MVP Baseball 2005
MVP Baseball 2005 is a baseball video game developed and published by Electronic Arts. It features then-Boston Red Sox left fielder Manny Ramirez on its cover. The game features full Major League Baseball, Minor League Baseball, and Major League Baseball Players Association licenses. It holds the 98th spot on IGN's reader's choice top 100 games ever as of 2006. As with previous versions of the game, the announcers are Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow, real-life announcers for the San Francisco Giants.
Why It Rocks
- The visual presentation avoids feeling cartoonish.
- Smooth and intuitive gameplay that avoids the jumpiness and glitchiness seen in so many other baseball games.
- The pitching windups and batting stances are strikingly realistic.
- You can create your own stadium in owner mode.
- A number of innovative features such as the hot and cold hitting areas within the strike zones, pitching and throwing meters, and a hitter's eye which color codes what type of pitch it is thrown, allowing you to know what pitch it is rather than having to guess the pitch.
- The game has Single-A, Double-A and Triple-A minor league teams.
- Completely adjustable gameplay.
- There are many unlockables from classic stadiums to throwback uniforms.
- Sound effects are realistic.
- Dynasty mode is really massive, simulating a real-life MLB season perfectly such as rain outs, rain delays, suspensions, trades and more.
- The mini-games are really fun which can help you practice batting and pitching.
- The broadcasting of Duane Kuiper and Mike Krukow is highly entertaining.
- Great soundtrack.
- The game gives you the option of not using the DH at all, one or the other league uses it or both leagues use it.
- To this day, the PC version has been kept up to date thanks a huge modding community which has added a variety of things such as total classics, total conversions, stadiums, camera angles, uniforms, and updated rosters.
- The Home Run Showdown mode is very fun where you hit home runs against another player to see who can certain amount of distance first.