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Cheat Code Central (Jan 25, 2006)
The $29.99 price point will certainly be an attractive feature to many baseball fans who might not be all that excited about playing a college baseball game. If all of the enhancements are taken into consideration though, NCAA is a must play game. Much like you, I wish this was an official MLB game - which would definitely make it one of the best baseball games ever released - but it's still a great game of ball no matter how you look at it.
IGN (Jan 13, 2006)
All nitpicking aside, MVP 06 is a great baseball game. Load and Fire, which will surely be imitated in future baseball titles to come, is the most fun and satisfying hitting system to date. The pitching, baserunning and fielding is all vintage MVP -- with the exception of Precision Throw Control -- and combine to make one of the most technically-sound baseball games on the market.
TalkXbox (Feb 22, 2006)
EA’s first take on college baseball is an overall success. The new gameplay elements and controls are great innovations, and they really force players to develop some skill. MVP 06 NCAA Baseball is also a success as the first EA game to incorporate. Most importantly, MVP 06 remains entertaining despite the lack of an MLB license. Baseball fans who can live with the college atmosphere should definitely give this one a shot.
Game Over Online (Feb 13, 2006)
Overall, MVP 06 is a rather solid, albeit somewhat generic looking title that provides a number of new sports enhancements. The Online Everywhere system is an excellent demonstration of what continual online connectivity can provide, the precision throwing system is a nice addition to fielding and the Load and Fire system is a great addition to how baseball games will be played from now on. If you’re a fan of the sport, this is a great title to check out.
Worth Playing (Feb 24, 2006)
Poor Electronic Arts. Those wily guys at Take 2 Interactive penned a deal with Major League Baseball last year, essentially securing an exclusive third-party MLB license until 2012. That means no more professional baseball for EA Sports. Nothing else for EA to do but pack up their bags and forget all about America's pastime, right? With no way to use real-life teams or players, how could they possibly compete in the baseball market? MVP Baseball, R.I.P.
Game Shark (Jan 27, 2006)
EA Sports took a risk in producing a college baseball game. College baseball isn't on many baseball fans' radar—it's not like college football. The College World Series is played almost as an afterthought to most fans, even those who consider themselves baseball die-hards. Thankfully, EA Sports did the sport justice. MVP NCAA 06 is unique, challenging, and a ton of fun. The game proves that baseball is baseball and when it's done right it doesn't matter if you're using Pedro or a young freshman from Kansas. It's still the National Pastime.
GameSpy (Jan 23, 2006)
All said, this is an excellent baseball title and a lot of fun for 29 bucks. If you're a fan of MVP, or are just looking for something a bit different on the basepaths, then grab MVP 06 NCAA Baseball.
GameSpot (Jan 23, 2006)
When it comes to all of the nitty-gritty details surrounding how the game of baseball is played, you'd be hard-pressed to find a video game that's more authentic or complete than MVP 06 NCAA Baseball. It's just too bad that the presentation is so plain, because it's that lack of attitude, along with the absence of the MLB license, that is bound to diminish the game's lasting value for some people. Purists and people with deep school spirit should definitely give the game a shot, whereas casual fans and those without school ties should weigh a purchase carefully.
Video Game Talk (Feb 12, 2006)
For a series that lost the meat that it served for dinner, MVP Baseball cooks up a fine meal with the NCAA license. Its strengths lie in the Load and Fire system, changes to gameplay, and overall customizability of the game. Unfortunately losing the prestige that comes with the MLB's shiny stamp stings a bit and the college league is represented without a lot of personality. Even so, fans of college baseball will find themselves in a field of dreams with this title. Baseball fans really can't go wrong, but you have to approach the generic nature of the game with an open mind. Recommended.
GotNext (Feb 28, 2006)
One question remains. Can an NCAA baseball title sell in a market that isn't all that interested in the sport, unlike the football and basketball NCAA counterparts? Quite frankly, with EA backing MVP 06 NCAA Baseball, I think the answer to that question is yes. The lack of the MLB license will surely hurt it a little, but with the newly acquired ESPN license and the rather entertaining new batting and fielding modes, I feel it will quickly catch on, and deservedly so, make quite a bit number of sales. I often find myself jaded when it comes to NCAA games since my school is so good at most of the sports, but with such a horrid baseball team at the U of Maryland, I still find myself entertained.
