Possibly the greatest baseball video game out there. Developed by EA Sports, the MVP franchise of Major League Baseball video games was the pinnacle of baseball video game play. It had everything.
A Left Fielder for the Giants by the name of "Jon Dowd." A First Baseman/DH for the Red Sox named "Anthony Freese."
Pioneered the "pitch meter" as well as developed the strike zone in baseball video games.
Owner Mode, which allowed players to start at year one as a new owner of a team. You could build your team similar to real-life teams.
Dynasty Mode, where you could start a dynasty with any Major League ballclub and it's minor league affiliations (right down to class-A).
For example: Major League team: Philadelphia Phillies. Minor League affiliations (at the time): AAA- Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons; AA- Reading Phillies; A- Clearwater Threshers
Tons of unlockables. Everything from legendary ballplayers down to retro throwback uniforms and stadiums: including the likes of Forbes Field, Griffith Park, Metropolitian Stadium, Veterans Stadium, Shibe Park/Connie Mack Stadium, Polo Grounds, and even the ORIGINAL Fenway (circa 1912).
While on the subject of stadiums, you could customize the time of day, wind current/direction, and the mow pattern before starting a game.
The soundtrack of this game however small it was; was ground-breaking.
MVP also included: practice modes, a season mode, and home run derby.
Despite the outdated graphics by today's standard of baseball video games, the graphics and physics for MVP 2005 were revolutionary for that year.
MVP 2005 was also one of the first baseball games to offer "online" services through EA Sports, X-Box Live, and the Sony broadband adapter...
This game gets my number one spot due to it's overall "deepness." I own the game and I am still playing the game, unlocking cool stuff, and advancing my dynasty. The game itself is one of the greatest sports video games ever developed and published. Worth every penny