Slightly less popular than professional bull riding, college baseball has thrilled viewers of ESPN 2 (the loyal few that are awake at 4:00AM) for years. Since losing the Major League Baseball license, EA was forced to go back to school with its baseball games. While its upcoming MVP 07 NCAA Baseball lacks the pageantry of MLB, it just might have the best baseball gameplay you'll find this year.
Returning from last year's game are tight features like Load and Fire Batting and Precision Throwing. The biggest addition and change to the game is Rock and Fire Pitching. This mechanic has you selecting a pitch using the face buttons and controlling the actual pitching with the analog sticks. You'll use the left stick to spot location, while the right stick is cranked back for power and launched forward for accuracy. A cone-shaped meter helps you gauge each pitch; the bottom of the cone helps you find the sweet spot for each pitch's power, while the top measures the release point for accuracy.