am an avid EA sports fan, and resisted buying any game
that was not made by them for a long time. After last
year's major hit, I decided to try out the new baseball
series everyone was raving about. I chose to wait for
High Heat 2001, and enjoy the extra features.
The game had a few minor bugs,
but fortunately they released a patch quickly. This is not
your average arcade sports game. This is a hardcore
simulation game which delivers all the stats and realism
that no other sports game has been able to give. For those of you who are
looking for an arcade baseball game, the fully customizable
level of play can be for you too. The
career mode is very realistic. I am playing my fourth
season in a row with my fantasy drafted New York Yankees.
It is a lot of fun to watch a drafted rookie develop
through the minors, and become an All Star in the majors.
You can have control over your minor league teams too, or
let the computer manage them.
With a lot of the other sports
games I play, it seems that the game gets too easy at one
level of play, and if I try to increase it, the game
becomes too hard. All of that goes away with High Heat
baseball. In the game directory is a file called Tune.txt.
With this file you can fully customize the game level to
the way you want it. It will keep your games consistent as
your level of play increases. This excellent feature has allowed me
to keep interest in the game much longer than any other
The graphics, sound effects, and
commentary are all top notch. All the stadiums are in the
game, and look great. The player animations are great, as
your players dive for catches, and run into the back wall
and knock themselves out. Some of the many details in
the game are great. Like hitting a home run at an away
game, the fans will sometimes throw the ball back.
The game also supports
multiplayer on Mplayer, Heat, and the MSN Gaming zone. I
wouldn't even think about buying another companies
baseball game at this point. All I want now is for 3DO to make a football game!