All Star Baseball 2003
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Baseball, America’s favorite pastime. For years now videogames have tried to capture the essence of this game. There have been some great games come and go, but nothing has captured baseball quite like ASB 2003.
There is nothing like rounding third and starting to celebrate in front of your opponents because you just hit a 427ft. homer, or for beating out you competition, as in Acclaim’s situation.
This game has more extras than Inspector Gadget, which is enough to keep you busy this whole summer. Homerun derby, batting practice, and even a trivia game with different modes to play, just to name a few. The originals like season, franchise, and exhibition are included but have had some major plastic surgery during the off-season to appeal to you the fan. Franchise mode is the most noticeable. In Franchise mode you are the owner, gm, manager, player, scout, ECT… This mode is so in depth “its in the game” unlike TPB 2002.
The most appealing mode is a new addition to the ASB series, Expansion mode. This is where ASB’s high replay value steps up to the plate. Expansion mode is similar to the Franchise mode except you make your own team. You choose from a pre selected group of cities, logos, and stadiums. Once the basis of your team is created, you are on your way to an authentic expansion draft. With a lot of practice, a little trading, and your sights set on the World Series you are well on your way to creating a dynasty.
With a decent baseball game lineup this year, this is your best choice. The most realistic game yet and the only game to be featured on all new system. The people at Acclaim are becoming geniuses. Check this great one out.