MVP Baseball 2005 - Xbox

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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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Platform: Xbox

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MVP Baseball 2005 offers serious baseball fans an unprecedented level of control and variety. Whether you want total control of your at-bat, read the pitch, or try your skill sas an owner, it's all here. Make your run for the pennant in a fully featured Spring Training mode, playing in unbelievable 3D stadiums. With all-new unlockable legends and gear and head-to-head online play, MVP Baseball 2005 is the most fun, polished, innovative, and authentic baseball simulation ever created. Hitter's Eye visual indicator picks up the pitch as soon as it leaves a pitcher's hand Take your game online and track fantasy baseball stats in-game with the latest MLB news and live scores

Review

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.



Concept:
A highly polished, yet only slightly changed follow-up to last year's release

Graphics:
Virtually identical to last year. The detail of the created stadiums is exceptional, however

Sound:
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

Playability:
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

Entertainment:
Owner mode offers an unprecedented level of depth, and the gameplay is still in a league of its own

Replay:
Moderate

Rated: 8.5 out of 10
Editor: Andrew Reiner
Issue: March 2005

2nd Opinion:
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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Platform:Xbox
ASIN B00075GLVK
Release date February 23, 2005
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Product Dimensions 7.8 x 5.8 x 0.5 inches
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By John M Spangler on February 28, 2005
Platform for Display: Xbox
Ahh, the ability to play a 30 year season after season mode called "Owner Mode" Ouch. Do you have that much time on your hands? Shame on if you do!!

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.
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MVP Baseball 2005 is the closest game currently on the market to give you the most in-depth baseball experience possible. In my opinion, the only people not liking some aspects of this game will be New York Yankees fans. It's not only Manny on the cover, but also the intro video, cracks and comments throughout the games and even a song praising Boston's first title in 86 years. Well, all I can say is, if you can't overlook those things, you're missing one fantastic game. Let's break it down:

Owner Mode:

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.

Dynasty Mode:

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.

Mini Games:

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.
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i know that there are still a bunch of loyal original Xbox people out there like myself, and i'm telling you, MVP Baseball 2005 is still one of the best overall baseball games and stands easily in competition with today's The Show and 2K baseball games.

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.
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This is hands down the best baseball game I have ever played. I have tried multiple versions the The Show, etc. since MVP was disenfranchised in 2006 and nothing comes close.

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.
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