Conclusion: In the end all ASB2004 represents is a minor upgrade from ASB2003. Sure, there is the addition of classic teams and Negro League players and some nice extras, but if the gameplay suffers, what is the use? If you are really into baseball nostalgia and want downloadable rosters, then you might want to pick this version up. Rent it and you might end up trading in the old version to purchase the 2004 one.
Excerpt: Another year, another season of All-Star Baseball , at least that's how I see it since I've been reviewing every game in the series for nearly every system this generation. Don't get me wrong, the assignment has proven to be a fruitful one since year after year Acclaim has managed to put out a consistently top-notched baseball game.
Excerpt: The first thing you'll notice is the impressive new front-end. In terms of presentation, this year's version of ASB is certainly the champ. The menus are viewed through a grainy filter that makes it feel like you are watching a documentary about the glory days of baseball. Navigating them, with the theme song to the movie The Natural playing in the background, you feel like you've accessed a grand archive of MLB's glorious history.
Summary: Right now it's 11:30 at night. I'm on my third coke, my fourth bag of chips, and now my radio is playing some whacked-out kind of dating radio show. Make your own Smart Ass Comment. I'm too tired [Ed.- Alex is too dedicated for his own good.
Conclusion: not only of this year, but ever. Combine those options with state-of-the-art graphics and user interface and ASB 2004 becomes a "must have" game for baseball fans and fans of sports games in general. ASB 2004 has a truly staggering amount of options. Aside from the standard quick-play, franchise, and season modes (all with an enormous amount of customizability), the game also features a Madden-like scenario mode and a too-cool-for-words pick-up game mode.
Excerpt: Last year was a very mixed season for baseball games. If you could have put all of the best parts from all three titles; All-Star Baseball 2003, World Series Baseball 2002 and High Heat Baseball 2003, you would have had one heck of a baseball game. Unfortunately none really captured the spirit of baseball.