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MLB SlugFest 20-03 features the best looking players ever seen in a baseball game, and their crazy animated antics will delight you each and every game no matter how many times you see that behind-the-back catch. The commentary is pure genius and if real baseball was narrated this way I would probably watch it more often, but then again, I had high hopes for Dennis Miller in the booth for Monday Night Football, so what do I know?
In the end, it needs to be said that MLB Slugfest 2003 is exciting and entertaining to play. The crazy manner in which Midway went about creating this title is invigorating and a nice change of pace to the traditional baseball title. While High Heat Major League Baseball 2003 is still my undeniable pick for supreme baseball title on the Playstation 2, MLB Slugfest does offer some incredible gaming in various areas. If simulation baseball games aren't for you, then this may be your ticket to enjoying some of America's favorite pastime. The outrageous plays and unbelievable tactics displayed in Slugfest are enough to make you smile and laugh all around the bases.
The most satisfying arcade sports title to come out of the Midway offices as of yet, MLB SlugFest 20-03 does few things incorrectly. Brilliantly illustrated and animated, flawlessly announced, and a synch to get into, there is little holding the baseballer back.
Slugfest imagines a world where Ken “Steroid Accuser” Caminiti is right, and players are yoked-out mood-swinging millionaires in need of anger-management classes. The purist may shun the over-the-top play, but the rest of us will have plenty of fun playing MLB’s version of the XFL.
MLB Slugfest 2003 is an incredibly appealing sports game. While it doesn't possess the sheer addictiveness of, say, NFL Blitz, it's simultaneously a breath of fresh air and a nostalgic look at the baseball game genre. If you haven't enjoyed a baseball game since the original Ken Griffey Jr. for the SNES, then Slugfest is the game you've been thirsting for.
Rent it. If you like to keep a selection of games with good multiplayer value, maybe even consider picking up a copy. But as far as must-owns go, MLB Slugfest 20-03 just doesn't quite make the cut.
The overall composure of the game is solid, but the CPU is really cheap in a few areas and there can be some really weird things that the CPU will do to you, especially on defense that might have you crying foul, but overall, this is one game that you should not miss out on trying, especially since Baseball is the weakest major sport in video games.
MLB Slugfest 20-03 sets out to be a casual escape from the rigid environment of Major League Baseball and in that manages to produce a fun but underwhelming title thanks to a lack of replay value and miscellaneous quirks. With that in mind, Slugfest is best suited for head-to-head dorm room battles or gamers looking for a quick baseball fix.
Ok, so throughout this review I have done nothing but praise this game but you look at the bottom of this review and you see a score of 78. So what gives? There is one problem I have with the game and it’s a big one. With all of the features and fun that Slugfest has, the game has a problem with longevity. After you have unlocked all of the extras there really isn’t much else to play for. The Season and Team-by-Team modes become repetitive really fast. The omission of trades and roster moves takes away a lot from the Season mode. After about a week, the game starts to lose its appeal and only becomes enjoyable if you are playing against another person. MLB Slugfest is the type of game that is perfect for multiplayer games. However, if you play a lot of games against the computer, I suggest you rent this game before buying it.
Ridiculous! In fact, the more I played MLB Slugfest, the less I liked it. It may be better than many "normal" baseball games, but it could have been awesome.