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- Enhanced Big Play controls - Make your players stretch and dive, beat pickoff throws and more
- Precision pitching lets you paint the corners, or own the plate by moving in the batter's box
- Become an Owner and control every aspect of your team's lineup, building players during Spring Training and other mini-games
- New tools for creating your own ballpark - Build a pitcher's paradise or a hitter's dream
- Advanced Single-A squads and new stadiums to expand the Minor Leagues
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After working your way through all of the new content in this year's Major League Baseball, you can't help but eye MVP like you would an old pair of cleats. The new material that EA has implemented is minimal at best, and most of the additions don't generate a lot of excitement. With that said, this is still the best-playing baseball game on the market. It may feel old hat, but it handles the fundamentals and nuances of the game much better than Major League. You really get the distinct feeling that the team spent a lot of time polishing the game to attain the highest level of authenticity possible.
Fielding is tighter than last year, allowing players to really get a good feel for each position on the diamond. The implementation of a perfect marker on the pitching meter makes it more difficult to paint the corners, so you shouldn't throw as many no-hitters as you did last year. Batters can also read pitchers thanks to the new Hitter's Eye feature, which briefly color-coats the ball as it is thrown to tell you what you are swinging at. This looks a bit goofy in my opinion, but since you can't read the spin on the laces like players do, it's a nice solution.
Most of the changes are found in the frontend. As in the Madden games, players can now run the finances of their team and build their own stadium. I really got a kick out of this new feature. Enticing people to come to games by selecting free gifts for fan appreciation days is a lot of fun, and actually having to build a winning team that brings in enough funds to upgrade the stadium facilities makes sense. It's very gratifying to watch your stadium grow from a rinky dink park to a colossal sporting venue. The only drawback is that unlike football's quick 16-game season, you'll need to play or sim through hundreds, maybe thousands of games to get your team where you want it. Going even further with the minor leagues, players can now play and manage rosters for their club's A-ball team. Franchise options don't get much deeper than this.
EA has also included addictive minigames for both batting and pitching. Like Tetris, you can't seem to put the controller down once you start playing. Thankfully, you'll receive points for performing well in these games that can be used to purchase legendary players (new Hall of Famers like Carlton Fisk are included), classic stadiums (Bloomington, anyone?), and tons of throwback jerseys.
This game is put together incredibly well, but fans who vested hundreds of hours in last year's iteration will likely be let down by the familiarity on the field. Conversely, if you are just looking for a solid gameplay package, MVP is still the game to beat.
A highly polished, yet only slightly changed follow-up to last year's release
Virtually identical to last year. The detail of the created stadiums is exceptional, however
he commentary team doesn't even come close to delivering on the same level of Major League's dynamic duo. The soundtrack is better than last year, however
Pitching is a bit more difficult this time around (as it should be), fielding is easier to get a grasp on, and batters can now read pitches
Owner mode offers an unprecedented level of depth, and the gameplay is still in a league of its own
Rated: 8.5 out of 10
Editor: Andrew Reiner
Issue: March 2005
With a methodical, Yankees-like approach, MVP continues to build its dynasty brick by brick. However, 2005's gameplay remains largely unchanged. It seems that additions like Hitter's Eye were only introduced to make things easier for people – so I suggest you turn this unexciting feature off. Owner's mode gives you some stadium options to play with, but the Spring Training minigames were what I was most excited about. It's just too bad that there isn't more to scouting in the off-season. If you're still slogging through a 162-game season from last year, I could see you not getting this title and being fine with that. It's still the best, but it hasn't gotten much better in the meantime.
Rated: 8.5 out of 10
Editor: Matthew Kato
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I have 04 and I played it to death, so I was ready for a change, not just roster updates, but a change in the game to make it fresh and appealing. Yes, as you read above, the new Owner Mode will keep you playing until you're in a nursing home, but the the big addition this year of course is the ability to take your skills on XBOX Live which is a big plus compared to 04 and if you have XBOX Live, this certainly gives it more replay value by allowing you to play with anyone anytime.
