Midway Sports expands upon the groundwork established in their first arcade-style baseball game with the release of MLB SlugFest 20-04. Outfielder Jim Edmonds endorses this extreme take on the national pastime, which features turbo-powered base running, catches, throws, and hits. Realistic elements such as the MLB and MLBPA licenses for professional teams and players, actual batting stances and pitching deliveries, authentic stadiums, and 3D player models with over 1,500 animations help create the foundation on which the exaggerated antics take place.

New to this version is the ability to create a team from scratch using the combined talents of both leagues. Players can also challenge friends to a Home Run Derby as well as control instant replay to watch spectacular plays from multiple camera angles. Rosters have been expanded to 20 players, six of which are pitchers, and a host of new fantasy stadiums and characters can be unlocked. Tim Kitzrow and Jimmy Shorts reprise their respective play-by-play and color commentary duties, each offering all-new dialogue designed to make players smile. DVD extras include a bonus movie entitled, "A Day in the Life of Jim Edmonds" and a behind-the-scenes featurette on the making of the game. ~ Scott Alan Marriott, All Game Guide