Metascore
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Mixed or average reviews - based on 10 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Still the best baseball sim there is. [Apr 2003, p.65]
  2. 84
    Basically unchanged with a few recognizable additions and accuracies to a sport that only the passionate truly enjoys, this title's illustrious career isn't quite over.
  3. The interface itself is just plain bizarre: A complete lack of mouse support makes manipulating your rosters and searching through stats more of a chore than it should be. [June 2003, p.72]
  4. While fans of the series and people looking for deep and engaging franchise and career modes will probably be disappointed, anyone looking for a quick and easy arcade-exhibition baseball game will enjoy High Heat 2004 for a while.
  5. Unlike other companies that concentrate on visuals, High Heat puts its energies on the fundamentals that make a great baseball game. [Apr 2003, p.71]
  6. 68
    The gameplay is still loads of fun, and continues to deliver great and memorable moments. The sorry state of the franchise mode, however, is a real problem.
  7. While you should be enjoying yourself, considering who should be hitting cleanup versus lefties, among other things, you'll instead find yourself constantly thinking about how much easier everything would be with a drag-and-drop interface.
  8. A complete lack of mouse support is the painful tip of this iceberg. [June 2003, p.104]
  9. Sure, the arcade side of the game remains commendable, but with broken franchise AI, a lack of mouse support, horrifically frustrating interface, and no online play, High Heat 2004 is one of the worst console ports imaginable that regrettably shouldn't have been developed as a console port in the first place.
  10. If you want to run a franchise and delve into all of the other options that the game offers, the horrid interface combined with the franchise mode shortcomings make it impossible to recommend. [June 2003, p.86]

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