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Better the 2002...

7.7

Great
Difficulty:
Just Right
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
100 or More Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Best in series"

Summary

All Star Baseball 2003 is the best All Star Baseball game in the series, and probably the best baseball game on the market. The game play is fun and it offers a good game playing experience. After you get the hang of the game it becomes pretty easy. The graphics are also pretty good and are the best in a baseball game up to the time it came out. The player faces are pretty good but not extremely well done. The sound is also good. The crowd and splintering of a baseball bat, they are all well done and fits the game right. All Star Baseball 2003 is the best baseball game to date. Even though it is not perfect it provides for a good baseball gaming experience.




When it comes to baseball game standards, this game stands up to the plate.

8.4

Superb
Difficulty:
Just Right
Learning Curve:
30 to 60 Minutes
Time Spent:
10 to 20 Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Instant classic"

Summary

This particular game is a really good choice for anyone looking for a good baseball game. It may be slightly out-dated, but once you play it, you will see that it still is highly playable and may become a favorite in your collection. I picked it up for about $12 at the local EB Games 2 years ago. As far as baseball game standards are concerned, this game stands up to the plate. The graphics are actually really good, and the gameplay is really fun. I've played the Slugfest series as well as the MLB series and overall I and my friends prefer All-Star Baseball. This game includes classic teams, many modes of gameplay, great graphics, and overall is really quite enjoyable. If you are a baseball fan pick it up.




Swing Away....

8.0

Superb
Difficulty:
Just Right
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
10 Hours or Less
The Bottom Line:
"Just plain fun"

Summary

All - Star Baseball 2003 (featuring Derek Jeter) does not break any knw ground, but ti is a lot of fun. You get some cool modes (like home run derby, trivia, draft mode) and you can trade players. The game only allows realisitic trades too. No Benji Gil for Alex Rodriguez in this game. as with most baseball games you cna select automatic fielding and it will help you wiith batting. You can play season, expension or franchise mode and it keeps track of all your stats. The graphics are only so-so, but you can't really expect too much from a PS2 baseball game. The annoucing is the best and most realistic of any baseball game I have played. I would recommend buying it if your a baseball fan and only renting if your a casual fan.




I recommend Dance Summit to any Bust A Groove/Move fan that loves multiplayer games or serious music game collectors.

9.3

Editors' Choice
Difficulty:
Just Right
Learning Curve:
0 to 30 Minutes
Time Spent:
100 or More Hours
The Bottom Line:
"Worth playing"

Summary

Pros:
32 Characters!
Top Notch Motion Capture Moves.
Smooth Graphics.
Adjustable Difficulty
Import Friendly.

Cons:
No returning Bust A Groove/Move characters.
Character Profiles are in Japanese text.

Dance Summit 2001: Bust A Move is the 3rd entry to the Bust A Move/Groove series and the only one to not make it to the U.S. The reasons are unknown but this is a great game none of the less. Unlike the previous games, Dance Summit's game play is slightly different than the first two games. Instead of pressing buttons in a green bar during the first 3 beats and then hitting the final button in the red box on the fourth beat, Dance Summit's style can be compared to the likes of Parrappa The Rappa. You are first shown the button commands and the beat to press them and then you mimic. Also you dance in a team of four. Yep that's right, this game is 4 players. Your goal is to be the best member of your team. One of the coolest features of the game is the "Free" Button. When this shows up, you press either x,o,square, or triangle and depending on what the other characters press, You can do team combos to boost your score. Now That I've described the gameplay...lets take a look at the other features.

Graphics:
These are some top notch graphics. The character models and stages look smooth and really take advantage of the Playstation 2. The Motion Capture moves are the best I've seen in a video game ever. Each team of 4 has there very own style of dancing. You got the cutie hip hop girls of School Mates, the teen age boy team Data Be Bops that like to break, The Cusu Cusu Jungle Girls that dance African, The Drag Queen Flower Dancing Team that likes to get down House style, The Capoeira Wrestling team The Disco Estrus, the Galaxy 4 that do the Disco, Gangsta Hip Hop done by the Jumbo Max team, and then the Far East Commanders that dance in a jazz kind of style (Can't remember heh.) While there are 32 characters overall, none of them are returning characters from the first two games. This can be a disappointment to some fans.

Sound:
While the characters make a major importance in Bust A Move/Groove games, the music is very important as well. The soundtrack is pure Japanese. If you are a fan of Japanese music, then this shouldn't be a problem for you. Each team has their own theme song and stage that you play though. You can also unlock remixes of each song along with 2 bonus remixes of Kita 2001 and the Jungle Rock. In all you can say there are 18 songs since the remixes sound almost completely different from their original. The songs also are full length..meaning they can last up to anywhere from 3:30 to 4 minutes.

In Conclusion:
I recommend this game to any Bust A Groove/Move fan that is looking for a game to play with 3 other friends or a extreme music game collector. Also this game is very import friendly. The game menus are in complete English. The only text not translated are character profiles. This is a rare gem that shouldn't be passed up. This is also a good game for anyone that can't quite get down with the dance pad of games such as DDR. It is a shame however that there will probably be no more Bust A Move/Groove games since Enix's fusion with Squaresoft. We can only hope.







Very good game for managing roster adn game decisions.

8.7

Superb
Difficulty:
Easy
Learning Curve:
30 to 60 Minutes
Time Spent:
100 or More Hours
The Bottom Line:
"All it's cracked up to be"

Summary

Very good game with good bunch of stats. Can make up your own teams altogether and run career leagues. Trading from human to human team, however creates printed "evaluation" by your scouts that is on top of each other so you can't read anything. But the game is very good. Simulate or control. Not a swing and miss game, but for managing rosters and in-game decisions, this is the one for you.

You can track awards and titles each year. Would be nice if they had a Gold Glove category. Oh, well. I like the rating system, although it gets a bit tedious hiring all the minor league people each year. I play a salary cap which makes it more challenging. Lots of customizability in the way you do things.
7.6

Great
8.2
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