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All-Star is a great game overall despite its shortcomings. You can play online or relive and change some of baseballs greatest moments as well. It's a nice package. Some may prefer it over the big wigs' baseball offerings. It does have that potential, indeed. But only playing will tell.
Sometimes the most fun I have playing All-Star Baseball 2005 is when I’m not actually playing a game, but running my franchise or my expansion team, looking for free agents, and deciding whether or not to pickup a player off of waivers. Now, that's either a great compliment to the depth of the game or a slap in the face to fielder cam, it's hard to say. Fielding is such an important aspect of every contest that it really negatively affects my overall take on an otherwise enjoyable game.
For the most part, All-Star Baseball 2005 isn't much different from, or much better than, All-Star Baseball 2004. If you played last year's game to death, you'll notice that a few adjustments have been made here and there, but it is still basically the same batter-friendly baseball game that Acclaim has put out for the last three years. Whether that's good or bad depends on what you're looking for from a baseball video game. However, much of the game's strength is overshadowed by a PlayStation 2-specific audio bug that makes the commentary lag far, far behind the action.