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XboxGame Over Online (May 06, 2005)
Even with the limited franchise feature, 2K5 is still one of the better sports titles on the market today, and extremely affordable for any baseball fans. Personally, I’ve found myself playing more games of 2K5 than doing work for other reviews at times, which can speak to the addictiveness of the gameplay. If you’re a fan of the sport, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Major League Baseball 2K5. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking around for a hot dog vendor at home.
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PlayStation 2Game Over Online (May 06, 2005)
Even with the limited franchise feature, 2K5 is still one of the better sports titles on the market today, and extremely affordable for any baseball fans. Personally, I’ve found myself playing more games of 2K5 than doing work for other reviews at times, which can speak to the addictiveness of the gameplay. If you’re a fan of the sport, I highly recommend picking up a copy of Major League Baseball 2K5. Just don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking around for a hot dog vendor at home.
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XboxTalkXbox (Mar 02, 2005)
MLB 2K5 is one hell of a baseball game. Everything from the graphics to the gameplay to the sound, it’s just great! It's also not just a roster update this year, it's a whole new game, and for $19.99, it's a steal (pun intended). It's the best $20.00 I've spent all year and if you buy it hopefully it will be for you as well. In my opinion, MLB 2K5 is the best baseball game ever created. That might sound crazy, but seriously, I haven't played a baseball game this good since ESPN MLB for the Sega Genesis. If you're a baseball fan, then you will love how this game feels just like watching a baseball game on ESPN. So crack out the beers and open the chips, and by all means buy this game!
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PlayStation 2GameZone (Mar 17, 2005)
Well I will have to say, for the mere 20 bucks this game cost, it shouldn’t be much of a decision. If you love baseball, and even if you have already purchased MVP Baseball by EA, do yourself a favor and pick this one up also, you won't be disappointed. With EA only charging 29.99 for its game this year, and Take-Two’s effort costing only 19.99; you can literally have two games for the price of one. While it may not blow away the competition, it does indeed offer some new features that can’t be found anywhere else, therefore allowing Major League Baseball 2K5 to become a must own game for any fan of the sport.
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XboxGameDaily (Mar 02, 2005)
So here it is, the bottom line. You want a game that provides top-of-the-line gameplay, a few game modes that are worth cavorting through, beautiful graphics, endless sound options, uninterrupted online play, and the kind of price tag that even Barry Bonds could afford on chump change? The choice is obvious and clear- Major League Baseball 2K5 is a grand slam, and an introduction to a series that I hope will dominate for a long time.
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XboxGameSpy (Mar 02, 2005)
Honestly, Major League Baseball 2K5 has made me a fan of baseball video games again. I haven't enjoyed a game so much since Basewars on the NES -- and this one doesn't even have robots! I honestly didn't think so much fun could be injected into every nuance of baseball. Kush Games deserves kudos for this accomplishment. Those of you that have left the baseball fold would be wise to put down $20. MLB 2K5 might just win you over. Let's hope this franchise continues to improve next year (mid-games saves, perhaps?), despite what will surely be a lack of competition.
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PlayStation 2GameSpy (Mar 02, 2005)
Honestly, Major League Baseball 2K5 has made me a fan of baseball video games again. I haven't enjoyed a game so much since Basewars on the NES -- and this one doesn't even have robots! I honestly didn't think so much fun could be injected into every nuance of baseball. Kush Games deserves kudos for this accomplishment. Those of you that have left the baseball fold would be wise to put down $20. MLB 2K5 might just win you over. Let's hope this franchise continues to improve next year (mid-games saves, perhaps?), despite what will surely be a lack of competition.
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XboxTeamXbox (Feb 25, 2005)
Just about every aspect of MLB 2K5 is better than last year’s offering, which was outclassed by the competition. Kush Games knew they would have to come into 2005 with a barrel of steam and no intentions of sliding, which is exactly they did. A few of the quirks from last year’s game that haven’t been touched in MLB 2K5, however, may kick up a cloud of dust for gamers waiting to make the call. This is a must-rent for any hardball fan, and will probably be the sports title to play online until the next generation of hardware ships.
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XboxGameZone (Mar 09, 2005)
Major League Baseball 2K5 might not surpass EASports’ ballgame but with looks that kill and some truly entertaining game modes its still well worth its bargain price. There are a number of great new additions to the franchise but with a few blemishes it’s a baseball game that’s far from perfect. Still, fans of the sport will definitely enjoy this one.
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XboxNetjak (Mar 08, 2005)
This game is by no means perfect, but the exciting gameplay and the multitude of features clearly overshadow any minor imperfections, making this a must-have game this season. It may not be the only game in town with EA’s frontrunner, but for a $20 price tag and some dynamic baseball action, what’s the hesitation for?
