Review by LL Cool J
MVP Baseball 2005 is quite possibly the greatest baseball game I have ever played. After the Triple Play series failed, Electronic Arts started over with MVP 2003 two years ago. Now, the game is the most popular and most loved baseball games out there. Whether you love it or hate it, you have to give them respect.
The best part of MVP 2005 is that the gameplay is the best of any baseball game I have ever played. The graphics are the best in the genre, and the play is so fluid that you're think you're watching real players. With over 50 stadiums and 120 teams, there's plenty of game to play. There are 162 major league games in a season. You'll find yourself playing even more. The gameplay is that good. Although it is very similar to last year's, you will notice the little things that make MVP 2005's gameplay much better. The gameplay alone makes MVP worth $50, and it's only $30.
MVP Baseball might have similar gameplay from last year, but they added a lot of features. The Hitter's Eye is one of the most significant changes. This mode puts you right in the batters box. The feature allows you to guess at the pitch while it's being thrown. A very clever idea by EA.If you don't like the feature, then you can turn it off. Not a bad feature.
Owner Mode is also a very big addition. Now you can control the players, managers, general managers and now the owners. Finances, concession sales, and even free t-shirts are available in owner mode. One of the most beloved and hated parts of owner mode is the Create-a-stadium. While there aren't too many options for the park, it looks good enough. Owner mode is very tough and not for dumb people. You don't get much money and you need to spend it well.
They also added Mini-games to make spring training much more exciting and worthwhile. For hitting, there you try to hit a certain spot, and for pitching, there is a Tetris-type game. It's a lot of fun and you'll find yourself playing them for hours on end.
Overall, this game is like a modified version of last year's game with a few new features. The gameplay and graphics are almost the same, but it seems to be even more fun than last year. The dynasty mode is deeper and there are plenty mini-games to keep you occupied when you're not in the mood for 9 innings. This game is definitely a buy for anyone who enjoyed last year's game and enjoys baseball.
Reviewer's Score: 9/10 | Originally Posted: 03/09/05
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