Conclusion: 989 Sports made a decision about the direction they were going to bring the MLB series to the PSP and they definitely stuck to their guns with it. They decided to take the already solid gameplay from the PS2 version and leave out a lot of the extras in an attempt at bringing a solid game of baseball that you can play in small, quick doses.
Excerpt: 989 Sports has never been known for having solid sports games on the market and the fact that they have developed the first baseball game available for the PlayStation Portable made many people wonder if they should wait for Electronic Arts’ MVP Baseball or give MLB a chance. To put it simply, MLB does baseball right by providing a realistic baseball experience without being dull or boring, something that can be difficult to accomplish particularly with a baseball title.
07's presentation is superb with an excellent graphics engine that creates
a realistic sensation of an actual ballgame. The player models look great
and move naturally as they move around the field. Its standard
presentation gives you an excellent viewing angle on the field and the
menus and interface can be set in such a way to become quite unobtrusive.
You can also change the angles in the pitcher/batter mode to different
perspectives as well.
Excerpt: As the old adage goes, “Third time is a charm,” or, in the case of 989’s PSP launch line-up, the fourth time is. MLB is essentially a port of the PS2 version of the same game. With the exception of a few minor details, such as batter walk-ups and celebrations, the presentation makes its way to the PSP relatively intact. Player models are fairly well detailed and animate smoothly. Most of the flashier animations like diving catches and knee catches are around.
Excerpt: 1-2 Players Memory Stick Duo (1 MB) Wi-fi Compatible (Ad Hoc & Infrastructure) Enjoying a sports based videogame is usually a hit or miss experience. There are those who live and die by the simulation aspects of a title and there are those who don’t care about stats and realism and enjoy a more arcadey type of experience. For me, I do not favour any one of these beliefs as my main goal is to play any sports title and hope to enjoy it.
Excerpt: Finally the Working Man Gamer is back in baseball! If you smell what the WMG is cooking. Welcome to the show on the Playstation 2. MLB08 The Show that is. This baseball simulation video game makes the WMG think about the smell of the grass, hot dogs, and hearing the crack of the bat. The WMG broke quite a few bats while playing MLB08 The Show. It is nice to see Sony still supporting the PS2 with the release of MLB08 The Show.
Excerpt: With the debut of the PSP, Sony definitely wanted to make an impression on athletic fans that its handheld could fulfill their competitive drive. Although the basketball and hockey franchises from 989 Sports were decent translations from their console counterparts, there were enough items left out to make the games shadows of their PS2 selves. But wow, what a difference three sports launch titles makes.