Conclusion: 989 Sports has finally started trying again. They have given us a game that is solid both on and off the field. Now if there were only a good way to interact with this engine we'd be all set. Let's see what happens next year. Until then, I would recommend enjoying this game if you can live with the interface.
Excerpt: If I rated games solely on the opening video/music montage, MLB would get a 10. You can’t beat opening moments that feature Jane’s Addiction mixed with Jim Edmonds. Once you get into the game, you are treated to simple controls that are easy to grasp but in-depth enough that you have almost full control of every aspect of the game. One of the coolest new features in the single player game is the use of the USB headset/mic set-up to issue commands.
Excerpt: Wow! By now, it's no secret to anyone that 989 Studios' sports franchises could use a little work. In the days of the original PlayStation, 989 was one of the big boys on the block when it came to sports games. Past success has been hard to duplicate in the era of the PS2. However, this hasn't stopped 989 Studios from going back to the woodshed, and it looks like the hard work may have paid off.
Summary: Sony's 989 Sports has improved its product
quality dramatically past few years. Their latest baseball title, MLB 2005 for
the PS2 is a prime example of this with depth, maturity and polish. Featuring an
upgraded graphics engine, it looks fantastic with detailef player models,
broadcast-style replays, and realistic animation. The intuitive controls make
for a smoother experience.
Excerpt: Da Introduction: If you’re a baseball fan you’re gonna love what Sony’s brought to the plate in this one! You’ll need to rely on your “feel” for the game when pitching and batting as the vibrations of your controller guide you. And if that’s not enough, use your EyeToy to take a snapshot of yourselve and map that to a player – now you’re really in the game! If you have the Ethernet adapter you can login online and challenge other players.
Excerpt: The new Major League Baseball season is well underway and this means that a new crop of video game titles based on America's favorite pastime have arrived. For years, 989 Sports has seen an enormous amount of criticism for the vast majority of titles they have released. Some of it may have been deserved. However, the company has been doing everything in its power to ensure their titles meet the quality fans expect.
Excerpt: Forget everything you remember about previous 989 games, MLB 2005 is a brand new bag. Sony has given the team at 989 a bigger team, more time and a bigger budget, and they are making the most of this opportunity. MLB 2005, while far from perfect is a huge step forward for not only the series, but for the group at 989 as a whole.
Excerpt: 989 Sports has been around the Sony Playstation and Playstation 2 since their inception. Kudos should be given to Sony for staying with the development house and giving them the opportunity to succeed; even when reviews have usually been average or below average. However, whether the products have been good or bad, they’ve usually sold enough copies to keep Sony interested in another release the following year.