All-Star Baseball

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All-Star Baseball
All-Star Baseball 2005 Cover.png
North American cover art for PlayStation 2 of All-Star Baseball 2005, the final game in the series
Developer(s)Iguana Entertainment/Acclaim Studios Austin
Publisher(s)Acclaim Entertainment/Acclaim Sports
Platform(s)PlayStation, Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color, PlayStation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance
Platform(s) of originPlayStation, Sega Saturn
Year of inception1997
First releaseAll-Star Baseball '97 Featuring Frank Thomas
June 30, 1997
Latest releaseAll-Star Baseball 2005
April 8, 2004

All-Star Baseball is a series of baseball video games that was developed and published by Acclaim Entertainment. The series began in 1997 with the release of All-Star Baseball '97 Featuring Frank Thomas, the successor to Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball. New York Yankees play-by-play announcers John Sterling and Michael Kay were the announcers for 1998-2000 editions of the game. The final game in the series is All-Star Baseball 2005. Another game in the series was cancelled, while Acclaim Entertainment became defunct in September 1, 2004

Within the individual games, there are several different modes of play, such as exhibition, managing an existing Major League Baseball team or creating a team. Many cities around the world are available for "expansion," in addition to Mexico City and Puerto Rico.

Most of the games feature Derek Jeter on the cover.


Title Year Platforms
All-Star Baseball '97 Featuring Frank Thomas 1997 PlayStation, Sega Saturn (Only the PS1 version was released in Europe)
All-Star Baseball '99 1998 Nintendo 64, Game Boy (Only the N64 version was released in Europe)
All-Star Baseball 2000 1999 Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color
All-Star Baseball 2001 2000 Nintendo 64, Game Boy Color (Released exclusively in North America)
All-Star Baseball 2002 2001 GameCube, PlayStation 2 (Only the PS2 version was released in Europe and Japan)
All-Star Baseball 2003 2002 Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance (Only the PS2 and Xbox versions were released in Europe, and only the PS2 and GameCube versions were released in Japan)
All-Star Baseball 2004 2003 Xbox, GameCube, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance (Only the PS2 version was released in Europe)
All-Star Baseball 2005 2004 Xbox, PlayStation 2 (Released exclusively in North America)


The first game in the series featured Frank Thomas and was released for the PlayStation and Sega Saturn.


The game also marked the debut of play-by-play commentary. This is done by two New York Yankees broadcasters: John Sterling and Michael Kay. Larry Walker appeared on the game's box.


All-Star Baseball 2005 features a variety of things that most previous versions did not include, such as classic players like Babe Ruth, Yogi Berra and others. Apart from each of the MLB teams, the game also features MLB legends of different eras and the 2004 American and National league teams. One particular game characteristic is that it includes the Montreal Expos, who relocated from Montreal to Washington D.C. and changed their name to the Washington Nationals for the 2005 MLB season.

The game includes all thirty stadiums as of the 2004 season, as well as other fictional and non-fictional ball parks to bring the total to over eighty parks. Some of these parks include: the Polo Grounds used by the then New York Giants (the New York Yankees played their home games there as well from 1913-1922); Ebbets Field used by the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1913-1957, Houston Astrodome; Hiram Bithorn Stadium used by the Montreal Expos in their final season; retro, current and future versions of Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium, Shea Stadium and Dodger Stadium.


The Nintendo 64 versions received positive reviews, with an average score in the mid-to-high eighties according to GameRankings.[1][2][3] The Gamecube version of All-Star Baseball 2002 received the lowest reviews of all the home console games in the series, with an average score of 67%.[4] All-Star Baseball 2000 on the Game Boy Color has the lowest scores of the entire series, at 60%.[5]

The first game in the series, All-Star Baseball '97 Featuring Frank Thomas, received mediocre reviews upon its release for the PlayStation. Electronic Gaming Monthly gave it a 5.75 out of 10, with Kraig Kujawa saying it "still plays the same [as Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball]. And that's not a good thing. All-Star Baseball reeks of mediocrity. Not one, single facet of the game stands out."[6] Next Generation similarly commented, "All-Star Baseball '97 doesn't excel in any one area. Instead, it is a decent looking game with average gameplay, so-so sound, and not much else to separate it from the pack." He gave it two out of five stars.[7] GamePro's The Rookie was more vehement: "The players are flat and 2D, while occasionally bad camera angles really drag down the action. The control is atrocious because the players react to the ball too late, and you can't manually switch to the player close to the ball." While the Saturn version was largely ignored by reviewers, The Rookie found it more enjoyable than the PlayStation version, citing better control, though he still advised gamers to hold out for World Series Baseball '98 instead. He scored it higher than the PlayStation version in control and funfactor, and equal in graphics and sound.[8]

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  1. ^ "All-Star Baseball 99 for Nintendo 64". GameRankings. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  2. ^ "All-Star Baseball 2000 for Nintendo 64". GameRankings. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  3. ^ "All-Star Baseball 2001 for Nintendo 64". GameRankings. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  4. ^ "All-Star Baseball 2002 for GameCube". GameRankings. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  5. ^ "All-Star Baseball 2001 for Game Boy Color". GameRankings. Retrieved September 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "Team EGM Sports: All-Star Baseball '97". Electronic Gaming Monthly. No. 96. Ziff Davis. July 1997. p. 114.
  7. ^ "Finals: All-Star Baseball '97 Featuring Frank Thomas". Next Generation. No. 32. Imagine Media. August 1997. p. 115.
  8. ^ "All-Star Baseball '97 Featuring Frank Thomas". GamePro. No. 107. IDG. August 1997. p. 79.

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