Conclusion: For Inside Pitch 2003 it is a case of, one, two, three strikes. Yer out! The game is off in so many areas that Microsoft should have kept it off the shelves and revamped it for a 2004 version. There are some things that I am looking forward to in next year’s game, but this time it just doesn’t warrant the time or money. The gameplay, graphics and audio all cast the stench of unfinished, rushed junk.
Excerpt: Video baseball games tend to fall into one of two camps. You have the games that try to be statistically accurate simulations, with realistic batting averages, game scores, and other statistics. This accuracy comes at the price of an increased difficulty of play - after all in baseball you can be a superstar even when you fail to reach base two out of every three at bats.
Excerpt: It was a sunny afternoon in Florida, as hard-throwing A.J. Burnett took to the mound for my Marlins’ home opener at Pro Player Stadium. The Philadelphia Phillies were in town for a three-game set and it didn’t take long for the visitors to get on the board as Jim Thome smacked a two-run shot to deep right off Burnett in the first to give the Phillies an early 2-0 lead.
Excerpt: > Microsoft's first baseball game finally hits home and its out of the park. This Xbox exclusive's real draw is its the only baseball game out with Xbox Live support. I've always been a big fan of baseball and baseball games and this game really does it justice.
Excerpt: Mmm, the auroma of popcorn and crackerjacks in the lower tier. The cigar smoking, alcoholics sitting in the far away bleachers. A huge field of green fills your view in front of you. The players take the field and the fans get on their feet to root for their home team. This is our past time! You can hear the singing throughout the stadium… “Take me out to the ballgame…” Or not. Okay, so video games don’t feel like your actually at a baseball game.
Excerpt: With all of the recent success game developers have discovered in online sports-gaming it came as a shock to most that not one of the initial baseball titles released would include online head-to-head play. Recently Microsoft changed all that with the release of their first baseball title for the XBOX, Inside Pitch 2003. Granted it’s late to the party, but it comes packed with one feature that none of the other games have. Online Play! Complete with full XBOX Live!
Conclusion: Microsoft is no stranger to sports video games, having already established its NFL Fever and NBA Inside Drive series. Being a rookie in the baseball gaming field, however, it will be worth seeing how Inside Pitch 2003 handles the pressure. But the biggest news is that the game will be Xbox Live enabled. Here’s the official release from the Microsoft bullpen: Microsoft Game Studios announced its first baseball title for the Xbox video game system, Inside Pitch 2003.
Conclusion: Overall the game needs a little work, like multi player mode and a longer story which would have made this game a masterpiece. That is the end of that. If they ever come out with a sequel than they need to take my plan into consideration.