Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment America Inc.
Players: Console: 1-2 Players, Online: 1-2 Players;
w/ 32 Man Tournaments
Platform: PlayStation®2 Computer Entertainment
System, PlayStation® Computer Entertainment System
analog controller, Memory Card (8MB) (for PlayStation 2), Network Adaptor
(Ethernet/modem) (for PlayStation 2), PS2 USB Headset, USB Keyboard
Launch Date: Spring 2004
Rating: "E" for
Set for a Spring 2004 release, MLB™ 2005 promises to be the
most authentic baseball simulation for the PlayStation®2 computer
entertainment system. MLB 2005 is the game baseball enthusiasts
have always wanted. Eleven extensive gameplay options including Historical
All-Time Greats, an all-new Franchise Mode that allows you to control
every aspect of running a baseball franchise, an all-new Career Mode
that takes you from Class A ball to the Fall Classic, all-new Simulation
Mode where you can watch games unfold as you call the shots or jump
in and close out a tight one, and Online playability through 989SportsOnline.com
with 32-man tournaments make this the deepest baseball videogame ever
produced. It goes deeper; pitcher/batter controls and interfaces have
been redesigned for preference-based flexibility – Total Control has
never been so sweet. Throw in game consultation and motion capture
from more than two dozen Major League All-Stars, a new three-man booth
with play-by-play from Hall of Famer Vin Scully,color commentary from
ESPN's Dave Campbell and San Diego Padres' Matt Vasgersian, and you've
got the most complete baseball game available this season.
All-New Pitcher / Batter Interface
New Interface Cameras – Five
camera options for the pitching / batting interface offer something
for everyone. Choose from two pitcher cams, two umpire cams or the
New Interactive Hot / Cold Zones – Take
hot and cold zones one step further with the ability to alter them.
Turn cold zones hot and vice versa with your performance at the plate
or from the bump.
Double Switches – Effectively manage
your lineup and put your weakest stick in the nine-slot when you take
advantage of double switch opportunities.
Player Scaled Strike Zones – MLB is
the only game with scaled strike zones and proportionate to individual
Redesigned Pitching Controls
New Pressure Sensitive Pitching – Rear
back and throw from your heels when you jam on the "X". Sometimes you'll
need a little something extra. But remember that too much velocity
could have an impact on accuracy. Getting in a groove and hitting your
spots is the key to being a successful pitcher.
New Mound Visits – When pitchers
start to get tired or begin thinking too much, it often helps to have
someone settle them down. If your pitcher falls out of his groove,
expect a trip from the infield, coach or manager.
Total Control Pitching – An MLB 2005
exclusive that puts you on the pitcher's mound as you try to work the
corners controlling pitch type, location and velocity. With Total Control
Pitching you can force hitters to chase your pitch.
Pitch Outs – Learn the art of base
running and how to defend it with a pitch out. Key running counts are
2-0 and 3-1 but when strong hitters fall behind in the count – look
for speedy base runners to bail them out or swipe a bag.
Bullpens – Proper bullpen management
can determine the fate of a team. With MLB 2005 you need to know when
you should get pitchers up to make relief appearances effective.
In Game Scouting Reports – Everybody
knows everything about everybody in the Bigs. With MLB 2005 and in-game
scouting reports, so do you. Get tips on pitches and locations that
have been successful in the past. Learn hitter's tendencies and go
after them aggressively.
Redesigned Batting Controls
New Zone Control Batting – Total
Control was designed for hard-core baseball fans and may be a bit difficult
for some novice gamers. However, Zone Control should be right down
Broadway. With Zone Control, you need only recognize one of four "zones" within
the strike zone. The rest of the challenge is just timing. Look for
a pitch in your zone and start hacking. And for beginners, MLB also
has a batting option that is dedicated to timing alone.
Total Control Batting – The only batting
interface built to maximize risks and rewards associated with "guess" hitting
. Guess pitch type and location; get locked on to a pitch and go yard.
Guess wrong and it's a long walk back to the bench.
Hot & Cold Streaks – Link together
three or more hits in a game and you'll be in the zone with increases
in batting attributes for contact and power. Conversely, if you're
struggling, attributes are decreased and you'll be praying for a flare
to get you back on track.
Mound Charging – Not condoned by the
teams, umpires nor the league, but it is part of the game. Batters
beware; there are consequences for your actions. With this option exercised,
you should expect an early trip to the showers and a possible suspension.
New Pressure Sensitive Throwing – Get
the most out of your arm slinging the ball around the diamond. But
reach too deep and runners will advance from wild throws into the stands
resulting in costly errors.
