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  • Summary: ESPN Major League Baseball raises the bar with Power Pitching, Online Gameplay and a stellar ESPN presentation featuring Jon Miller and Karl Ravech. A new name, a new season, a new way to play! Power Pitching - Take complete control of the mound with new pitches, pitch speeds, pitch interface, pitch animations, pitcher momentum and exclusive ESPN K-Zone pitch analysis. Take Your Game Online - Experience seamless online gameplay for both PlayStation 2 and Xbox. ESPN Presentation - An all-star cast featuring Jon Miller and Karl Ravech delivers insightful game analysis along with everything you?d expect from an ESPN Major League Baseball broadcast. Broken Bats and More - Hundreds of new, breakthrough animations including broken bats, mound conferences, on-deck batters, curtain calls, and player reactions. New General Manager Mode - Now you?ll have to answer to the owners if you can?t keep your club running on all cylinders. If you don?t make wise decisions, you can get fired by your team or, if successful, be lured away by other teams. Clutch Gameplay - A new momentum meter allows you to tap into the power of your player when you need it most. The Trophy Room - Earn and display trophies by accomplishing in-game goals and surpassing MLB milestones. [ESPN] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. As the parity of sports games increases (almost all games have the same game modes and similar solid graphics), the difference comes in the A.I., and this is the one area where ESPN truly shines. This is my pick for the strongest PS2 baseball game on the market for this 2004 season.
  2. It’s pretty clear that "MVP 2004" is the overall winner this year, but this one comes dangerously close to being this year’s favorite baseball title.
  3. Despite a few technical problems and terrible game modes, ESPN MLB manages to deliver a very solid game of baseball that any fan of the sport should enjoy.
  4. 80
    The gameplay is certainly realistic, but overall, the physics of how the ball moves feel a bit floaty at times. In the final analysis, ESPN MLB trails after "MVP Baseball" and "MLB 2005," making it a good choice for those who aren't satisfied with those league leaders. [Apr 2004, p.89]
  5. 75
    Another innovation with questionable value is the onscreen confidence meter. A cool idea to make the game seem more realistic, it just doesn't seem to work all that well.
  6. ESPN MLB isn't a bad game at all, but is functionally a step backwards from last year's game and just can't quite keep up with "MVP."
  7. I like the fielding. It's the best for baserunning. But where's the crowd noise? [May 2004, p.99]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. [Anonymous]
    Apr 5, 2004
    10
    Blat... this game is amazing... Way better than MVP.
  2. TysonB.
    Apr 4, 2004
    8
    Espn's fablous presentation will make you think you're actually at the ball park, but still MVP Baseball 2004 still walks away with the crown. Expand
  3. EricS.
    May 6, 2004
    8
    This game is a good balance highs and a good control of lows. The overall quality of this game rises above MVP's bugginess (lefty top spin, player progression). Little quirks are found in ESPN but nothing major. All around a good game that needs very little work to become one of the best ever. Collapse
  4. JamieT.
    Apr 7, 2004
    7
    I am rating this a 7 because it is a good game on its own. But with MVP out there, this game is just going to collect dust. MVP has better graphics, animations, and gameplay. Expand