Let's Play Every GameCube Game, Part 2

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All-Star Baseball 2003

All-Star Baseball 2003 (Acclaim Studios Austin/Acclaim Sports, 2002)

It's a bit better than the last one in that the graphics are improved and the announcers have situational and player-specific lines. But sometimes those lines fire in the wrong situations, and the graphical improvements haven't extended to fixing the weird flow of the animations. On top of all that, the control scheme isn't intuitive at all.

All-Star Baseball 2004

All-Star Baseball 2004 (Acclaim Studios Austin/Acclaim Sports, 2003)

This version mostly fixed the animation issues and continued to give the announcers more personality. They went with low-res gifs of real people for the crowd, almost like in Cruisin' USA, which looks good except for the fact that most of them are wearing hats for teams that aren't playing. Quick play had me bat for both teams, which is not something I've ever seen before.

Amazing Island

Amazing Island (Ancient/SEGA, 2004)

A monster battler where battles are really Mario Party-esque minigames. It seems like a really neat idea, but it reviewed badly because the games don't stay interesting and the story can't make up for the slack. You can tell that the Age of Brown Everything was about to come, because some complained that the game had too many primary colors.

American Chopper 2: Full Throttle

American Chopper 2: Full Throttle (Creat Studios/Activision, 2005)

If you're wondering what happened to AC1, it only came out on PC/Xbox/PS2. The sequel is still based on a forgotten mid-2000s TV show and features what I can only assume are the real characters putting in vocal performances with all the energy of someone who was dragged out of bed at 3 AM. The amazingly unresponsive motorcycle controls aren't much better.

Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing
Animal Crossing

Animal Crossing (Nintendo, 2001)

Everyone knows what this is, so my contribution here is just providing a good town name. It honestly still looks great for a twenty year old game, but there's basically no reason to play the GameCube outing over more recent releases in the series.

Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt

Animaniacs: The Great Edgar Hunt (Warthog Games/Ignition Entertainment, 2005)

A fairly generic licensed collectathon. Faces look terrible, but the environmental graphics have aged decently well. I appreciate that they got the real voice actors for their characters, so everyone sounds like they're in the show.

The Ant Bully

The Ant Bully (Artificial Mind and Movement/Midway, 2006)

Forgotten licensed platformer tied to a forgotten knockoff movie. It features awful jittery animation and confusing level design, plus every shade of brown you could ever want.