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Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
While High Heat Major League Baseball 2002 excels at everything it does, it fails to do enough to really provide a completely satisfying experience. The graphics, for instance, are absolutely gorgeous but the animations lack any smooth transitions, resulting in a jerky presentation that could have been avoided. Similarly, the gameplay is an excellent take on baseball, as it requires both a good eye and excellent timing, but a lack of options hurts this title’s long-term value. This isn’t to say that 3DO hasn’t put together an excellent baseball simulator; they have. There is, however, more work to be done if they want to craft a truly excellent game.
It's definitely not the prettiest game of baseball around, but it's by far the most accurate simulation of the sport. If you are looking for a pure baseball simulation, then you owe it to yourself to pick up High Heat 2002.
Game Informer Magazine
Other than delivering fantastic star-player facial maps, High Heat’s graphical prowess still holds many 32-bit qualities. Along with jerky animations, the TV-style presentation is stagnant. Disappointing indeed, this title really needs some flash, especially in comparison to the competing games. In the end, though, High Heat is a decent release. 3DO did a commendable job shaping a realistic simulation – something purists can really sink their teeth into.
If you are looking for the best playing and most realistic game, High Heat is your winner. Unfortunately, the bad graphics actually detract from the game and will make you question why you shelled out $300 for a system to play something that looks like a PlayStation game. For that matter, there are some games that can be found on the PlayStation that look and play similarly that are cheaper. To be fair, the game does have the most realistic feeling of pitching and changing speeds that I have ever seen and it is chock full of options. If you are not concerned with graphics, you should enjoy this game.
Game Informer Magazine
A valiant effort by 3DO comes up a little short in the graphics department. It has good playcontrol and the AI is excellent. The computer will really exploit your errant throws. One of the best things about this game is that a hit to the outfield will usually score a guy from second. This is a common occurance in real life, but it is something that video games seldom get right.
The Video Game Critic
The controls are intuitive and responsive, and for your hyperactive friends, you can even set the game speed. Other nice options include a replay frequency setting and "view stadium" mode, which lets look around at your leisure. After each game, there's a load of statistics including a full box score and a complete game summary! With awesome control, realistic gameplay, and fast action, High Heat is not a bad bet.