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Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest (GB)

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      21.04.2009 22:37
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      "Ken Griffey Jr.'s Slugfest" is a video game released for the Gameboy Color console in 1999 by Nintendo. It is a sports title with baseball being represented. In the United States, the game received a rating of "E" by the ESRB panel which deemed it suitable for all ages. There are various modes of play for the player to engage with in this title. From simple exhibition matches, a full tournament mode known as the "World Series" and a simple home run derby which seems to be more of a practice mode. The rules and guidelines regarding foul plays are implemented well in to this title and I was not able to make any out of bonds hit. Unfortunately, though, that is where the praise ceases. This game was originally seen as a Super Nintendo release which had much success on that platform. When being converted to a smaller display on the Gameboy it failed to have the same impact. Gameplay itself comes across as being very choppy and fragmented, making it difficult to be on the pitching and catching section of the inning. I also found the camera zoom to be very close which further made following the ball in play difficult. To the developer's credit directional arrows are there to suggest which character is currently active and waiting to receive the ball, but these characters are often far away from the place of need which results in many lost catches and frequent home runs by the opposition. The graphics of this title are very well animated which could be the crux of the problems observed in gameplay. Due to the Gameboy's limited hardware capabilities, pushing such animated intensive environments against it could result in significant slow-down during play. Coluring is also excellent and makes use of a wide palette of appropriate colours for likewise appropriate situations, such as green grass and brown dirt on the field. Like many sports titles, I did not find the audio to be particularly noteworthy. There are various simple effects to include a white noise hiss, which suggests the roar of an audience who are likely in laughter at the disorganized play "they" are watching. Overall, Slugfest comes across as being simple eye candy as opposed to a game with replay value. The majority of entertainment in this title comes from the Home Run Derby mode wherein the player is always at bat hitting the ball rather than scrambling around to find an available player to catch it.

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