Reviews and Problems with High Heat Major League Baseball 2003
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High Heat Baseball 2003 (PS2)
22 May 2009
Conclusion: This is a title that will be hard to beat. Some may look a little nicer, but they won’t play as well. There were a few small things that I was sorry to see return in this year’s title, but they were only small things. If you want smooth, realistic baseball action on your PS2 you owe it to yourself to pick this game up.
Excerpt: The smell of seemingly freshly cut grass permeates my living room as my leadoff hitter makes his way from the on deck circle to home plate. If this sounds like some real game descriptions...well...it's mostly due to the fact that it's darn close. High Heat Major League Baseball 2003 is not only known for it's unbelievably short title, but also for its beautiful display that it splashes on your TV screen.
Excerpt: 3DO is back with the latest installment in the High Heat franchise and it appears they have set out to provide the best baseball experience possible. With All-Star Baseball 2003 and Triple Play 2002 nipping at their heels, HH2003 has been able to take that extra step in providing baseball fans what they want.
Conclusion: No other game on the PS2 accurately depicts the velocity and movement of the pitches as well as High Heat. Anyone who has played this game will share stories of being completely fooled by a changeup after a well-placed fastball. The breaking balls also have a realistic snap to them. Some of the pitches are a bit exaggerated in their movement (which causes the ball to have a woofle-ball look to it), but overall, hitting is a truly authentic experience.
Conclusion: High Heat 2003 very well could have been a landmark baseball title. The gameplay makes it so, but its early release means things like schedules and rosters aren't representative of the 2002 baseball season. I'm sure 3DO wanted to get out of the gate early to attract sales, but if word of mouth gets around about how good the gameplay is, hopefully next year's edition will be more timely. As it is, High Heat 2003 is one fine baseball game.
Excerpt: I spent last summer trying to figure out how to get the computer to trade me Jason Giambi without my having to give up Arod and half my AAA prospects. I am, of course, referring to the PC version of High Heat 2002. That game was easily the finest baseball title I've ever played and worthy of all praise it received. This year I decided to give the PS2 version a chance to win my loyalty.
Excerpt: Ah yes, the Boys of Summer are back and that can mean only one thing! A NEW SEASON OF GREAT BASEBALL VIDEO GAMES IS HERE! And I believe I have a game that you will truly love. This game, entitled High Heat 2003 from 3DO really has a lot of new features that will surely make you long for the Opening Day!
Excerpt: Will baseball games ever have a franchise mode? Well, not this year... Every year, baseball games get more depth and better graphics. Yet the one thing all baseball fans want but have yet to see is a franchise mode. The High Heat Baseball Series first appeared on the Playstation 2 last year. It was the most realistic and deep baseball game seen on any game console. However, the one major thing the game lacked was good graphics.