Excerpt: The latest entry of the Disgaea franchise is the third release for a Sony handheld - it also happens to be a re-release of Disgaea 3, subtitled "Abscence of Detention". On the plus side, the game boasts better controls and bonus content, exclusive to Vita players.
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: 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: 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: 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.
Conclusion: MLB 2006 is not perfect, but it’s a darn good baseball game. The career mode is a great addition to the series and the gameplay is definitely picking up some steam. No longer is 989 trailing in the baseball race as all of these games are really neck-to-neck this year. But let me tell you, if you’re in the market for a great career mode, MLB 2006 is the way to go!