STAFF REVIEW of MLB Slugfest 2004 (Xbox)

Tuesday, June 17, 2003.
by Yellowlab

MLB Slugfest 2004 Box art Midway's Slugfest series wins my award for the best game that nobody seems to be playing. MLB Slugfest 20-04 improves upon the already stellar 20-03 edition by adding bigger rosters, create a team feature, instant replay, a home run derby, and more hilarious commentary by Tim and Jim. What makes this game so good is that it is a terrific baseball game at its core, then they mix in tons of humor and additional gameplay features such as the ability to give your opponent a butt whoopin. I seriously do not know why theses games are not more popular. Slugfest 20-04 would easily be in my top 5 Xbox games in my library of over 50 games, and I do not typically like baseball games.

The pitching and hitting interfaces are easy and fun. Get a couple hits and your player gets on fire...literally. This year they added a feature where if your pitcher gets 3 K's before the opponent scores a run, he's on fire until the opponent scores again. Being on fire gives you the ability to pitch faster, run faster, and deliver more powerful blows to your opponent. There are also hundreds of cheats, with really unique stadiums and players (play as Sub Zero or a Zombie...etc) Overall, Slugfest is a fast fun and whacked out baseball game.

You would not expect visuals this good from a "cheesy" baseball game. The stadiums look better than in any "realistic" baseball game. The player models look great. The effects, like players igniting on fire are really cool. There is also lots of hilarious motion capture animations when players come to bat or a pitcher gives up a home run.

The announcers, Tim and Jim, are the funniest thing in the game. The 20-04 version has a great option where you can turn on the commentary for both the 20-03 and 20-04 versions if you never heard last year's. "Jim" is by far the funniest as he sounds like an 80 year old who went senile long ago and never knows quite what's going on. The rest of the sound effects are great.

Two more thing would make this game even more perfect...create a player option and individual player stats after a game is over. But, overall this game is simply tremendous as is!

Overall: 10.0 / 10
Gameplay: 10.0 / 10
Visuals: 10.0 / 10
Sound: 10.0 / 10


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