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EA Sports with Madden and the NHL Series also decided to give baseball a try. And what came of it was MLBPA Baseball 94. MLBPA had a player’s license but it did not have the MLB license, so only city names were used. In this game, the Texas Rangers are known as Arlington (where the Rangers play as of 2017) and the Colorado Rockies are known as Denver (ditto). This is the same occurrence for NHLPA Hockey 93 and the New York Islanders were known as Long Island.

However, you got your 1993 MLB rosters. Greats include Joe Carter, Paul Molitor (as a player), Curt Schilling, Nolan Ryan, Wally Joyner and Cecil Fielder. Let’s also not forget George Brett and Robin Ventura.

 

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MLBPA 94’s Basics

MLBPA Baseball 94 was released for SNES, Sega Genesis and Sega Game Gear. This article will talk about the SNES and Genesis versions and their differences.

For both mentioned versions, the game offers exhibition, full season (162 games), playoffs and “the series.” Since MLBPA Baseball 94 lacked a MLB license, the folks who made this game could not use World Series. Also, they also had to use “A” League and “N” League.

For controls, you have the option to control specific players both at bat or on the field. If you wanted to control just the pitcher while on defense and all the batters while at bat, MLBPA gives you that option. If you just want to control the left fielder and just wait for the ball to head towards you, you can do that.

 

The Differences

Both versions of MLBPA Baseball 94 have some differences when it comes to graphics, pre-game presentation and game setup. The SNES version has better player animations and the field has a lighter color to it, but the texture of the field is somewhat annoying. For the SNES’s version’s player graphics, they are not up to par with ESPN Baseball Tonight, but very good anyway. The Genesis version has average animations and the field is more of a dark green.

Both games have different title screens; the SNES version has the game logo with a baseball park in the background during daylight. The Genesis version has a night game going on and the pic is kinda crappy, but what do you expect for 1994? The music for both games are different, but they fall in the same genre. The SNES version has Ron Barr introducing the game, you also find him on NHLPA 93 and 94. For the Genesis version, his replacement for NHL 95 John Schrader does the intro.

For MLBPA Baseball 94’s gameplay graphics, for the SNES: the crowd is smaller and is animated, and the players are smaller compared to the Genesis which has taller and bulky players, the crowd looks like they go to McDonald’s a lot. Also another strange difference, the SNES version requires you to input a password to continue your season, the Genesis has the backup battery. SNES’s scoreboard is ‘digital,’ Genesis has a better motion-like scoreboard.

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Gameplay and Difficulty (lack thereof)

The gameplay is basically the same for both versions, minus the pitching. In the SNES version, the pitching averages at 75-80 mph, I didn’t see anything in the 90s. Genesis has average pitching at 90-95 with some going up to 107 mph.

It’s more difficult to hit the ball in the Genesis version, but overall, this game isn’t difficult. The easy play reminds me of the mentioned NHLPA Hockey 93. MLBPA does have the same scenario with it’s license and lack of difficulty. For both versions, the menus look similar to NHLPA 93.

 

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