High Heat Major League Baseball

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High Heat Major League Baseball was a series of baseball computer games, released on PlayStation, Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PC. There were six annual versions of the game released, starting with High Heat Baseball 1999, and ending with High Heat Major League Baseball 2004.[1]

The game, featuring the official licensed team and player names from all 30 MLB teams, was created by games company 3DO which subsequently filed for bankruptcy in 2003 soon after the release of the final version of the series, High Heat Major League Baseball 2004. In August 2003, Microsoft purchased the rights to the High Heat franchise from 3DO, however, Microsoft has yet to develop a new title in the series.[2]

High Heat was traditionally known for possessing more simulation-style qualities than competitors World Series Baseball, All Star Baseball, or Triple Play Baseball, but frequently lagged behind in graphical quality.

Games

Game Release date Cover athlete (team) Platforms
High Heat Major League Baseball 1999 May 26, 1998 PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
High Heat Major League Baseball 2000 April 1, 1999
High Heat Major League Baseball 2001 March 8, 2000 Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs)
High Heat Major League Baseball 2002 March 6, 2001 Vladimir Guerrero (Montreal Expos) PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Game Boy Color, Microsoft Windows
High Heat Major League Baseball 2003 February 12, 2002 Curt Schilling (Arizona Diamondbacks) PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows
High Heat Major League Baseball 2004 February 18, 2003 Curt Schilling (Arizona Diamondbacks) PlayStation, PlayStation 2, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows

Reception

At the core of High Heat′s gameplay was its batter-pitcher interface, which was often hailed as the most realistic of its era.[3]

Computer Games Magazine and PC Gamer US both named High Heat Baseball 2002 the best sports game of 2001.[4][5] The latter publication's editors called it "the best simulation of any sport".[5]

References

  1. ^ High Heat Baseball Series
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-12-17. Retrieved 2012-09-21. 
  3. ^ http://www.sports-gaming.com/baseball/high_heat_2002/preview_ps2.shtml
  4. ^ Staff (March 2002). "11th Annual Computer Games Awards". Computer Games Magazine (136): 50–56. 
  5. ^ a b Staff (March 2002). "The Eighth Annual PC Gamer Awards". PC Gamer US. 9 (3): 32, 33, 36, 36, 37, 40, 42. 

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