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World Series Baseball 2K1

by Sega
Sega Dreamcast
2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews) 48 / 100

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  • ASIN: B00004S99O
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 4.9 x 0.4 inches ; 2.4 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (208 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #39,034 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)

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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.

Sega has had great success with its previous sports titles for the Dreamcast, so everyone was waiting for them to hit one out of the park with the release of World Series Baseball 2K1. In many ways they have, but the game suffers from enough bugs and has so few options that true baseball fans will be crying foul.

Stadiums and players are rendered in glorious high-resolution detail, to the point where it's easy to recognize a player by looking at his face. Similarly, most of the animations look terrific--especially diving catches and quick across-the-body throws. We also enjoyed the pitching and batting interface, which is more complex than that found in most baseball games but becomes a lot of fun after a little practice.

Unfortunately, the game is all downhill from there. Once a ball is hit, players are forced to sit and watch the computer field it. The lack of control is absolutely infuriating, especially since Sega hyped this game's realism from the beginning of its development. The crowd sounds are anemic and there is no color commentary, which is just as well considering how terrible the play-by-play announcer is. If you really love baseball, you'll really hate World Series Baseball 2K1. For casual fans who prefer flashy graphics and a fun pitching/batting contest to thorough stat tracking and the ability to field the ball, this game is a home run. --T. Byrl Baker


  • Gorgeous stadiums
  • Nice TV-like presentation
  • No fielding
  • Stuttering animations
  • Lacks fun extras

