MLB Power Pros 2008 Wii Review

August 23, 2008

ChattahBox reviews MLB Power Pros 2008 on the WiiMLB Power Pros 2008

Nintendo Wii Review
Publisher: 2K Sports
Developer: Konami

Released: July 28, 2008

As a father of two boys who sleep breathe and eat baseball games like MLB Power Pros help us get the baseball fix when we can’t get outside. The challenges we typically face having a 13-year-old and a 4-year-old are that the typical baseball games are too complex for the little guy, or too “baby-ish” for my teenager. MLB Power Pros brings both to the table, it has modes that will keep my older son coming back and entertained while also simple enough for the younger audience.

The visuals of the game can be a bit overwhelming at first. In fact even the main page of the game intimidated me with the amount of “stuff” there. At the main page you will see all the different game modes available to you.

The overwhelmed feeling is not something only on the main page, it seems the designers tried to fit as much into every screen as they could, which is good because there is a lot going on during the various stages of the games. There is a lot of color which can be distracting at first but once you get a handle on what everything is and what it represents it is a bit easier.

The characters/ players and parks you play in look more like the cartoon drawings you would get at the county fair rather than the detailed graphics using the motion capture technology that we have been used to seeing in recent games. All that said I really liked the tone it brought to the game, it didn’t make the game cold and stale but rather fun and exciting, even if the players feet are in no way attached to the body it didn’t matter.

The gameplay modes allow you to take advantage of the technology of the Wii where you can swing the remote as a baseball bat to hit or as a ball to pitch. The unfortunate part is that this is only available in two of the game modes, Home Run Derby and Exhibition.

The other modes such as Success and Life modes, were interesting because in these modes you can create your own character or take control of an existing player and help them develop through their career as a minor and hopefully major leaguer. There is a lot to pay attention to in each of these modes so these were the more complex pieces that would interest the more experienced gamers. The user is responsible for managing the player’s development and skills in baseball but also money, friends and love life.

Your Season and Tournament modes were in my favorite modes since you can become the GM of an existing team and manage the roster as is or “Dream Draft” from all players in the bigs today, working your way towards building a World Series Champion.

MLB Power Pros is a baseball game designed to deliver a fun game to be played by a wide audience and does not try to me anything more and in that respect it has exceeded even it’s own expectations.

Graphics: 7.5 The characters and scenes were what we have come to expect from the Japanese born Nintendo games, this is not a bad thing and works well here.

Audio: 7.0 Nothing special here, just background music.

Gameplay: 8.0 Even though only two modes utilize the motion technology of the Wii I found this game to be very easy to play and a lot of fun.

Replay Value: 8.0
This game offers an ever changing universe that you can shape and no two games will be the same.

Final Score: 8.2

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