• Publisher: Sega
  • Release Date: Mar 17, 2003
Metascore
87

Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 90
    The best console baseball game I've ever played. If you love baseball, there is no other choice.
  2. Simply the best and most addictive baseball game available this year.
  3. Clearly the top of its class, World Series Baseball 2K3 manages to take everything we love about the sport as well as the fun of physically playing the game itself and compressed it all into a PS2 disc.
  4. 100
    On the field, player controls are as smooth as a 6-4-3 double play.
  5. If you're the type who goes for intricate Franchise modes, then you'll probably dig WSB 2K3. The same goes if you like astounding graphics and good gameplay dynamics.
  6. For 2003, Sega has upped the ante once again and has developed a near-perfect baseball game. [Apr 2003, p.70]
  7. Complete in nearly every way and is a good bet for casual fans who just want to slap a few balls out of the infield and diehards who will settle for nothing less than a full career simulation.
  8. Gorgeous visuals (slowdown notwithstanding), a killer Franchise mode, adequate commentary, smart A.I. decisions and a mid-game save option (yes!) compensate for WSB 2K3's small amount of pitches (compared to "High Heat 2004"), awkward replays, average control and stat tracking that still can't touch 3DO's baseball sim.
  9. 100
    What’s so cool about the game is that anyone can pick up and play, and can get into the deep simulation that the game is. I like that fact a lot. [Score = A+]
  10. In the latest edition, crushing those 500-foot homers is still possible, but not nearly as fun as flashing the leather: Even a routine double play is elevated into breathtaking spectacle. [2 May 2003, p.79]
  11. If you prefer a quicker-paced game buy "High Heat," but if you like a more methodical and in-depth game, buy WSB.

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