High Heat Major League Baseball

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High Heat Major League Baseball was a series of baseball video games, released on PlayStation, Xbox, PlayStation 2 and Microsoft Windows. 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 Major League Baseball 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, but frequently lagged behind in graphical quality.

Games[edit]

Game Release date Cover athlete (team) Platforms
High Heat Major League Baseball 1999 April 1998 Microsoft Windows
High Heat Major League Baseball 2000 April 1, 1999 PlayStation, Microsoft Windows
High Heat Major League Baseball 2001 February 29, 2000 Sammy Sosa (Chicago Cubs)
High Heat Major League Baseball 2002 March 6, 2001 Vladimir Guerrero (Montreal Expos) PlayStation, PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows
High Heat Major League Baseball 2003 February 12, 2002 Curt Schilling (Arizona Diamondbacks) PlayStation 2, Game Boy Advance, Microsoft Windows
High Heat Major League Baseball 2004 February 18, 2003 Curt Schilling (Arizona Diamondbacks) PlayStation 2, Xbox, Microsoft Windows

Reception[edit]

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]

According to GameDaily, "Although [the original] High Heat Baseball was not a big seller, the game won numerous awards".[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "High Heat Baseball series". MobyGames.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2004-12-17. Retrieved 2012-09-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ "The Sports Gaming Network - High Heat Baseball 2002 (PS2) Preview". www.sports-gaming.com.
  4. ^ "GameDaily February 25th, 1999". 20 May 2001. Archived from the original on 20 May 2001.

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