Generally favorable reviews - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Without question, EA's latest baseball title is our choice for best baseball game for 2003. [Apr 2003, p.70]
  2. A remarkable start to a new franchise that should only get better next year.
  3. The gameplay exceeds any baseball title to date! [Apr 2003, p.83]
  4. While not the most detailed baseball game around (in fact, this game takes a distinctly reductionist approach to many areas of its play), MVP Baseball 2003 is the most fun and exciting of the recent batch. The new pitching system, quick tempo and cool new mechanics really sets this one apart from the rest.
  5. It’s easy to say that the graphics are great or that EA delivered another game with impeccable presentation style, but the pitching and batting engines really thrive here and the game is fun to play.
  6. One of the really neat things about this game is the new base running interface. There is now three screens on the top right that show where all the base runners are, this makes it very easy to know where all of your runners are, and help out when you try to steal bases.
  7. 85
    The game might not feature the depth of its competitors, and like I said, MVP's not without its faults, but in terms of pickup-and-play ease and excitement and two-player competition, it still proves to be one of your Most Valuable Purchases this season.
  8. While the stronger features like the new pitcher/batter interface are outstanding, I'm not sold that this is the king of the mound. The major problem is with the defense, and I think defense wins championships.
  9. 85
    If you're looking to play the game, stick with MVP Baseball 2003. If you want to manage a team, go with "World Series Baseball 2K3."
  10. 83
    Strikes a near perfect balance of fun and realism, and it should be on any baseball fan's must-try list. [May 2003, p.50]
  11. After adding the best franchise mode ever to NCAA Football 2003, EA may have topped itself here. [Apr 2003, p.39]
  12. It should satisfy players who don't care about all the miscellaneous nuances of the sport, or who aren't looking to immerse themselves in a complicated franchise mode.
  13. Scores major points with its new graphics engine (gorgeous), two-man commentary (perfect) and revamped pitcher/batter interfaces (serviceable).
  14. 80
    MVP executes one element of its game far better than any other title this year: It’s just stone-cold beautiful.
  15. For the first time ever, pitching is actually as much fun as htting, thanks to a strategic, realistic interface that perfectly balances risks and rewards. [May 2003, p.113]
  16. A totally new game. Unfortunately, it lacks the depth of the other games here, and therefore won't satisfy hardcore baseball fans. [Apr 2003, p.64]
  17. It's too hard to steal bases against the computer and throw computer stealers out. Computer batters are far too patient at the plate... It is worth checking out.
  18. It'll take some getting used to, but but for the first time, a game has made pitching as much fun as hitting. [Apr 2003, p.96]
  19. If you can get past some of MVP’s fielding glitches, and appreciate this offensive driven baseball title, then you will be in for a delightful surprise this season.
  20. 60
    The game will probably be remembered the same way that the original Tecmo Bowl was. It was a fun game with revolutionary features at the time, but in the end it will be known for some underdeveloped features that were corrected and surpassed in later versions.
  21. 60
    With more options and extensive play modes (such as a fantasy draft or minor league system), fewer restrictions placed on defense, and the added ability to tweak computer AI, this series can help set a new benchmark.
  22. The fielding still needs some work, animation could use a bit more variety, and there should be more extensive modes and features, such as an ability to tweak computer AI so players can fine-tune problem areas. This game is a definite hit, but it’s a few yards short of a home run.

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