Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. The presentation is still some of the best of any baseball title.
  2. The animation is exceptional and the game looks amazing.
  3. With the colorful commentary and hard hitting action, those who plan on using the multiplayer modes won’t want to miss it.
  4. 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.
  5. Great controls and well-implemented action features, like punching and turbo, that add a different type of depth than that seen in typical baseball games. [May 2003, p.78]
  6. 80
    For those who pick up the game for its action elements, there are a lot of animations thrown in merely to make you laugh.
  7. The additions are noticeable, but it may still be tough for owners of last year's game to justify a purchase, considering that it hasn't even been a year since the release of "MLB Slugfest 2003."
  8. 80
    It’s no secret that the Xbox looks the best of the bunch.
  9. 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.
  10. The biggest improvement is the overall visual quality of the game. [Apr 2003, p.71]
  11. 79
    As off-the-wall arcade sports spoofs go, this is still king of the hill ... or is that mound?
  12. The gameplay is great, graphics are above par for a baseball title, and the audio is exactly what it should be. On a negative note, there is slim to none single player existence so SlugFest is a multiplayer game in all its glory.
  13. 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]
  14. It's a great game for head-to-head bouts with friends. [Apr 2003, p.93]
  15. 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.
  16. It's baseball done for the mindless MTV generation, and it smells like a turd polished to a high gloss. [Aug 2003, p.88]

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