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  • Summary: New Pitcher/Batter Interface: Players must be strategic with their pitches. Throw a nasty curve to a batter's "cold zone" or risk a possible home run by throwing some heat to their "hot zone." Each pitcher will have more effective pitches depending on how accurate those pitches are in realNew Pitcher/Batter Interface: Players must be strategic with their pitches. Throw a nasty curve to a batter's "cold zone" or risk a possible home run by throwing some heat to their "hot zone." Each pitcher will have more effective pitches depending on how accurate those pitches are in real life. Batting: Quality of the hit will depend on each batter's real life "hot and cold zones," hitter ratings, swing timing and swing type. New AI and Gameplay System: Real-time scouting reports provide accurate player ratings and attributes. CPU opponents react like their real-life counterparts, incorporating strategy and decision-making based on outs, score, inning, pitch count, etc. First Ever Picture-in-Picture Baserunning. Robust Franchise Mode includes rookie drafts, player development, career-ending injuries, contracts and hirings/firings. All-New Throw Meter. Major League Baseball Player Council: Expert advice and design input from leading MLB players Torii Hunter, Trot Nixon, Todd Pratt, Eric Chavez and Tim Hudson. [EA Sports] Collapse
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Without question, EA's latest baseball title is our choice for best baseball game for 2003. [Apr 2003, p.70]
  2. The gameplay exceeds any baseball title to date! [Apr 2003, p.83]
  3. It’s easy to say that the graphics are great or that EA delivered another game with impeccable presentation style, but the pitching and batting engines really thrive here and the game is fun to play.
  4. It should satisfy players who don't care about all the miscellaneous nuances of the sport, or who aren't looking to immerse themselves in a complicated franchise mode.
  5. After adding the best franchise mode ever to NCAA Football 2003, EA may have topped itself here. [Apr 2003, p.39]
  6. A totally new game. Unfortunately, it lacks the depth of the other games here, and therefore won't satisfy hardcore baseball fans. [Apr 2003, p.64]
  7. The fielding still needs some work, animation could use a bit more variety, and there should be more extensive modes and features, such as an ability to tweak computer AI so players can fine-tune problem areas. This game is a definite hit, but it’s a few yards short of a home run.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 13
  2. Negative: 0 out of 13
  1. MikeP.
    May 21, 2003
    10
    This is by far one of the best baseball games I've ever played!!
  2. DanB.
    Jul 1, 2003
    10
    OK...this is definitely the best baseball game on the market. The pitching interface is the best by far...the homerun showdown is OK...this is definitely the best baseball game on the market. The pitching interface is the best by far...the homerun showdown is awesome...the fielding has a few annoying glitches...but so do most games. Yea its hard to get strikeouts IF YOU DONT KNOW HOW TO PLAY BASEBALL...so all you reviewers stop whining about how hard it is to throw strikeouts and learn to play baseball. Expand
  3. PaulD.
    Jul 5, 2003
    10
    This is a great game for baseball fans. I guess some people don't know how to throw a strike out if there life was on the line, well i This is a great game for baseball fans. I guess some people don't know how to throw a strike out if there life was on the line, well i guess thats why they are playing on the playstation, not in real life, Huh. Expand
  4. JohnS.
    Mar 15, 2003
    9
    I really liked the pitching.
  5. ToneP.
    May 24, 2003
    8
    The baserunning drives me nuts at times. For example, the runner does not automatically run on a base hit. This has caused me many runs The baserunning drives me nuts at times. For example, the runner does not automatically run on a base hit. This has caused me many runs because sometimes the runner will advance automatically on base hits as they should. Strikeouts are impossible to get. Expand
  6. B.Foster
    May 20, 2003
    7
    Likes: 1. Pitching (cool control, if you don't understand when to throw a curve and when to throw a fastball, then yes strikeouts are Likes: 1. Pitching (cool control, if you don't understand when to throw a curve and when to throw a fastball, then yes strikeouts are impossible (hint, don't throw an inside curve from a rightie to a leftie) 2. Batting is done good, although sometimes it is pretty easy. 3. Like the stealing (again, you can't steal on a 99mph fastball, wait for the slow breaking balls) Dislikes: 1. No gold gloves, batting champion..etc awards. Takes the fun out of defense and offense. 2. Franchise mode (what are the 20 milestones that you have to acheive? Overall...good game, but next year will be even better Expand
  7. DavidV.
    May 5, 2003
    6
    I was glad when the triple play series ended hoping for a better gaming tommrow. When i played MVP at first i was amzed at the greatness but I was glad when the triple play series ended hoping for a better gaming tommrow. When i played MVP at first i was amzed at the greatness but the after i reailezed the franchise mode was not up to par, i had to think again. Baserunning can seem akward at times and strikeouts are way to hard to get. The computer diving for you is the most terrible idea a game could ever have. whats the fun in watching the computer diving for you and making a catch, i just don't get it. Also the feilding in this game is unpredicable. I dont think any of these reviewers have played the game to long beacuse none have mentioned 1. if you are perfectly in position for a ball 9 times out of ten the feilder will dive backwards and catch it on a hop 2. sometimes hwen you are in the circle on a fly ball your guy will start spinning 3. throw meter is stupid beacuse it cvauses to many errors. also where are the monthly best player awards and golde gloves that a game should have and how could you not have player of the game awards. Expand

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