Conclusion: picking involved will please only those who know a lot about baseball. For those who are still a bit shaky, there is a crash course of some of the rules such as the Rule 5 Draft and information on terms like, “Double Switch.” That being said the game delivers a lot of history. One of the new features is the “This Week In Baseball Challenge”. Where you have the ability to reenact some of the best, and worst, moments of 2003. Remember Steve Bartman?
Excerpt: Baseball season is upon us. The “Boys of Summer” are back on the field. The contenders are already being separated from the pretenders as America’s game has kicked off yet another season in the sun. Before the first official pitch is even thrown, the game developers have lined up to battle for your gaming dollar. The field is a little thinner this year with the “contraction” of the team from 3DO.
Excerpt: Baseball fans have it good this season. So far, every company that produced a baseball-themed video game last year (the ones that are still in business, anyway) has made significant strides in upgrading the core aspects of its game, and each has added new features to its latest installment as well. Then along comes All-Star Baseball 2005, which, on the surface, doesn't appear to be all that different from All-Star Baseball 2004.
Excerpt: All-Star Baseball 2005 (ASB) is Acclaim’s entry in this year’s batch of console baseball games. In addition to the standard fare served up by all baseball games, ASB has a few unique features. Some of these work while others don’t, but overall ASB is not a bad choice when you’re looking to hit the bases.