in the good ol' days of video games, any company could
come out with a MLB or NFL licensed game. There used
to be around 3 games out for each sport. Blitz, Madden,
MVP Baseball, and ESPN Baseball are just a few of
the ones out. But nowadays, companies like EA and
Take-Two are getting exclusive licenses to use the
names of professional sport players which leaves us,
the gamers with one choice. Is it worth spending 25
bucks on this one? You bet your baseballs it is.
you didn't know already, the only MLB games you'll
be getting are from 2K Sports due to the fact that
Take-Two got exclusive rights to make baseball games.
So if your a fan of MVP Baseball, like myself, and
your looking to quench your thirst for baseball, then
you've found a damn good alternative.
that all that 'licensing' thing is out of the way
lets get to the actual game play.
most many sports game fans will tell you, there's
nothing worse than a sports game with horrible controls.
The good thing about MLB 2K5 is that it is highly
customizable. Once you've picked your team, you will
get to choose a MVP Baseball meter-like system or
a Precision system that uses two circles which you
must place as closely as you can into the target in
order to hit a precise location. So if you've gotten
used to the meter system in MVP, don't fret, you can
still use the meter system.There are only two options
with the hitting: either go natural or use a visible
cursor that lets you choose where you think the ball
will be pitched. As far as the controls go in this
game, I would say they are some of the best controls
you've ever gone to a baseball game, you'll notice
that there are many things going on. This leads me
to the varied sound in the game. The crowd responds
well to when the ball is hit or when they hit a home
run, but when your team scores a run, why isn't there
any clapping or cheering? Another problem with the
sound is the sound of a hit. There is a difference
between the sound of a home run and a base hit, but
in the game, all hits sound exactly the same. It may
sound harsh to criticize the sound a bat makes, but
when your paying to get a simulation of a real baseball
game, everything matters.
games only give you a franchise mode and two other
modes, but they really went all out on this one. There
are eight game modes, but only a couple are really
worth mentioning. Most franchise mode's have you pick
your team and then you would start your season or
pre-season, but this franchise mode has you choose
your manager and coaches first. Why? Why can't I just
have Dusty Baker manage my Cubs? I found this to be
very annoying. Pennant Fever! has you choose a team
and starts your season in August which from there
you have to make it to the post season. World Series
Moments places you in past World Series games where
you either have to make a miraculous comeback or you
just have to add some runs to keep the other team
from catching up. The only downside to having 20 of
them is that you get nothing for finishing all of
them, but it's still fun trying to make a comeback
when your done three runs in the ninth inning.
feature is the Skybox. There are three Skybox's which
hold your stats, trophies, hall of fame inductees,
game room, and unlockable items. The only useful thing
in the Skybox is the unlockables. You can unlock stadiums,
jerseys, and cheats. You would think that the game
room sounds like fun, but it's not. The only games
you can play are darts, air hockey, shuffleboard,
and a trivia game. Oh yea, all three Skybox's are
exactly the SAME. Not much fun there.
the visual aspects of the game, the stadiums look
as they would in real life, but the players do not.
None of the players looked anything like the real
thing. The thing that was really impressive was the
way the game were presented. While the game is loading,
Karl Ravich gives you some insight about the pitchers
and the teams. During the game, Jon Miller and Joe
Morgan take care of the play-by-play, and they do
a good job of it too.
holidays are coming up and you can't decide what to
get your baseball loving friend. What do you do? Well,
you get him/her this game. Since there aren't going
to be any more baseball games licensed by MLB, then
this is your only choice. A good choice, but the only
one, none the less. So if you don't want to wait for
MVP 06 NCAA Baseball to come out, then I recommend
you go out and pick this game up for you and your
baseball loving friend.