SlugFest 2006 prides itself as an arcadey baseball game, but we have to ask: where's the lack of realism? This game features big-skulled players who are obscenely bulky that can effortlessly drill 500-foot homeruns over the cheap seats. The MLB's steroids fiasco is all over but the asterisks, but SlugFest is a knowing nod to the joys of baseball's HGH (Human Growth Hormone) era.
The latest SlugFest is fast-paced bruising baseball just like its predecessors - to a fault. It's now in budget title territory, so while you'll get create-a-player (which is adequate), and updated rosters, the series has dropped both the franchise and online modes. The former isn't a big loss, but not being able to play online with a game that's best versus a human is a letdown. Especially since the upgrades aren't thrilling. But at least the gameplay has the capacity to unglue you from your seat.