Darkstation (Mar 15, 2006)
As much as people have problems with EA and their games, I have to say that they did a great job with MVP 06 NCAA Baseball for a multitude of reasons. You can see they knew this was really a do or die scenario where they needed to make a great game to possibly make a running franchise out of this, and I think for the most part they successfully managed to do this. I would love to see this series expand and maybe shine the spotlight onto what is normally a forgotten league. College baseball obviously has a lot to offer, and I think a lot of people will enjoy checking it out in MVP 06 NCAA baseball.
TeamXbox (Jan 17, 2006)
College basketball is nearly as popular, if not more so, than the pro game, but NCAA baseball- well, it’s a tough sell in the States. Buy MVP 06 NCAA Baseball if you just want to play ball, check out the great new batting system/ESPN involvement, and could care about the big leagues. If MLB is in your blood, and Omaha is a place that you never want to be, then you’d be better off taking this pitch.
Game Freaks 365 (Feb 23, 2006)
Overall, if EA was hoping to reach Omaha with their first NCAA Baseball release, they probably came close. Superficial improvements aren't enough though to earn this game the respect that this franchise deserves. If you're a fan of the MVP franchise like me, you're not going to have much choice but to settle for this year's title with or without the soundtrack, the MLB team and stadiums from last year. For those of you that love your college baseball, relish this as you would tickets to the College World Series, because depending on sales, this may or may not be a one-year stint.
Despite these new features, this game is starting to show its age, as players still have problems changing directions and animations can rule out your actions more than you controller does.
Game Chronicles (Mar 01, 2006)
Sports lovers and gamers in general cannot go wrong with MVP 06 NCAA Baseball - it is a great way to ride out the late winter doldrums while we wait for the MLB season to kick off.
Game Revolution (Feb 03, 2006)
While you can certainly do the same to MVP 06 NCAA Baseball, you may not want to. Sure, it lacks the licenses and loving treatment given to the major league games, but it's innovative enough for to warrant a go. Although some of its risks don't pan out, we still recommend recruiting this surprisingly skilled kid.
At the end of the day, this game did little to lure me into the college fold. It falls more into the category of a generic baseball game than it does a part of EA's illustrious college series.
Maxim Magazine (Jan 17, 2006)
Unlike college football…and college basketball…and college girls…no one gives a rat's ass about college baseball. So why would anyone care about EA Sports' college baseball video game? Because it's basically their standout pro ball game, MVP Baseball 2005, without the pros. (It might also have something to do with the fact that EA isn't doing a pro game this year.) OK, there are some differences: the aluminum bats are more capable of launching moonshots, and the lack of steroids means less bacne. But after nine innings, it's basically the same game, including easy to master controls that'll finally allow you to be big man on campus. Or at least big man on LAN party.
GamePro (US) (Jan 25, 2006)
Other noticeable gameplay differences are simply cosmetic, such as the pitching camera being moved behind the mound and a touted ESPN broadcast style presentation, but the rest of the in-game controls are generally the same as MVP 2005. Players are either nameless or randomly generated, and game modes follow the typical EA exhibition, dynasty, and mini-game format. And while you may find it tough to shell out fifty for another baseball season, there is an added bit of pride of getting behind the old college crew. Go Gauchos!
USA Today (Jan 29, 2006)
MVP '06 shows promise for the genre with its innovative take on batting. But a game that is as thrilling as a bunt could have been fun as a grand slam.
Remember the days when games like World Series Baseball for the Saturn provided deep, exciting gameplay with simple, intuitive controls? No? Well, I do, and while the spirit lives on in the MLB 2K series, it doesn't in MVP 06.
Ego-less baseball? Teamwork? No 55-kajillion dollar contracts? Uh, we'll pass, thanks. Instead of this lukewarm offering, we wish EA had gone the Blitz: The League (Midway) route and used their terrific game engine to make a darker, bolder, 'roids-and-all-style video game. Bottom line: This disc has no balls. None. Because we checked. And there was totally nothing there.
GameDaily (Jan 24, 2006)
With tons of schools to choose from and a bargain basement price of $29.99, MVP 06 NCAA Baseball may be a no brainer for some of you. But look beneath the cover and you'll find a game that's bursting with good intentions and comes up short thanks to some overcomplications. It's like adding a third wheel to a bicycle, and I don't mean helpful training wheels. Perhaps next year, we'll see the necessary refinements needed to make this a contender for baseball game of the year, along with that awesome ESPN Integration. As is, it's rentalville, and then onto the big leagues with 2K.

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