Playstation 2 : High Heat Major League Baseball 2004 Reviews

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Below are user reviews of High Heat Major League Baseball 2004 and on the right are links to professionally written reviews. The summary of review scores shows the distribution of scores given by the professional reviewers for High Heat Major League Baseball 2004. Column height indicates the number of reviews with a score within the range shown at the bottom of the column. Higher scores (columns further towards the right) are better.

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Still near, if not at the top of PS2 Baseball games...

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 12 / 13
Date: February 24, 2003
Author: Amazon User

High Heat 2004 did some nice additions to this year's version. I purchased the version for the PS2. The biggest change is the franchise version, which allows you to play multiple seasons, sign free agents, manage your team as well as its budget, and have an A-AAA team, where you can promote and demote players.

The graphics are pretty good on the game, but I wish the players were more scaled to the actual bodies. The gameplay seems to be a little bit more cleaner than last year's version.

I would recommend this game to all of the baseball fans out there. Obviously, I haven't seen All-Star Baseball or MVP (Triple Play, whatever), but I can't imagine them being a better overall game than High Heat 2004. From what I have seen MVP may be just as good, but the franchise mode on this game is beyond what I have ever seen on a baseball game before.

I don't think you will be disappointed with your purchase if you decide to go with High Heat 2004.

HH 2004

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 6 / 7
Date: March 02, 2003
Author: Amazon User

So I figure I'll go out and buy HH 2004 being that I loved 2003 so much. I have only played a few games but I can tell already that this game will be the best on the market for a second straight year.

The graphics on the stadiums are incredible, every detail is rendered nearly to perfection. The grass looks beaautiful, I wanted to go out and buy baseball tickets seeing this.

The gameplay starts off as being too easy on offense....change your skill level and it will help, though usually you'll just get pounded by the cpu. In that case you go to the gameplay sliders, as every aspect of the game is customizeable to varying degrees. For instance, by tuning the offense down a bit I was able to play a game using St Louis against Arizona with a 1-1 tie going into the eigth, 7 combined hits.

Thats the kind of game you get when two aces oppose each other. Even 2003 was too easy on the offense, and those sliders helped make a fun season incredibly realistic.

The crowd was supposed to have been overhauled, but I still didnt hear much of a difference. They started to get excited as the game went into extra innings and the home team was threatening, but not cheering uncontrollably like would happen in a MLB park. Maybe I'll pay a bit more attention to it, as I did only play shortly.

Im guessing that EA and All Star Baseball will trail behind 3D0 once again. This is the game for the baseball purist, this is not Triple Play "arcade" baseball.

If I had to detract from the game at all, I would say that the menus are a bit tedious to navigate, and looking at "league leaders" only seems to give you the top 8 in the league, unless Im looking at something incorrectly. I'll have to play with it more.

Super game

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 3 / 3
Date: March 02, 2003
Author: Amazon User

This year's version has much better graphics than HH 2003 as well as more realistic fielding. The tuning menus allow you to change even more options such as how fast the fielders move, how hard the cathers throw, all the way to how difficult or easy it is for you to make contact. The basic gameplay is the same which is great because HH 2003 was already an ausome game. But this year, the fielding is cooler, for example....if you're running towards the line with your right fielder to chase a base hit, he has to spin around and make the throw, which allows you to take extra bases with fast runners. The fielding is very realistic and pitchers don't tire as quickly as last year. But you can also tune pitchers to last longer if you wanted to anyway. The producers kept all the great things about HH 2003 and added much more behind the scenes stuff like full minor league rosters and disabled lists. This game is super and 3DO has really out done themselves. My only complaint would be after one game ended, befor the stats could come up the game froze...but it hasn';t happened since so big deal.

Its getting there

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 3 / 3
Date: March 13, 2003
Author: Amazon User

First of all the good stuff:
Graphics - 10 times better than any of the previous in the HH series.

Gameplay - Pretty good,the outfield relays are great, Nice to have the multiple pitcher/batter interfaces which are in the previous games, and the ability to edit players which I will talk about later.

Realism of the game - I have seen a few comments about the pitching and only being able to throw a strike or a ball in a general direction. Thats baseball, there are only a few guys in the league with outstanding control of every pitch, This is not Triple Play where you can move the ball around after its been pitched. Being able to adjust the speeds of the pitch types is nice and effective.

And now the things that need work:
Pitching - The only problem i see with the pitching is when the catcher sets up inside or outside, it is always a ball, (I like batting from the pitcher view) I would like to see that fixed to where a catcher can set up anywhere and still be able to throw a strike.

Minor Leagues - Not the real minor leaguers, I was hoping to have the real names in there but to no such luck, the CPU versions of the past have had the real players. You can go in and edit all names for every team but for some of you it may not be worth it. Being a Giants fan I would have loved to have brought up Jesse Foppert.

I would recommend this game, but Like myself, you may want to rent it before purchasing. From what i hear WSB 2K3 is the game to beat this year.

