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PlayStation 2GamePro (US) (Mar 19, 2001)
The cursor-style pitching and batting interfaces work great, creating precise control, though fielders sometimes miss easy grounders and your runners will sometimes be tagged when they should have advanced safely. Unless you hate cursor-style controls, avoid an error by snagging All-Star Baseball 2002.
PlayStation 2Gameswelt (Jun 28, 2001)
Flexibles Gameplay und eine Grafik, in die man sich - vor allem bei genauerem Hinsehen - verlieben kann. Diese beiden Dinge machen 'All-Star Baseball 2002' dazu, was es ist: Ein sehr gutes Sportspiel, das nicht nur aufgrund der fehlenden Konkurrenz auf dem Europamarkt die Referenz in Sachen Baseball darstellt. Für die nötige Langzeitmotivation sorgen neben dem Season Mode auch detaillierte Statistiken und Team-Management-Optionen mit Tiefgang. Einzig und allein der Sound enttäuscht im Vergleich zur restlichen Technik, kann aber das ansonsten sehr überzeugende Gesamtbild nicht wirklich schmälern. Baseballfans müssen zugreifen und Hobbysportler zumindest genauer hinschauen oder probespielen - man könnte etwas verpassen!
PlayStation 2PSX Extreme (Apr 10, 2001)
After making Triple Play Baseball look like it's the worst baseball game out there, which it isn't, I must say that All Star Baseball 2002 is certainly the only ball game worth your $50. For the record, I can't say that I didn't enjoy playing Triple Play Baseball, the game does have its moments, but its farfetched -homerun happy- gameplay didn't really impress me as much as ASB 2002's did. While Triple Play has the better visuals, All Star Baseball wins in every other category hands down. Not only is the gameplay more accurate, but the commentary is great too, keeping the action fresh and lively. If you're having a tough time of thinking which baseball game to get, rest assured All Star Baseball 2002 is your best bet.
PlayStation 2IGN (Mar 19, 2001)
All-Star Baseball 2002 isn't a perfect game and it does have some major flaws, such as the horrific baserunning by the computer AI, but it's a very solid game of baseball that can be attuned to fit the gameplay needs of the finicky baseball purist or the casual fan. It might be a bit homer happy on the whole, but it's still possible to get low scoring pitching battles against the computer on the All Star setting, even after playing a lot of games.
PlayStation 2GameSpot (Mar 16, 2001)
Acclaim's All-Star Baseball series has been known for its great (well, for the N64, anyway) graphics and solid gameplay. The series' transition to the PlayStation 2 is, for the most part, a smooth one, and this latest rendition sticks to the basic things that have made the series great, making it worthwhile even for those who aren't fans of the older games.
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (May, 2001)
If I had to choose between the three PS2 baseball games (All-Star, High Heat, Triple Play), I would definitely go with this game. All-Star is the complete package. It offers a great pitching/batter interface, and has most of the other aspects of playcontrol and options covered. I was also impressed by many of the animations, which show infielders getting handcuffed by short-hoppers and a number of other nicely detailed re-creations. However, it is by no means perfect. Most notably, some of the fielding views will cut to a confusing camera angle, which makes it hard to go after the ball. Likewise, balls hit to the wall are almost always just singles. Still, All-Star is fun to play. It might not be as flashy looking as Triple Play, but it more than makes up for this when you take the field.
GameCubeGameSpy (Jan 27, 2002)
If you're a baseball fan, you'll love the attention to detail in this game. Even with its flaws, it's a great addition to your collection. However, if you're a fan of this series, you'll be a bit disappointed with this implementation.
PlayStation 2PSM (Jun, 2001)
Where this game falls short is in its fielding and base running. The CPU-controlled base runners are stupid and will often stay at first base when they should've had an easy double. The fielding is a bit awkward because balls will magically be drawn into fielders if the balls is in their general area. But even with these problems, ASB 2002 still manages to be a fun game to play and is one of the best baseball sims you'll find on a console.
