So if you’re not familiar, just press the
button on the thing and see what happens. Eventually, something will happen and a player will do some baseball things and you’ll either win or lose. Now, while it may not look like much now, back in the day, this game was unbelievably cool to me. When I first ran across the demo to this, I was still content playing Tiger
Electronic Baseball handheld games and Bo Jackson Baseball on the NES. Sure, you had the Hardball, MLB
and Triple Play series of games, but I didn’t have those. I had this one. And Microsoft Baseball supported
3D acceleration from the get-go, so it made good use of my 12 MB Voodoo2 video card, and as such looked stunning. Look at how realistic these players’ faces are! Look at these detailed crowds. You can see individual people! Look at– the grass, with the dirt, and the white lines! Okay, so maybe it looks a bit dated now. A lot dated. Like total crap now,
but back then it looked like real life, and coming from 8-bit baseball games, it was amazing. So that was half the reason I played this, because I was already part of that whole
“PC gaming master race” thing in the ’90s. The other reason I played Baseball 2000
was because of the other stuff. Little things, like making your batter spaz the heck out. And then calmly hitting the ball
at the last second, like a boss. Or catching the ball with a baseman or outfielder, but refusing to throw to anyone else. Then running around like a brain-
damaged warthog on amphetamines. Or hearing the crowd cheer for
the batter stepping up to the plate and getting pissed off they’re not cheering for you and then blatantly throwing a fastball at his penis. Or right at the middle of his stupid face. The game just didn’t care. It would let you pull all sorts
of shenanigans, and I loved it. I also just loved the sounds from the crowd. I just made me feel like I was
actually at a baseball game. Especially those guys hocking food non-stop. VENDOR:
Peanuts! Get your popcorn! Peanuts! LGR:
Yeah! “Hot dogs, peanuts” guy! [laughs] Ah, my brother and I still say that
phrase to each other randomly and I must admit, it’s half of what
makes me remember this game at all. Now when you’re tired of making
dudes run around like morons and dreaming of hot dogs, peanuts, you can also check out playoff and season games and enjoy the exact same gameplay, just with a rigid layer of structure
and statistics surrounding it. If you want to play just the playoffs, you can do that by selecting the eight teams
you want and then going from there. But playing a season is where the
real career mode stuff happens, and this takes you through an entire
season of Major League Baseball from April to as late as November. Obviously, this would take a huge
amount of time to get through and play every single game at
the full nine-plus innings each. But hey, if you wanna do that,
go right ahead. It’s not gonna stop you. Otherwise, you could just simulate
the games you don’t wanna play. Or, frick, you could just simulate
the entire season altogether and even see who wins the World Series. And that’s about it for Microsoft Baseball 2000. It’s a baseball game, it’s got a roster that is no longer relevant, and is generally outdated in almost every way. Yet here I am talking about it, so I guess that makes me a bit strange. It’s about to get stranger, because I say
if you come across it, I would pick it up. Because it’s actually pretty fun. Not only is it a PC gaming
and baseball-related timepiece, but it plays solidly and you can abuse
baseball players to your heart’s content. But why play this one in particular? It’s not the first one in the series. That would be Baseball 3D: 1998 Edition. And the only sequel, Baseball 2001, added the league management engine
from the Baseball Mogul games and several other improvements. So where does that leave us? Uh, this is neither the first, nor is it the best, but it IS the one I remember. Therefore, it is superior and you can say nothing bad about it because my nostalgia is better than your logic. VENDOR:
Peanuts! Get your peanuts! LGR:
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100 thoughts on “LGR – Microsoft Baseball 2000 – PC Game Review

  1. Oh man those textures. Hell, I was playing Doom 3 BFG Ed last night and even those textures looked bad in a lot of places. Yet I can happily play Atari 8 Bit computer games and Colecovision stuff without a care in the world.

  2. I ran a Hardball 5 website as a 12-year-old and Microsoft decided to send me an incomplete build of this game asking for feedback. I barely got the game to work, and as a stupid 12-year-old, i never gave them feedback. Aborted a chance to PC game tester… 🙁

  3. I used to love the old ps2 base ball games back in the day. Did the same stupid things like run around awkwardly with the ball. Lmao great review man!

  4. I freaking hate baseball…. but this video makes me so happy, that I might loving baseball a Little more.

  5. Have you ever played a game called Entomorph: Plague of the darkfall? I enjoyed that game a lot and have been trying to find a copy of it since i lost the one that i had before. Please check it out if you haven't played the game yet. I would love to hear your thoughts about it.

  6. dude this is sweet, I never had this I had Triple Play 2000 for N64 and PC ( some agp 4x 32MB or 64MB card that came in a top of the line Al in Wonder Pro package back then) I would spend hours and hours comparing the two graphically for my own self amusement haha too bad YouTube didn't exist back then!

