• Publisher: SCEA
  • Release Date: Apr 12, 2005

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
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  1. It is well rounded, filled with features that you wouldn’t expect in a handheld, and it is a blast to play.
  2. Plays great and the graphics do look amazing on the small PSP screen. The fact that it also has some nice features as well as online play saves this game big time.
  3. 85
    The pitch meter from the console version made its way to this one, and the added degree of difficulty does a good job of keeping you on your toes, especially in those tough spots, when everything moves just a little faster.
  4. It is the best handheld baseball game I have played. This is due in large part to the easy pickup and play nature of the game.
  5. More of an inside the park home run than a blast out of the park, but still, it’s the one to beat next season.
  6. A shining example of a sports game not only working on a handheld, but actually holding its own with the big console systems.
  7. MLB may stumble a bit rounding first, but it easily makes the turn at second and barrels into third with big league-style graphics and intuitive gameplay.
  8. It’s a great ‘show off’ game for the PSP.
  9. For those diehard baseball fans who want to take their gaming on the road and lead their favorite team to the World Series, you can’t go wrong with MLB for the PSP.
  10. It has enough gameplay modes to last a while, plus the pitching/batting mechanisms are variable enough to make the pitcher/batter duels a little bit unpredictable.
  11. It’s nothing revolutionary, but for a launch title it serves its purpose—portable baseball befitting any plane ride or waiting room.
  12. The PSP game mostly has the same great gameplay, gorgeous graphics, and sublime commentary the PS2 iteration has.
  13. 80
    Does good by its PS2 brother, and that's exactly what we were looking for after being so knocked out by the comeback of the PS2 edition. It's a fast, exciting and great-looking game of baseball.
  14. 989 Studios may have had to axe some graphical nuances and memory-intensive play modes (namely the mega-deep franchise mode) from the PS2 version of MLB 2006 in order to cram it onto the PSP, but everything else was brought across relatively intact.
  15. Cheat Code Central
    A scaled-down version of "MLB 2006" for the PS2. Some might even call it inferior and they would be right since it's missing a few modes, options and details.
  16. 80
    Ad Hoc games ran particularly smooth, but the Infrastructure games had the occasional hiccup or two. In these games, lag would occasionally cause my batter to swing late (if at all).
  17. An excellent baseball experience, and it's a full $10 less than "MVP Baseball" from EA Sports. Hard to go wrong here.
  18. Retains the playability, but not the depth of its PS2 version.
  19. Very close to being a revolution in portable sports gaming. The gameplay is the best I've seen in this year's baseball titles, and the graphics all but equal those of the PS2. However, a complete lack of all the features we have come to expect from a modern sports game means that apart from exhibition games, MLB just doesn't have the depth to stand on it's own.
  20. Game Informer
    989 Sports has done a bang-up job bringing its flagship sports franchise to PSP. [June 2005, p.136]
  21. But what it does have is an extremely solid amount of gameplay supported by two well-developed offensive and defensive control schemes and an engaging amount of baseball to appease just about any sports fan.
  22. 80
    A nice debut for the line on the Sony PSP. It has its needs for improvements but what you get here is still a focused and thrilling game of portable baseball done right. And you can't really ask for more than that.
  23. 80
    It's the respectable hitting that makes all the difference. With solid action at the plate, MLB becomes the best handheld baseball game on the market. That it’s also the best-looking doesn’t bother us one bit.
  24. PSM Magazine
    You'll see random errors too frequently on routine plays. [July 2005, p.88]
  25. Official U.S. Playstation Magazine
    Great graphics...Unreliable controls. [July 2005, p.79]
  26. While I still prefer MLB’s game play, the wealth of options and visual flare that "MVP" is bringing makes Sony’s game a bit stale.

Awards & Rankings

#26 Most Discussed PSP Game of 2005
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 19
  2. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Sep 20, 2020
    Fair graphics and gameplay, though the game has glitches on me a couple of times and lag will sometimes delay a swing until the pitch is inFair graphics and gameplay, though the game has glitches on me a couple of times and lag will sometimes delay a swing until the pitch is in the mitt.

    I’ve played through 73 games as the 05 Yankees so I obviously enjoy it having rediscovered my PSP in 2020. Some other problems include the announcers’ script being played at inappropriate times, such as “Derek Jeter steps to the plate”, for some reason when the other team is batting. Frequent pitches going to the backstop when selecting breaking pitches is extremely annoying. On one occasion, I hit a one out, two run home run and the announcer script played for a home run, and then the game counted it as a foul ball, instead. Weird stuff like that.

    But, a game like this, especially in the year it was released and for a handheld? Pretty good.
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  2. BobbyJ
    Sep 12, 2006
    I think this is a great game with amazing graphics and I give it a ten.
  3. JesseH.
    Oct 9, 2005
    This game is awesome!