• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Jun 23, 2002
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 25
  2. Negative: 1 out of 25
  1. It looks great, and more importantly, it plays great.
  2. 90
    You wouldn’t think stats would be such a big deal in an arcade over the top game, but they’re here – by player and by team. Pretty impressive – I wasn’t expecting that at all.
  3. The gameplay is loads of fun and the visuals easily surpass any baseball game currently out there. The only problem lies with how long you will be playing it for, as the replay value lacks a bit.
  4. Slugfest’s crowning achievement is the audio. It is absolutely, positively stunning, and I’d be hard pressed to find a better example of not only quality writing but a mix of subtle and flat our humor in a game.
  5. A huge success. With great graphics, hilarious situations, and solid gameplay, MLB Slugfest 20-03 brings fun to a sport that is known for its slow-paced tempo.
  6. The smooth mixture of classic baseball gameplay and new-school baseball violence works well, and had the game’s defensive system been better, MLB Slugfest 20-03 would’ve been the perfect arcade baseball game.
  7. 83
    Brilliantly illustrated and animated, flawlessly announced, and a synch to get into, there is little holding the baseballer back.
  8. The game’s finishing touches are what set the game apart from other titles. Nothing brings people out of their seats like good old-fashioned violence, and Slugfest will keep you on for feet for hours.
  9. An incredibly appealing sports game. While it doesn't possess the sheer addictiveness of, say, "NFL Blitz," it's simultaneously a breath of fresh air and a nostalgic look at the baseball game genre.
  10. The most fun we've had playing a baseball game this year. [August 2002, p.22]
  11. Not since "Baseball Stars" have I enjoyed an arcade Baseball game this much.
  12. There’s no denying that the visuals are perhaps some of the best yet seen for a PlayStation 2 baseball game.
  13. 80
    Perhaps the best thing about MLB Slugfest 20-03 is how well all the different elements come together to create a game that is both recognizably baseball and something you've never played before. The "extreme" additions work exceedingly well in the baseball setting.
  14. Realistic? Nope. But it makes for a nail-bitingly dramatic pitcher/batter interface - something everyone's been dying to capture since NES's "Baseball Stars." [August 2002, p.109]
  15. This one seems to have a bit more "oomph" than its predecessors. [August 2002, p.79]
  16. With all of the features and fun that Slugfest has, the game has a problem with longevity. After you have unlocked all of the extras there really isn’t much else to play for.
  17. 78
    The hardcore baseball game fans won't like it, and I don't know how many other people like me are out there who are just really, really tired of dealing with the seemingly decreasing value of gameplay in these baseball games. I liked it though.
  18. It gets repetitive pretty quickly. After playing for a few hours, all the games start to feel the same.
  19. 75
    The best looking baseball game on the market. [August 2002, p.44]
  20. 73
    A fun but underwhelming title thanks to a lack of replay value and miscellaneous quirks.
  21. Gorgeous, fast-paced and balanced enough to offer fleeting fun whenever it's booted up. [August 2002, p.126]
  22. One of the silliest baseball games ever and is one of few to have such a balanced combination of style, humor, and gameplay.
  23. If it weren't for the remarkable performance of the play-by-play duo this score would be much lower. If you can somehow master the entire manual switching and controlling, Slugfest might be a fun game. I just can't get over how frustrating the game was.
  24. A well-crafted game with some incredible graphics, but it gets old very quickly.
  25. This marriage of baseball and extreme attitude should be annulled.

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