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XboxIGN (Feb 25, 2005)
Though 2K Games and Visual Concepts don't have to sweat competition from EA next year, that doesn't mean they get a free pass. This is the only hope for a cross-platform baseball game. For that reason MLB 2K6 needs to be an awesome display. The groundwork is there, but it remains to be seen if VC has the vision and ability to make the greatest baseball game the world has ever known. We'll find out next March. Until then, MLB 2K5 is a great experience worthy of a spot on your shelf.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine (Mar, 2005)
Without question, Kush did a phenomenal job in its first year on the mound. Questionable fielding holds it back from capturing the Golden Glove. MVP still holds this honor, but Major League's innovative techniques make it this year's most exciting baseball game.
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PlayStation 2IGN (Feb 25, 2005)
Though 2K Games and Visual Concepts don't have to sweat competition from EA next year, that doesn't mean they get a free pass. This is the only hope for a cross-platform baseball game. For that reason MLB 2K6 needs to be an awesome display. The groundwork is there, but it remains to be seen if VC has the vision and ability to make the greatest baseball game the world has ever known. We'll find out next March. Until then, MLB 2K5 is a great experience worthy of a spot on your shelf.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Mar, 2005)
Without question, Kush did a phenomenal job in its first year on the mound. Questionable fielding holds it back from capturing the Golden Glove. MVP still holds this honor, but Major League's innovative techniques make it this year's most exciting baseball game.
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XboxGameSpot (Mar 02, 2005)
In the end, how much you will like Major League Baseball 2K5 will depend mainly on what you're looking for in a baseball video game, as well as how much the certain flaws in its gameplay matter to you. The franchise modes are comprehensive enough, the selection of different online play options is extensive, and the whole game almost looks and sounds just as good as a broadcast on ESPN HD. The controls, pacing, and physics are very authentic, even if the number of home runs and stolen bases is a bit high. In that regard, some people do prefer a simulation with some pop. As for the wild pitch bug, it will be a deal breaker for some but not for others--especially those of you who intend to play primarily with friends or online.
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PlayStation 2PSX Extreme (Mar 30, 2005)
In fact, initially, I preferred MLB 2K5 over MVP 2005. Unfortunately, extended time with the game unveiled its problems. There are too many bugs. The frame rate is acceptable, but could be better. The Franchise modes just don't seem as fun or as in-depth as MVP's. A lot of what MLB 2K5 offers seems drawn from MVP in some way. Despite a lot of good things, MLB 2K5 just isn't the overall package that MVP 2005 is. There's a great foundation here for next year, and considering that EA is out of the loop, Take Two and Kush Games have a really good shot at delivering a superb baseball experience without the shadow of EA haunting them. The good news, in terms of 2005's PS2 baseball games, is that you can buy both MVP 2005 and MLB 2K5 for the price of one standard game. I can easily recommend both games, but if you're only looking for one to buy... MVP 2005 is still the pennant winner.
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PlayStation 2GameSpot (Mar 02, 2005)
In the end, how much you will like Major League Baseball 2K5 will depend mainly on what you're looking for in a baseball video game, as well as how much the certain flaws in its gameplay matter to you. The franchise modes are comprehensive enough, the selection of different online play options is extensive, and the whole game almost looks and sounds just as good as a broadcast on ESPN HD. The controls, pacing, and physics are very authentic, even if the number of home runs and stolen bases is a bit high. In that regard, some people do prefer a simulation with some pop. As for the wild pitch bug, it will be a deal breaker for some but not for others--especially those of you who intend to play primarily with friends or online.
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Xbox1UP (Mar 01, 2005)
With commentary from Jon Miller, Joe Morgan and Karl Ravech back in Bristol, the game definitely feels like a broadcast. And unlike previous baseball video games MLB 2K5 moves at a nice pace. Of course, being available for Xbox and PS2 means the game can be played online. The best baseball game this year? Not quite, but it's getting better.
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PlayStation 21UP (Mar 01, 2005)
With commentary from Jon Miller, Joe Morgan and Karl Ravech back in Bristol, the game definitely feels like a broadcast. And unlike previous baseball video games MLB 2K5 moves at a nice pace. Of course, being available for Xbox and PS2 the game can be played online.
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XboxJustPressPlay (Mar 08, 2005)
Overall - If you hate sports and don\'t like baseball, don\'t get the game. If you do like sports games and are a huge fan of baseball, pick it up. For only 19.99 in a world of 49.99 or more games this is an easy choice, great graphics/sound/game play for only 20 bucks. Of course rent it first so you can compare it to the other Baseball titles before you make your decision.
