Additional Information about HardBall 5 (Sony PlayStation 1, 1995)
Accolade’s HardBall 5 comes to the PlayStation with a full MLBPA license. Based on the 1994 baseball season, the license gives players over 800 actual players, all of the major league teams (in addition to twelve of the all time greatest dynasties), and 40 different stadiums modeled after their real-life counterparts.
Gameplay options include League Play, Batting Practice, Exhibition Game, Pitching Practice, and the Home Run Derby. Exhibition matches are single-player games in which two teams compete for fun and/or practice. Batting and Pitching Practices are essential to any new HardBall 5 players. They’ll get you used to controlling the action, judging ball trajectories, and selecting pitches.
In League Play, players are given the option to play a shortened or full-length season (162 games) using their favorite team. As the team’s manager you’ll set player lineups, judge which hitters would be better against a right-handed pitcher, make substitutions, and send the runner home after a deep fly ball to right field!
In Home Run Derby players compete against a variety of computer-controlled opponents or another human opponent. The idea is to hit more home runs than your competitors.
HardBall 5 features 10 different skill levels and play-by-play commentary courtesy of Al Michaels. Season progress and various statistics can be saved via Memory Card.