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The game is High Heat Major League Baseball 2002, a Game Boy Advance release from 3DO and Mobius. It combines stunning batting graphics with an option package to suit any baseball fan’s taste or skill level.
It's nice to see a hardcore sports game for the GBA done this well, however. This is a far cry from Midway's inept NFL Blitz. It looks good, plays decent baseball, and offers enough options to keep you playing long after real-world snow covers America's ballparks. The rules omissions, the lack of multiplayer, the shallow batting options, and the lack of player stats are problems a serious baseball simmer is going to have a hard time overlooking. Maybe they'll be included in next year's edition, but for now, it's just nice to be able to play decent ball on a handheld system.
Game Informer Magazine
High Heat doesn’t come equipped with all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect from baseball games, but its gameplay is functional and true to the sport. It even features a Home Run Derby and a full 162-game season. Of course, it doesn’t track stats, nor does it allow drafting or trades. The good thing is that High Heat has it where it counts. It looks fantastic, and plays surprisingly well.
The Next Level
Solid game to enjoy on trips and other occassions. Perfect for a casual baseball fan who's not looking to engage all the nuances of a typical baseball simulation.
3DO's High Heat Major League Baseball 2002 is currently the only baseball game available for the Game Boy Advance. It's a decent freshman effort, but a lack of gameplay details and multiplayer features and substandard visuals limit the game's appeal to die-hard MLB fans only.
Baseball is often referred to as America’s past time by many, however the game does have the tendency to present a boring aspect to a broad amount of spectators who simply state that the sport isn’t what it had once been. Despite that feeling, baseball is still very much alive and there’s no greater sign than the release of videogame titles dedicated to the sport each year. With the final weeks of baseball upon us 3DO steps up to the plate, once again with its highly acclaimed High Heat Baseball series, and swings fans a title for Game Boy Advance owners. But, just like baseball some times, this version of High Heat sports an ideal look without the follow up in many key elements.