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Finally, If you’ve ever played an MLB game, and realized that most of the excitement today in the MLB comes from the stadium’s garlic fries or outfield Coke Bottle slide, and then felt a sorrowing disappointment and emptiness, you are in for a treat. Slugfest stirs new elements into the game of baseball that make the game itself accessible to the rest of us. MLB has been focused on drawing more fans to the ballpark by offering non-baseball-related amenities, like wi-fi Internet access. Slugfest-loaded achieves the same goal, only it does it in a far more honorable way. MLB’s commissioner, Bud Selig, has a lot to learn from Slugfest-Loaded’s imminent success, which might explain why he has remained mum despite demands that MLB remove its license from the game. Slugfest-Loaded reinvents baseball in a way that only a video game could, and in doing so creates an example of how traditional customs can be combined with modern tastes to create something exciting and marketable.
Will you like MLB SlugFest: Loaded? If you're the kind of person that wants a baseball videogame with trick pitches, turbo boosts, and sucker punches, then I have little doubt that you'll appreciate Midway's take on America's national pastime. For those of you that own last year's game, the new features (online play, franchise mode, trick pitches) should give you plenty of reason to upgrade to this latest installment.
(Jul 07, 2004)
MLB Slugfest: Loaded surprised me by offering a lot more than just a gimmicky variation on the sport. It has plenty of meat to go along with the sweetness, and is part of your well-balanced gaming diet. In fact, Slugfest could turn non-fans back onto baseball. Put that in your bat and swing it.
(Jun 18, 2004)
MLB SlugFest: Loaded is a game for anyone that enjoys the game of Baseball and wants to satisfy that need for aggression at the same time. Once you get the timing down, you will enjoy the fast-paced, high scoring gameplay. The game is not so hard that you will get overly frustrated. Conversely, it¿s not so easy that you¿ll have the computer AI figured out in a matter of hours. You want my opinion? Hit the mute button, put on a good CD, and play this game to death. Bond¿s single season homerun record will be short lived once you take the stick.
Still, if you're looking for more action in your baseball game without giving up the feel and challenge of realistic gameplay, this might be the title for you. We recommend you try it with huge bowl of homemade Gumyuns.
Midway is famous for its twisted take on professional sports -- after all, this is the company that brought us Arch Rivals and NFL Blitz. No sport needs to be shaken up like baseball, and MLB Slugfest: Loaded not only does some shaking, but some punching, cleat-first sliding, and headhunting on top of it. Now, these are nothing new to those that have played previous Slugfests, but what will dazzle veterans is how complete a package Loaded is.
There are two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. It's a tie game, and the bases are loaded. Derek Jeter is at the plate. "Let's go Jeter!" I say to myself, my palms sweating as I try to untie the game with one swing of the Yankee all-star's bat. Wait… did I just say what I thought I said? I wasn't just rooting for the Evil Empire, was I? Unfortunately, I was. No matter how much I hate the Yankees, I still hate to lose and it's still just a game. Jeter swings and hits a hard liner to centerfield and takes off to first base. I couldn't be any happier as I am about to take a one run lead over the Minnesota Twins. All of a sudden, an on-fire Torii Hunter fields the ball in shallow center and throws Jeter out at first base. Inning over! So much for the one run lead, and that's what I get for playing with the Yankees.
Overall, the biggest new addition to SlugFest is online play. Being able to take the game online ensures that you'll have plenty of players to compete against. The franchise mode is a nice addition, though some players will definitely get a lot more use out of it than others, so it seems a little superfluous in a game that, really, is about throwing wild-looking pitches and using the turbo button to knock the ball from a fielder's hand. It cleans up well if you want to turn off the crazy aspects in favor of a more sim-oriented game, but it doesn't really surpass the gameplay found in most of this year's actual baseball sims. However, if you're looking for a superfun, easy-to-understand baseball game this year, SlugFest: Loaded is definitely your best bet.
