All-Star Baseball 2004 GameCube

Metascore
80

Generally favorable reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 14
  2. Negative: 0 out of 14
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  1. Deep in both gameplay and play modes, it’s a solid feeling game in that the gameplay is tight, the presentation is super polished and the game has Madden-esque depth.
  2. One of the best playing baseball games I’ve played in recent memory... This game is for purists.
  3. The sheer number of available teams, modes, and bonuses is simply staggering.
  4. Nintendo Power
    82
    It's hard to imagine a more enjoyable baseball experience. [May 2003, p.138]
  5. 80
    The baseball engine isn't strong enough for Acclaim Austin to get away with a few extremely cool cosmetic upgrades wrapped around the same sub-par baseball game.
  6. If you already have All-Star Baseball 2003, 2004 probably doesn't have enough additions to make it a worthwhile purchase.
  7. 80
    In terms of the batting cursor interface, the GameCube version offers the tightest joystick control in the batter’s box with the Xbox version being a little too stiff and the PS2 version a little too loose.
  8. 80
    It's authenticity is its biggest selling point, but a difficult batting interface and loose fielding controls keep it from becoming a legend.
  9. 79
    One big disappointment is that the roster download option that was included in the Xbox and PS2 versions didn't make the final cut here.
  10. Does all the basics well and with the extra features and historical aspects, it’s worth playtime for the hardcore baseball fan.
  11. Several transitional animations are somewhat uneven and detract from the overall aesthetic package.
  12. GMR Magazine
    70
    Acclaim made a lot of improvements and did a great job at capturing some of the spirit of baseball, but the actual on-field experience seems a little off. [Apr 2003, p.64]
  13. ASB 2004 was made for baseball fans that run four or five fantasy baseball teams simultaneously, look deep into stats, and check the box scores from the Cactus League during the spring.
  14. 60
    None of the other games come close to this one in terms of gee-whiz frills and bonus content. But ASB 2004 doesn't really get the job done on the field.

Awards & Rankings

#79 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2003
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 5 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Mike
    Jul 29, 2003
    7
    The gameplay is great and there are several playing modes that are a lot of fun (series, pick-up game, expansion team, franchise, etc.) but The gameplay is great and there are several playing modes that are a lot of fun (series, pick-up game, expansion team, franchise, etc.) but the broadcasters often say stuff that is not relevant to the game (i.e. "the infielder had to dive there" on a fly ball to the outfield) and it is impossible to update the rosters because only players with the exact same position can be traded. Full Review »
  2. Guyladuche
    Jun 28, 2003
    10
    This game is 100 times better than 2003 because it is much easier to play and all the modes are awesome. Oh one other thing... mxc is the bestThis game is 100 times better than 2003 because it is much easier to play and all the modes are awesome. Oh one other thing... mxc is the best show on earth. Full Review »
  3. ElToothy
    Jun 27, 2003
    10
    I LOVE THIS GAME!