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GamePro (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.
Gameswelt (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!
PSX 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.
IGN (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.
GameSpot (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.
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.
PSM (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.
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!
79 (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..
Gamezilla (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.
Power 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.
Playmag (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...
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.
65 (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.
Gamekult (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.
Gamestyle (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?
The 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.