The MVP Baseball came from EA Sports; it replaced the Triple Play series in 2003. The series lasted four years all the way until 2007. In addition to that, a NCAA Baseball was released featuring the NCAA teams and stadiums but not the players. The NCAA games (released in 2006 and 2007) were not popular. MVP Baseball 2004 was built upon the successful predecessor MVP Baseball 2003, but also added some more. MVP Baseball 2004 not only comes with a MLB license, but it also came with a minor league license. All AAA & AA teams, players and stadiums are included.

The game offers Exhibition, Dynasty, Practice & both a Home Run & Pitcher showdown. Game graphics are quite good, has great player detail. Stadium art is great, and it does well with some of these AA stadiums which are usually small (7,000-12,000 seat capacity). MVP Baseball 2004, for the most part, has a great in-game presentation. My only complaint is the defensive positions display at the beginning of each game, it’s quite crappy. In All-Star Baseball 2003, for example, it will show the players on the field with their surname below on display. MVP Baseball 2004 shows hot & cold zones during an At Bat. For each ball not hit, it tells the speed & type of pitch. This game is great for the baseball gamers who like the great detail in their games.

The game has four sets of difficulties, try easy mode to get used to some of the advanced features of this game. Another feature in this game is the manage mode. MVP Baseball 2004’s manage mode has it’s own display and it goes by each plate appearance instead of pitch-by-pitch. A good comparison of this is a not-so-classic Major League Baseball 2K8 and 2K9. All-Star Baseball 2003 and the Hardball series had it quite different with pitch-by-pitch but it did not have a different display for manage mode, you actually watch the game (but you tell your pitchers what to pitch and how your batters how to swing).

MVP Baseball 2004 has good rating in some of the best video game sites (hopefully Retro Baseball Love gets there soon, heh heh). Besides the Defensive Positions display complaint, the other minus in this gem is the music. It’s not the quality of the tunes, it’s this crappy 2000s alternative music/nu-metal stuff I don’t like! Well, I can always turn the volume down on the TV.