Hi, this is my first post. I was a big fan of HH2002 but didn't get 2003 because I read in several places that it was essentially an update with new rosters. I was interested in 2004 but I could never find it here in maritime Canada and then 3DO went under and I could only read about it. Well, I recently bought a new boxed copy off of eBay for $14 and I really really like it. Having read all the bad stuff about it already, my expectations weren't all that high... But nice graphics, smooth animations, and a "baseball" feel to it that I haven't been able to get with other games.
I have also experienced some of the frustration that others have had with the game... I've started several franchises, two with Pudge's 07 arcade rosters and three with the default rosters. I have simmed up to the middle of June in several of them then tried to start playing a game a day... but many times I've tried to start a game only to get kicked out onto the desktop. My conclusion was that something was screwed up in franchise mode. Today however I was able to recreate the same thing in exhibition mode, which I was actually very happy about. So perhaps my problem is technical and not related to the franchise mode... I did change some settings in my nVidia control panel and played the same exhibition matchup without a problem.
Sorry to be so long-winded... I'm just wondering if there are still folks out there playing HH04 who've made it successfully through a season or more. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. I personally think this is a great game marred by a few nagging problems. As long as there are work-arounds I'll be a happy camper.