MLB MLB Slugfest: Loaded is not the best technical baseball game around; it’s far, far, far from it, in fact. This is an arcade blast based on timing and violence, and it’s a ton of fun if you don’t approach sports games as simulations of the real thing. This is a videogame in every sense of the phrase. At no point does it even try to be realistic (with the exception of the MLB Classic mode, which isn’t really as realistic as it is dumbed down). If you want to have some great multiplayer fun with a few friends, this is your game.
If you're looking for a superfun, easy-to-understand baseball game this year, SlugFest: Loaded is definitely your best bet. Once Midway started getting into the arcade sports business with NBA Jam, it took the company forever to finally figure out a way to make an over-the-top baseball game that was fast and fun while still sticking closely to the basics of the sports. In 2002, the pieces of the puzzle finally came together, and MLB SlugFest 2003 was released. Now that Midway has figured out the formula, the SlugFest series has turned into an annual franchise.
MLB SlugFest: Loaded is not the most technical baseball game. The arcade style and fast pace are based on timing and violence. If you are looking for a baseball game with all the latest and greatest controls and players, this may not be for you, but if you want a game that is just fun to play than MLB SlugFest: Loaded is the ticket. Multiplayer is fun with friends as well.
Since NBA Jam, Midway has been known for their fast-paced, over the top, and completely unrealistic sports titles. But lately, Midway has been shifting their titles slowly toward realism, and MLB Slugfest: Loaded continues the trend. While the game features all the craziness you’d expect in a Midway Sports title, it has options to dial up the realism, and features a very comprehensive franchise mode to boot. Sounds promising, but things don’t quite fit together.
In fact, the game, save for its cosmetic changes and the addition of online play, remains more or less the same as it ever was: goofy and at times over the top. It's an acquired taste, but one that's ultimately well crafted and capable of being enjoyed with a friend or a hated rival across the country via online play.
MLB Slugfest: Loaded should be on your list if you enjoy the series before, the online play alone warrants the purchase. If you're just getting into sports games or are looking for a great multiplayer game, Loaded is your game.
The baseball season starts in April. MLB Slugfest Loaded was released in late June. Why? Because MLB Slugfest Loaded has little to do whatsoever with the Major Leagues. Using the Show as a front, MLB Slugfest Loaded continues the ‘screw tradition!’ attitude Midway Sports excels in with its outrageous style of sports games featuring plays that can only be made in other stratospheres.
MLB SlugFest Loaded is a brash and blustery game that mixes just enough zaniness into America?s classic sport to make purists cringe and casual ballplayers curious. That Major League Baseball was relaxed enough with this license to allow Nomar Garciaparra to knee Derek Jeter in the sweet spot (and vice versa) or Eric Gagne to tattoo hitters without mercy is either disturbing or refreshing depending on your sense of tradition. Of course, it?s all this clowning around that enables Loaded to field a decent game of something like baseball.
This is the video game equivalent of getting beaned in the family jewels by a blazing Nolan Ryan baseball. Of course, your voice won't jump a few octaves, and you won't walk cross-legged after playing it, but it does have the uncanny ability to make you squirm uncomfortably and scream obscene amounts of profanity. Since you won't have the option to charge the mound and retaliate against the development team, it's in your best interest to avoid this game like you would a night out on the town with Darryl Strawberry.
This is the video game equivalent of getting beaned in the family jewels by a blazing Nolan Ryan baseball. Of course, your voice won't jump a few octaves, and you won't walk cross-legged after playing it, but it does have the uncanny ability to make you squirm uncomfortably and scream obscene amounts of profanity. Since you won't have the option to charge the mound and retaliate the development team, it's in your best interest to avoid this game like you would a night out on the town with Darryl Strawberry.
Sports might be the only reason I ever turn on my TV, but I have a hard time sitting through an entire game of televised baseball. It’s like watching a boxing match where the fighters throw a jab every 20 seconds or so and one power punch per half hour. Not exactly riveting television.