New Cut Offs, Relays & Run Downs – Reduce
your ERA. Hit your relay men and hold runners from extra bases. Know
when to make a cut and learn how to effectively execute a run down.
All three are critical components of eliminating scoring threats.
Total Control Fielding – More realistic
than ever before. Your momentum, arm strength and accuracy all play
a part in your ability to dazzle from the field. Dive for balls in
the hole and flip to second or make a backhanded stab and gun the runner
at first with a jump throw.
Individual Player Positioning – Position
players exactly where you want without affecting the entire defense.
Bring one outfield in to alleviate the threat of a slap hitter or move
first and third to hug the lines.
Catcher Back Picks – Gun down runners
with strong-armed catchers when a leads get a little long or back runners
Base Running Controls
Total Control Base Running – Freeze
on a line drive, go half way on the fly, tag on a deep fly or gamble
and take off for the dish. Adjust your lead on the base paths but be
mindful of base running errors that can be costly – don't run yourself
out of an inning.
Base Running Windows – Get
a detailed look at base runner leads and determine what kind of jump
they can get for stolen bags or a hit and run.
Authentic Base Running Animations – Realistic
base running angles, runners rounding bases and multiple slides will
get you extra bags without breaking your momentum.
12 Extensive GamePlay Options
New All-Time Greats – Play
as or against the biggest stars ever to step over a foul line. See
if you've got what it takes to mow down the likes of Babe Ruth, Lou
Gehrig, Ty Cobb, Jackie Robinson, Reggie Jackson, or Stan Musial. If
hitting is your thing, look down the barrel of guys like Cy Young,
Satchel Paige, Mordecai "three finger" Brown, Dizzy Dean, Don Drysdale
or Catfish Hunter. Baseball is timeless – now so is your roster.
New MLB Online – Get your
staff tough as nails and take them online to see what kind of damage
you can do. Along with head-to-head gameplay and 32-team tournaments
you'll be treated to a host of new opportunities designed to keep you
entertained for hours. From the moment you log on to 989SportsOnline
you'll see what it's the leading sports game community. Complete with
live sports tickers, message boards, chat, headset functionality and
more. To top it off – it's PC compatible so you're always able to keep
with the Jones'.
New Franchise Mode – Redesigned
from the ground up, Franchise Mode is all about becoming the next baseball
mogul. Steinbrenner's got nothing on you. You control the whole show.
From player deals, television contracts and vendor negotiations to
parking, tickets and concessions. Control promo-nights, player scouting
and more. Your success or failure is all about the decisions you make.
New Eye Toy Functionality – Now
when you put yourself in the game, you're really putting
yourself in the game. Use the functionality of Eye Toy to take a snapshot
of yourself and put your mug on an MLB player – viola, you're an MLB
New Career Mode – Through
the incorporation of the popular Spring Training Mode™, the all-new
Career Mode is incredibly deep. Start your career in Create Player,
get yourself signed and start your career in Spring Training. Prove
yourself worthy and negotiate your contract to the bigs. Cooperstown
is within reach.
New Simulation Mode – Track
games on a pitch-by-pitch basis as you watch the game unfold in front
of your eyes. If the outcome is looking uncertain, jump into the game
and take control of your team and their destiny. The first simulator
of its kind in a video game. For the first time ever on in a baseball
video game can you go head-to-head with a friend and go for the ultimate
managerial duel. Get a buddy and go for the Little / Torre match up
and see if you can avoid making crucial managerial blunders while taking
your team to the Fall Classic.
New Create A Player – Redesigned
for increased depth, you now are able to customize virtually all aspects
of a created player. From the height, weight and look right down to
the player's bio and profile.
Exhibition Mode – Choose any match-up
you like. You have 33 teams to choose from. Go traditional with rivalries
like the Yankees – Bo Sox. Or go for the improbable with the battle
of Curse-town Rivals: Cubbies – Bo Sox. You create the match-up to
see if you have a degree in the science of baseball.
Season Mode – Challenge yourself to
162 games and see if you can win a World Series title the hard way.
Deal with day-to-day match-ups, refine your lineup and play for the
championship just like the pros. Grind out one season or carry it over
from year to year and see how you fare with unlimited back to back
Home Run Derby – You
pick the lineup, you set the rules and you determine the modern day
Sultan of Swat with the traditional homerun contest of Major League
All-Stars. Complete with its own animation database for the most realistic
aspects of the event.
All-Star Game – Take your trip to Houston
early and see who prevails for home field advantage in the 2004 Fall
Playoffs Mode – If
you don't have the patience for a full season, don't have the time
for 162 games or just flat out don't like to play unless a title is
on the line, this is for you. Bypass the full season and nominate yourself
as Mr. October. Play or sim the Divisional Series and the Championship
Series and see if you can get a shot at a World Series ring.
