Excerpt: MLB 2004 is certainly not at a loss for modes. You’ll find the traditional Exhibition, All-Star Game, and Playoff Modes. In addition to the classics, you will also find the recent got-to-have-it modes such as the Home Run Derby, Season Mode and a 10-year Career Mode.
Excerpt: With the start of the baseball season just getting underway, its time to practice your renditions of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame,” ready your gloves for homeruns or foul balls, and prepare to stretch during the seventh inning.
Summary: There comes a time when you’ve just got to cut a guy some slack. Since I started reviewing games a few years back, I’ve been the “go-to-guy” when it comes to games branded with the 989 Sports moniker.
Excerpt: 989 Sports' MLB series arguably delivered the best baseball experiences that could be had on the PlayStation, from 1998 onwards. The visuals were sweet, there was credible commentary from booth legend Vin Scully, and the gameplay was rock-solid.
Conclusion: Although MLB 2004 won't receive any awards for being innovative, it is a solid first effort for 989 Sports. I am anxious to see next year's version. 989 Sports in general is becoming more respectable - I don't know if they got new designers or more budget or what, but the quality of product is...
Excerpt: Close, but not quite. 989 actually put together a pretty strong effort with MLB 2004. The high points are the overall presentation, excellent player models and some pretty good animations. The bad, includes poor CPU base running and a hitting interface that allows a lot of contact but not many hits.
Conclusion: Some good news comes by way of the game’s presentation style. While it’s not as TV-oriented as Sega’s World Series Baseball 2K3, it holds its own. There are a good number of stat overlays and available stats for each player.