Roger Clements MVP Baseball

a game by Acclaim

Platform: Sega GenesisGenesis

Genre: Sports

See also: Baseball Games

Roger Clements MVP Baseball

3-2-1! Ignition! We have lift-off. Get ready to blast off with "The Rocket" Roger Clemens. Flying Edge's Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball is the latest version of America's favorite pastime for the Sega Genesis.

If you're a big-league fan. the one drawback to MVP Baseball is that this game isn't licensed by the Major League Baseball Players' Association. The only Major League star you'll see in this game is "The Rocket". The other players and teams are about as real as the Chicago Swords, one of the teams on the game. Don't let that stop you from checking this game out. It has enough features and options to keep any prospect entertained for hours.

Pennant Fever

This one or two player game has your two standard lineups: Exhibition and Regular Season. In Exhibition, you take on the computer or a friend in a one-game showdown. In Regular Season, you choose a team to play a full schedule against the other 25 computer teams. This realistic option gives you the opportunity to lead your team to the "Championship Series" and a possible world title against the computer teams.

You start out the regular season two games behind the divisional leaders. However, "The Rocket" hasn't left the cupboard totally bare. You've got a dominant bullpen (four batters averaging better than .300) and a Golden Glove outfield. You play three games against each team in your division (for a total of 33 games in the National League and 39 for the American League). If your team qualifies, there will also be a best-of-seven game play-off and a championship series. The standings are updated after each day's play.

ProTip: Move your pitcher to one side of the mound. Then throw to the other side of the plate. The batter usually takes the first two pitches so you can get ahead in the count.

A Pitcher's Dream

Since Clemens is one of the top pitchers in baseball, you would expect this game to be geared toward pitchers, and it is. As the manager of your team, you earn your pay trying to establish the best starting rotation. Just like in "The Show", the starting pitchers can't take the mound each game and that's where the calendar schedule comes in. The pitchers need at least three days rest between starts. Also, during the game, a comer screen box gives you the pitch count for your man on the mound -- a key stat for any big-league manager. In the field, your players can dive for those hot smashes or leap for a high fly. Unfortunately, your defense is set, so you can't make any adjustments to your field.

  • Mix up your pitches. Don't throw a curve ball or a fastball each time. Even the computer will eventually figure you out, and then it's tatter time.
  • Keep the ball on the outside part of the plate. The computer loves to pull the ball. If you keep it outside, you'll usually get a grounder to either the shortstop or second baseman.

Going, Going, Gone

The graphics for Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball are pretty cool. Flying Edge, which also published NBA All-Star Challenge and Super High Impact Football, added some nice details to MVP Baseball, such as the batter blowing a bubble while waiting on the pitch. The pitchers' windup and the movement of the players are as lifelike as any game on the market. The perspectives in this game (behind-the-plate, behind-the-field-player, the tag screen, etc.) change faster than Clemens' pitch.

  • When men are on first and third and the ball is hit in the infield, send the runner on third towards home plate. When the defense throws home, send the runner on first to second. Then, just before the runner reaches home plate, send him back to third. This way everyone's safe and the bases are loaded.
  • Mix up your pitches. Don't throw a curve ball or a fastball each time. Even the computer will eventually figure you out, and then it's tatter time.

Diamond Dance Hall

OK, so the music is dugout dull and it's pretty lame that they've only got one stadium in MVP Baseball. The graphics and the Regular Season mode alone, however, are worth the price of admission. Roger Clemens' MVP Baseball deserves at least a few first-place votes this year.

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