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High Heat Baseball 2003

Developer: 3DO | Publisher: 3DO
Players: 1 to 2 Player Game | Release Date: 02/09/02 | Genre: Sports

Ah yes, the Boys of Summer are back and that can mean only one thing! A NEW SEASON OF GREAT BASEBALL VIDEO GAMES IS HERE! And I believe I have a game that you will truly love. This game, entitled High Heat 2003 from 3DO really has a lot of new features that will surely make you long for the Opening Day!

This game has a detailed tuning menu (that enables the ultimate in gameplay customizability, including injury frequency, pitch speed, runner and fielder speed) and a TV-like game presentation. And along with Truplay AI Technology (which means batting, base running, fielding, pitching and managing that is true to real baseball) and Signature Pitcher and Batter Animations, stars pitch and bat just like their real-life counterparts! This game really has it all! So, get ready, because the count is 3-2 with two outs, the bases are loaded... and here's the pitch�.! Let's take a look inside High Heat 2003!

First, remember this is a baseball game and since I don't think I have to explain what you have to do in the game. I will tell you, however, that the game does have some awesome and unique gameplay features such as umpire arguments, player ejection's, dropped third strikes and catcher snap throws! The game also has on-field coaches and manager mound-visits plus animated base coaches spice up the action while adding to the strategy.

Also, another new feature is the two-on-two showdown where you pick a pitcher and a batter and square off with your friends in the ultimate head-to-head competition. And as if that weren't enough, there are even more modes such the Home Run Derby, Fantasy Draft, Create A Player, Player Editor, Stand Alone Playoffs, and Batting Practice.

If you are like me (and a couple of my friends), one of the biggest problems in sports games is having the roster updated. Well, fear not, because the folks at 3DO have you covered. All you have to do is go to the roster update page at 3DO, and when trades or signings happen throughout the season, they will have it there for you. No more having to print out all the ESPN rosters and transactions!

The Graphics have been significantly enhanced this year!

You need good sound, right? Well, how about hecklers, vendors (I haven't heard the famous "Cold beer here" yet though), crowds, stadium announcers, batter walk-up music and announcer commentary. The sound is pretty good!

What's not so good:

I am here in St Louis and I would love to be down at Spring Training... Oh wait, this is suppose to be about the game, isn't it? Well, um, let's see. Okay, I know #99 for the cards So Taguchi didn't make the cut!

Think you can match wits with some of baseball's great minds? Have you ever said, "I could have done better than that! Why would you pull him so early in the game?" Are you a fan of the double-steal? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then this is the game for you! It's not just a game, it's a baseball simulator. It truly feels like you are in the dugout and on the field! This isn't a boom, boom, swing for the fences game, though. You will need to use the hit-and-run and double-switches to win in this game. If you are a baseball purist, run out to the store right now and pick this up! So, with that being said, I give this week's

Another great reason to pick up this game:

As you may have noticed Arizona's ace Curt Schilling is on the box for this game. And if you buy this game, a portion of the proceeds from the sale of High Heat� Major League Baseball� 2003 will be donated to "Curt's Pitch for ALS". Here's more on ALS:

After hearing one ALS patient speak, Curt Schilling, and his wife Shonda, offered their time, money and hearts to help strike out ALS by creating "Curt's Pitch for ALS". Curt's Pitch has raised over $1,000,000 for ALS research and patient care since its 1993 inception. Curt's wife, Shonda, actively serves on the Boards for The ALS Association - Arizona and Greater Philadelphia Chapters, while Curt is the official spokesperson.

During the 2001 season, Curt donated $1,000 per win, and $100 per strikeout to the Curt and Shonda Schilling ALS Fund to support research, improve patients' quality of life and help families live with ALS. Curt is also proud to be the winner of the 2001 Roberto Clemente Humanitarian Award, given annually to the player who combines outstanding skills on the baseball field with dedicated work in the community.

What is ALS? Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), is often referred to as Lou Gehrig's disease. It was named after the New York Yankees first baseman, who played in a record 2,130 consecutive games before ALS forced his premature retirement in 1939. ALS is a progressive, fatal, neuromuscular disease that strikes both men and women. While in most cases the mind remains intact, physical capabilities deteriorate, and patients are generally paralyzed in later stages of the disease. ALS makes even the simplest physical movements -- walking, speaking and breathing -- nearly impossible. There are currently 30,000 people living with the disease, while scientists are trying to find a cure.

By Chris "Hoss" Neupert - 02/25/02
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