a sports game that requires viewing a small gameplay
object in motion such as a baseball or hockey puck
becomes a chore on any small screen and MVP falls
directly into that category. Unfortunately that's
not where the troubles end.
you've enjoyed EA's quality offering of this series
on the console systems you'll be hard pressed to find
a good reason to take a portable version of the game
with you. Portability isn't reason enough.
to the downsizing of features and gameplay mechanics
which PSP games are experiencing at a drastic rate,
MVP Baseball is missing the heart and soul which makes
it a veritable fan favorite on the big screen; namely
Perfect Zone. Unable to place your pitches exactly
where you want them makes the game easier for the
AI and much harder for you. As well, due to the PSP's
small screen you'll have to squint and hunt for the
cursor. I hate that.
you can get beyond the interface, MVP is a looker.
The animations of the various swings, catches, pitches
and slides are excellent - but of course they've been
carried over from big brother. But I'm at that stage
of my life where graphics just don't wow me if the
gameplay isn't there and MVP strikes out when compared
to the console version I know, love and respect.
you're jonesing for a baseball title for the PSP,
you don't have a lot of options. Sony's entry isn't
up to snuff either and in comparing the two, I'd say
MVP over Sony's. It will definitely pass the time
while taking the subway to and from work but at the
end of the day, you'll come home, turn off the PSP
and fire up the console version which is a homerun
compared to this ballwalker.