DOS - 1992
Also released on: Genesis
Description of HardBall III
The third game in Accolade's famous baseball series, Hardball III was the first baseball game developed by Canadian company MindSpan for Accolade. The leap between Hardball II and this game is even much bigger than the one from Hardball to Hardball II. In addition to upgrading the graphics from EGA to 256-color VGA, MindSpain improved every aspect of gameplay and added a few new features, most notably coaching options. Fluid player animations, dozens of teams to choose from, solid user interface, and even authentic ballparks and crowd jeers and cheers-- it just doesn't get much better than this. Oh, and did I mention Al Michaels biting his tongue in the game? ;) Adding the famous commentator adds much to already fun atmosphere, and makes it that much more enjoyable to score a home run.
Overall, one of the best baseball games ever made, bar none. Those who enjoy realistic statistics should stick to Earl Weaver Baseball 2, but it you're looking for a gorgeous-looking, action-packed baseball game, it doesn't get better than Hardball III. Three thumbs up! Also, check out its SVGA successor Hardball IV if you prefer even better graphics.
Review By HOTUD
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Comments and reviews
JustinTense 2015-09-05 1 point
I still own the boxed version of this that came with 5¼" floppies!
Baseball Buff DT 2014-10-12 -1 point DOS version
This was the first baseball game for the PC that had a true arcade style and smooth action feel to it. That it had and kept some stats was a bonus--however my teams of .260 historical hitters usually hit .390 with a crazy amount of doubles. Make sure you turn off the music driver for the best experience...
Hardball III was easily the most playable of the long-running Hardball series. However, as alluded in the review above, if reliable stats prediction/recording are important to you, the best games are the 1)Amiga version of Earl Weaver Baseball or 2)PC version of Earl Weaver Baseball II.
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