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'ESPN Major League Baseball' (PS2/Xbox) Ships To Stores

by Rainier on April 6, 2004 @ 5:06 p.m. PDT

ESPN Videogames today announced that ESPN Major League Baseball has shipped to major retailers across North America. Boasting stunning visual realism and unparalleled gameplay, ESPN Major League Baseball offers the most authentic baseball experience on the market. ESPN Major League Baseball is the only game to feature ESPN telecast elements and a variety of new features. ESPN Major League Baseball and all other ESPN Videogames titles are produced by Visual Concepts-Sega's sports studio.

"ESPN Major League Baseball pays homage to the great institution of baseball by creating a product that envelops the player not only in the visual aspects of the game, but the emotional aspects as well," said Greg Thomas, president of Visual Concepts. "Our goal in developing ESPN Major League Baseball was to capture the intensity and thrill of a real baseball game, and we believe we've achieved that with new features like Power Pitching(tm), the Confidence Meter and First Person Baseball."

Supporting online gameplay for both PlayStation® 2 computer entertainment system and Xbox(tm) videogame system from Microsoft©, ESPN Major League Baseball promises the ultimate baseball experience for aspiring sultans of swing. Innovative visuals include integration of revamped stadiums, broken bats, mound conferences, and more into the game.

Additionally, players can take complete control of the mound with Power Pitching(tm), taking a more interactive approach by offering new pitches, pitch speeds, pitch interface, and pitch animations.

In a game where emotions ride high, confidence plays an integral role in the success of a player's pitching, fielding, and hitting. ESPN Major League Baseball takes that into account. The new Confidence Meter measures the amount a player inhibits throughout the duration of the game- the more confidence the player has, the better he performs.

First Person Baseball continues the legacy of through-the-players-eyes visual innovation found in other ESPN Videogames titles. In ESPN Major League Baseball the distinctive play mode brings the gamer into the action, as they share the same perspective as the pitcher, hitter, base runner, or fielder.

Adding to the unrivaled ESPN experience are the voice talents of renowned ESPN baseball announcers Jon Miller and Karl Ravech, who provide the in-studio analysis and all the on-field play-by-play action. The integration of ESPN's exclusive presentation elements further enhances the authenticity, immersing the player into ESPN's distinguished telecast atmosphere. New television cut-scenes, close-ups, ESPN-styled wipes, overlays, and K Zone(tm)-- ESPN's exclusive visual pitch analysis -- are used in climatic moments to help build the excitement of the game.

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