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All hail the king of baseball games for the 2003 season. This title has anything and everything a fan of this sport could ever wish to see in a video version of their beloved pastime.
If you love or even like baseball and you own an Xbox then you owe it to yourself to get All-Star Baseball 2003. The audio/visual presentation is about as perfect as it gets for a sports game. There are enough computer assist options to take the edge off the simulation and make it an enjoyable experience for baseball players of all skill levels. For the hardcore players, you will get lost in the Franchise and Expansion modes – everyone else will just have a blast playing some good old-fashioned baseball.
Greatest baseball game ever? Indeed. Shocked that it came from Acclaim? Indeed. If they put this kind of effort into other games(especially QB Club), they could return to being a respected company(hey, they were for a couple years there in the 90s).
ASB is far from perfect, but its successes easily outweigh its deficits. Anyone who purchases this game, rather than waiting for Triple Play or WSB won't be disappointed. I can't beam enough over the Franchise Mode and the great off season menu. The Player Cards are a nice touch and should become a staple of all sports games. Acclaim should be commended for the amount of care they put into this game. Last year High Heat was the champ on PS2, but Acclaim may just take over that title with their latest outing. If you love a good baseball sim and you want to invest some serious time in multiple seasons, this is the game for you.
The Xbox already has a wealth of sports games available, but baseball has yet to find a home on Microsoft's console. But that has changed with the latest installment in Acclaim's long-running baseball franchise, All-Star Baseball 2003. Once considered the finest baseball simulation available when it was released exclusively for the Nintendo 64, the franchise has slipped in recent years under its multiplatform guise. But with this year's outing, Acclaim has reclaimed the glory that the franchise once held by creating a game that is deeper than the competition in both gameplay and options.
While not without its random defects, All-star Baseball 2003 is an impressive baseball game. Smooth graphics and a slew of modes and features make this a game Xbox baseball fans won't want to miss.
They say the hardest task in all of sports is to hit a baseball. Perhaps the hardest thing to do in sports video games is to make a realistic baseball game that is also fun to play. Acclaim looks to do just that with All-Star Baseball 2003. While the original ASB on N64 is considered a classic game by many gamers, later installments have failed to live up to expectations.
This is only one of the options available in Acclaim Sports All-Star Baseball 2003 Featuring Derek Jeter for the Xbox. Acclaim’s motto is “Where the Stars Play,” and that is certainly evident in this release. Not only are all the Major League Baseball players rendered here, but the Cooperstown Legends bring some of the most memorable players of the recent past back to the field.
In the end despite its problems, All Star Baseball 2003 stands as a solid effort from Acclaim. While the atmosphere might not be all there and while the hitting might prove to be intimidating, those who learn to master the nuances of the game will be in for an enjoyable baseball experience.
To even go near this game, a healthy interest in baseball is essential. If, like most Australians, you find
baseball quaint and mildly amusing, it is sure to bore you out of your wits. Play seems straightforward at
first, and whether you're batting or fielding, everything is seen from the catcher's view. Getting used to
controlling a whole team at once is quite tricky, but fortunately the game seems to do most of this for
you. Apparently the developers made 3D facial cyberscans of all players in the American major leagues,
but without knowing who the players are anyway, we can only take their word for it.