High Heat Baseball 2002 (PC) Preview
Release Date: Spring 2001
- Brand new player models with twice as many polygons as last year's model.
- Brand new uniform textures.
- Bigger, better looking stadiums that are vertex lit.
- New user-interface with increased functionality.
- Improvements to batter. Pitcher, fielding and baserunner AI.
- Improved ball physics.
- Over 300 new animations added.
- Over 120 custom player faces.
- Manage only mode now supports “guess pitch” and user can control what pitch types are thrown.
- “Custom Camera” feature now supports up to 5 separate cameras which the user can place anywhere in the stadium. You can switch back and forth between the different cameras while watching the game!
- Improvements to general manager and coach AI.
- Reflective batting helmets and bats, thanks to specular highlighting.
- New summary screen for Batting Practice sessions.
- New Pitching Practice game mode where you can select a batter and pitcher to go mano-y-mano at the stadium of your choice.
- New 2-man broadcast booth, with Dave O'Brien, radio voice of the Florida Marlins, describing the action, and Ray Fosse, of the Oakland Athletics, doing intelligent color analysis. We also have Roy Steele from the A's as our public address announcer, and MLB umpire Ed Montague is behind home plate!
- Exhibition mode rosters expanded to 35 players.
- In Season/Career play, rosters expand to 40 players in September.
- Base coaches at first and third base that animate to tell runners when to slide, stop or run through.
- On-deck batter.
- New infield cutoff man can intercept the long throws from the outfield at your command.
- Catcher's can snap-throw (a la Pudge Rodriguez) to a base to catch an unsuspecting baserunner.
- Pitchers can move to the edge of the rubber to gain a slight advantage on the hitters.
- 31 different signature animations for custom batting stances and pitching delivery styles.
- A conversion utility to make High Heat 2001 saved seasons compatible with High Heat 2002.
- Tracking for hitting streaks and win streaks.
- New error type: dropped throws.
- Mound visits.
- New weather effects: Rain. Rain can delay, even cancel a game in progress.
- Arguments with the umpires that could result in the player being ejected from the game.
- Suspensions! If for any reason a player is ejected from a game, he could be subject to a suspension from the league.
- Pre-game matchup screen compares the two teams participating in the next game.
- Specific descriptions for all injuries in the game. For example, a pitcher might have a “torn rotator cuff” or a “sprained elbow”.
- “Draft Help” button to assist with drafting.
- Data screens can now be exported to HTML format.
- Ability to save game highlights. These can be loaded and replayed in the highlight viewer.
- Pitch Preview feature shows where the next pitch will cross the strike zone before the ball is thrown.
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