Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball
Roger Clemens and the folks at UN pitch a clean, straight game with Roger Clemens MVP Baseball. It's a revved up, 16-bit powerhouse that's ready to come off the bench and do some damage.
Mr. Roger's Neighborhood
Well, it's about time that the full rotation and scaling effects of the SNES are put to their proper use in a baseball game. As a matter of fact, this game may make you dizzy as you watch the perspectives change from behind the plate to behind your outfielders to beside the men on base. The graphics are as clear and as uncluttered as a rookie's stats, and the movement of all characters is smooth and realistic. This game features Wrigley park greens and on-the-mound browns in an awesome array of true-to-life color and playability. You can hit, run, steal, and dive for spectacular catches, or jump for those almost goners. You can do just about everything you could at a real ball game, except call for a cold one.
- Stay deep in the batter's box, especially against new pitchers. If you time the hit right, you'll "rock the box" on every pitch.
- On flies to the outfield, stay under the shadow of the ball. Use the jump button only when you think the ball's going over the wall, or else you'll drop the ball and warm the bench.
The Change Up
This game has most of the features that make baseball games a chip off the old bat. You can play one or two players, in full season or exhibition play. You can rotate your roster, yank the bench warmers into action, or give the thumb to a pitcher that's bruised you.
At the same time, this game has that something extra that can turn mediocrity into magnificence. It gives the illusion of speed, fluidity, and grace under pressure, kinda like the Major Leagues before free agency. The players move quickly with responsive controls, but the actual speed of the ball is much slower than real-time. Speaking of real, you get to control the tag on close plays, although the computer usually wins that contest.
- Tap the dive button the minute you hear the horsehide hit the hardwood. The player closest to the ball will make the dive, and hopefully prevent it from rolling into the outfield.
- When you control the tag, wait until the last minute before you apply it. You may trick the computer into going to the wrong side of the bag.
- Manage your roster wisely. Your second best pitcher should start, followed by your best Pitchers last an average of three and a half innings.
The game's pitching is a sore spot. The proof is in the pudding, and the pitcher just ain't "pudding" it where you're pitching it. There's very little control of the ball once it leaves the pitcher's hand.
Most Valuable Game
Overall, Roger Clemens is one of the most valuable baseball games available for the SNES. The pitchin' isn't bitching but the look and feel of baseball are all here. Let Roger Clemens warm your bench.
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With Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball, you're in control of every part of the game, from pitching to hitting to fielding! Using a revolutionary new graphics technique, Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball uses individual "over the shoulder fielding" and close-up plays instead of the handful of angles used by other so-called baseball simulations to provide the most realistic looking and playing sports game available on your NES! In fact, enjoy actual pointers from Roger Clemens himself! Plus, with all the subtle features of baseball intact - from bunting to stealing base - as well as one or two player options, LJN's latest addition to the line-up is a grand slam home run!
Master tip #801
Fielding takes practice, but if you can learn to jump and slide, you'll be making the plays like the pros!
The catcher must always be aware of the base runner in case of a steal or tag situation.
The first baseman generally sticks to the bag to retrieve the force out or line drives.
Since the second baseman floats between first and second, his position is important.
Close up plays at the base
Control the slide and tag as you try to make that winning play.
Choose your line up
You have 26 excellent teams to choose from, each with a complete roster of players!
Batter up! Get ready for some of the most realistic baseball action ever to come to the NES. Great graphics, good player control and a realistic simulation of the sport!