Summary: if you like baseball games, this is the best one out there. unmatched gameplay, improved graphics etc. they could follow EA sports' franchise mode a little better. certainly room for improvement there. the user interface is tough to learn, and i found myself getting "stuck" on a particular page at times, but once you figure it out the game is pure crack.
Summary: Don't like the batting cursor interface? There's an easy (timing) interface, zone (timing+directional) interface, and a classic interface for batting. Think the computer is too good at fielding? You can make it field for you. Are you also in love with high heat's pitching interface? ASB's options allow the exact same style of pitching with no cursor or strike zone displayed on screen. Just you and the batter. And you can even move one runner at a time.
Summary: I had given up on trying to find a decent baseball game. Since 1993 or so, I would get my hopes up for a new baseball game, only to be disappointed by a lack of realism. That's where ASB 2004 excels. Most baseball games reward free-swinging as it's routinely easy to end up with 23 hits and 14 runs. ASB 2004 focuses on patience and baseball management skills. For example, depending on the count, you'll be thrown different types of pitches.
Summary: I also reviewed World Series Baseball2K3 for Playstation2. Today I have just purchased All-Star Baseball 2004.When I first played ,It was too hard to hit .I got frustrated .However,I them learned that you can choose the way you want to hit .You can use a normal cursor which was for experts and really hard to use .