MLB SlugFest 20-04

Critic Score User Score
PlayStation 2

Advertising Blurbs – Nintendo GameCube:
    Crocodile-wrestlers, Europeans and other cranky types like to whine that America's pastime is slow-paced and downright dull. Midway aims to change all of that with its turbo-injected MLB Slugfest 20-04.

    A Whole New Ballgame

    MLB Slugfest 20-04 brings back all the hard-hitting action fans enjoyed in last year's version while adding a few new bells and whistles. For starters, a much-welcomed Create-A-Team feature has been added. Now, players can combine ball players from both major leagues to create a veritable dream team of superstars. Also, each hurler now has a repertoire of six different pitches.

    A Little Bit Of Realism

    Every MLB team, player and stadium is included. Midway used detailed face-maps of each player. That's about all the realism you can expect in this game.

    A Whole Lot Of Fantasy

    Continuing the arcade-style trend started by Midway's own NFL Blitz series, MLB Slugfest features turbo running, batting, fielding and throwing. If a player does really well, he'll literally catch fire. Pyromania, man!

    Each pitcher comes with a signature pitch that will leave most any batter guessing. You can even bean a batter to lower his performance. Toss too much chin music, though, and the batter will rush the mound and throw a few beans of his own.

    Midway has thrown in more than 10 fantasy stadiums, as well as unlockable fantasy teams and players.

    Swinging For The Fences

    To the delight of many baseball fans, Midway has included a robust Home Run Derby mode. Pit your favorite player in a long-ball contest against the finest sluggers in the bigs.

    Honus Wagner might not approve, but Midway's MLB Slugfest series shapes up as being what every video game should be: fun. Swing for the fences with MLB Slugfest 20-04.

    Contributed by Evil Ryu (59434) on Aug 08, 2005. - Game Boy Advance:
    Midway's rough 'n tumble baseball series makes its Game Boy Advance debut with MLB Slugfest 20-04.

    Turbo-Charged Action

    Following up the success of its arcade Blitz, Hitz and Hoopz series, Midway has taken the normally slow-paced national game and infused it with turbo-charged hits, pitches, jumps and dives. One-off matches take place in Exhibition mode.

    Instead of opting for a standard season mode, Challenge mode allows you to choose any major league team and defeat all 30 major league teams until you are world champion. You can also simulate your own World Series by choosing Series mode. Simply take your own team and any other for a seven-game World Series.

    Field of Options

    Before each game, players can customize the CPU difficulty, number of innings and player roster. You can also turn on or off balls for a faster paced game. Once the options have been set, select one of six real major league fields to play in: Pacific Bell Park, Wrigley Field, Fenway Park, Safeco Field, Coors Stadium and Yankee Stadium.

    Staying with the arcade theme, the batter/pitcher interface is fairly streamlined. The pitcher begins by choosing one of four available pitches. Pitch variety includes fastball, changeup, slider and screwball.

    Each of the pitches is a highly exaggerated version of its real-life counterpart. Pitches twist, zoom and feature flame trails to confuse and confound most batters. Once your pitch is selected, you can either have your pitcher throw the pitch, bean the batter or attempt to pick off base stealers.

    Batters need only time their swing to hit the pitch properly. If a hitter gets on a hot streak, his performance improves dramatically. While batting, you can command any of your base runners to steal.

    Fielding is made easy thanks to field markers that show where the ball will land. Fielders can turbo boost to make super-human defensive plays. With a well-timed jump, you can even swipe a seemingly sure home-run.

    Take Me Out to the Ballgame

    MLB Slugfest 20-04 does a great job mirroring the arcade action of the console version.

    Contributed by Xoleras (66087) on Jan 24, 2005.

Back of Case - PlayStation 2:



    The top-selling, critically acclaimed and only aggressive-style baseball videogame is back with a ton of new features.

  • NEW Create-A-Team: Build your own powerhouse All-Star ball club.

  • NEW Customizable Instant Replay: Relive towering home runs and diving catches from any angle.

  • NEW Home Run Derby: Square off against the league's most feared home run hitters.

  • NEW Signature batting stances and pitching motions.

  • NEW "On Fire" Pitching: Shut down the offensive team to catch an extra boost.

  • NEW Expanded and updated rosters, uniforms and stadiums.

  • Jim and Tim return with ALL NEW SlugFest-Style humorous color commentary.

  • Plenty of hard tags, chin music and spikes-high slides.


    *Based on total sales in 2002 from TRST on the PlayStation 2 computer entertainment system.

    Contributed by Corn Popper (69543) on Sep 13, 2004.