All-Star Baseball 2003 Ad Blurbs
The best of both worlds! All-Star Baseball 2003 offers the perfect blend of simulation style hardball for the baseball fanatic with the pick up and play ease for the casual sports gamer. Featuring all 30 MLB teams and 900+ pro players. Ten modes of play including "Exhibition," "Season," and "Career," and specialties like "Batting Practice" and "Home Run Derby." New "Expansion" mode allows gamers to create custom teams, choosing city, stadium, and logos to add their squad to the Major League schedule. Cooperstown Hall of Fame team lets fans play with greats like Mike Schmidt, Reggie Jackson, and Yogi Berra. Games are called by Bob Brenly, Thom Brennaman, and Steve Lyons.
Contributed by havoc of smeg (21273) on Sep 01, 2010.
We are not worthy!
We are not worthy!
ASB 2003 boasts all 30 major league teams with official stadiums, logos and uniforms. There are more than 900 actual players. Rod Carew, Ernie Banks and other favorite players from the past appear on the Cooperstown Legends team, whose default stadium is Wrigley Field.
Rosters and stats have been fully updated, so you'll see Gary Sheffield on the Braves and Jason Giambi on the Yankees. Unfortunately for the Astros, they're still in residence at Enron Field.
The 10 game modes are Exhibition, Season, Career, Franchise, Expansion, All-Star Game, Series, Manager, Home Run Derby and Batting Practice. The Franchise mode lets you play, build and rebuild your favorite team for as many as 20 consecutive seasons. That's five more seasons than Tom Kelly managed the Twins!
Thanks to the jumbo capacity of GCN discs, ASB 2003 is the first baseball game with a three-man broadcasting booth. Thom Brennaman handles the play-by-play and Steve Lyons is his usual sharp-tongued self. Bob Brenly's appearance as a color commentator is rather odd, given that he's been managing the Arizona Diamondbacks for more than a year.
The biggest bonus for fantasy freaks is the all-new Expansion draft. Users can draft from a pool of unprotected players and build a team of free agents and minor leaguers. Creative types will glom onto the Expansion Play feature, which allows you to choose from among 36 U.S., Canadian and Mexican cities, seven fictional stadiums and 30 team logos, then add your team to the big leagues for season play. By the way, Acclaim: Monterrey, Mexico, is spelled with two R's, not one.
Acclaim has always been rightfully proud of its painstaking realism. The stadiums include active dugouts and bullpens, fluttering flags and real-time scoreboards. For legal and contractual reasons, ads have been altered. Bodies of modern-day big-leaguers are quite accurate, but Hall of Fame sluggers Willie Stargell and Stan Musial look more like slap-hitting infielders.
Acclaim keeps tweaking the software it uses to recreate player's faces. Now called 3D Cyberscan, the software results in the most realistic mugs you've yet seen in a baseball game. The fans behind the on-deck circle are photorealistic, although they all have that scrawny look of overworked game developers.
This game marks the ASB debut of official Donruss in-game player trading cards. Inspired by EA Sports' popular Madden Cards, the ASB cards allow players to collect, trade and unlock cheat codes throughout the game.
Also new are trivia games. Even though most of the questions are incredibly difficult ('Who has won the most games in one season without winning a Cy Young award?' Answer: Juan Marichal), beating the dopey CPU is pretty easy.
When it comes to actual gameplay, Acclaim has never tried to sugar-coat its unwavering commitment to realism and zillions of options. You can fake a bunt, call for a pick-off or steal and have pitchers warm up.
You can assign the CPU to control any or all of your players on either defense or offense. More subtly, the CPU will assist you with batting, fielding, pitching and base-running. Normal speed is pokier than Eeyore in a sack race, so we recommend picking the Fast option.
The Control Stick and the C-stick together give you subtle control over the power and direction of your swing. Theoretically you can improve your chances by correctly predicting pitch and location. Big-leaguers do this all the time, but they're working off exhaustive scouting reports. You, on the other hand, will have to rely on guesswork until you get a feel for the game's AI.
Future throw technology facilitates snap catches and throws. Animations have been cleaned up from ASB 2002's jerky beginnings, although fielders still tend to position their gloves slightly off a ball's trajectory.
The AI of players and umpires not directly involved in a play varies. In the time-honored tradition of baseball video games, they often stand stock-still while the ball caroms crazily nearby. At other times, though, you'll be pleasantly surprised by heads'-up hustling into position to back up a throw.
All-Star Baseball 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube is in stores now. Progress is saved to a Memory Card (not included).
Contributed by Xoleras (65926) on May 08, 2005.
"All hail the king of baseball games for the 2003 season. This title has anything and everything a fan of this sport could ever wish to see in a video version of their beloved pasttime." - Kristian GameInformer
"Acclaim has implemented everything you could ever want from a sports game." - Reiner on ASB 2003 for PS2 Game Informer
"ASB 2003 is one of the best baseball games I've played, and I've played them all." - IGN on ASB 2003 for PS2 (http://ps2.ign.com/articles/354/354780p1.html)
"All-Star Baseball 2003 is this year's most exciting release..." - Game Informer
"All-Star Baseball 2003's feature set takes baseball to the next level with easily the best franchise mode to ever be created for a baseball game." - IGN.com
"All-Star Baseball has an unprecedented amount of game play options to go along with its dazzling visuals. Gamers know that ASB has a heritage of quality, but this year looks to set a new benchmark." - Game Now
"All-Star Baseball 2003 may be the prettiest baseball game on the PS2. As soon as the players run out to the field, you'll think they're stepping on real Zoysia." - Official PlayStation Magazine
"Acclaim's All-Star Baseball franchise has always been well received and the 2003 edition on Xbox certainly looks like it will advance the series. The developer has worked overtime to include such new extra features such as bats that break in play, new polygon model face-maps, a new expansion team mode and more, and all of this is complemented by significantly overhauled animations and texture detail. This could be one of the best baseball efforts for any console in several years."
