Front Page Sports
It's never easy trying to live up to big brother. In the case of Front Page Sports: Baseball ‘96 Season, big brother is Front Page Sports: Football Pro ‘96, a game legendary for its statistics and management options. Equally good-looking, and excelling at the same things, young Baseball just has a little growing up to do.
Clean and detailed for its time, FPS: Baseball ‘96 features small, sharply rendered characters, with excellent, motion-captured animations that detail everything from diving catches to scooping up low balls. The stadiums are perfectly rendered, and the excellent music, barking vendors, and taunting fans give a fun, ballpark feel.
Just as Football does, this game excels in the GM and manager modes. You can either use the Major League Baseball setup or create your own team, building through the minor league draft, trades, or free agency. Baseball management fans will revel as they guide a team over several seasons, following the rise of new stars and the unavoidable decline of longtime favorites.
A baseball fan's delight, this game may be one of the rare sports sims that's more fun when you are not playing, as the comprehensive stats and multitude of management options overshadow the gameplay. This one should contend for the baseball sim crown, and make big brother proud.