• Publisher: 3DO
  • Release Date: Feb 9, 2002
  • Also On: PC

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
Buy On
  1. 100
    Half of High Heat 2003's thrills come from its intuitive, playable controls. Fielding and baserunning are a snap (though manual slides would have rocked), and the pitching/batting setup is one of the best ever.
  2. This game may have a Bulldog face that only it’s mother may love, but once you get past the mediocre graphics you will love it too. It’s magnificent gameplay on the field and customizable options off it, make it the console baseball game to beat.
  3. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    The best baseball game on the market. [Apr 2002, p.102]
  4. High Heat, like Michelle [from "American Pie 2"], isn't the most glamorous choice, but once you get over the visual technicality what remains is a sports gaming masterpiece.
  5. HHB 2003 has it all. Good looks, great presentation, solid AI, fun unique game modes and plenty of style.
  6. 90
    Believe me, if you play baseball or enjoy watching it, you’ll love this game—it has that certain something that makes you play ‘just one more’ time and time again.
  7. 88
    While lacking top-tier graphics and a flashy presentation, High Heat 2003 proves to be an enormously good baseball game.
  8. High Heat 2003 may not be the best looking or sounding baseball game, but its realistic gameplay laps the competition.
  9. If you're anything like this reviewer, and your lookin' to have a good time (no, make that great time!) with a baseball game that emphasizes accurate game play with believable results…once again, this year's version is the game to beat.
  10. Sadly, there wasn’t much effort put into the graphics--which would have made this the leading baseball title available--but there is always next year’s High Heat to look forward too.
  11. Does High Heat still stand as the best playing baseball game around? A resounding, YES, would be my answer!
  12. While not the graphical grand-slam 3DO promised, High Heat 2003 is a fresh game, a better game than its predecessors and a worthy contribution to any digital slugger's collection.
  13. 83
    If you can look past the graphics, the gameplay alone makes this game worth owning.
  14. There's also a smoothness to the throws and fielding that looks great, and the pitching animation is as realistic as you could hope for. There are even different animations for when a fielder loses one in the sun.
  15. 80
    Engaging, visually stunning, and a whole lot of fun to play.
  16. The animations are still clunky and jerk the players about spasmodically when transitioning between routines. That aside, the gameplay has maintained its solid core while expanding on the available options.
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    This is the only next-generation game title that realistically re-creates every facet of the game...The graphics, animation and sound are much improved. [Mar 2002, p.135]
  18. PSM Magazine
    Fortunately, 3DO listened to complaints from last year's game and greatly improved the presentation with much graphics and animation, and amazingly accurate commentary. [Mar 2002, p.26]
  19. The fluidity of the player movements and how fast and distinctive the game plays out is very realistic and far surpasses anything currently available. This truly is the best simulation baseball game on the PS2.
  20. Runs circles around the competition thanks to its depth, wealth of options and intuitive controls.
  21. Game Informer
    This is about as close as you're going to get to a purely arcade-style baseball title. The gameplay is lightning quick. [Apr 2002, p.76]
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. TommyT.
    May 24, 2005
    How can you fools like this game. the players dont look anything like the acual players. the developers should be ashamed of themselfes.theHow can you fools like this game. the players dont look anything like the acual players. the developers should be ashamed of themselfes.the stadiums are absolutly horrid.the fans in this game-there are no fans ! its literally just one stupid colored texture map. they tell u on the menu screens if u want to see the players from 2001 or 2002. i told u that because even the freakin players dont have the right numbers ! none of the players animations look like they do on the feild.every baseball game is doing this except this one.one of the biggest things in this game is the audio.i found loops in the crowds and the commentaters.if your looking to buy this game listin to me and not to them.avoid it at all cost its utterly riddiculous this game of such poor quality would be coming out now. listin i like 3D0 i hope they can do better then this they obviously cant do a worse one. this game gets a 2. Full Review »
  2. Dave
    Apr 29, 2002
    Although the game play is pretty good, ther are some unrealistic things that are annoying. Runners advancing 2 bases on a deep sacrifice fly? Although the game play is pretty good, ther are some unrealistic things that are annoying. Runners advancing 2 bases on a deep sacrifice fly? Also when you are playing in a season, you can only do one for one trades, and you can trade any player for any other player...i.e. a bench player for a Lance Berkman? It should be more realistic in that way. Full Review »
  3. EddySpaghetti
    Apr 18, 2002
    4 words!!! I LOVE THIS GAME!!!!!! Score:1000 out of 100.