MLB Power Pros 2008 Review
Wii | PS2 | DS
MLB Power Pros 2008 box art
System: Wii, PS2, DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: Konami 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: 2K Sports 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: July 25, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

As a result, MLB Power Pros 2008 on the DS is a considerably different experience than one that you'd have on the PS2 or Wii. Whereas the console version of the game is something that you could almost play indefinitely, there is much less potential for hundreds of hours of play with the DS version. The lack of a career mode is a disappointment, but an even bigger let-down is the lack of a basic season mode. The multiplayer options are certainly nice and it's great to have download play, but it still doesn't make up for the lack of a rather short single-player experience.

MLB Power Pros 2008 screenshot

Yes, the options are a bit lacking. But what's still very much in place is the solid, tried-and-true Power Pros gameplay. Base-running and fielding are well-done, as are batting and pitching. The game uses a cursor system to direct pitches and swings, and it's not new to people who've played baseball games in the past. But considering all the crappy baseball games on the DS, it's nice to have a play system that actually works.

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The sound is another little nit-pick I have with this game, particularly with regards to the announcer. The commentary is dull, bland, and boring, especially compared to that of the last set of North American Power Pros games. Music is severely lacking in this game and in many ways you get the feeling that this is another of the aspects of the game that was dumbed-down for an American release.

Despite all the little problems that are present in MLB Power Pros, it's still a pretty fun game. The batting and pitching are a lot of fun, and fielding and base running are finally done in such a way that you don't feel you're being treated like an idiot (I'm sick of baseball games with auto-fielding options that can't be turned off). The baseball mechanics are all there, and they're all well-implemented on the DS. That, at least, gives baseball fans something to love in the new Power Pros.

While it's not perfect and it's not an ideal handheld realization of the Power Pros franchise, this game does do many things right. If you're a fan of the franchise, you'll likely be a bit turned off and you're better off playing the PS2 or Wii version of Power Pros 2008. But if you're looking for a solid baseball game with an emphasis on mechanics rather than options, you'll likely enjoy the DS version of this game. There's certainly room for improvement, but it's a good first step and bodes well for handheld Power Pros games to come.

By Joseph Catalanotto
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
Nicely-done 3D, but some of the crazy artistic style has been lost in the process.
4.1
Control
Solid, button-implementing baseball controls. Batting, pitching, running, and fielding are all well-done.
2.70
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The game lacks any good music and the commentary is disappointing.
2.8

Play Value
Season and career modes are conspicuously lacking, and decent multiplayer does little to make up for it.

3.3
Overall Rating - Fair
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • The original "Power Pros" visual style, featuring cartoon versions of MLB players, recreates your favorite stars in a uniquely humorous manner.
  • Easy pick-up-and-play pitching and batting mechanics create a fun experience for both novices and gamers.
  • Take your best shot at several fun game modes, including Matchup, Playoffs, and Home Run Challenge.
  • Compete against friends using Wireless Play, and only one cartridge is needed for download play!


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