Star Baseball 2004
Developed by Acclaim
Platform: PlayStation 2
Released - Out Now
Price : £39.99
is predominantly an American sport. While in the US it's absolutely
massive, here in the UK it probably isn't even in the top 15 of
sports that appeal to the general public. Of course that's not to
say that people aren't interested in playing a console game of the
sport, even I remember enjoying baseball games on the Sinclair Spectrum
back in the 1980s.
Star Baseball 2004 is Acclaims interpretation of the sport and in
terms of features it's absolutely full to bursting. The game includes
9 gameplay modes including a Franchise mode, Quick play and Scenario
mode (which includes an impressive 21 scenarios). You also get to
test your knowledge of Baseball in the Trivia mode. There are a
variety of unlockable features such as the stadium tours, the collectable
play cards and the multimedia clips. The game also features over
110 retired legends including Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Buck O'Neil.
There is something here to please even the most demanding baseball
satisfy both general gamers and baseball connoisseurs you can choose
between a simple batting control, which is simply about timing your
swing, and a complex one that allows you to change the bat angle
and location. If you're not used to the sophistication of the more
complex batting controls, you'll be please to know that the easy
option allows you to begin enjoying the game without having to worry
about enduring a huge learning curve. The pitching is fairly straightforward
and requires little effort to learn. Fielding is also easy and very
straightforward to carry out with a blue marker highlighting where
the ball is going to land.
All Star Baseball 2004 is very good. The stadia and players all
look impressive. The player's animations are also impressive. The
old complaint with a sports title is that the crowd graphics look
a little flat and whilst they look OK they still have that cardboard
cut out appearance to them in ASB 2004. The framerate is also impressive
and the game doesn't slowdown at all. Load times are about average
for a PlayStation 2 game, with the exception of the stadium tours
which are a little on the long side.
aren't really any problems for deaf gamers with the game but some
of the special features will be virtually useless for deaf gamers.
The stadium tours are not subtitled. The multimedia clips are not
subtitled either. The game commentary is not subtitled, but this
isn't really an obstacle. Thankfully the Trivia mode is completely
in text so you'll be able to enjoy the quiz.
Star Baseball 2004 is a solid baseball simulation and will appeal
to all fans of the sport, and even fans of games of the sport. This
year's version offers a whole host of improvements over last year's
version. Thankfully you can now perform in-game saves, which means
you can enjoy the game even if you have a limited amount of time
to play. The franchise mode is particularly impressive and can be
tailored to your liking. All in all it's a very good Baseball game.
Game Rating: 8.2/10
very good baseball simulation that will please fans of the sport.
No problems but it's a shame that some of the extra features are