Well folks, I went to my blockbuster again today looking for MVP and WSB 2k3 for the XBox. No WSB but they did have MVP this time. Here's my impressions from playing one game. Graphics-Player models are pretty good. You'll definitely recognize players. However, there's something about them that just doesn't look truly realistic. I can't put my finger on it. Stadiums look decent but not great. They look somewhat low res(though i was playing at Dusk in the game so perhaps the textures look better during the day or night). The crowd looks pretty poor unfortunately but you don't see much of them anyway. The other players in the dugout are of the same low quality as the crowd. Sound-Nice. The two man commentary seems good but I did catch moments where they were talking about bunting to advance the runner when there was no one on base. The sounds of the game are captured well(random lets go "Team name" chants start up and die, you'll hear vendors yelling, etc). Also, the sound of the bat hitting the ball is perfect. Gameplay-This is the make or break area. While I've only played one game, there's good news and bad news. The good news is that the pitching/hitting interface is AMAZING. I'm not sure I can ever go back to a cursor style game for hitting, and the pitching interface makes every pitch exciting. The batting interface is hard to master but not hard to get a few hits from in your first few games. I was able to crack two homeruns (granted I'm playing on Rookie). The bad news is that there are some gameplay aspects that seem odd. For one thing, throwing to the cutoff man isn't available at all times(only when an indicator saying "Cutoff Man" is by the players name). Also, the auto dive/jump works well most of the time but there's a few times when it doesn't dive when a dive probably would have allowed the fielder to nab the ball. The dive seems to be pretty frequent though in some instances, perhaps too frequent. Lastly, I had one situation where my first baseman had the ball and wouldn't run over and tag the base. I might have pressed a button or it may have been a glitch. Overall, I'm feeling good about the game after only one game(granted it went 12 innings). While, it does seem that the gameplay isn't perfect, it looks like the good far outweighs the bad. I never realized how well a modern baseball game could work without a cursor while still allowing a certain degree of hitting control, but this is the perfect example of it. I've not had a chance to try WSB 2k3 yet and I still want to do so before I decide, but this game seems easy to pick up and play but will take skill to master. All in all, I give it a very preliminary I'm thinking that unless WSB 2k3 really wows me graphically and can compete gameplay wise, MVP is going to be the game for me this year. Definitely check it out, it's suprisingly good.