Putting it to the test, I looked for some other changes in the game. E.A. added the "batters or hitters" eye feature. It gives you a quick glimpse with a flash of light right when the ball leaves the pitchers hand. The ball changes colors as it's thrown to show you what type of pitch is being launched. The ball leaves a contrail, a lot like a comet that helps players to tell the the speed and trajectory of the pitch. The better a player's batting attributes, the longer a pitch will retain its color and contrail as it comes down the shoot. It gives you a split second to determine where the ball will probably end up giving you the chance to swing accordingly. It's definitely in favor of the batter and can be turned on or off in the options screen. For me, its just for a little glitz and something new, but I don't feel it's a neat or cool addition to the game. I also don't seem to hit better with or without it, I suppose in the end, it's up to you.
The graphics are better than last year, this time supporting 780HD TV's and people with wide screen will be in love. The graphics overall have also been heaved up the mark.Read more ›
New this year is Owner Mode where you begin with picking a stadium (not one of the existing ballparks, but a starter stadium) and making a few upgrades (seating, lights, whatever you can afford before opening day). You can add a restaurant, set ticket prices, make promotional days and on and on.
You have a financial advisor for the season, budget reports, player contracts, etc. One note: Yes, you can be the owner and play the game just like you would in Dynasty Mode. You can sim, play individual games, manage the game or sit in your luxury box and watch it all take place. There is so much to this mode that I couldn't possibly fit it into this review.
This mode is essentially the same as last year. Keep the owner happy, the players, do contracts and play the games. It's been updated and tweaked for more user friendly experience. And I can't leave out that this year, you even have single-A teams in addition to AA, AAA, and MLB.
Instead of just a Home Run Derby, EA has included a variety of features that can teach you different aspects of the game. There is batting practice, pitching practice and also a scenario editor.Read more ›
think of The Show but much easier to player and as less high definition graphics.
the game is awesome, very simple to play, commentary is good, and the graphics are excellent.
there isn't much weather option, just day or night, that's it.
soundtrack is good, i just wish you could add custom soundtracks because it's always the same songs and after a while, you know all the words.
MVP has over 100 top prospects, many of real baseball stars but with hidden names.
my only real con against the game is no extras like long sleeves shirts, glasses (Eric Gagne) or walk off homerun celebrations.
my last con is the colors like on the redsox and braves aren't as sharp as the 2k series or The Show, but overall, GREAT game.
If they would update the entire game, rosters, ballparks, jerseys, coaches there would honestly be no reason to buy any other baseball game.
it's that GOOD.
The graphics obviously are a mile behind the newer games, but the gameplay on MVP is pure perfections... easy to learn, hard to master.
I'm a PS3 user now and this game is the only reason I still own an original Xbox.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disk was perfect little to no scratches. The game works perfectly fine. The shipping was quick and well wrapped to protect the game. Well done guys!Published 14 months ago by logan elrod
Best baseball game, fun to hit, pitch and play defense.....not sure why baseball games on current times can even come close to this game gameplay.Published 14 months ago by Renato F. Lopez
This could be the greatest baseball game ever created. It is a shame this was the last in the EA Sports series for baseball as EA lost it's license with MLB after 2005. Read morePublished on August 19, 2013 by Matthew A. Brown
This is such a great game ... I highly recommend it to anyone. You'll need an old Xbox as 360 is not backwards compatible with this game.. Read morePublished on July 27, 2013 by ltrain701
This game came in perfect shape, not a problem at all with it....complete manual and case. perfectly described
Very well done guys.
Came in perfect condition and really fast. Great job, great game, great service! I really enjoy it and it is a lot of funPublished on July 3, 2013 by Kyle Y
Game gives great insight on baseball and owning a baseball team in owner mode beware REALLY ADDICTING and it doesn't work on Xbox 360 but you can update to fix thatPublished on April 23, 2013 by Nick Pinzl