• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Mar 16, 2003
Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. A prominent step in the right direction. The gameplay remains fun and humorous yet it features all the modes and licensing you would expect from the more serious games.
  2. With so many options, Quick Play to a Home Run Derby to a Season, you can play all day and not use the same player or combination twice. The graphics are superb and the movements of each of the players are fluid and clean.
  3. If you're looking for a game that concentrates on the fun aspects of the sport, a throwback to the days when baseball games were a fast and fun arcade experience, then you've come to the right place.
  4. All the things we loved about last year’s game are back as well as some great additions--and animations--to make this a worthwhile purchase.
  5. With zany characters, extreme action, and a solid baseball background, this is the definite break that casual fans of the sport can totally root for.
  6. A pure arcade baseball game, geared towards the individual who wants to pick up and play a game of extreme arcade baseball.
  7. 83
    Forget the serene day at the ballpark; Slugfest delivers action, fisticuffs, and plenty of fun. [May 2003, p.50]
  8. If you're looking for the most enjoyable baseball game of the year, you'll be hard pressed to beat this one. [Apr 2003, p.38]
  9. 80
    The addition of Special Pitches is especially nice, and will definitely elicit a "Damn!" the first time you see one whiz past.
  10. Players who lost touch with baseball games when they went 3D on the PlayStation may find that Slugfest is exactly what they've been missing.
  11. Rough, outlandish and a hell of a lot of fun.
  12. With its pick-up and play style, catchy visuals, and an hilarious audio track, even video game virgins will glean enjoyment from this game.
  13. 80
    By far, the best element in the game is the hilarious commentary.
  14. Due to good physics modeling, sharp AI, and spot-on controls, no amount of wonky pitches and fiery players, watery stadiums, and moronic (if hilarious) commentary can detract from the solid gameplay.
  15. 80
    The "extreme" additions work exceedingly well in the baseball setting. What could have been a shoddy title riding on a gimmick turned out to be one of the better arcade baseball games in recent memory.
  16. Hot chicks on the loading screens, madcap commentary, useful cheats, and an all-new Special Pitch will keep arcade enthusiasts smiling like Steinbrenner after signing a 14th starting pitcher. [Apr 2003, p.96]
  17. The biggest improvement is the overall visual quality of the game. [Apr 2003, p.71]
  18. 78
    Doesn't just do an excellent job of conveying a time-honored tradition's mass appeal, but portrays it in such an exciting light that even haters such as myself can't help but recognize.
  19. Multiplayer action shines - it's always a blast to vibrate your buddy's controller via the Taunt button after belting another pitch over the fences. Just don't expect "High Heat"-style complexity. [May 2003, p.113]
  20. It's not baseball. Slugfest is "NFL Blitz" with bats... If you know what you're getting going in, you'll have a blast. [Apr 2003, p.65]
  21. A great multiplayer trip; it just doesn't have enough to keep the single-player afloat.
  22. What is the most disappointing in 20-04 is the lack of real additions. Sure a fun HR derby was added, as well as a custom replay option, but what else? Oh yeah, a create-a-team! If that's what you want to call it.
  23. Not only are the old mistakes revisited in 2004, but the batting and fielding controls seem to have gotten worse. [Apr 2003, p.84]
User Score
8.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 7 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. BradW.
    Aug 12, 2003
    10
    Great Game And i thought 20-03 was good!
  2. ToddC.
    Jul 30, 2003
    9
    I give it a 9, multiplayer is great but if your know your stuff single player is not enough.
  3. Christh
    May 9, 2003
    10
    Amazing.