High Heat Major League Baseball 2004 PlayStation 2

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83

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8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

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  • Summary: New features for this year include a brand-new graphics engine, all-new motion-captured player animations, and Franchise Mode containing comprehensive player contracts, financial and free agent systems and realistic player management features. They've even tripled the number of pitch typesNew features for this year include a brand-new graphics engine, all-new motion-captured player animations, and Franchise Mode containing comprehensive player contracts, financial and free agent systems and realistic player management features. They've even tripled the number of pitch types from detailed scouting reports and input from Curt Schilling, himself! [3DO] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    100
    The key to Hight Heat 2004, and the reason it already ranks high on the list of my all-time favorite games, is that it's the best bargain in games. A full 162-game season will last you about 90 hours. [Apr 2003, p.94]
  2. 3DO made significant improvements to the graphics, Gameplay and menu presentation. Perhaps the biggest improvement was to the pitch types, especially the movement on the various types of fastballs. [Actual Score: 90 - 95]
  3. 90
    Not flashy, but it more than gets the job done -- the Jim Thome of baseball games.
  4. 81
    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.
  5. Playing this is the closest videogames have come to perfectly re-enacting the mind duel between pitcher and batter.
  6. A solid baseball game that grows on you the more you play it, thanks to the great computer AI and the deceptively simple batter-pitcher interface... Yet the new graphics, sound, and menu navigation are still not up to the level the PS2 is capable of.
  7. The animations are far from being fluid, and the PS2 version of High Heat suffers from some severe slow downs during gameplay.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. DannyC.
    Jul 5, 2003
    10
    This game really sweet 2 play everone should try it!!
  2. AlainG.
    Apr 18, 2003
    8
    A great game. The first of my tour of this years baseball games, HH was truly addictive with intuitive, challenging gameplay. The stats could A great game. The first of my tour of this years baseball games, HH was truly addictive with intuitive, challenging gameplay. The stats could have been better, but the actual game play is awesome. Expand
  3. AndrewC.
    Apr 19, 2003
    8
    A bit confusing at first, but its great once you get used to it.
  4. AndrewD.
    Jan 12, 2004
    8
    The only other baseball game that came out around the time of this, is Slugfest 2004, but that is more like Base Wars, the old NES game, it The only other baseball game that came out around the time of this, is Slugfest 2004, but that is more like Base Wars, the old NES game, it was fun with a friend, Slugfest that is, but alone, as in playing a season or franchise, High Heat is where it is at. I recently bought it because the price dropped, and I was impressed by the demo. I wanted to play as the 2003 roster of the Montreal Expos, and play in the Olympic Stadium! Keep in mind I really haven't played video game baseball since SNES, maybe even NES. Leaps and bound have been made since then. There is room for improvement, but being with all specialty pitches for each pitcher, and all you would expect from a baseball game including franchise, and create/customise players is in here. There are five levels of difficulty, starting with 'rookie' and working your way up to "Hall of Famer". As soon as I started blowing out opponents, I moved to the next setting. And with each game lasting around a half hour, a 162 game season will give the game tons of value, as one review said, even if never played again! It's a shame the High Heat name is no longer, hopefully the 2005 titles will be as good, if I eventually get one, since it will take a while to finish just one season in this game! Well worth it! Expand
  5. Jared
    Apr 18, 2003
    2
    The game is just boring. No matter how much you play its not fun.

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