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  • Summary: Take the bump with All New Pitching Controls and Total Control Pitching - an MLB exclusive that puts you on the pitcher?s mound with the ability to nibble away at the corners as you control every pitch type, location and velocity in an effort to force batters to hit your pitch. Every aspect of A.I. in MLB 2004 has been created with consultation from more than 24 pros. Play a 10-year career with the Career Mode or a single season with Season Mode. Get into a home run show down with Home Run Derby. Take a rookie from Spring Training to the World Series with Spring Training Mode. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 21
  2. Negative: 5 out of 21
  1. I actually enjoyed the time I spent playing MLB, but the problems I encountered with hitting and at times the poor CPU base running AI began to take some of the fun out of it.
  2. I am anxious to see next year's version. 989 Sports in general is becoming more respectable - I don't know if they got new designers or more budget or what, but the quality of product is looking up.
  3. While this is a considerable improvement for Sony's PS2 sports games, it still isn't in the same league as the best in baseball. [Apr 2003, p.42]
  4. The competition this year is far too talented and the upper tier of baseball games on the PS2 this year relegates MLB 2004 to a last-place finish.
  5. There's reason to play it over the other, better baseball games this season: Spring Training Mode... Besides that very cool option, MLB 2004 is average in every way. [Apr 2003, p.95]
  6. Feels like a title that launched with the PS2, not a second-generation title.
  7. 40
    A prime example of a cellar dweller that should simply pack it in before it embarrasses itself. Like the Kansas City Royals, MLB is doomed before the season even begins.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 7
  2. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. CraigS.
    Jul 12, 2003
    10
    With all players from the 2003 season, this will really trouble MVP Baseball 2003 and All-Star Baseball 2004 featuring Derek Jeter as the Number 1 baseball game. Expand
  2. M.D.Philosophy
    Mar 16, 2003
    10
    This game is the best game on the market. It's fast paced & amazing piece of work. I give congrats to 989. To you IGN I don't respect your opinion & I don't agree. You need to look over this game again. Collapse
  3. GeorgeW.
    Apr 4, 2003
    9
    I dont know what all the bad reviews are all about, this is a pretty fair game! not the best, but a good solid game! unlike All Star Baseball where you can play 100 innings without scoring a run. its a great game. and 10 bucks cheaper!! Expand
  4. HectorC.
    May 14, 2003
    9
    I think this is the best baseball game their is exept for one thing theirs no coaches or players in the bench.Other than that theirs nothing wrong it's perfect. Expand
  5. AndrewG.
    May 24, 2003
    9
    This game was very alien to me at first, because I was so accustomed to EA Sports' Triple Play Baseball. However, EA stopped making their baseball games, so I gave MLB 2004 a try. I was pleasantly surprised. The gameplay is completely different, but that was nice. I really enjoy playing this game, and the new features are great. I recommend this one for either the casual gamer or the die-hard baseball gamer! Expand
  6. CarlosP.
    Jul 3, 2003
    5
    I've played all the previous years of MLB and this is bad, in not good. Game play is nice BUT, the ball falling into gloves like magnets, no players or coaches in dugout, pitchers still pitching 92-96 in the ninth, trying to throw someone out at 3rd and the ball stops in mid-air. I've been a fan for years but this year, I better try World Series 2K3. Expand
  7. AlainG.
    Apr 18, 2003
    2
    Garbage. I'm trying out all the major baseball games, this being the second, and it's awful compared to the first game I tried, High Heat, a far more intuitive game. As for this one, the game play is just too exasperating, with ho-hum graphics. The Game Revolution review nails it. Expand