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XboxStuff Magazine / stuff.tv (Mar 01, 2005)
Go ahead and buy. The online experience is much better than the one MVP offers. And if you have an Xbox, you can rip CDs to the hard drive, then assign specific tunes to specific batters for their walk-up music. Need another reason? 2K5 retails for $20, which means you can buy the game and still have enough greenbacks left over to purchase a copy of Jim Bouton's Ball Four, the funniest damn baseball book ever.
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XboxPCMag.com (Jun 01, 2005)
MLB 2K5 for Microsoft Xbox is the best-looking game in this roundup, thanks to excellent player models and fluid player animation. The ESPN presentation style enhances game play with appropriate commentary and replays. Base-running controls let you control a single runner or all runners, and in the new Baseburner mode, you execute precise control when leading off, stealing, or dashing back to the base. Also new this year is K Zone Pitching: You target pitches with pinpoint accuracy, using a crosshair interface. Other modes are the In Your Face speed mode, Home Run Derby, Franchise, and GM Career, which gives you greater control over a team's finances. And the soundtrack can be customized with songs from your Xbox hard drive.
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PlayStation 2Stuff Magazine / stuff.tv (Mar 01, 2005)
Go ahead and buy. The online experience is much better than the one MVP offers. And if you have an Xbox, you can rip CDs to the hard drive, then assign specific tunes to specific batters for their walk-up music. Need another reason? 2K5 retails for $20, which means you can buy the game and still have enough greenbacks left over to purchase a copy of Jim Bouton's Ball Four, the funniest damn baseball book ever.
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XboxGame Informer Magazine (Mar, 2005)
Even though the game incorporates some of the key components from last year's hit EA series, MVP, it hasn't entirely caught up to the rival franchise. The new pitching is hot, and I really liked having control over all aspects of base running. However the game's defense still lags behind with its less than smooth execution of R-stick moves, AI, and animations. I'm also not impressed by the Slam Zone hitting, and batter's seeming inability to make contact with balls outside of the strike zone. Improved but not outstanding.
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PlayStation 2Game Informer Magazine (Mar, 2005)
Even though the game incorporates some of the key components from last year's hit EA series, MVP, it hasn't entirely caught up to the rival franchise. The new pitching is hot, and I really liked having control over all aspects of base running. However the game's defense still lags behind with its less than smooth execution of R-stick moves, AI, and animations. I'm also not impressed by the Slam Zone hitting, and batter's seeming inability to make contact with balls outside of the strike zone. Improved but not outstanding.
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PlayStation 2Mygamer.com (Apr 27, 2005)
Despite some initial difficulty, ESPN MLB 2k5 is a fun game. The incredibly complex control scheme has several rough spots which bring down the game. However, once these hoops are cleared, this year's installment offers many hours of entertaining ball, which will satisfy casual baseball fans. However, the Franchise Mode isn't quite as deep as the EA baseball games, so their series may be more satisfying to hardcore baseball fans. But it's a solid game for only $20, and is well worth it.
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XboxOperation Sports (Mar 09, 2005)
To be honest, this is a tough game to review. On the field - and with the passed ball fix - this game can be as good as baseball gaming gets. I'm just thankful that we have the Operation Sports forum and other forums like ours, because without them, the passed ball fix may have never been found. That fix has subsequently made the game much more enjoyable. However, the multiple bugs and lack of multiple fielding camera angles hurt this game severely and simply can’t be forgiven. I can only review this game as it comes out of the box - and because of that, I must give it a lower score than I would have had the game shipped glitch-free.
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PlayStation 2The Video Game Critic (May 17, 2005)
Another issue is how the framerate tends to stutter periodically. I also dislike how base runners are indicated in each corner of the screen - it's confusing. 2K5 still plays well, but lacks polish and seems to "drag" more than the other games. This year it's evident that Sega is falling behind the competition.
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XboxGotNext (Feb 28, 2005)
ESPN Major League Baseball 2K5, though a worthy addition to Visual Concept's 2005 sports lineup, is sorely lacking where the other sports games delivered. It would be unfair to lump all of the 2K5 games together as MLB 2K5 would seem much worse than it is. Once again at the budget price of only $20, MLB 2K5 is a solid purchase and a fun game, though not nearly as good as it should have been. It's a shame that the ESPN licensing potential was fully realized in the last iteration of a Visual Concepts ESPN game, but the gameplay lagged far behind. If you're searching for an arcade baseball game as opposed to a sim game, you can add a point to my rating as I'm sure you'll enjoy yourself much more than I did.
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XboxGaming Age (Mar 17, 2005)
What may have turned out as the best baseball game of the year, turns out to be tolerable for twenty bucks with all the problems that lay before gamers. The game isn?t totally unplayable, but for stat junkies like myself, this game will be sent to the minors for exhibition and online play only. I hope that Take Two learns from these mistakes and brings out a game we?ll all be proud of, especially since we will all but be stuck with it.