MLB SlugFest: Loaded Xbox

Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 34
  2. Negative: 0 out of 34
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  1. Players looking to enjoy some wild arcade style longball, or at least a combination of the two approaches, can’t go wrong with Midway’s latest.
  2. The perfect game for a group of buddies getting together.
  3. 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.
  4. Midway has almost got their series down, just add more depth, and some more interesting features, and I can see next year's game is going to be a true winner.
  5. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    77
    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]
  6. Fast paced, easy to play and addictive.
  7. 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.
  8. The gameplay remains fun and humorous yet it features all the modes and licensing you would expect from the more serious games including a new serious mode of play.
  9. 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.
  10. The player models are good with recognizable faces – although the game does tend to make every player look like they’ve spent a lot of time at the gym in the offseason.
  11. 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.
  12. 85
    What will dazzle veterans is how complete a package Loaded is.
  13. A fun game chock full of interesting new elements and unlockable goodies, but it would drive any serious baseball fan absolutely batty, so I’d say if you’re into the in-depth, detailed gameplay you should give this one a swing and a miss.
  14. 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.
  15. Easily the most original baseball title I've ever seen.
  16. 80
    You want my opinion? Hit the mute button, put on a good CD, and play this game to death.
  17. 85
    If you can’t enjoy a little gross-out comedy and stupid antics, you will be annoyed by much of what goes on in Slugfest. Conversely, if you keel over laughing anytime somebody gets kicked in the nuts, you’ll find Slugfest’s innovations hilarious.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Play Magazine
    100
    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]
  21. 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.
  22. The online play, with tournament support, is incredibly fun as the intense and upbeat tempo of the series lends itself well to Xbox Live battles.
  23. Yes, the game rewards the time you put in and trust us, this is one game you'll be coming back to again and again.
  24. 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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  1. Uter
    Jul 16, 2004
    7
    The concept is cool, but i don't like the pitching. There's not enough control and the batter can hit it no matter where you place The concept is cool, but i don't like the pitching. There's not enough control and the batter can hit it no matter where you place it (unless you purpusefully bean them). The graphics are decent, but can't compare to mvp. Fielders are also frustratingly slow to react - they are stuck in place for a few seconds before you're allowed to move them. the game is fun, but only borderline worth owning imo. Full Review »