Conclusion: I really wanted to like this game more than I do. But it still doesn't feel quite right in the field. I liken this a bit to Out of the Park when you play games out. All the stuff behind the scenes is excellent, but when you get down to brass tacks it leaves you somewhat lacking. And although the importance of ball physics is impressive, the bug is something that EA really needs to get sorted out. Until this happens, the game is impressive, but cartoonish.
Excerpt: Hello, and welcome to the MPV Baseball 2004 pre-game show. I'm Cary Goleman alongside Star Screamer, and we'd like to welcome you to what looks like an excellent game. Star? That's right Cary. Along with the new name, this team is sporting a brand new look and gameplay, and it looks like it has everything needed to go all the way to the top. Now Star, you mentioned a new look for the team, care to expand on that? Just what about it looks different?
Excerpt: It’s hard to believe that just two short years ago, EA’s baseball series was downright pathetic, with weak arcade-style batting, flawed pitching, lifeless visuals and numerous other issues. Things certainly have changed dramatically since then. Now, with MVP Baseball 2004 , EA has a polished product with fantastic gameplay, tons of features and a Dynasty mode that is the best ever in a hardball game.