Universal acclaim - based on 28 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28
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  1. 100
    Never before has a sports game improved so much and added so many new features in a single season. It may not be the league-leader in every category, but excellent performances across the board make it the best baseball game of the year. [May 2004, p.86]
  2. Play Magazine
    With a revamped Dynasty mode, a new batting system, and my favorite feature, Big Play Control, MVP Baseball 2004 is the complete package. [Apr 2004, p.73]
  3. 96
    There is just so much here to do, and so many players to play with, all with their own distinctive styles.
  4. In last year's title, aiming your swing was almost irrelevant unless you wanted to hit the ball to one direction or the other. This time around, it is crucial to know where you'll point the left analog stick.
  5. For the second year running, MVP is home to the best all around gameplay package. The pressure sensitive pitching mechanic, and sheer intensity of batting best exemplify the realism of the sport and skills that it takes to excel. [Apr 2004, p.93]
  6. This game will offer you hours upon hours of entertainment with the deep Dynasty Mode, Homerun and Pitching showdowns, and the wonderfully crafted online play!
  7. Solid in every department, this one will be hard to top simply for the fact that it has very few weaknesses. While other entries might feature better stat-tracking or deeper Dynasty modes, they’ll be hard-pressed to be as well-rounded as MVP.
  8. Entertainment Weekly
    All three titles dish out amazing gameplay, but we give the edge to MVP, with its innovative fielding and pitching interfaces. [16 Apr 2004, p.L2T 19]
  9. The core fundamentals are spot-on, the variety of options and control choices is spectacular, and the presentation totally draws you into the experience.
  10. 90
    Interestingly enough, EA has served up a baseball title that will keep you interested in hardball. Nuanced controls like the Pure Swing System let you toggle the left thumbstick of your controller to dig out low pitches, reach for a hanging curve or, in our case, just fan the air where you thought the ball should have appeared.
  11. GMR Magazine
    You won't find a better baseball game this year...It's not quite the "Madden" of baseball games yet...but it's very close. [May 2004, p.85]
  12. 90
    This is a gem, a true gem. The animations will uncurl your socks, the depth and ingenuity of the Dynasty Mode will create a new summer obsession, and even diehard Sega fans (like myself) will question their allegiance.
  13. EA Canada knew what they were doing with this title, and it has authenticity and entertainment written all over it. The revolutionary idea to add over 60 minor league teams is huge, and helps boost an already very robust Dynasty Mode.
  14. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    The obvious choice for baseball enthusiasts for this new season. [May 2004, p.99]
  15. 90
    Nearly everything about the new MVP, from basic gameplay to the advanced Dynasty mode, oozes quality.
  16. PSM Magazine
    Extreme depth and innovative controls make MVP 2004 great. We'll have to wait until next issue to be sure, but this may have just become the best baseball game out there. [Apr 2004, p.22]
  17. MVP has hands down the best pitcher/batter interface there is. I loved it last year and I love it here too.
  18. 90
    If there's one department in which MVP can't be beat, it's player animations. From the plate to the mound and out into center, these guys move with a jaw-dropping grace and fluidity.
  19. One of the deepest sports games period. With online play, which I admit is not quite as exciting as football or hockey, an insanely deep franchise mode, and solid graphics and sound, it seems that this is the choice for fans of the long, deep experience of baseball.
  20. No other baseball game so far as been able to fully capture the feel of pitching, fielding and batting like MVP has. The pitching and fielding interfaces are unmatched and are down right groundbreaking, yet extremely simple to pick up on and use.
  21. The combination of graphics and intuitive gameplay make this game a success.
  22. The inclusion of both the Big Play Control and Pure Swing systems provide a natural addition to gameplay, and the Dynasty mode, issues aside, has a certain level of realism that can only be improved on in next year’s version.
  23. CPU management is unbelievably horrid. The CPU controlled teams all have 15 pitchers and 10 batters, which only leaves them with one or two backup fielders. The stats are questionable at best.
  24. 85
    With improved and deeper gameplay, this sophomore baseball effort ranks along with the best the company has released.
  25. Computer Games Magazine
    Batting can be a hit or miss experience, however, offering players control over where the ball goes but ultimately making the effort a matter of timing. [June 2004, p.11]
  26. Aside from offering a deeper, feature-heavy dynasty mode (now complete with minor league squads), 2004 revolutionizes the art of videogame batting muich like 2003 did with pitching. [Apr 2004, p.117]
  27. The fielding is great in the infield and a nightmare in the outfield.

Awards & Rankings

#25 Most Discussed PS2 Game of 2004
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 55 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 46 out of 55
  2. Negative: 7 out of 55
  1. Aug 30, 2020
    The GOAT of sports games; in particular, this game has ruined me for all baseball games. With intuitive gameplay, a high level of player andThe GOAT of sports games; in particular, this game has ruined me for all baseball games. With intuitive gameplay, a high level of player and team customization, in-depth game modes, and more, this game pulls you in and allows for endless hours of fun. This was truly an instance where EA shined, and baseball games have never come close to living up to the standard of the MVP series. I can only hope for the series' return, though I do not expect it to happen. Full Review »
  2. RonaldT.
    Jun 21, 2005
    A simple mission to proud of me not to perfect but you can understand what i mean.
  3. AlexG.
    May 8, 2005
    Best game ever made for baseball.