Summary: After playing this game for the first time, I loved it. The gameplay is great, the stadiums are great, and the players are fantastic. High Heat beats out it's competitors by far. I have yet to play All-star b-ball, but it's better than triple play and MLB. Triple Play is immpossable to hit a ground ball and get on base. It's either a home run, and out, or a double. Also in TP, You can not get a double play if your life depended on it.
Summary: As a person who spent years playing nothing but the Triple Play series, it was hard for me to switch to something different. But, EA sports made it an easier decision by pretty much ruining Triple Play. So, I now had to find a replacement. All-Star Baseball was just too hard... maybe I was too dumb, but I just couldn't figure it out. So, I tried High Heat 2003. At first, I was disappointed with HH 2003 as well. But then I found this feature called the "Tuning Menu".
With this one, I can see myself playing a whole season.
Nathan L. Kraft "Krafty", Amazon
19 March 2003
Summary: I've already read a bunch of reviews on the pros and cons of this game. Here's some comments I'd like to make that may or may not have been overlooked. I'm used to the All-Star Baseball series and that means I'm used to never drawing a walk. The pitchers in those games never threw a 3-2 ball...at least that's what I remember...someone may correct me. With this game, you'll see that happen more often and it's very refreshing.
High Heat is better than last year, Still not great
SammySosa21 "sammysosa21", Amazon
19 March 2003
Summary: While i was very dissapointed with last years high heat, this years version surprised me (and yes i do actually own it). Gameplay and graphics are much improved and the announcers voices were crisp and clean. I was also surprised to see that the rosters were also as up to date as they could be (i.e. Juan Gonzalez on Texas). This is also not an "arcade" style baseball game, stats are pretty accurate like real MLB is and you aren't hitting hr's every other ab.
Summary: HH 2003 has much improved graphics and an updated roster over 2002. given the High Heat legacy, it plays well giving a good mix of walks vs. strikeouts... in addition to the general difficulty setting (rookie, pro, allstar, mvp) the game also allows you to adjust a general setting to make the game either more 'arcade' or 'simulation'.
Summary: High Heat 2002 was a "not very well crafted" baseball game with extraordinary gameplay that is so realistic that you almost feel as if you're witnessing the game first hand. Half of the statistics were horribly flawed and some(saves) were not even recorded. The commentary had major problems, the game froze from time to time during saving, some of the player movements were choppy, no create a player option, and the graphics were mediocre at best.
Summary: This game is very underrated from the reviews I have read. I would give it a perfect rating if not for the lack of off the field managing. The only problem I have with the entire game is the lack of injuries, no disabled list and you only get a 25 man roster (no triple A teams and a very small bench) The game play itself is tremendous, the scoring is realistic and the computer doesn't just score on homers, they will bunt runners over and score from 2nd on singles.
Summary: High Heat 2003 for the PS2 is a great baseball video game, despite the lack of a Franchise mode which is the biggest problem with this game. I am used to playing Sega's World Series Baseball series on the Dreamcast and personally think both series' are basically equal except that High Heat's Franchise mode is a little more in-depth. Graphically this game is awesome. The players look like the real life players and their pitching styles and batting stances are head on.
Summary: I haven't played this game, but my older brother has. Now, I have played the High Heat 2002, and I hear the new no one is much better than the current one, but they never changed the season! So, since he bought it in St. Louis, we can't return it. Other than that flaw, I think it is a great game.