Excerpt: If you’re one of those gamers who like their baseball games to be serious sims meticulously modeled on after the real world sport, then you can stop reading now as MLB SlugFest: Loaded is not for you. If however you cringe at the thought of spending two hours on the couch locked in a 0-0 pitcher’s duel, if you love racking up the runs as you knock the ball around the park, or if you look back fondly to the days when sports games were all about arcade excitement instead...
Excerpt: It may seem like a gimmick, but the over-the-top format of Loaded is what makes it stand out from the other baseball games that’ve been released this year. Essentially, players choose a major league baseball team and square off against a friend or the computer in a shortened seven-inning game. Eliminating the last two innings not only speeds the game up, it adds a sense of drama when you find your self down by a large number of runs heading into the bottom of the sixth.
Excerpt: Ah, summer, time for long lazy days and hot summer nights. It’s also time to hit a few homeruns, steal a few bases, and throttle any baseman in your way. You read that last sentence right: I said throttle. While sports franchises from other companies have focused on recreating the realism of the sport, Midway’s focused their attention much more on fanciful arcade style play with their sports brands.
Conclusion: MLB Slugfest: Loaded should be on your list if you enjoy the series before, the online play alone warrants the purchase. If you're just getting into sports games or are looking for a great multiplayer game, Loaded is your game.