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 28, 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

Game mechanics here work extremely well, and you'll have several options for control. You'll have your choice of GameCube and Classic Controller play, and these give the game a more precise and classic feel. However, you can use the Wii-mote and Nunchuk just fine, and these make a little more sense for more casual players who are more accustomed to the Wii-mote feel. Either way you control it, the mechanics are basically the same.

MLB Power Pros 2008 screenshot

In the story modes, you'll use point and click mechanics to make decisions for your player, and then you'll used ranged button releases for pitching and batting. You won't directly control most of the outfield or runs during the actual game, but you can set these via fairly intricate strategy settings that you can customize before every game.

Graphics and sound are essentially the same as they were in last year's iteration, although the game commentary has been notably improved. The music is still somewhat repetitive, especially during long dialogue scenes in the single-player modes. However, the sound on the whole is generally inoffensive.

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MLB Power Pros 2008 is a great sports title and really succeeds because it provides a deep and rewarding experience for serious sports gamers, but it also provides a fun and casual experience for those who just have basic knowledge of the sport and want to have some fun playing baseball. It has so many ways to play, and you can easily get past the fifty hour gameplay mark by playing just the three single-player modes. And if you want to create teams and play through the league and training modes, you could be playing all the way until next season!

By Amanda L. Kondolojy
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
3.5
Graphics
Graphics remain largely the same as last year with no real visible improvements.
4.4
Control
Controls work very well no matter which of the four different control schemes you decide to use.
3.6
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Music during long dialogue sessions can get a little annoying, but the commentary during games is excellent.
4.9

Play Value
With three very lengthy story modes, league play, character and team creation, as well as training modes, MLB Power Pros 2008 is one of the lengthiest and most immersive sports games, not only for the Wii, but for this generation.

4.6
Overall Rating - Must Buy
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Exhibition Mode: Play a one-off match with your favorite team.
  • Success Mode: Work your way from the Minors all the way up to the Big Leagues.
  • Season Mode: Play through a full season and compete for the championship.
  • MLB Life Mode: Experience life as a Major Leaguer.
  • League Mode: Compete in a league with up to 6 players.


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