Advertising Blurbs

"Nintendo Winter 2002" promotional booklet - GameCube:
    America's favorite pastime just got tougher. MLB SLugFest 20-03 and Alex Rodriguez ignite America's national pastime with a torrid blend of aggressive, adrenaline-style action and authentic Major League Baseball credentials. From the same publisher that brought you the NFL Blitz and NHL Hitz, MLB Slugfest comes your way with bases loaded action. Like a fastball high and tight, this game will stir things up.

    Contributed by Joshua J. Slone (4675) on Feb 26, 2006. – Nintendo GameCube:

    Famous baseball moves: the hook slide, the basket catch and the clothesline tackle.

    Where most other baseball offerings tilt heavily toward realism, Midway's MLB Slugfest 20-03 swings for the arcade-y fences. This offbeat title manages to deliver some tremendous baseball excitement, especially when two players compete head-to-head.

    Taking its signature Turbo Meter from the NFL Blitz series and dropping it on a baseball diamond, Midway has created a full-contact version of our national pastime, complete with beanballs, flaming line-drives and fisticuffs on the base paths. However, Blitz's gladiatorial mayhem doesn't quite jive with baseball's leisurely pace.

    Flaming Fundamentals

    The pitching and batting interface is fairly straightforward. Batters can choose to swing for power or maximum contact. With good timing you can land one in the bleachers, but a sour swing will result in frequent groundouts.

    When pitching, you must first choose a pitch from an on-screen list by pressing the appropriate button, then aim your pitch using the Control Stick. Sticklers for realism will be immediately turned off by the Looney Toons-style curveballs and preposterous speeds. Even finesse pitchers like Jamie Moyer will register up to 107 MPH on the radar gun.

    Base running can be difficult, especially when there is more than one runner aboard. Even the computer-controlled AI has some difficulty deciding when to tag up on a fly ball. To be fair, many baseball games have the same problem. On the other hand, fielding is a real high point in MLB Slugfest 20-03. Controls are responsive and diving for fly balls and hard-hit grounders is very satisfying.

    High Heat

    The Turbo Meter comes into play when a player performs well. For example, when a batter goes two-for-two, he will catch fire and receive a nice stat boost. When swinging a flaming bat, outfielders better play deep because the blazing batter is likely to go yard.

    When running the bases you can also use the Turbo Meter to knock the ball out of a defensive player's hands. If you don't like the way the first baseman is holding you on the bag, you can deck him with the press of a button. Watching the brutality unfold is quite a spectacle and if you can knock the ball loose it's a good way to advance the runner.

    All-Star Beanball

    Along with the usual choice of pitches like curveballs, fastballs, and sliders, you can inflict serious damage with a beanball pitch. Aiming high, low and at the midsection will have different results, so if you nail the batter in the legs it will lower his Speed more than his Batting or Power abilities.

    The major drawbacks to throwing beanballs are that, first, you will fill the bases quickly, and secondly, a ticked-off batter may charge the mound and injure your hurler. This gives some strategy to the madness because you have to weigh the risk and reward throwing at a batter.

    Graphics and Sound

    In its introduction, the game highlights some of Major League's most intense players like A-Rod, Sammy Sosa and Randy Johnson. All 29 teams feature up-to-date rosters so you'll see John Rocker in a Texas uniform (though who knows how long that will last) and Jason Giambi in Yankee pinstripes.

    Player bodies are generic, but many feature digitized faces from their living, breathing counterparts. The stadiums and crowd are nicely detailed also.

    Most of the player animation is somewhat comical. A hit batter will collapse and then run to first, crying like a baby looking for a lost rattle. A batter will spin around on his heels after swinging and missing a fastball.

    If the player animations are silly, the play-by-play commentary is downright foolish. Two nonsensical broadcasters babble on and on about everything from falling in the bathtub to the tightness of a players' pants. It is sometimes funny, but always unpredictable.

    The Game play modes, Quickplay, Challenge, Season and Tournament, mirror those of the Blitz and Hitz series. In Challenge Mode you can attempt to defeat all the Major League teams one by one. Season mode gives you a chance to compete for a trip to the World Series. Tournament and Quickplay modes can be played by one or two players simultaneously.

    In MLB Slugfest 20-03 you will not see realistic scores and stats, so baseball purists need not apply. But, for the rest of us, this base-brawler is a nice alternative to the numerous baseball simulation games available. As with Midway's other zany sports offering, this one is most fun in multiplayer mode.

    This game is rated "E" (Everyone) by the independent Entertainment Software Rating Board. Progress is saved to a Memory Card (not included).

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (65856) on Aug 08, 2005.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:


    The summertime game just got smokin'. MLB SlugFest 20-03 and Alex Rodriguez ignite America's national pastime with a torrid blend of aggresive, adrenaline-style action and authentic Major League Baseball credentials.

  • Adrenaline-Style Gameplay - Over-the-top, nonstop: from blazing fastballs to screaming line drives to wall-crashing catches.

  • Fast-Action Batter/Pitcher Interface - The fastest brand of baseball you've ever seen.

  • Strategic Contact - Chin music, shoulder first or spikes high? Your decisions can effect the game's momentum and final outcome.

  • Real Player Faces - Unbelievably detailed faces, right down to the gum-chewing.

  • Outrageous Animations - More than 1,500 animations, featuring your favorite MLB players performing as they only dream they could.

  • Fantasy Players and Stadiums - Bolster your lineup or take your game into exotic locations.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69396) on Dec 30, 2002.