Conclusion: Just as in many follow-ups to hit EA games, MVP 2005 doesn’t step too far out of the box when poking at the competition, and frankly, it doesn’t have to. MVP Baseball 2005 still has a gameplay engine that rivals anything out there and gives the best overall experience of actually playing in a big league game.
Excerpt: Say what you will about the 2004-2005 sports season, but one thing cannot be denied: it was definitely full of competition, dramatic moments and controversy. Curiously, the same could be said for its video game counterpart, with EA’s acquisition of the NFL license, followed by Take Two’s response by taking MLB off the sports table.
Conclusion: Young Award. Pitching uses a similar meter as EA’s Madden football uses for kicking. You must first select the pitch, then aim where you would like the ball to go in the batter’s box. Then a meter moves, and you must stop it in a “sweet” spot that decides the quality of the particular pitch by hitting the corresponding button related to the pitch you selected, such as a curve ball. You must stop the meter a second time to control the location.
Excerpt: Like previous sports games, MVP 2005 features a number of improvements to this year’s installment to make the game more realistic than older baseball games. Perhaps the biggest change made to this year’s title is the inclusion of what’s called the “Hitter’s Eye.” It’s well known that professional players have split seconds to react to an incoming pitch and swing accordingly.
Excerpt: In my college and single days, I ate way more than my share of fast food. McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, you name it; if they had a drive-thru, chances are I’d been there. Now if you ask me my opinion about McDonald’s based solely on my experience at "Mickey D’s", you would get one answer. If you asked instead about how McDonald’s compares to the other rapid dining establishments, the answer would be completely different.