• Publisher: Midway
  • Release Date: Jun 23, 2004
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. It would’ve been nice to have a create-a-team feature, or even a create-a-character feature, but maybe we’ll see those the next time around.
  2. Admittedly, I would rather go through a season of the deep-pitching "MVP Baseball" or option-heavy "ESPN" over this, but if you don't ahve someone to play alongside you, SlugFest ain't a bad consolation. [Aug 2004, p.100]
  3. The online play keeps the game fresh and the franchise mode, while obviously a far cry from those present in other more realistic baseball simulations, is still an admiral effort and a nice side order to an already delicious meal.
  4. A decent game, though the sim aspects aren't as well fleshed out as those in other baseball games available. And the over-the-top elements don't add enough to overcome those shortcomings.
  5. 80
    Fortunately the on-screen action moves at a blistering pace, with colorful visuals, impressive animations, and eye-popping embellishments such as motion trails, super jumps, bats bursting into fire after multiple hits, and pitches that defy physics. The depth of features isn’t quite up to the competition’s, but in terms of action and excitement, MLB SlugFest: Loaded covers all the bases.
  6. Outside of new pitch types and fielding animations, the over-the-top angle hasn't evolved at all in this iteration, and the new simulation aspect pales in comparison to al of the other titles on the market. [July 2004, p.114]
  7. Over the top gameplay coupled with nicely timed humor and the inclusion of online play makes this a great way to pass the time during the summer. Now if they can expand on the idea and drop some of the realism, Slugfest could become a true classic in the sports gaming pantheon.
  8. It serves up some decent arcade fun, but we've already been here before in the other Slugfest games, and the notable AI and control issues still need to be addressed.
  9. 70
    This is no sim by any stretch, even with the new Franchise mode. Still, it is a decent game of belligerent baseball with mindless fun and laughs for anybody looking to play two - whether that's a doubleheader or just a deuce of innings. [July 2004, p.96]
  10. It flat out fails to cash in on its unique take on Major League Baseball. The Slugfest version of the game is dull and annoying.
  11. Pyrotechnics aside, this is a solid sports title.
  12. With additions like a frighteningly deep franchise mode and online play, SlugFest's already option-laden package gets even deeper this year, though some of these additions are better suited for the game than others.
  13. 85
    It has plenty of meat to go along with the sweetness, and is part of your well-balanced gaming diet.
  14. There are a couple of weak spots here and there but this is still the game to turn to when you want your baseball really fun and really off the wall.
  15. Sure I still prefer the sweat simplicity of the old school style of ball, but it’s been a while since I’ve had this much fun playing a baseball game.
  16. Easily the most original baseball title I've ever seen.
  17. With its violence, online play, and deep franchise mode, this title will appeal to both hardcore and casual baseball fans alike.
  18. 80
    A game for anyone that enjoys the game of Baseball and wants to satisfy that need for aggression at the same time. Once you get the timing down, you will enjoy the fast-paced, high scoring gameplay.
  19. Baseball games are sure to get a kick out of its take on the classic game, while others will likely enjoy the easily accessible gameplay and hilarious, hard hitting action.
  20. Adding live online support and a fantasy-league “Mogul” mode that lets you trade players, track stats, and haggle over TV rights? OK, we’re really psyched.
  21. Coming back to commentary once again are the hilarious team of Tim Kitzrow and Jim Shorts. These guys are two of the funniest commentators I've ever heard.
  22. It still has all of the stuff that makes it a nice diversion from the typical baseball title. But that stuff hasn't changed enough to warrant a purchase.
  23. If you thought Slugfest was a little too childish or simple, you’ll enjoy the new changes like the franchise mode. We’ll all enjoy the new online gameplay, though.
  24. Visually, the SlugFest series has always looked damn good...And SlugFest just wouldn't be SlugFest without the antics of Tim Kitzrow and Jim Shorts. Together they have some of the funniest play-by-play I've ever heard. [June 2004, p.71]
  25. On the realism side, SlugFest makes huge strides this year. Stat crunching is ably handled by the "Basebll Mogul" sim engine, and gameplay is easily tight enough to compete with PS2's second tier (i.e.: non-"MVP") baseball series. [July 2004, p.26]
  26. If you're the kind of person that wants a baseball videogame with trick pitches, turbo boosts, and sucker punches, then I have little doubt that you'll appreciate Midway's take on America's national pastime.
  27. Truly one of the best one-on-one online games of its generation.
  28. 85
    Support for both PS2 Online and Xbox Live 3.0 and a deep franchise mode extend the shelf life of the game well beyond the Home Run Derby and Quickplay options.
  29. 85
    One area I found very disappointing was the commentators. You will very quickly get tired of the unoriginal and repetitious comments they make. It also didn’t seem to have any real connection to what was going on in the game at times.
  30. This is an arcade blast based on timing and violence, and it’s a ton of fun if you don’t approach sports games as simulations of the real thing. This is a videogame in every sense of the phrase.

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