High Heat Major League Baseball 2004 (Sony PlayStation 2, 2003)
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High Heat Major League Baseball 2004 (Sony PlayStation 2, 2003)

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  • Genre: Sports
  • Rating: E - Everyone
  • Platform: Sony PlayStation 2
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High Heat Major League Baseball 2004 (Sony PlayStation 2, 2003)

The High Heat Baseball franchise continues with this multi-platform release, which features the same core gameplay as found in the critically acclaimed High Heat Major League Baseball 2003 but with a number of new enhancements. The visual presentation has been given a makeover with added motion-capture animation in the field to allow for smoother throws and realistic catches. Stadiums have also been redesigned to better reflect their real-life counterparts, and the polygon count for individual players has been increased. Continuing the graphic enhancements are new menu screens that present information and statistical data in a series of dynamic displays designed to catch the eye. Existing features from previous games, such as the ability to tweak nearly every facet of gameplay using slider bars, are present as well.<br><br>One of the chief complaints of past console versions was the absence of a Franchise Mode, which has been addressed for the 2004 game. Now players can lead their team over multiple seasons while signing players, conducting trades (now supporting multiple players for one), and cutting underachieving performers. The salary cap is also present in the form of budget points, meaning each superstar added to the roster will result in players seeking cost-cutting value at other positions. Audio has also been reworked, with fans cheering at home games, hecklers slinging barbs at away parks, and near silence during late inning blowouts. Vendors will hawk their wares as the sections of the crowd cheer a good play in the field or boo a bad call at the plate. Commentary is once again handled by the two-man team of Dave O'Brien and Chuck Valenches.

Product Review Summary

Based on 9 user reviews
67% recommend this product
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Consumer Reviews


High Heat, Smokin Hot, I say not!

byjrc605 Dec 20, 2003
7 Helpfuls 8 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Easy game play, quick actions, numerous help settings for players of all abilities.
Cons Teams were largely inaccurate, minor league system could be more accurate as well.
Recommended it? No

I purchased High Heat 2004 and found myself as an avid sports fan slightly disappointed. It was certainly not the worst baseball game ever made but it lacked a lot in terms of team accuracy.

On the positive side I found the game play for High Heat 2004 very smooth. Hitting and pitching... Read full review »


High Heat Baseball 2004

bywatty13 Aug 4, 2003
4 Helpfuls 5 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros double play turns, graphics, and throwing realism.
Cons can't create teams, tag realism isn't good, and created players aren't...
Recommended it? Yes

High Heat Baseball 2004 is by far the best baseball game out for the Playstation 2. High Heat Baseball has many different game modes to keep the game from getting boring. The graphics for this game are outstanding and the players have true to life stances. The different game modes are: Season,... Read full review »


High Heat, the Class of Baseball Games, For Whatever That's Worth

bydonzilla Jul 9, 2003
6 Helpfuls 7 Helpfuls Was this review helpful?
Pros Great Controls for Hitting and Pitching, Graphics
Cons Fake Minor Leaguers, Confusing Fielding
Recommended it? Yes

High Heat 2004 is the best baseball game available for the PS2 right now. The batting is better than All-Star and the overall game is better than MVP (for now). However, there are some glaring problems with the game that are evident to the baseball gamer.

The first problem with the game... Read full review »

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Product Details and Features

Tech Details

Release Year 2003
Game Series High Heat Baseball Series
Control Elements Gamepad/Joystick
Number of Players 1-2

Key Features

Genre Sports
Rating E - Everyone
Platform Sony PlayStation 2

Product Identifiers

Game High Heat Major League Baseball 2004
UPC 790561532217
MPN 790561532217

Other Features

Brand The 3DO Company

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