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- All-new legends take to the field - Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Ty Cobb and more
- Play as famous Negro League players like Josh Gibson, Satchel Paige, and Buck O'Neill
- Brand new Scenario Mode where Derek Jeter introduces actual MLB footage to set up game situations
- Pick-up games let you put together a team of your favorite players
- All new stadiums and Panoramic Tours where Derek highlights facts and features of each stadium
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Baseball lives and dies by the pitcher/batter duel and All-Star has you covered here. How? By offering every option the competition can muster. You can use a cursor system (like MVP Baseball), a timing based system (less realistic, but good for new players), and a system like High Heat where you have to watch the ball carefully (most realistic). Each system works but the cursor-based option could is sub par: the information regarding where and when to swing appears too late. The gameplay has other flaws. Fielding feels soft, unresponsive and slow, and the AI is stupidly aggressive at times: stealing when it shouldn't and slugging when a sacrifice is called for.
All-Star has good graphics--not the best available but very good and the animations are all smooth and lifelike. You can even identify many players by their batting stance alone. The audio is a standout, specifically the commentary, which is accurate, insightful, and even includes entertaining side conversations about the rules and quirks of the game.
All-Star isn't quite the best baseball game you can buy for your console system, but it offers the best overall package if you aren't sure what you want. Good gameplay, good graphics, lots of options and extras, and a nice range of hitting options. Play ball! --Andrew S. Bub
- Nice range of pitching/batting options
- Good graphics
- Terrific Audio
- Uneven, overly aggressive, artificial intelligence
Top Customer Reviews
Graphics are pretty decent, it's much better than previous seasons.
Sound is a little weak, announcing is pretty good, but the crowd noises sound like they are coming through a tunnel. Bat cracking, pitching, sound of the ball hitting glove are nice, very realistic.
Gameplay... Oh man. It could have been so much better than it is, but it's still pretty good. Infield control is incredibly tight, but when it comes to fielding the outfield, oh jeez, forget it. Unless you get under that ball, it's going to take a bounce to the wall, and you will be running in circles trying to pick the ball up! What happened here? Good question.
Franchise mode is deep, stats are tight, home run derby is fun, the batting practice is very good (you'll need it at first).
Overall, it's a good game, not the best, I think High Heat 2k4 is going to be tops this year as far as a simulation of Baseball, but I am enjoying my season so far, I'd wait and see if you can get this on sale if you MUST have a baseball game NOW. Otherwise, I can recommend it, but I can't stand behind the recomendation. I enjoy the game, but others with a taste for arcade ball won't really be very happy, and there could be quite a few stat/sim heads that won't like this either. It's a middle of the road baseball game.
This game is really fun to play with a tremendous amount of features that should make any baseball gamer happy. The graphics are awesome, from the players faces, fans in the stands, the intros, and all the animation. The play by play is the best it feels like you are listening to a game on TV. A couple of new features, one is the ability to go to the mound for a visit, when you do this a box opens and it shows you his pitch count, who is up next, and a message from the pitching coach telling you if he should be left in or pulled and if your player in the pen is ready. A cool little feature is when you ask you bullpen to warm up a player you hear a phone ring, the added realisms like this is what makes a game good or great. I also enjoy the realism of the umps, the ump behind home plate yells out strike or ball, the field umps pull their hand up hard and yells "Out" or swing the arms and yells "Safe". The next great feature is the franchise mode, you have low and high minors, contracts, injuries, trades, and much much more, let me just say it is very deep. Finally game play is simply amazing.
The only thing that I would say is bad, is the interface when you are in the gm screens, I think it is supposed to look like it did a few years ago when everything was done in handwriting. All of the stats and info looks like it was written by hand, and even though I give the game designers a low five for creativity it does make it hard to read.
I told you already at the top of this review, this quirk needs to be fixed.
This game is much improved over last years installment and will give all baseball fans an enjoyable season.
my only complaint so hard--where's Hideki Matsui? But no biggie, I'm sure e'll be added soon enough.
This game just FEELS alot better. So Acclaim has done a great job. Can MVP. WS2k3, HH, and Inside Pitch measure up?
There are many baseball titles coming out this year, and everyone will have an opinion on which is top-dog. Take my advice and rent them first. Decide which one you like. Don't forget, these games are fifty bucks each. I ran out and bought High Heat because I read several favorable reviews, all of which I found to be, at the very best, misleading. I recouped a little of my cash by trading it in on All-Star, but I still wasted money. Don't make the same mistake. I love All-Star 2004. You may not.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
it wasnt bad and then again it wasnt perfect either.it was hard but as u play through it it gets easier.so 4 starsPublished on July 31, 2006
I got this for Xmas and I can't get into. It's extremely hard to hit and extremely easy to field. All the bells and whistles for extras are nice but I found the game play... Read morePublished on February 19, 2004 by Professor Booty
This is one of the best games as far as simulation goes. It also has a lot of extra things like All Time and Negro League greats. Read morePublished on May 30, 2003 by Amazon Customer
I went out and bought this game becuase i loved last years version, I would say im pleased with my purchase there are some great things in this game, like scenario mode which is... Read morePublished on May 9, 2003 by GAMER
So I was very excited for ASB2004. I played ASB2003 until the disc no longer worked. I created my own franchise, own players, and carried it through for years. Read morePublished on April 23, 2003 by denverwannabe
I would urge all active x-box gamers to rent this game prior to buying so that you can save time, money, and frustration. Read morePublished on April 15, 2003 by Will C.
This is a good game, but one issue from last year still has not been adequately addressed. There are too many fly balls in this game, and the ability to hit homeruns frequently... Read morePublished on April 11, 2003 by Young Kim Kasten Incorpo
The dvd like special features, scenario mode and the ability to edit existing players are the only improvements I can see over last years version. Read morePublished on April 2, 2003 by O. B. Lawrey