#5: MVP Baseball 2005

The very last Major League Baseball game made by EA Sports. Now here’s the thing – this game was made right after 2004 season. In October of that year, I witnessed the second worst moment as a Yankee fan. (2001 World Series being #1) Plus, Manny Ramirez was on the cover. So coming into March of 2005, I was a little hesitant about this version. I knew there would be a ton of footage from the 2004 playoffs and that the main song of the game would be “Tessie” by the Dropkick Murphy’s (a song about the Red Sox…still a great song nonetheless). I thought to myself that this was going to be the ultimate Boston video game.

Manny Ramirez Was the Star Player of the Game

Wow I was wrong! Of course they had Manny as the key player in the game, but it was a lot less pro-Sox than I thought it was going to be. What’s great about both MVP Baseball 2004 and 2005 is it’s fast style of baseball. If too realistic, baseball video games have a chance to move slow with no exciting action. But this fast paced style in MVP Baseball 2005 made every game quick and exciting. Games would finish in a matter 20 action-packed minutes. Given the games are so fast, I was able to play an 162 game season in the span of a couple of months. Plus, hitting a home run in this game is stimulating. As soon as you connect with the pitch, the ball explodes and goes 800 feet.

MVP ’05 is better than ’04 because the newer additions were fantastic. First, you can travel back in time and play as old ballplayer in very old stadiums (Polo Grounds, the old Yankee Stadium, Tiger Stadium, etc.) I also felt that it was more organized than the previous game. Dynasties were easier to handle and the “Create-A-Player” was much more detailed. The only plus the 2004 version had was the fact they still had the Montreal Expos still in the game. My claim to fame for MVP Baseball 2005 was leading the Yankees to a 153-9 record with Alex Rodriguez hitting 115 home runs in the season. Just utter domination in the best created EA Sports baseball video game of all-time.

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