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Wednesday, April 21, 2004

WWE RAW in Canada

My RAW report is up and it was a good show to follow up Backlash. Two title matches, a big announcement, a debut and some new starts to push RAW in the right direction for the coming weeks.

I'm getting a bit impatient waiting for Japantapes.com to be active again. The guy went on one vacation and when he comes back, his whole operation seems to go to the crapper. First he postponed operations till 15/4/04, then he delayed it again till 21/4/04. And now he's delayed it again to 26/4/04! Add to that, he plans to close down indefinately for two months as he'll be moving soon. Hopefully there aren't any further delays after this.

I’m also a fan of America’s favorite past time, but if you’ve ever watched a real baseball game its usually boring compared to all the fun clips they play on the news or the way its depicted in movies.
I was originally interested in the 2003 edition as I was hooked on the theme song by Dry Kill Logic. Unfortunately, the 2004 edition uses Hoobastank’s 'Crawling In The Dark'. Lame song, but the game is pretty much the same as the previous game.
Slugfest plays out like most other baseball games, but there are a few twists, much like the NFL Blitz series. You have turbo meters to pull off special moves, hitting consecutive homeruns can set your player on fire (like NBA Jam), and violence is encourages as you can take swipes at the in-fielders or charge through them to prevent getting struck out. There’s also the very fun Home Run Derby mode.
Graphics are pretty good with fun win loss animations depending on how well you play. Sound is good too. The commentary team are OK to listen to and they don’t recycle their material too quickly.
My only complaint would be the lack of a tutorial or options to change the controller settings so you know what does what when you first get started. There are also a few control issues as it can be frustrating to not be able to control specific outfielders to catch fly balls, and at times the game seems unfair. But with a little practice, you can get the hang of things.
Overall, the game is recommended to fans of Baseball games, though others are welcome to give it a try if they can find it in the bargain bin.
Graphics – 7
Sound – 6
Gameplay – 6
Lifespan – 6
Overall - 6
Tomorrow: OUTLAW GOLF!


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