Baseball Fans Game

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 3 / 3
Date: April 06, 2003
Author: Amazon User

If you want realisim it's here. There is not "put the ball where you want to pitch it" and no batting cursor. You move the analog stick where you see the ball the better you get at identifing pitches the better you hit. The graphics are Good.. much better than HH2003, but still a bit lacking. The commantary is nil, and the stats are fantastic, but there are no real frills here, just like reading the paper, even most of the menus don't have any music (this could be a plus or minus depending on your wants.) You can tell they released this game a bit early from some of the gliches..(i.e. the commentator will said he's out on a called strike when you swing etc..) All and all this is probably the best baseball game out there, unless you are looking to play "arcade like (Triple Play style) hitting home runs 20 times in a game. HH2004 is not perfect but it is the best.

"This ones almost out of the park!!!!"

4 Rating: 4, Useful: 4 / 6
Date: March 24, 2003
Author: Amazon User

I found this to be a very very good baseball game. Not totally perfect but very good and very enjoyable.
- set to automatic fielding. this is good so you dont kill your wrists or fingers playing
-very smooth gameplay
-realistic pitcing and hitting
-graphics are pretty good
-gameplay is challenging
-can fine tune everything to your desired level of playu
-can play more then 1 team in season
- not as visually stunning as it could be
- computer at times wont exactly challenge you in a game.
- can be a little too easy or too hard (but you can fine tune it)

Best Baseball Game, Ever!

5 Rating: 5, Useful: 2 / 3
Date: February 25, 2003
Author: Amazon User

To be fair I have not played a game outside of the high heat series in quite some time but that is because I have not felt the need to. The only real setback to this franchise over the years has been the subpar graphics, but this year that is no longer a problem. The gameplay is 100% right on, it is more accurate to describe high heat as a baseball simuation. Everything from fielding, baserunning, hitting and pitching is exactly as you'd expect real baseball to be. If you enjoy real baseball this is the game for you, I can't imagine anything getting better.

Don't Bother

2 Rating: 2, Useful: 2 / 3
Date: February 25, 2003
Author: Amazon User

As much as I hate to say it, don't bother with this game. It is a sad, sad disappointment. 3DO boasts that they have completely overhauled the graphics for 2004. But have they? The answer is yes and no. Much of the game looks and feels exactly like it did last year, except for the players, who now bear absolutely no resemblance to their real life counterparts. I mean none. The faces are simply awful; much, much worse than in 2003, and that's saying something. Did they change the animations? Yes. For the better? Well . . . that depends. They are different from last year, but still kind of herky-jerky and often unrealistic. You will see the shortstop make a jump-throw to first base, but without any apparent reason to do so. He just flutters up in the air like a wounded butterfly in a stray gust of wind. The batting animations are very similar to last year, except the ball now flies off the bat at near warp speed, reaching the wall in a second or two. Homeruns are still the same bland, vanishing seeds, presented from the same dull, uninspiring camera angles. The pitchers' motions look more life-like, and that's nice. The stadiums look okay, too, but not different enough from last year to warrant spending fifty bucks.
3DO also claims they've improved the announcer commentary. Well, the same tired phrases do sound a lot cleaner and crisper, but I don't know if that's a good thing and I've yet to hear any new phrases. The sound effects (crowds, vendors, hecklers, etc.,) are supposed to have been improved, but I really didn't notice. The game just looks so shoddy, you don't care about the sound.
Does the game play well? Yeah, it seems to. I haven't played long enough to determine if it's significantly different than 2003. And that's not really the point. I loved the game play in H H 2003, but I expected its visual deficiencies to be addressed in 2004 and they were not; in fact, in some areas, they actually declined No matter how you care to cut the cake, good graphics enhance the feeling of realism. If this were not true, and statistical accuracy was the only important factor, we would all be satisfied with a good board game like Strat-O-Matic Baseball.
I'm sure I will find things to enjoy about playing H H 2004. I've only had it for a few hours and these are just my first impressions. But to be honest, I don't think I'll bother buying next year's version. 3DO appears to be either incapable or unwilling to institute the improvements necessary to keep this franchise in competition with its rivals, All-Star Baseball and World Series Baseball. Those two titles seem intent on keeping their product fresh and interesting each year by making the necessary tweaks and upgrades. Sadly, the same cannot be said for High Heat Baseball. And that's too bad. It was once the best game out there.

All Star 2004 much better

1 Rating: 1, Useful: 2 / 3
Date: March 14, 2003
Author: Amazon User

This game was such a waste of {money}. I bought it upon the high reviews of a couple people and magazines and was very dissapointed. The hitting and pitching are terrible, the graphics look like something out of an old nintendo game from the 80's. Do not go out and get this, I played All Star 2004 and it is much better. I just hope I can sell this game somehow.

high heat at it's best

5 Rating: 5, Useful: 3 / 9
Date: March 03, 2003
Author: Amazon User

this years version has got excellent graphics. And the catchers for the cpu can actually throw you out trying to steal unlike all star baseball. The double plays look realistic too. In all star baseball your 2 baseman just stands their and does not even jump to turn the double play and gets hit in the leg for not jumping and it is really annoying. I also remember from all star baseball they have batters with fielding gloves on!!!!! High heat may have some bugs but their not that bad. You usually don't even notice them at least I don't. They have real batting stances it's a great buy. I just got the last copy at the store i went too. I also like how you can change your innings to whatever you want. Unlike in all star baseball. IF YOU LIKE BASEBALL BUY THIS GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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