PlayStation 2GameBump/Gaming Horizon (2001)
All-Star Baseball is an excellent baseball game, whether you’re the casual fan or the purist. It’s a game almost anyone can enjoy. From its graphics and animation, to its sheer number of options, this is easily the best baseball game on the PS2 or any system. So pick it up and aim for the fences!
PlayStation (Jun 07, 2001)
All-Star Baseball 2002 is a great game let down by some average base running AI and large borders on the screen. If your a baseball fan then this looks like the game to own as Electronic Arts have no plans to release their Triple Play series here in Australia yet. Fortunately as a game All-Star Baseball 2002 should keep you very happy for quite a while..
GameCubeGameZone (Jan 04, 2002)
Gamers on a budget may want to hold off on buying All-Star Baseball 2002 because of ASB 2003's imminent release. If money is no object to you though, then don't hesitate to get this game. ASB 2002 would be worth buying even if there were other baseball games available for the GameCube.
PlayStation 2Gamezilla (Apr 18, 2001)
For the most part, All-Star Baseball grew on me. I think it is full of bugs, the base running sucks, the pitching overmatches the hitting, and the fielding is shoddy at times, but for some reason the more games I played, the more I enjoyed it. I think I would have to give the nod to All-Star as the winner in the graphics department but EA Sports' Triple Play Baseball (reviewed further down) runs a very close second. You will find that it is a much better and more realistic game if you play against another human instead of the computer.
PlayStation 2Power Unlimited (Jul, 2001)
Echt waar, ik vraag me wel eens af waarom dit soort titels nog in Nederland op de markt wordt gebracht terwijl distributeurs klagen over de lage verkoopcijfers van (goede) Dreamcast games.
PlayStation 2Playmag (Jul, 2001)
Nous nous en tiendrons donc aux fait, à savoir d'une, que A-S.B 2002 est d'une bonne tenue globale, et secundo, qu'il risque d'être, encore pour un moment, la seule option viable pour réaliser des Homerun sur PS2, à bon entendeur...
PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (May, 2001)
Certainly there’s room for improvement, but this is a great start for Acclaim. If you want a baseball game that offers diversity, a solid gameplay package, and a sharp look, this is the title to get. Just don’t expect to be blown away like you were with the football games last year.
GameCubeIGN (Nov 21, 2001)
The All-Star Baseball franchise is no stranger to Nintendo fans. The series made a strong run on everyone's favorite cartridge-based GameCube predecessor with several sequels -- and it was generally thought well of by baseball fans who picked it up. Solid simulation elements, beautiful graphics for the time and a decently realized control setup earned it top grades with critics too.
GameCube64 Power / big.N / N Games (Jan, 2002)
Optisch sieht All Star Baseball ganz ordentlich aus, bietet aber nichts, was einen sonderlich erstaunen würde. Die Spieler sind das grafische Highlight, denn sie sind sehr realistisch und einfallsreich animiert. Allerdings sind die “Übergänge“ zwischen den einzelnen Animationen viel zu abrupt, so dass die Jungs eher wie vorprogrammierte Roboter wirken. Im Extremfall kann es durch die Animationen sogar zu Spielverzögerungen kommen. Auch der Sound kann zwar überzeugen, aber nicht begeistern. Die Stadionatmosphäre kommt gut rüber, in den Pausen dudelt ein Alleinunterhalter Musik auf seiner Orgel, und man kann sogar einzelne Stimmen ausmachen. Insgesamt mangelt es aber an Abwechslung, vor allem die Kommentatoren wiederholen sich etwas oft.
GameCubeGamezilla (Dec 24, 2001)
Although this may not be the baseball game of the year, it still has some redeeming qualities. The control system holds its own and the graphics aren’t comparable to other games on the market. Some of the issues with the AI and lack of quality sound definitely hold its potential back. Gamers may want to wait until this spring to see how All-Star Baseball 2003 turns out.