  7. I must say I am not a sports person, and I was never good at baseball. I just could not score any goals and always ended up in an off-side.

    Anyway, clicked on the link in case it would give me a laugh. 🙂

    And is it weird that here in Finland the baseball field is shaped differently? :p

  8. I have to ask. Are you videos scripted? Because a lot of the time it seems like your just improving and winging it and your actually really damn funny. XD

  9. ok… this upload is WRONG. Like a 'plantar' wart you DO NOT have to accept it… and like baseball.. you burn it with a blow torch and know in your heart of hearts that by burning it… you can literally put your best foot forward and move on with life knowing you burnt all that was bad. ie baseball.

  10. Man, I miss MS games menus.  And game boxes.  They were so " I don't give a shit, I sell spreadsheet programs".

  11. I loved NBA Inside Drive 2000, my dad brought it home and for some reason…. I enjoyed it… I feel you on this one man microsoft… oh your sports games

  12. I'm so glad I checked your uploads because I missed this on my subscriptions page. This was hilarious.

  13. lol Didn't know this existed. I did play Nascar 1997 on PS1 though. It just replayed the same song over and over again the whole time lol. 1997

  14. 2:24 I haven't played the game, but I got a rush of nostalgia from seeing the Microsoft Sidewinder joystick 🙂  Och, how I miss it.

  15. "Because my nostalgia is better than your logic" 

    Quote of the year 10/10

    Oh and speaking of nostalgia, I have to ask, do you own F-Zero for the Super Nintendo? If you share the same feelings as I do about it, would you ever consider making a video about it later on in the future? I'd be stoked to hear your experience with it as well if you do in fact have it or if you've ever tried it 🙂  

  16. You crack me up quite regularly but "My nostalgia is better than your logic" made me laugh hard enough to wake up my wife and get yelled at for "almost waking the baby."

  17. such amazing detail.. i could see each individual pixel on the crowd XD joke, this game actually looks quite good

  18. The market was flooded with baseball games at the time so this is funny now days a baseball game did not get released for the xbox one or the 360 but in 1998 there were at least 3 major titles being all star baseball ken griffey jr. baseball and Mike pizza baseball. The market continued to be flooded after that with anyone just making a game till exclusive licenses were bought by 2k sports which made it that the had the market on third party games. After this Ps released the show and eventually became the only new real baseball game of 2014 (dont know about those sill kinect titles.) This is interesting because almost every year people think mets suck but the went to the world series in 2000 against the yankees so they deserved to have a player on a baseball sucky as it may be.

  19. what?! you did a baseball game review! hot damn, I love baseball games and currently own 100+. I would love to do a review on each one, but that's just a pipedream for me.

  20. drinking game.  everytime you see the word 'baseball' written in this review, take a shot.  prepare to die.

  21. One thing not mentioned, if you went to the official website of the game back in those days, you could download a roster update. I haven no idea how long they kept that going, but it was confusing as hell, because you'd have to replace a specific file in one of the game's folders and sometimes the update worked, sometimes it didnt.

  22. Hearing you say "…blatantly throwing a fastball at his penis" makes me chuckle every single time. I believe it's just the fact you make it sound so normal. "What, you're NOT supposed to do that? Well, I must respectably disagree, sir."

  23. love your review, but the graphics of this game really weren't amazing for its time at all. Check out World Series Baseball on the dreamcast. While it was released in 2001, it's still a console from 1998 and the game could have been released in 98

  24. I remember REALLY getting into the Coleco "Bases Loaded" series back in the day… In fact, baseball games, to me at least, played better on consoles than on the PC…which is normally why the only sports games I ever did on PC were golf, and driving games. Other than that, it was shooters all the way.

  25. 'My nostalgia is better than your logic' that may be the most accurate and useful phrase in describing most things in my life. Well said.

  26. When I was younger I played the hell out of that demo. Loved throwing balls at their groins and faces, just like you did.

  27. I was wondering how you guys, that know computers, felt about y2k approaching at the time?  For us, that knew nothing about computers, the media had us scared ****less, that the end of the world was coming.  Everything was run by computers, and computers where gonna quit working, so you're all screwed, was the message they were giving us.  Anyone?

  28. OH God The Expos. I was 16 when this came out and right around the time when I started getting back into baseball. Good times.

  29. Ive played alot a demo of Hockey 99 too, even tough I live in a tropical country with zero culture of it. It was fun

  30. Clicked on this cause the hotdog in the thumbnail.

    Also.

    The nukem hat makes you look more like a NASCAR driver than a baseball cap wear-er.

  31. "You can't say anything bad about it because my nostalgia is better than your logic." Challenge accepted…
    Jokes aside, this is another good review of yours, even though I don't know nothing about baseball, haha.

  32. @5:04 I know he’s being sarcastic aboot talking aboot the players looking like their real life likeness. However that impressively actually looks like Wade Boggs. Seriously that is spot on.

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