New Three-Man Booth – Hundreds
of play-by-play hours from Hall of Famer Vin Scully, are supported
with color commentary from ESPN's Dave Campbell and San Diego Padres'
Matt Vasgersian. The new booth is designed around progressive audio
for the most realistic conversational interaction.
New Progressive Audio – As
stats are tracked through the season, the commentary from the booth
will change to reflect what current revelations occur within the game.
Hear about comparisons of home/away, day/night, player streaks and
New Network-Style Telecast – Dozens
of camera angles give you in the best possible angle for every pitch,
hit, out or dinger.
Auto Action Replay – Highlight and save
all the big plays, heroics, bloopers and blunders.
Play Of The Game – At the conclusion
of each game you can see the play of the game and save it to a memory
card. Compile your own highlight reel worthy of sports segment airtime.
Multiple Stadium Perspectives – Transporting
you from the front gate to the field at any of the major league ballparks.
All-New Game Design
New True Trajectory Ball Physics – Incorporating
multiple levels of "True Trajectory" baseball physics for the most
realistic feel from the batter's box or the field. From the crack of
the bat you'll see screaming line drives, flares, bloops and caroms.
From outfield cannons take notice of turf hops, short hops and bad
New Fielding AI – Incorporating
better use of positioning, cuts, relays and backups to make big plays
and better throwing decisions. Get too aggressive and you could get
hung out to dry and forced to scramble for the nearest bag in a run-down.
New Base Running AI – Base-running
decisions are made on the fly. Runners react to the situation. Fly
balls: tag up or go half way? Ground balls: advance or stay close to
the bag? Freeze on line drives. Runners are now better equipped to
make these decisions.
Pitching AI – Design ed with input from
some of the greats from yesterday and today to keep hitters guessing
and prevent you from sitting on one pitch.
Batting AI – Sculpted with some of
the best hitters in the game. Hitters are more focused to hit their
pitch and avoid chasing balls out of the strike zone.
All-New Graphics & Lighting
New Unbelievable Ballparks – Scaled
to replicate each modern-day ballpark to exact detail. All stadiums
have been designed with city specific details including: haze, water
effects, fireworks and animated objects throughout.
New Player Models – Redesigned
from the ground up to enhance the nearly picture perfect head scan
technology applied to each Major League player. Complete with skin
tones, facial hair, individual body styles, uniform wrinkles, creases
New Animated Base Coaches – Take
a glance at the coach as your rounding the bag to see if you need to
stay close, take a bigger turn or take off for the next base.
Authentic Sponsor Signage – True baseball
signage for MLB affiliated sponsors throughout the stadium (i.e. MLB,
MLBPA, Louisville Slugger, Bike, Franklin, Rawlings and more).
Animated Umpires – Call balls, strikes,
fouls and outs from the field, in full effect.
Animated Crowds – Polygonal, fully
animated crowd members. We can already hear the complaints about fan
interference. It's all part of the game.
Real Time Scoreboards – Tally balls,
strikes, hits, runs, innings and score in every stadium.
Authentic JumboTrons - Capturing all
the action and close plays in real time.
New 60fps Baseball Engine – Smooth,
fast and fluid. MLB 2005 makes the leap from 30fps to 60fps for the
first time in franchise history. The result: seamless animations with
unbelievable clarity and realism.
Professional MLB Motion Captured Athletes – More
than 24 professional athletes including Roger Clemens, Shawn Green,
Tony Gwynn, Trevor Hoffman, Tim Hudson, Darryl Hamilton, Darryl Kile,
Troy Percival, Brett Tomko, Mo Vaughn and more.
3,500+ Personalized Animations – MLB
2005 boasts more than twice the animations from the previous year and
the most p ersonalized batting stances, pitching motions, catching
and throwing animations of any 2004 baseball video game.
Motion Blending – Ensuring seamless
integration of multiple animation sequences into fluid animated transitions
from running to fielding to throwing. Because the new throwing system
depends on a fielder's speed, angle and momentum, the throwing animations
will rarely be the same. Defensive animations have tripled with the
new motion blending architecture.
Dynamic Scouting Reports & Player Attributes – Giving
you the real time edge with player stats, in-game reports and hot/cold
aspects for each player. Throughout the course of a season player attributes
are impacted by any extended hot or cold streaks.
104 Statistic Categories – Research
individual players and teams when you need more information to get
a competitive advantage.
Authentic MLB Trophies – Bring home
some recognition with the Louisville Silver Bat, Cy Young, Rolaids
Relief, MVP Awards, the World Series™ and more.