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Triple Play was a series of computer and video games based on Major League Baseball, published by EA Sports until their replacement by the MVP Baseball in 2003.

GameSpot stated that other simulations (for example, Sega's version) were superior to Triple Play,[citation needed] while GamePro greeted it as "the best baseball simulation so far."[1] Electronic Gaming Monthly editors named Triple Play Gold Edition a runner-up for Genesis Game of the Year (behind Vectorman 2).[2] Its sales were lower; therefore, EA Sports decided to move in a new direction, beginning with the name change to MVP Baseball.

GamesEdit

Game Release date Cover athlete (team) Platforms
Triple Play 96 1995 N/A Sega Genesis
Triple Play 97 Jun 24, 1996 Tony Gwynn San Diego Padres PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
Triple Play 98 Sep 24, 1997 Brian Jordan (St. Louis Cardinals)
Triple Play 99 Mar 10, 1998 (PS)
May 30, 1998 (PC)
Alex Rodriguez Seattle Mariners
Triple Play 2000 Mar 22, 1999 (N64)
Mar 27, 1999 (PS)
Apr 5, 1999 (PC)
Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs) PlayStation, Nintendo 64, Microsoft Windows
Triple Play 2001 Mar 14, 2000 (PS)
Mar 25, 2000 (PC)
Mike Piazza (New York Mets) PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
Triple Play Baseball Feb 27, 2001 (PS)
Mar 13, 2001 (PS2)
Mar 15, 2001 (PC)
Jason Giambi (Oakland Athletics) PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Microsoft Windows
Triple Play 2002 Mar 12, 2002 Luis Gonzalez (Arizona Diamondbacks) Xbox, PlayStation 2

All of the games contained the rosters and schedules of the beginning of the season of the year before the one described in the name except for Triple Play 2002. For example, Triple Play 2001 contained the rosters and schedules of the 2000 season, and Triple Play Baseball (without a year) contained the rosters and schedules for 2001. This is a result of the tradition of listing the year the series ends in, basketball, football and hockey ending in a different year from when they started. Baseball is the only exception, as it begins in March and ends in October of the same year.

The games were produced primarily for the PlayStation console, but also saw release on the PC and the Game Boy Color.

ReceptionEdit

In 1998, PC Gamer declared it the 39th-best computer game ever released, and the editors called it "Triple Play 97 is fast, addictive, and, with its terrific presentation and two-man commentary, immerses the player in that authentic day-at-the-ballpark atmosphere like no other".[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Triple Play Cranks One Out of the Park". GamePro. No. 95. IDG. August 1996. p. 74.
  2. ^ "The Best of '96". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 92. Ziff Davis. March 1997. p. 86.
  3. ^ The PC Gamer Editors (October 1998). "The 50 Best Games Ever". PC Gamer US. 5 (10): 86, 87, 89, 90, 92, 98, 101, 102, 109, 110, 113, 114, 117, 118, 125, 126, 129, 130.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)