Metascore
76

Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. The mini-games are awesome, especially the batting challenge, which lets you get used to EA's "load and fire" batting system (which, we hear, was licensed from Club Jenna).
  2. Visually NCAA looks great and runs as smooth as last years MVP 05. In fact, I'd say there is more realism involved in NCAA because the parks in NCAA are much less graphics hogs than the professional stadiums. This allowed EA to bump up the realism in terms of backgrounds and other details.
  3. 85
    A great baseball game. Load and Fire, which will surely be imitated in future baseball titles to come, is the most fun and satisfying hitting system to date. The pitching, baserunning and fielding is all vintage MVP.
  4. The Online Everywhere system is an excellent demonstration of what continual online connectivity can provide, the precision throwing system is a nice addition to fielding and the Load and Fire system is a great addition to how baseball games will be played from now on.
  5. Even if you are not a fan of the sport at the collegiate level, at the core of MVP '06 lies the same game of baseball, maybe in its purest and most competitive form, which we all love and enjoy.
  6. The presentation, while technically solid if not stunning, lacks the excitement of a typical college baseball game. This is something that EA Sports can improve next year, and shouldn’t deter fans of the MVP engine.
  7. A good, deep baseball game with plenty of options to challenge the most extreme college fan.
  8. The gameplay is utterly fantastic. Once players get through the steep learning curve, the brand new and intuitive control systems will win them over – hands down.
  9. Even if you don’t know who these players are, don’t follow college sports, but you do want a great baseball experience, MVP 06 NCAA Baseball fills the void, at least until the big boys start the new season. At only 30 bucks, you would be a fool to pass this up.
  10. The big news is a different online feature, ESPN Integration, which uses your network connection to run a live ESPN news ticker along the bottom of your screen as you play. This is a wonderfully ingenious way to increase the sense that you are experiencing an actual baseball game, and to keep sports aficionados satisfied.
  11. Its overly plain presentation will probably turn off the casual set, but MVP 06 NCAA Baseball's top-notch gameplay is exactly what baseball purists are looking for.
  12. Load and Fire batting is the first of its kind for a baseball game – you’ll grow to love it regardless of how difficult it seems at first.
  13. 80
    The analog hitting is MVP 06's most significant addition, and it'll certainly be tough to go back to button-press swinging in the other upcoming baseball sims.
  14. With the new swing and throw systems we had a better time here than in any other recent baseball sim, and got more attached to created players than that old digital Nomar. MVP 06 NCAA Baseball proves that an excellent ball game is exactly that, no matter who's on the cover.
  15. Delivers a great baseball sim, though it might take a bit more work for you to enjoy it--in terms of getting used to no-name players and potentially adjusting gameplay options to your liking.
  16. 80
    The sounds of the game are on point as well. Bats "ping" with the distinct echo of aluminum, crowds chatter subversively, and umpires and PA announcers boom the appropriate messages.
  17. The MVP engine truly is the best when it comes to portraying all of the subtle on-field nuances of the game and putting players in complete control over every aspect of play. The switch to college teams and players hasn't hurt the game's playability one bit.
  18. Sure, it lacks the licenses and loving treatment given to the major league games, but it's innovative enough for to warrant a go. Although some of its risks don't pan out, we still recommend recruiting this surprisingly skilled kid.
  19. The game itself is pretty decent, but it doesn't pack the punch of an MLB license.
  20. This is the same rock-solid MVP gameplay engine, after all - but impossible to love, because honestly, no one gives a rat's ass about NCAA baseball. [Feb 2006, p.76]
  21. This game did little to lure me into the college fold. It falls more into the category of a generic baseball game than it does a part of EA's college series. [Feb 2006, p.104]
  22. 70
    EA Canada did a worthwhile job in making this year's version of MVP stand out, even if it serves up a great deal of redone material. [Feb 2006, p.84]
  23. But after nine innings, it's basically the same game, including easy to master controls that'll finally allow you to be big man on campus.
  24. This baseballer does a good job of simulating the minor-league quality of college ball (read: errors seem more realistic and common), but the overly convoluted functionality of the game kills it for me. [Feb 2006, p.106]
  25. 60
    The baseball action, even sans the MLB license (it belongs to 2K Sports, now), is still the best in the business.
  26. The game itself has decent game play, but is hurt because of the lack of attention given to the bells and whistles.
  27. The only addition is Online Everywhere, which lets you check out the live ESPN ticker while still in the game, and it's hardly essential. [Apr 2006, p.93]
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 15 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 4
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 4
  3. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. KevinS.
    Feb 18, 2006
    10
    I've always wondered when they would do this with baseball and they finally have. i love this game.
  2. TreyQ.
    Feb 5, 2006
    10
    Excellent Gameplay Graphics!
  3. ColtonB.
    Jan 20, 2006
    10
    This game is a ten for sure. It is so realistic dont go rent this game go buy it. You will be glad you did.