PlayStation (Jun 15, 2001)
Un titre que les fans prendront soin d'essayer avant de l'acheter et qui reste malheureusement trop pointu et ciblé pour s'attirer les faveurs du commun des joueurs.
GameCubeGameSpot (Nov 19, 2001)
Acclaim's All-Star Baseball series was the undisputed king of hardball in the Nintendo 64 era. Its high-resolution graphics and deep gameplay kept fans of America's pastime coming back for more. The series was exclusive to Nintendo's consoles for several years, but Acclaim recently released the 2002 iteration of All-Star Baseball for the PlayStation 2 to positive reviews. But the GameCube version of All-Star Baseball 2002 exhibits many of the traits inherent to a port and ultimately fails to impress.
PlayStation 2Gamekult (Jun 19, 2001)
All-Star Baseball 2002 est une nouvelle référence du jeu de Baseball sur console. Entièrement paramétrable et bénéficiant d'une qualité graphique très travaillée, ce titre s'impose en effet comme une excellente surprise sur PlayStation 2. De plus, grâce à une palette d'options très bien gérée, le jeu conviendra aux novices comme aux joueurs expérimentés ce qui est relativement rare dans le genre. Son gros point faible sera malheureusement aussi son principal atout : être un jeu de Baseball. Même en étant un des meilleurs du genre, All-Star Baseball 2002 ne conviendra qu'à un public d'initiés appréciant la tactique et la patience typique de ce sport. Dommage car vu ce qu'il propose, c'est peut-être le moment idéal de s'y mettre.
GameCubeGame Informer Magazine (Feb, 2002)
I feel bad for All-Star Baseball 2002. I really do. The batting portion of the game is very well done, it’s when the ball leaves the box that problems arise. The AI in this title is some of the worst I have ever seen. Plus, what’s with releasing a 2002 game when spring training for the next season is just months away? It makes no sense, I tell you! Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to stick more pins in my Bud Selig doll.
GameCubeAll Game Guide (2001)
If it weren't for the irritating glitches that creep into games, GameCube owners would have been strongly advised to get their mitts on this title. All things considered, however, most should hold out for All-Star Baseball 2003 and hope the problems are corrected.
PlayStation 2Gamestyle (2001)
All-Star Baseball 2002 looks great on the PS2 and every stadium, player, official and sound effect is beautifully reproduced for your pleasure. There are the odd glitches such as the occasional animation problem or the sleep-inducing commentary but overall you can tell that this product is made by fans, for fans. Therefore we have given the game two gameplay scores. Anyone else can give it a go but I think you'll end up thinking, why?
GameCubeNintendoWorldReport (Jan 07, 2002)
It’s simply not enough. All-Star Baseball 2002 is a game that SHOULD have been so much more, and instead is nothing less than a complete disappointment. Hardcore console baseball fans may find some fun in the game, but even television baseball fans are going to be turned off. Casual fans should turn on ESPN, as pressing the buttons on your remote control is going to be more exciting than this.
GameCubeGame Revolution (Dec, 2001)
Easily the most annoying problem with ASB 2002 is the lame AI. The outfielders must have passed through Dr. Frankenstein's lab, since they seem to be missing any type of brain matter. Picture this: A ball flies out down the left field line and manages to go over the head of the left fielder. The ball rolls to a stop in the corner and the left fielder stops cold. I'm not sure if it's some kind of sensory overload or the "sun" getting into his eye, but the LF just stops and stands perfectly still. This leaves the ball for the center fielder, who has to come trotting over to the 3rd base line from half a field away. Brilliant.
PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic (May 28, 2001)
This game does have at least one innovative feature: the home team mascot dances on top of the dugout between innings, and I got a kick out of it, although the Oriole mascot scared me a little. With his small head and lanky body, he looked more like the Fly instead of a bird. All-Star baseball is fair for a first generation PS2 game, but there's plenty of room for improvement.