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  • Summary: MVP Baseball 2005 offers more features that let you take control of your favorite major league baseball team both on and off the field. The game highlights its new Hitter's Eye controls, which give you more control of your swing, movement in the batter's box, and the ability to read theMVP Baseball 2005 offers more features that let you take control of your favorite major league baseball team both on and off the field. The game highlights its new Hitter's Eye controls, which give you more control of your swing, movement in the batter's box, and the ability to read the pitch. In addition to enhanced offensive tools, this year's installment in the MVP Baseball series includes an improved dynasty mode, a spring training mode, and an all-new owner mode. Play through a challenging single-player season to unlock legendary players and new gear, or challenge your friend to an online game. Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 35
  2. Negative: 0 out of 35
  1. The added mini games are used to spice up pitching and batting drills, making them as addictive as Bejeweled and Mine Sweep. Plus, the greatness of Xbox Live for online leagues, EA Sports Ticker and constant roster updates just makes things even sweeter for Xbox players.
  2. 92
    Dynasty Mode was already massive. With the addition of Owner mode, you may be playing this game until EA gets its third party license back.
  3. I must say that I am very impressed with how smooth the game runs, and how smooth the gameplay is.
  4. While none of the changes on their own amounted to much, overall, they all made for a much smoother and more authentic baseball title.
  5. 85
    The most fun you'll have with the game isn't in a nine inning affair, but rather with the new mini-games. The new hitting mini-game is interesting, but the pitching distraction is certifiably addictive.
  6. The gameplay is smoother than ever, the presentation has increased and the brand new Owner's Mode is a real delight to play.
  7. Most of it feels brought over from last year's model, and not touched up enough to really appeal like it should. It feels more like a ground-rule double than a line drive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 4 out of 29
  1. JakoubB.
    Mar 31, 2005
    10
    Joey and Cee Jay are the same person... its so obvious.... This game is great! Better than any other! Just try it.
  2. JasonC.
    Apr 19, 2005
    10
    For those of you who think the hitting sucks, your wrong. Timing is everything in hitting. And direction of your swing. Its tough to he an For those of you who think the hitting sucks, your wrong. Timing is everything in hitting. And direction of your swing. Its tough to he an inside pitch to the opposite field just like real life. And yes most homeruns hit in real life are hit near perfectly. With timing that is. Also changeups are hard to hit, always out in front in real life unless you expect it. Get a clue this game is great....minor leagues, owner mode, its awesome. Expand
  3. Eric
    Jan 6, 2008
    10
    To put it simply, this is the best baseball game ever made. It is 2008 and still, there is not a better baseball game out their. A.I. is To put it simply, this is the best baseball game ever made. It is 2008 and still, there is not a better baseball game out their. A.I. is good, yet tough. Nothing is more satisifing than turning a perfect double play or hitting the ball the opposite way. Both of which are very possible in this game because it has very few flaws. I just have one question to ask EA. I understand that Ichiro is one of the best hitters in the game, but why is he also the best power hitter? Expand
  4. LinoG.
    Mar 2, 2005
    9
    This is easily the best baseball sim of the past 5 years. Anyone who critiques the hitting and pitching systems obviously doesn't know This is easily the best baseball sim of the past 5 years. Anyone who critiques the hitting and pitching systems obviously doesn't know very much about the game of baseball. The physics in this game are perfect, the pitching is superlative, and the fielding and all around gameplay is incredible. I gave this game a 9 becuase the online component could have been alot better. With only 5 inning ranked games (you could play 9 innings, but that would be unranked) and a slight delay in some of the controls, it was a disappointment how they dropped the proverbial ball with online play. Expand
  5. TheRealReview
    May 5, 2005
    8
    The gameplay is solid and with the variables, it's tough to complain. The AI is TOO good, though. I've yet to see someone make a The gameplay is solid and with the variables, it's tough to complain. The AI is TOO good, though. I've yet to see someone make a bad decision (fielding or baserunning). The franchise is great until you realize EVERYONE is a Hall of Famer. Hitting stats are out of this world good and there are 25+ guys who are better than Barry Bonds at the plate. Pitchers are the opposite. Their stuff sucks compared to the original players and they make it up with control. Also, there are too many starters who only have 1 other pitch (2 total). Like last year, you can edit any player even within the dynasty/owner mode. One thing I'd like them to add is potential and a break down of a pitcher's pitches to the player cards. It's annoying having to use edit player to see whether the guy's stuff is any good. Trading is very realistic and sometimes extremely frustrating when trying to unload an aaging, high-priced vet. The owner mode is cool the first few years but if you start winning it gets old. What's cool is that you can have any payroll you want--just make enough (win enough) to cover it. Creating the ballpark in owner mode sucks; the parks are predesigned and there are only 4-5. Overall, the game is good and enjoyable. I haven't played ESPN so I can't compare the two but you will definitely get your money's worth from MVP Baseball 2006 despite its flaws. Expand
  6. MJag
    Mar 4, 2005
    6
    The six is for the actual baseball portion of the game, which is great, the best I have ever played. But i marked off major points for theThe six is for the actual baseball portion of the game, which is great, the best I have ever played. But i marked off major points for the horrible additions they made this year. owner mode is the worst single playing mode that I have ever seen in a baseball game. They start you off with a tiny stadium and you have to earn money, mostly by cutting cost on players, in order to break even for the first year. Who the hell wants to cut back on their star players in a baseball game. THEY ARE THE REASON YOU WANT TO PLAY THE GAME! plus the more you initially cut back on the budget the less money you get from tv and ads, which defeats the purpose of cutting coasts. While it may get a little easier to make some money down the line, a few years down the line if you dont get fired for loosing money first, you till do not have enough to get the stuff you want. It is just stupid. why would anyone want to start off with the yankees or redsox and then play in a park that only holds 20k people? One of the best thing about a large market sports team is that they have alot of money, alot of built in fans, and a huge ballpark. You get none of these in owner mode. This concept is moronic and has absolutly no place in a baseball game. if you want to play it for its good aspect, which are much the same as last year, do not bother with owner mode, they still have dynasty mode without all the stupidity, so you would be much better off with that. Expand
  7. CeeJay
    Mar 1, 2005
    0
    Worst hitting I have seen in any baseball game. I honestly cant bellieve how bad the hitting is. How can they call this baseball? Last time I Worst hitting I have seen in any baseball game. I honestly cant bellieve how bad the hitting is. How can they call this baseball? Last time I played baseball, I had to put the bat on the ball in order to hit it...not simply swing in the general direction of the ball. This is ridiculous! Save your money, this one is a horrible RIP OFF! Expand

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