MVP Baseball 2005 for Nintendo GameCube
The "2005" edition of EA Sports annual pro baseball offering takes to the field with a few minor changes designed to enhance gameplay in a major-league way. The MVP Baseball 2005 pitching meter may be a bit more forgiving than the previous year's version, but its smaller green zone makes it more challenging to throw a spot-on "perfect pitch." At the plate, batters can now move around in the box, and the new "Hitter's Eye" option is designed to mimic an experienced sluggers' split-second intuitions by causing a pitched ball to briefly flash with a color that hints at its spin and trajectory -- white for a fastball, red for a curve, and so on. Not all changes aid the offense, however, as adjustments have also been made to the speed and artificial intelligence of fielders, allowing them to react more quickly and perform more accurately as a team. For gamers who like to run their clubs from the front office, the game's new Ownership Mode is intended to let players truly take charge of their MLB organizations, adding business-sim aspects to the game that call on virtual team owners to design, develop, and manage their own ballparks.