Advertising BlurbsBack of Keep Case - PlayStation 2 (Germany):
WO DIE STARS ZU HAUSE SINDSCHLAGWORTE
[Captions] Drehe die Zeit mit klassischen Trikots zurück
Spielerspezifische Tricks und Bewegungen
Allstar-Team mit Nolan Ryan
Über 1500 Animationen in Motion Capturing
Contributed by Patrick Bregger (98674) on May 14, 2011.
It's time to play hardball.
Grumpy gamers with long memories will remember that it took a year and a half after the N64 launched for its first baseball game to hit the shelves. In what may be Exhibit A of how easy it is to program for the Nintendo GameCube, ASB 2002 is launching with the system.
Stadiums and some graphics, such as player faces, have been updated. The game's solid pitching and batting engines are back. But fielding and running AI can still be frustrating. The game's most noticeable change may be the extensive commentary by Byung-Hyun Kim consoler Bob Brenley and former broadcast partner Thom Brennaman. For this, you may thank the capacious memory of the GCN's discs.
Exclusives to the GCN version of ASB 2002 include a Puerto Rico stadium and Safeco Field decked out for the 2001 All-Star Game. Acclaim also promises that the GCN version will give players unprecedented control over checked swings as well as a CPU-controlled defense assist option. There's even something called Broken Bat Technology, which will doubtless help Diamondback fans bent on recreating Luis Gonzalez's historic game seven swing.
Acclaim has the full licenses of all 30 big-league teams and more than 700 players. Bonuses include a Hall of Fame team that features Mike Schmidt, Reggie Jackson and Nolan Ryan and retro uniforms, such as those sported by the Amazin' Mets of '62.
Game modes include Exhibition, Season, World Series, Home Run Derby and Batting Practice. General Manager mode lets you trade, sign free agents and draft players. Do well in a season to pick up awards such as Most Valuable Player, Cy Young, Rookie Of The Year, and Gold Glove.
The 30 authentic stadiums include active dugouts and bullpens, real-time scoreboards and animated touches such as the waterfalls at Kauffman Stadium. For the GCN, Acclaim has updated graphics for the Oakland Coliseum, PNC Park and Miller Park. Each stadium can be seen from any of seven different camera views.
More than 1,500 motion-captured animations have been wrapped around 130 unique player batting stances and 50 pitching deliveries. The 3D batter interface gives you subtle control over the power and direction of your swing. Future throw technology facilitates snap catches and throws. Although the screen shots are uniformly pretty, the animations are only intermittently realistic. Especially choppy are the animations of an outfielder catching, then throwing the ball and an infielder picking up a grounder, then planting his feet to throw.
With its exhaustive in-game and general manager options, ASB 2002 follows Acclaim's overall strategy of appealing to serious sports fans. While it's nice to see baseball fans having something to better to do with their thumbs than twiddle 'em through the long cold winter, ASB 2002 feels old-school, rather than a pathbreaker that takes full advantage of the new system.
Available now, ASB 2002 is rated "E" for Everyone by the independent Entertainment Software Rating Board. The Memory Card 59, sold separately, is required to save game progress. Saving a season requires 49 blocks, saving a series requires 33 blocks and saving options requires one block. This game supports Dolby Surround.
Contributed by Xoleras (66310) on May 08, 2005.
Acclaim Sports' All-Star Baseball 2002 for PlayStation 2 Computer Entertainment System Ships on Friday, March 16th.
Yankees' Derek Jeter Returns to Star as Spokesman in National Marketing Campaign
GLEN COVE, N.Y.--March 16, 2001-- Acclaim Sports, a division of Acclaim Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:AKLM - news), a leading worldwide interactive entertainment company, today announced that All-Star Baseball 2002 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system will begin shipping to retail outlets nationwide on Friday, March 16th.
"All-Star Baseball 2002 for the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system truly represents a new generation of baseball excellence," said Steve Felsen, Director of Brand Management. "Our heralded franchise provides an unrivaled experience of putting the gamer inside the ballpark."
Developed by Acclaim Studios Austin under license from Major League Baseball Properties and the MLB Players Association, All-Star Baseball 2002 has been praised by industry press who have previewed the title's breakthrough graphics and gameplay. The franchise is widely regarded in the video game industry as the premier baseball series, having been previously selected as "Baseball Game of the Year" by readers of GamePro magazine and honored with Editors Choice Awards from Electronic Gaming Monthly and Imagine Games Network.
"I'm very proud to be associated with All-Star Baseball 2002," said four time World Series(R) champion and product spokesman Derek Jeter. "I am very selective with the products I choose to endorse and All-Star Baseball 2002 continues to reign as the world champion of baseball video games."
All-Star Baseball 2002 Features Include:
The All-Star Baseball 2002 marketing campaign features All-Star Game MVP and World Series MVP Derek Jeter. Jeter stars in a national television campaign and appears in all print advertising and in store merchandising. National cross-promotions with Fleer Trading Cards, HoneyComb Cereal and Beckett Publications will run throughout the summer.
Jeter will also star in a public service announcement for the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB), which oversees the rating of video and computer games. In the spot, Jeter advises parents and children to, "Play the Game that's Right for you."
For more information regarding All-Star Baseball 2002 and Acclaim Sports, log onto http://www.acclaimsports.com/.
Acclaim Entertainment Background Information
Based in Glen Cove, N.Y., Acclaim Entertainment, Inc., is a leading worldwide developer, publisher and mass marketer of software for use with interactive entertainment gaming-consoles including those manufactured by Nintendo, Sony Computer Entertainment, and Sega as well as personal computer hardware systems. Acclaim owns and operates four studios located in the United States and the United Kingdom, and publishes and distributes its software directly in North America, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Australia and the Pacific Rim. Acclaim also distributes entertainment software for other publishers worldwide, publishes software gaming strategy guides and issues "special edition" comic magazines from time to time to support its time valued brands, Turok and Shadow Man. Acclaim's corporate headquarters are in Glen Cove, New York, and Acclaim's common stock is publicly traded on NASDQ under the symbol AKLM. For more information, please visit the Company's website at http://www.acclaim.com.
Contributed by skl (1147) on Mar 19, 2004.
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