• Publisher: Acclaim
  • Release Date: Feb 26, 2002
Metascore
81

Generally favorable reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. The fielding is the only aspect of that could still use some work. Otherwise, this is as good as digital baseball gets. [Apr 2002, p.76]
  2. 89
    By far ASB's best feature, and the one that makes it stand out this year above the others is Franchise Mode...the best baseball Franchise Mode on any console to date.
  3. The game just looks fantastic...a great game, but not an excellent representation of baseball.
  4. One of the neatest oddities in any baseball game to date. Acclaim have included an official in-game Donruss player trading card mode, which allows players to unlock cheats, simply amass a collection of cards, or even trade them!
  5. All-Star Baseball 2003 has High Heat 2003 licked where graphics are concerned, and the inclusion of the franchise mode makes Acclaim's hardball simulation all the more enticing--[but] you can't go wrong buying either one.
  6. The game's biggest draw just happens to be the pitching action which was designed so simple that its actually a blast.
  7. ASB 2003, which features some of the best baseball graphics the console world has ever seen, offers decent game play, reasonable AI, and a robust Franchise Mode.
  8. No doubt, the batting mechanics are complex and the franchise mode a bit hard to get a handle on, but this is console baseball at its best.
  9. The best installment in the series, with only a few minor issues keeping it below 3DO's stellar "High Heat Baseball 2003".
  10. It's a more in-depth game than High Heat, which is why All Star moves slower and the games seem longer.
  11. The gameplay really hampers the overall score of the game and probably prevents it from achieving what it is capable of.
  12. With this game a 100-mph fastball feels like its coming in at 380...The ball comes in too fast. [May 2002, p.99]
  13. 60
    A step down from the audio and visuals, unfortunately, is the gameplay. The No. 1 culprit has to be the frustrating batting mechanics.
  14. 60
    The gameplay bugs are so bad at times it almost makes up for all the great things about the game.
  15. Batting on the other hand, is about as much fun as chewing glass. You’d basically need the reactions of a Jedi Knight to be able to rack up a decent hit ratio.
User Score
8.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. BobJ.
    Jun 1, 2005
    10
    Great game.
  2. TysonB.
    Feb 12, 2004
    7
    All star baseball 2003 has the exactly the same features as in All star baseball 2002. I want some new features and gameplay.
  3. MattC.
    Sep 18, 2002
    9
    If you are a skilled gamer who likes realism you will love this game. It is deep and gets better the more you play it. It has some options If you are a skilled gamer who likes realism you will love this game. It is deep and gets better the more you play it. It has some options that REALLY help you adjust the game to the level of realism you want. Not for fans of "Arcadish" sports games. Full Review »