MVP Baseball 2005 GameCube


Generally favorable reviews - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
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  1. An incredibly well-put together baseball game. Its presentation is top-notch, it includes a number of modes that you can spend countless hours playing, and the sense of control is unmatched.
  2. 92
    MVP 2005 addresses, corrects, and improves upon almost every issue fans had with the previous instalments. With the addition of Owner Mode and the mini-games, EA Canada's proven that it wasn't just polishing up last year's version.
  3. With an extremely realistic presentation, augmented control system, and additional attention paid to the overall gameplay, MVP 2005 could be one of those games baseball fans keep returning to in the upcoming years of exclusive sports games.
  4. With the pitching mini-game and Owner Mode (or Dynasty Mode for the less hardcore), gamers will have plenty to enjoy for the rest of this baseball season and well into the off-season.
  5. It's got major lasting power, a truckload of modes, thoughtful tweaks, and most importantly, solid gameplay.
  6. The best and most complete baseball game on the market. Any self-respecting baseball fan has to pick up this game.
  7. The bottom line is that if you're looking for a realistic and feature-rich baseball video game, you can't go wrong with MVP Baseball 2005.
  8. Feature for feature, there is no better pure baseball simulation to buy this season than MVP Baseball 2005.
  9. 80
    What I'm not so sure about are the mini-games. These will help you practice your stroke/throw, but they're not much fun. The pitching mini-game is especially annoying.
  10. 80
    The owners and dynasty one-two could make MVP a must-have for detail-oriented fans, especially those without a PS2 who are locked out of "MLB 2006's" equally strong offering.
  11. If "MVP Baseball 2004" was Alec Baldwin, MVP Baseball 2005 is Daniel – mostly the same, but a little bit sleazier.
  12. The deepest, most impressive ballgame that's just too addictive.
  13. Nintendo Power
    If you play single-player modes primarily, the 2005 version is worth the upgrade. [May 2005, p.91]
  14. Play Magazine
    Together with a near flawless play-by-play announcer, excellent sound, music and solid online play, EA Sports has done it again with MVP. [Apr 2005, p.76]
  15. 90
    We're fond of the new Hitter's Eye feature, which means that the ball changes color as it leaves the pitcher's hand, letting the batter know what kind of pitch is on the way to the plate. Red means breaking ball; white means fastball; green means changeup; and brown means that Randy Johnson has been into the Skoal tin again.
  16. EA continues to raise the bar year after year with its sports simulations, and MVP Baseball 2005 is no exception.
  17. Electronic Gaming Monthly
    The hardcore MVP player will dig getting a read on the ball as it leaves the pitcher's hand. Maybe 2K Games can steal this feature next season - EA surely won't need it. [April 2005, p.112]
  18. Game Informer
    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. [March 2005, p.118]
  19. The Owner's Mode is pretty nifty. You not only control the team rosters, but now you control absolutely everything on the team.
  20. You have all the trimmings expected in a baseball game, and the action is quick and enjoyable, so much that you can get games in under a half an hour if you wish.

Awards & Rankings

#51 Most Discussed GameCube Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. JamesL.
    Apr 29, 2005
    If I could kill the person who picked the music for this game I would... Maybe two of the songs are ok... the rest, after you hear them more If I could kill the person who picked the music for this game I would... Maybe two of the songs are ok... the rest, after you hear them more than twice you want to take a bat to your telivision it's so annoying... And since I'm so smart it took me a whole two weeks to finaly figure out that I can shut the music off... But besides that.. A must have for every sports fan, let alone baseball fan. Full Review »
  2. [Anonymous]
    Jul 17, 2007
    Great well put together baseball game perfect for any baseball fan I am playin it in 2007 and its still my favorite baseball game.
  3. NIckS
    Mar 23, 2005
    Tops MVP 2004 -- more realistic and more options than ever on and off the playing field. It's awesome and addictive!