--Acclaim Press Releases--
All-Star Baseball 2003 for Game Boy Advance Ships
Putting the power of Major League Baseball into the hands of gamers nationwide, Acclaim Sports announced that it has shipped its award-winning hardball franchise, All-Star Baseball 2003 for the Game Boy® Advance. Featuring four-time World Series® Champion Derek Jeter, All-Star Baseball 2003 offers many exciting new modes of play and options that deliver unparalleled hardball realism. All-Star Baseball 2003 is currently available across all next-generation platforms and is being supported with an integrated marketing campaign, which prominently features Jeter and includes national television, print and online advertising. FULL STORY: http://www.acclaim.com/company/pressReleases/product/ASB2003GBAShips.html
All-Star Baseball 2003 Voted Best by Consumers
Proving to be a major league hit at retail for all three next-generation video game systems, All-Star Baseball 2003 from Acclaim Sports was the top-selling baseball video game across all platforms for the month of March. According to the latest NPDFunworld(sm) TRSTS® report, All-Star Baseball 2003 outperformed its competitors by more than 15% and owned nearly 60% of the baseball video game market for the period. FULL STORY: http://www.acclaim.com/company/pressReleases/product/ASB2003Success.html
Acclaim Sports Ships 'All-Star Baseball 2003' Across All Next-Generation Gaming Platforms
Delivering a mighty grand slam, Acclaim Sports announced that it has simultaneously shipped its eagerly anticipated, award-winning hardball franchise, All-Star Baseball 2003, on all three next generation video game console systems-- the PlayStation®2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube(tm) and the Xbox(tm) video game system from Microsoft. Featuring four-time World Series(tm) Champion Derek Jeter, All-Star Baseball 2003 features many exciting new modes of play and options that deliver unparalleled hardball realism. Available in full nationwide retail distribution on March 7, All-Star Baseball 2003 is being supported with an integrated marketing campaign, which prominently features Jeter and includes national television, print and online advertising. FULL STORY: http://www.acclaim.com/company/pressReleases/product/ASB2003Ships.html
Acclaim Sports 'Goes Yard' With 'All-Star Baseball 2003' Multi-Million Dollar Marketing Campaign
Helping to usher in the launch of the most eagerly anticipated baseball video game of the year, Acclaim Sports unveiled its multi-million dollar marketing campaign to support the release of All-Star Baseball 2003 for all of the next-generation gaming platforms. FULL STORY: http://www.acclaim.com/company/pressReleases/product/ASB2003Marketing.html
Acclaim Sports To Report Early For Spring Training With 'All-Star Baseball 2003' Across All Next-Generation Gaming Platforms
Stepping into the batter's box before the first official pitch of the 2002 Major League Baseball season, Acclaim Sports announced that it will ship All-Star Baseball 2003 at the end of February for all of the next-generation gaming platforms. Featuring four-time World Series" Champion Derek Jeter, All-Star Baseball 2003 is the latest installment in the Company's award-winning franchise and will offer many exciting new modes of play and options that deliver unparalleled hardball realism. Available in full nationwide retail distribution on March 7, All-Star Baseball 2003 will be supported with an integrated marketing campaign, which will prominently feature Jeter and include national television, print and online advertising. FULL STORY: http://www.acclaim.com/company/pressReleases/product/ASB2003.html
Contributed by Xoleras (65926) on Sep 05, 2004.
For a more in depth look at some of the game's special features, click on the links in the feature list below. We'll take you to our All-Star Baseball 2003 Game Highlights page, where you can view movies and screenshots of those features.
- Official in-game Donruss player trading cards enables users to collect, trade and unlock cheats.
- All-new player models feature 3-D Cyberscan technology giving All-Star Baseball the most realistic representation of player faces ever seen.
- Incredible depth with 10 game modes: Exhibition, Season, Career, Franchise, Expansion, All-Star Game®, Series, Manager, Home Run Derby(TM) and Batting Practice.
- All-new Expansion Play allows baseball fanatics to choose a city, stadium and team logo and add that team into Major League Baseball®.
- A 3-man broadcast booth with Bob Brenly, Thom Brennaman and Steve Lyons for the most in-depth commentary.
- Franchise mode allows users to play and build their favorite team for up to twenty consecutive seasons.
- All-new Expansion draft: users will draft from a pool of unprotected players and build a team from free agents and Minor League(TM) players.
- National Baseball Hall of Fame(TM) team featuring your favorite sluggers from the past like Mike Schmidt, Reggie Jackson and Yogi Berra.
- All 30 Major League(TM) teams and over 900 players all with official stadiums, logos and uniforms.
- Over 50 stadiums to choose from including 8 classic stadiums and 10 expansion stadiums.
Contributed by Xoleras (65926) on Sep 05, 2004.
- Game Modes Include: Exhibition, Season, Career, All-Star Game, Series, Manager, Home Run Derby and Batting Practice.
- Franchise Mode: Play and build your favorite team for up to twenty consecutive seasons.
- Expansion Play: Choose a city, stadium and team logo and add that team into the Major Leagues.
- Official Player Trading Cards: Collect, trade and unlock cheats.
- 3-Man Broadcast Booth: Get all the calls and analysis from Fox Sports announcers Thom Brennaman, Steve Lyons and World Series Manager Bob Brenly.
Over 500 new motion captured animations
Legendary sluggers like Mike Schmidt and Reggie Jackson
Old school uniforms for each club
Signature pitching and batting stances
3-D Cyberscans for the most realistic looking player faces
Contributed by Corn Popper (69326) on Sep 10, 2002.