MVP Base­bal 200

XBox: The Official Magazine (US) - - OXM INVESTIGATES -

Pub­lisher EA | De­vel­oper EA Canada | For­mat Xbox | Re­lease 2005

Sel­dom do gamers have cause to sym­pa­thise with EA, but that was def­i­nitely the case when 2K signed an ex­clu­sive deal with Ma­jor League Base­ball – in­stan­ta­neously killing off EA’s pitch ’n’ catch sim. Fans were gut­ted. MVP en­abled you to run a fran­chise as any MLB team and their three mi­nor-league af­fil­i­ates, for up to 120 sea­sons.

Its best fea­ture was ‘hit­ter’s eye’. In real life, bat­ters watch a pitcher’s hand to judge tra­jec­tory. MVP mim­icked this by hav­ing each pitch type flash a dif­fer­ent colour upon re­lease. Green meant off-speed, orange a knuck­le­ball, pink a sinker, and so on. It made for a clever fun/re­al­ism blend – as did the op­tion to ar­gue with um­pires (and get ejected!) at any time.

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