Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 25 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 0 out of 25
  1. 88
    The Cube version earns a slightly lower rating because it has some framerate issues and the control isn't as solid as PS2 and Xbox and, unlike PS2, there's no online to compensate for those drawbacks.
  2. The core fundamentals are spot-on, the variety of options and control choices is spectacular, and the presentation totally draws you into the experience.
  3. For the second year running, MVP is home to the best all around gameplay package. The pressure sensitive pitching mechanic, and sheer intensity of batting best exemplify the realism of the sport and skills that it takes to excel. [Apr 2004, p.93]
  4. 85
    Offers super graphics, intuitive and deep gameplay, and one heck of a Dynasty mode.
  5. 90
    Never before has a sports game improved so much and added so many new features in a single season. It may not be the league-leader in every category, but excellent performances across the board make it the best baseball game of the year. [May 2004, p.86]
  6. No other baseball game so far as been able to fully capture the feel of pitching, fielding and batting like MVP has. The pitching and fielding interfaces are unmatched and are down right groundbreaking, yet extremely simple to pick up on and use.
  7. The fielding is great in the infield and a nightmare in the outfield.
  8. Solid in every department, this one will be hard to top simply for the fact that it has very few weaknesses. While other entries might feature better stat-tracking or deeper Dynasty modes, they’ll be hard-pressed to be as well-rounded as MVP.
  9. 90
    Nearly everything about the new MVP, from basic gameplay to the advanced Dynasty mode, oozes quality.
  10. The inclusion of both the Big Play Control and Pure Swing systems provide a natural addition to gameplay, and the Dynasty mode, issues aside, has a certain level of realism that can only be improved on in next year’s version.
  11. 80
    The visuals immediately draw you in, with some of the best motion-capture animation seen on the diamond to date, but the gameplay is what keeps you coming back.
  12. With a revamped Dynasty mode, a new batting system, and my favorite feature, Big Play Control, MVP Baseball 2004 is the complete package. [Apr 2004, p.73]
  13. Aside from offering a deeper, feature-heavy dynasty mode (now complete with minor league squads), 2004 revolutionizes the art of videogame batting muich like 2003 did with pitching. [Apr 2004, p.117]
  14. If there's one department in which MVP can't be beat, it's player animations. From the plate to the mound and out into center, these guys move with a jaw-dropping grace and fluidity.
  15. The most enjoyable baseball game I've ever played, and that includes "High Heat." [May 2004, p.120]
  16. Another great visual feature is the incredible picture-in-picture set ups with the base runners. You can see all of them as they’re rounding the base or leading off without having to rely on watching a small dot.
  17. Batting can be a hit or miss experience, however, offering players control over where the ball goes but ultimately making the effort a matter of timing. [June 2004, p.11]
  18. MVP has hands down the best pitcher/batter interface there is. I loved it last year and I love it here too.
  19. EA Canada knew what they were doing with this title, and it has authenticity and entertainment written all over it. The revolutionary idea to add over 60 minor league teams is huge, and helps boost an already very robust Dynasty Mode.
  20. It has the longest lasting appeal of perhaps any sports title available, thanks to the outstanding dynasty mode and the great multiplayer modes.
  21. 90
    Nuanced controls like the Pure Swing System let you toggle the left thumbstick of your controller to dig out low pitches, reach for a hanging curve or, in our case, just fan the air where you thought the ball should have appeared.
  22. Gamecube owners, you are unfortunately left in the dark for online play this year. This can become a horrible burden, as it is a hassle to try and manually complete all the trades for each team so your rosters are correct with the times.
  23. All three titles dish out amazing gameplay, but we give the edge to MVP, with its innovative fielding and pitching interfaces. [16 Apr 2004, p.L2T 19]
  24. 96
    There is just so much here to do, and so many players to play with, all with their own distinctive styles.
  25. The things that irked me did so to such a degree that I could never get comfortably lost in the game, and I'm pretty much finished playing it. Nevertheless, in the grand scheme of things, the tremendous amount of options and possibilities available would make it very hard to give this game a bad rating.
User Score
8.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
  2. Negative: 0 out of 5
  1. Jan 4, 2014
    5
    This game really isn't that good. The gameplay is all right except that the computer can make every play while the controls are to tight for you. Using the C stick for dives in the direction of the ball can make you dive a whole different direction and while the ball is in a line drive formation you can end up sliding etc. This game has clunky controls total The graphics are not good for 2004, and videogames from 2001 look better than this! The stands are horrible. You notice the same guy sitting down every 4 seats. Not to mention the ugly backgrounds behind the stadium. The sounds are basically the announcers saying the same quotes over and over. "He needs that sinker to sink" or "He stuffed him fatter than a thanksgiving turkey." The good thing this game offers is its full season dynasty mode. Besides that, I would not recommend unless you wouldn't mind how much work was put into this game. Full Review »
  2. BrianK.
    Aug 30, 2007
    10
    The best video game I've ever played. Controls are intuitive. The game allows the player to have lots of control. For instance, unlike in most baseball games, you can control how hard you want to your fielders to throw the ball. Player motions are fluid, so you can dive or throw, knowing that your player will move react as soon as you press the corresponding button. Also, MVP 2004 allows you to play with minor league teams, adding a whole new dimension to it's dynasty mode (aka season mode). In addition, MVP 2004 becomes so much fun once you unlock all the old-timers. Drawbacks: Learning to hit the ball properly can be a bit difficult; minor league teams are comprised mainly of made-up players; only a few minor league stadiums available. Full Review »
  3. MattD.
    Jul 2, 2004
    10
    The best game i've ever played. The graphics are awesome. Gameplays the best.