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- Exhibition Mode - Play a one-off match with your favorite team
- Success Mode - Work your way from the Minors all the way up to the Big Leagues
- Season Mode - Play through a full season and compete for the championship
- MLB Life Mode - Experience life as a Major Leaguer
- League Mode - Compete in a league with up to 6 players
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Introducing MLB Power Pros, Japan's top-selling MLB series available for the first time in the U.S. MLB Power Pros delivers a unique flair to America's favorite pastime with an original visual style, pick-up-and-play gameplay mechanics and deep gameplay modes. Available for the PlayStation 2 and Nintendo Wii this fall, MLB Power Pros is sure to be a hit with gamers of all ages
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Game play is simple if you prefer the novice setting to difficult at the other settings. It has many options to choose from and several ways of playing, such as home run derby, single game, season, etc. This version is several years old so it does not include the most up to date players, on the other hand, that does not really matter all that much to me. I think an update to the game is not going to happen. This is the end of the road for this one. What a shame! Get your copy while you still can!
Overall, I would give this game two thumbs up for its simplicity and entertainment level. If you are a baseball fan and remember the good-old days of video games, this game is definitely for you!
The visual style is, ostensibly, probably the biggest hurdle to overcome. On the surface, it looks like another Backyard Baseball ripoff. While it might seem childish and lazy at first glance, it is honestly a refreshing departure from the eerie pseudo-realism of the other next-gen offerings; since the Wii isn't exactly a powerhouse in terms of graphics, it actually ends up making more sense.
The rosters are well done, and I would argue that the lack of a deep minor league system allows the game to focus on other elements, unlike other baseball sims seem to do. The stadiums are, in spite of the cartoonish style of the players, well-rendered and accurate. A lot of other minutiae, like ball physics, defensive swings, and player fatigue, are surprisingly realistic.
The controls take getting used to. I'll admit it, I was rather disappointed to find a lack of extensive motion-control compatibility, which is the only element of the game significantly lacking behind its contemporaries. There is a WiiMote mode, in which motion controls factor into pitching and batting, but it's even shallower than the Wii Sports baseball game. Therefore, if you want a baseball game with complete motion control -- even at the expense of depth and replayability -- then Super Sluggers is probably a better route to take. However, once I got used to the controls (I use a GCN controller), I was able to overlook the WiiMote's limited involvement.
Bottom line, this is a surprisingly-deep baseball sim that both casual fans and fanatics alike should get many hours of enjoyment out of. The arcade-like, caricatural appearance of the game disguises what is a rich, accurate MLB experience. The lack of deep motion control compatibility, along with the overabundance of grind-it-out RPG elements of certain modes, are the only factors keeping the game from receiving a full 5-stars. While I maintain that MVP Baseball 2005 is the greatest baseball sim to date, MLB Power Pros 2008 is the best option on the Wii and is a solid investment for anyone interested in baseball.
Oh, and yes, I think we can all agree that the announcer is God-awful. I've had a foul-tip to the backstop called a "routine grounder." While annoying as hell... that's what the mute button is for.