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Baseball
DEVELOPER
Acclaim
PUBLISHER
Acclaim
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All-Star Baseball 2003

February means only one thing to baseball fans: spring training! And to accompany the gearing up of our national pasttime, Acclaim is releasing its annual entry in the All-Star Baseball series with ASB 2003 for the Nintendo GameCube.

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impressions

All-Star Baseball is typically the premier baseball simulation game every season, outshining its peers in terms of graphics and attention to detail. Screenshots and movies available on ASB2K3 seem to reconfirm this as being the case.

word on the street

Everyone's pretty quiet on this rapid follow-up to November's GameCube release. Due to there being only 3 months' interval between releases and the system already having a version, there's little to get excited about beyond a smattering of roster updates and refined features, described below by info from Acclaim.

press release notes

  • All 30 Major League teams, including logos' and uniforms;
  • More than 900 players;
  • Official stadiums, with active dugouts and bullpens, real time scoreboards and jumbotrons, with stadium features;
  • All-new player models, featuring 3-D Cyberscan technology, giving All-Star Baseball 2003 the most realistic representation for player faces ever seen in a video game;
  • Future throw technology allows players to make incredible super-smooth catches and throws like never before;
  • Innovative 3D batting interface and power/contact swing selection;
  • User control over check swings;
  • Never-before-seen broken bats;
  • Season awards like the MVP, Cy Young, Rookie Of The Year, and Gold Glove;
  • Incredible gameplay depth with 10 game modes, including Exhibition, Season, Career, Franchise, Expansion, All-Star Game, Series, Manager, Home Run Derby and Batting Practice;
  • Franchise Mode allows users to play and build their favorite team for up to twenty consecutive seasons;
  • All-new Expansion Play allows baseball fanatics to choose a city, stadium and team logo, and add that team into the Major leagues for season play;
  • All-new Expansion draft, whereby users will draft from a pool of unprotected players and build a team of free agents and minor leaguers;
  • First time ever -- official in-game player trading cards, which enable users to collect, trade and unlock cheat codes throughout the game;
  • More than 50 stadiums to choose from, including 9 classic and 10 expansion stadiums;
  • Cooperstown Hall Of Fame team, featuring favorite sluggers from the past, such as Mike Schmidt, Reggie Jackson and Yogi Berra;
  • Seven authentic stadium camera angles for television broadcast views;
  • First time ever -- a 3-man broadcast booth with Bob Brenly (Manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, the 2001 World Series Champions), Thom Brennaman and Steve Lyons.

overall

While the previous iteration, All-Star Baseball 2002, arrived for the system's launch in November, hardcore baseball maniacs and more casual fans who passed on 2002 may want to check out this newest version.





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