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sega has lost its credibility. August 4, 2000
By A Customer
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
Together with NHL 2K, Sega has demonstrated that it's willing to push a product out the door without working through its glaring problems. They bank on the game's superior graphics while its gameplay and managing features are simply abysmal.
You can't play defense. You must wait for the fielder to catch and then you get to control where to throw. Whoopee. I could forgive them for this if the auto-fielding looked realistic. But, inexplicably, it's so lame. You see, pitchers don't field six or seven pop-ups a game by making over-the-shoulder-catches. Every throw to first isn't a leaping toss off the wrong foot. Catchers don't wait three seconds before gently tossing to second to throw out a would-be base stealer. It's like the fielding was programmed by someone who doesn't understand the kinesics of real baseball players.
It makes matters worse because it's not a matter of technology. Sega just doesn't appear to have the baseball smarts to capture the feel of the game. Really. When was the last time a pitcher fielded a grounder in short left? I've never seen that. Oh, and you can't check the other team's line-up during a game. I'd like to know who to expect up at the plate in terms of reliever match-ups. The play-by-play announcing pre-dates the PlayStation's capacity. The pitching is the only redeeming feature of the game. But it's not worth it. Sega has not delivered on the promise of this system. After the PlayStation 2 converts the Dreamcastaways, we may never know what the system was truly capable of.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
A week ago, I saw a commercial for WSB 2K1. It looked awesome. Since NHL2K, NFL2K, and NBA2K were all pretty good games, I figured that the latest one from Sega would be even better. So last night I rented it. I admit, WSB2K1 does have the best graphics of any game I have ever played. But everything else just plain sucks.
Before I actually played a game, I went into the Customize menu to make my team a little bit better. The set-up to trade players, was not good at all, however. It took me about a half hour just to put together a pretty good team. At least I hoped they were good. After this, I went looking for the options menu in order to configure the controller. But wait... there wasn't any controller configuration option. In fact, there were barely any options to choose from. At this point, I was beginning to feel distraught. Hopefully, I could figure out how everything went together after a few innings of play. So I set the difficulty option to "amateur", and I put my loaded team up against the Marlins. The opening of the actual game was impressive. I hoped that the gameplay would be of its equal. Pedro Martinez was my pitcher, and the first batter up was Luis Castillo. But what.... what do I do to pitch? I noticed a little analog stick picture with lines pointing out it. I pointed the analog in one of their directions, and then hit the red button. Ba-boom, Pedro winds up and the picture disappears, but wait, a new thing appears. It is rectangular power bar. When the power meter got up to the top, I hit the red button again. Luis takes a swing and delivers a hit. I figure that now I have to make my closest fielder run and catch the ball. But I'm wrong.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars eye-candy, that's it! July 24, 2000
A Kid's Review
Durability: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Educational: 5.0 out of 5 stars    Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Well Sega Sports did it to me again, after waiting close to 5 1/2 months for this game to come out , I was a very disappointed overall with this game.
While the graphics of the players and the renditions of the 3-D stadiums are the best in the video game industry, that's were the fun factor ends for this game. That's roughly right after the introductions. If you have .... to shell out without hestitation then go ahead, however if you have played other video baseball games such as EA Sports Triple Play 2001 or MLB 2001 on the playstation this game doesn't compare for the true feel of baseball be leery, of wasting your hard earned money.
What are the flaws? Too many to list, to be honest with you. Here's just a few. In season mode you choose only one team to compete for an either season unlike in NBA 2K when you have the option to choose as many teams as you like. 120 blocks of memory for one team, come on Sega?
Lac k of stats, the programmers forgot to put in a spot to let the viewer know what the particular is doing in the current game, it's not visible on screen or in any sub menus. All other baseball games on the market do this, why not Sega? The Computer controlls all the action from running to fielding at one speed, you can't control the speed of the player to overrirde and take control another major flaw. Only one boring announcer repeating the same phrases over and over again, if they would have spent more time like in NFL 2K on getting non-repetitous phrase it just adds to the realism. No errors, no injuries and weather effects, they claim are on the box I played for 6 hours and nothing ever changed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good game, could of been one of the best baseball games
I love the potential of this game, when I first played it, it looked so cool. But was so mad that u can't play defense and each throw was so slow.... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Renato F. Lopez
4.0 out of 5 stars Best baseball game ever ( at the time it was released)
World series basball 2k1 was a pioneer at the time it came out for dreamcast.. i dont know why every one is bashing it , when they know very well they played this game for hours on... Read more
Published on July 7, 2008 by Emanuel Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars It was great if the maker think about the game deeply.
Recently, I am a very deep fan of MLB though I am Japanese. It is for that I have many opportunities that I can watch MLB games on Japan TV because Japanese top baseball player... Read more
Published on November 16, 2004 by taka(Japanese
1.0 out of 5 stars What was Sega thinking?
I wish that I used to review games as a job because the only way I can play World Series Baseball 2K1 is if I were paid to do it!!
Published on January 29, 2004 by Jean Michael Edwards
2.0 out of 5 stars What the?
This game to start out, looks great! Aside from looking great it may possibly rival early Nintendo versions for the worst MLB game ever made. Read more
Published on August 12, 2003 by Damon M Marvin
2.0 out of 5 stars not their best
I've been touting the Dream Cast's sports game for some time now. Generally they are some of the best--NFL 2K, NBA 2K, Virua Tennis... Read more
Published on January 28, 2003 by
3.0 out of 5 stars Not Sega's Best Work
Pros: Graphics- The best thing on this game is the graphics. All the players look EXACTLY like the real players. Player piching and batting moves are wonderfully done. Read more
Published on December 31, 2002 by Kevin Kuo
1.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GRAPHICS...what happened to the rest of the game?
Everyone who owned a Dreamacst couldn't wait! They were sitting on the edge of their seat just waiting and waiting for the arrival of the first baseball game for the Dreamcast! Read more
Published on October 26, 2002 by ffootballguru27
1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy it really stinks
Please don't get this game it sure aint worth any ten bucks heck I wouldnt pay 50 cents for it worst game I own
Published on June 11, 2002 by Teresa A. Moore
4.0 out of 5 stars great game
This is the first sports game I have ever played, and I rather like it. I cannot find the problems the other reviews find and I have thoroughly enjoyed it.
Published on June 3, 2002
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