MLB Power Pros 2008

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MLB Power Pros 2008
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Developer(s) Konami
Publisher(s) 2K Sports
Series Power Pros
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Wii, Nintendo DS
Release PlayStation 2, Wii
  • NA: July 29, 2008
  • JP: October 2, 2008
Nintendo DS
Genre(s) Sports

MLB Power Pros 2008 is the sequel to MLB Power Pros. It is a baseball video game developed by Konami for Nintendo's Wii and Sony's PlayStation 2 video game consoles, as well as the Nintendo DS handheld, and is part of the traditionally Japan-only Power Pros series of video games. The game was released in 2008 and published by 2K Sports. The game retains the same look, feel, and gameplay as its predecessor, but features updated rosters, new modes (such as MLB Life), new features (in-game bullpen control), among others.

MLB Life[edit]

The new mode on MLB Power Pro 2008 is about carrying on a career as a professional player (for the purposes of this section, "users" are those playing the video game, whereas "players" are the in-game characters); this player can be one of three things. First, the player may already be in the majors or triple A. Second, users can create a player and customize his skills. Third, users can use a created player from success mode; this player has made it to the major league level.

During a game instead of pitching and batting the whole game, users will bat and run the bases as the individual player, and control other players on the bases. (This requires the user to enable the option of manual base running.) When the user plays as a pitcher, he or she will pitch only when the player is on the mound; fielding is computer-controlled.

When controlling a player, users will have a day planner every day. Most days there will be a period of time were users can choose what to do, called Free Time. Some would be hobbies like golf, driving, darts and reading. Another option is to rest, where players gain vitality and (in some cases) lower fatigue. There is also practice alone. That is when users will work on skills. Finally, there is Chat option, where players can talk to fellow baseball players, agents, managers, ladies, and others.

After 20 years or if players are showing age and have put up the significant statistics, the player's time to retire will come. After notifying the manager, a retirement date will be set. Once the player has played that day, his career will come to an end. At that point, the player will have finished MLB life on MLB Power Pros 2008.

Cover[edit]

The cover features 8 then-MLB stars: Chien-Ming Wang, Magglio Ordóñez, Jimmy Rollins, Prince Fielder, Derrek Lee, Francisco Rodríguez, Takashi Saito, and Josh Beckett.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Review scores
Publication Score
DS PS2 Wii
Famitsu N/A 31/40[2] 31/40[2]
Game Revolution N/A C−[3] C−[4]
GameSpot 7/10[5] 8/10[6] 8/10[7]
GamesRadar+ N/A 3/5 stars[8] 3/5 stars[8]
GameZone 7/10[9] N/A 7.7/10[10]
IGN 7/10[11] 8.4/10[12] 8.4/10[12]
Nintendo Power N/A N/A 7/10[13]
PSM N/A 2.5/5 stars[14] N/A
X-Play N/A N/A 4/5 stars[15]
411Mania N/A N/A 8.2/10[16]
Aggregate score
Metacritic 70/100[17] 67/100[18] 79/100[19]

The Wii version received "generally favorable reviews", while the DS and PlayStation 2 versions received "average" reviews, according to the review aggregation website Metacritic.[17][18][19] In Japan, Famitsu gave the PS2 and Wii versions a score of three eights and one seven for a total of 31 out of 40.[2]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ a b c rawmeatcowboy (September 24, 2008). "Famitsu - review scores". GoNintendo. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  3. ^ Damiano, Greg (September 5, 2008). "MLB Power Pros 2008 Review (PS2)". Game Revolution. Archived from the original on September 6, 2015. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  4. ^ Damiano, Greg (August 27, 2008). "MLB Power Pros 2008 Review (Wii)". Game Revolution. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  5. ^ Watters, Chris (September 12, 2008). "MLB Power Pros 2008 Review (DS)". GameSpot. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  6. ^ Watters, Chris (August 22, 2008). "MLB Power Pros 2008 Review (PS2)". GameSpot. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  7. ^ Watters, Chris (August 22, 2008). "MLB Power Pros 2008 Review (Wii)". GameSpot. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  8. ^ a b Grisham, Richard (August 6, 2008). "MLB Power Pros 2008 review (PS2, Wii)". GamesRadar. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  9. ^ Nicksarlian, Greg (September 15, 2008). "MLB Power Pros 2008 - NDS - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on September 19, 2008. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  10. ^ Aceinet (August 5, 2008). "MLB Power Pros 2008 - WII - Review". GameZone. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  11. ^ Bozon, Mark (August 27, 2008). "MLB Power Pros 2008 DS Review". IGN. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  12. ^ a b Bozon, Mark (July 28, 2008). "MLB Power Pros 2008 Review (PS2, Wii)". IGN. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  13. ^ "MLB Power Pros 2008 (Wii)". Nintendo Power. Vol. 232. September 2008. p. 88. 
  14. ^ "Review: MLB Power Pros". PlayStation: The Official Magazine. No. 10. September 2008. p. 81. 
  15. ^ Gaskill, Jake (August 4, 2008). "MLB Power Pros 2008 (Wii)". X-Play. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  16. ^ Aranda, Ramon (September 15, 2008). "MLB Power Pros 2008 (Wii) Review". 411Mania. Archived from the original on September 18, 2008. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  17. ^ a b "MLB Power Pros 2008 for DS Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  18. ^ a b "MLB Power Pros 2008 for PlayStation 2 Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved October 26, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b "MLB Power Pros 2008 for Wii Reviews". Metacritic. 

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