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This is a title that could have been much better, but really cannot compare with either its other console platform counterparts, nor with some other GBA baseball games in terms of gameplay options. It looks good and plays well, and it a good, quick arcade-like experience. Fans who want a little more depth, will do well to find a pinch-hitter.
MLB Slugfest 20-04 for the consoles is a god-send baseball game. Slugfest 04 for the GBA tries to capture the fun out of its big brother, but fails in the process. From the jump to the handheld many things were lost since the gameplay is extremely lacking.
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Still, games in MLB SlugFest are not as fun as those in the console versions since the action is watered down. The fielding view is inadequate, pitching is slow and largely ineffective, and options are extremely limited. There's not even a full lineup of stadiums to choose from (only six), and passwords are used to save progress rather than battery backup -- so forget about tracking statistics. Yet the most irritating aspect is the lack of two-player support, which is inexcusable for a baseball game released in 2003. MLB SlugFest is a passable port with big, colorful players, crisp sound, and offensive-minded play, making each game a high-scoring affair. A poor view on defense, a dull computer opponent, and almost non-existent options undermine what could have been one of the better baseball titles on the system.
SlugFest on the Game Boy Advance isn't nearly as bad as Midway's attempts at the Blitz series on the handheld, but there have been so many corners cut in features that this baseball title just isn't very fun to play. The developer worked to get the looks and sounds of the console version on the GBA, but they didn't capture the gameplay. Even though the intention is to present a more action-packed, over-the-top baseball game, the team just didn't succeed. SlugFest 2004 can't compete with the other portable baseball games, both past and present.
Overall, MLB Slugfest 2004 on the GBA is a major disappointment. It lacks the unpredictability and mayhem of the console versions, as well as most of the features that you'd expect to find in a traditional baseball game.