Once EA lost it’s license to produce MLB games, my interest in them basically disappeared. MLB 2005 (predecessor to The Show) was good, but it tended to freeze. And freeze. And freeze. And freeze some more. MVP 05 was great in every possible way, especially since it included the..ahem…likenesses of Phil Hughes, Eric Duncan and Marcos Vechionacci. However, that franchise went kaput once MLB sold out for exclusive licensing.
EA came out with MVP 06 NCAA baseball about a year ago, and I was instantly hooked. The gameplay was phenomenal as always, and the excitement of the college atmosphere was as good as it gets. I started a Dynasty with my Nittany Lions, and played over 4 seasons without so much as getting bored. However, do to a freak PS3 accident, my saved data was corrupted, and my team was lost forever (I was on pace for my first trip to Omaha, go figure).
But last weekend I was home watching my fianceeâ€™s younger brother, who just so happened to have a copy of The Show 07. I checked it out, played a game or two, and was sold. I
stole his copy bought a copy of my own and started a Franchise with the Pirates (I hate the DH, and I love that ballpark). Instead of sticking with the default rosters, I went for a good olâ€™ fantasy draft, where I picked exactly 1 player over 26 years of age (Oswalt).
The Franchise mode is very deep, but to a fault: Iâ€™m not really interested in changing ticket prices or managing my advertisements, I just want to play baseball. The controls are good, though the push button batting isâ€¦how do you sayâ€¦outdated. The pitching is the same old meter, which leaves something to be desired. The fielding is decent, though sometimes flyballs can be an adventure. Thereâ€™s tons of custom animations, if you want to see the Broxton pirouette, itâ€™s there. The Matt Morris bobblehead, itâ€™s there. The Joe Morgan chickenwing, itâ€™s there. Heck, Jeter even holds out his right arm before taking his stance, basically telling the ump â€œslow down bitch, I ainâ€™t ready yet.â€
Some of the player ratings are straight up wrong. Kei Igawa is not better than Dice-K, David Ross is not the best player on the Reds, nor is Anibal Sanchez the Marlinsâ€™ best player. Little things like that take away for the game. Oh, and none of the player contracts are correct, theyâ€™re basically pulled out of mid air. The minor league stuff is okay, the biggest drawback is the lack of a Single-A level (thereâ€™s only AA and AAA).
Iâ€™d give it a solid B, thereâ€™s a lot of little things that take away from what should be a great game overall. I say wait until you can pick up a used copy for $15.
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