High Heat Major League Baseball 2004 PlayStation 2

  • Publisher: 3DO
  • Release Date: Feb 20, 2003
  • Also On: PC
Metascore
83

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
Buy On
  1. Game Informer
    70
    The bar of excellence has been raised to a staggering new height, and High Heat doesn't even come close to touching it. [Apr 2003, p.83]
  2. The animations are far from being fluid, and the PS2 version of High Heat suffers from some severe slow downs during gameplay.
  3. 60
    These improvements to the graphic engine come at a price. The frame rate slows down whenever multiple players are running the bases, and it experiences noticeable hiccups during the batting sequences.
  4. Play Magazine
    70
    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]
  5. PSM Magazine
    70
    It's still the best game for hardcore simulation fans who don't care about visuals. [Apr 2003, p.38]
  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.

Awards & Rankings

User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 12 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 1 out of 5
  1. 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! Full Review »
  2. DannyC.
    Jul 5, 2003
    10
    This game really sweet 2 play everone should try it!!
  3. AndrewC.
    Apr 19, 2003
    8
    A bit confusing at first, but its great once you get used to it.