Conclusion: Home Run King has the best presentation of all the baseball titles, but baseball requires more than good looks to keep diehard fans of the game interested. It is interesting to note that the favorite game among many console baseball fans is the least attractive of them all - High Heat on the PS2. HRK has HH beat in graphics, but its gameplay lags way behind. It's unfortunate that there's not a single great baseball title in the current crop of Gamecube baseball games.
Excerpt: Its April, what a great time of year to be a sports fan. The Detroit Red Wings have already captured the Presidents Trophy. The Pistons are a lock for winning the Central and still have an outside shot at best record in the East. The Lions are gearing up for the April draft. The Detroit Tigers have just kicked off another successful season. Wait a minute, the Tigers have not kicked off a successful season in almost a decade. That is why we have videogames.
Excerpt: GameCube-owning baseball fans may be upset that Sega's World Series Baseball 2K3 was recently announced as an Xbox exclusive, but Sega hasn't completely forsaken Nintendo's console where hardball is concerned. As a replacement, or a stand-in depending on how you look at it, Sega has released its arcade-influenced baseball game, Home Run King, exclusively for the GameCube.
Summary: Sega's Home Run King for the Gamecube offers a
decent mixture of both statistical and arcade style play. Unlike Sega's World
Series Baseball series, this isn't attempting to recreate the entire sport and
instead goes for the middle ground. HRK offers arcade play mechanics, decent
graphics and is fully licensed by Major League Baseball. Unfortunately it seems
to skimp a little on the game modes. Home Run King tries to have it both ways
but does this approach work?