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Mike Piazza's StrikeZone

Rated E for Everyone

Platform:

Nintendo 64 (N64)

Publisher:

GT Interactive

Developer:

Devil's Thumb

Released:

June 1998

ROM Size:

64 megabits

Players:

One to Two Simultaneous

Genre:

Sports (Baseball)

Save:

Controller Pak (123 pages)

Optional:

Rumble Pak

 

 

> Final Rating: 1.2 out of 5.0

 

Introduction

Since I had to rent Mike Piazza's StrikeZone for a magazine writing assignment, anyway, I thought I'd give it a quick review. Basically, avoid the game at all costs, even if it's at an attractive price. You would be better off putting that money toward just about anything else. Yes, it's that bad.

 

Maybe most surprising about Mike Piazza's StrikeZone is that it was developed by some of the same people who made the entertaining Ken Griffey, Jr. baseball games back in the 16-bit days. Speaking of which, that's part of the problem. The graphics look like they're out of the 16-bit era, except there's a little rotation, with almost zero detail and minimal animation. The sound is equally as cheesy, and there's no play-by-play. And the gameplay and control are too simplistic and unrealistic to even be in the same class as 32- or 64-bit baseball games. Hell, it's less of a baseball game than many 8- and 16-bit games I've seen.

Conclusion

If you think Mike Piazza's StrikeZone would fit the bill as an arcade game or as a baseball game for beginners, then steer your thinking toward MLB Featuring Ken Griffey Jr. There is absolutely no redeeming quality here. GT Interactive probably should have cut its loses and not published this game.

 

Graphics:

1.2

Sound:

1.7

Control:

1.9

Gameplay:

1.0

Lastability

1.1

OVERALL:

1.2

 

DOWN THE ROAD

There's nothing else I can add to this appendix. Mike Piazza's StrikeZone just sucks. It's terrible, putrid, complete crap, and every other adjective that means the same thing. I feel sorry for the kids who got this game on Christmas day because Santa Claus or Aunt Mildred or Uncle Herbert saw that it was reduced in price to $20 or $30.

 

Review by: Scott McCall

First Reviewed: November 23, 1998

Appendix Added: January 1, 1999

 

 

 

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