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While most rookie franchises start out rough and take a year or two to mold into something great, MVP Baseball is already one of the best titles out there this year. There are a few puzzling omissions as far as stats and presentation goes, and there’s the occasional fielding glitch. But the innovative pitching/batting setup is pulled off remarkably. Even fielding isn’t boring in this game. Throw in a great franchise mode and a fun, fast 2 player showdown mode and you’ve got a baseball sim that will last you well past the World Series. A great start for what looks to be another dominant franchise for EA Sports.
Even though there are a few things wrong with this game, it is still one of the best on the market. Also players have to take into account that this is the first year for this new franchise, and there is a great deal of things that will be worked out for next year’s successor. If you are craving a good baseball game then head to your nearest electronics store and pick it up!
The Franchise mode is impressively deep, if you have the time to devote to it. Offense only wins some games, now, as compared to the Triple Play days. It's possible to have scores of 4-2 as much as having scores of 14-6. This is a great foundation, and, with a little more tinkering, EA could definitely have themselves another division winner in their sports lineup. MVP Baseball is a solid rookie campaign.
The game might not feature the depth of its competitors, and like I said, MVP's not without its faults, but in terms of pickup-and-play ease and excitement and two-player competition, it still proves to be one of your Most Valuable Purchases this season.
As usual, the great EA Sports vs. Sega Sports competition is definitely going strong with MVP Baseball 2003 and World Series Baseball 2K3 both having strong showings. In the end though, MVP Baseball 2003 has the gameplay edge. That being said, those looking for the management side of things will likely prefer Sega's offering. World Series Baseball 2K3 has a more detailed franchise mode that is sure to satisfy the statistic fans out there. Of course, those of you uninterested in the bitter rivalry between these two behemoths may be pleased to check out 3DO's excellent High Heat 2004 for the utmost in realistic gameplay.
MVP Baseball 2003 is a solid reentry into the baseball market for EA Sports. It should satisfy players who don't care about all the miscellaneous nuances of the sport, or who aren't looking to immerse themselves in a complicated franchise mode.
MVP Baseball 2003 is a great game, but it is definitely a work in progress. The game will probably be remembered the same way that the original Tecmo Bowl was. It was a fun game with revolutionary features at the time, but in the end it will be known for some underdeveloped features that were corrected and surpassed in later versions.