Excerpt: It must be a difficult task to sell a baseball game to a generation reared on videogames, MTV and the WWF. It would be safe to assume that these gamers lack the attention span to enjoy such a slow-paced sport that emphasizes strategy and stat tracking. If anything, an arcade rendition with all those "whacky" bells and whistles specific to that genre would seem to be the order of the day.
Excerpt: It's still a few months until Spring Training, but MLB 2001 is in stores now to try and relieve you from taking out that glove that's hiding in your closet. The graphics, however, are a little shaky at times. Players up to bat look great with the player models following the body shape and size. But the players out in the field are a completely different story. The pixels are large, making each fielder look blocky and unimpressive.
Conclusion: MLB 2001 is a great buy for any PlayStation owner looking for a detailed baseball sim with loads of stats and a variety of gameplay modes. While it may not pack the same visual punch as Triple Play 2001 in terms of detail, MLB 2001 does feature a smooth frame rate and great animation. Those looking for some arcade-like action, though, may want to pass this one up for Triple Play 2001.