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Power Pros : Wii Video Game

Don’t let the cartoonish box fool you - as far as the core experience goes, MLB Power Pros is just as deep, customizable, and downright overwhelming as it was last year, with everything from a Manager Mode for trades, salary negotiations, and free agent signing, to full Create a Player/Team modes, a story-driven, anime life sim Success Mode that’ll last you well over 40 hours, and more stat tracking than can be found in any other baseball game out there, period. You’ll still get the same general controls -- good and bad, since there’s no real Wii progression in the series yet -- with the best way to play still being classic controller on Wii, or PS2 controller (nearly identical in how they are laid out, and what works), and the game is still a hybrid mix of insane stats and options, blended with the RBI baseball feel and aim/hit controls of something like All Star Baseball 2000-whatever.
 
we’ll dive into what, specifically, has changed. It isn’t much, but it adds up. This year you’ll see hot and cold boxes for batting, a new pitching mode that lets you pitch with real-time controls (similar to the Hot Shots Golf tap system, but this time for delivering accuracy and power when pitching) if you want to, more unlockable stadiums, players, equipment, and baseball cards for each MLB player, the option to change things like on-screen icons, pitch icons, batting HUD pieces, and the like. These are all minor changes, but the final one on the list isn’t, which is MLB Life Mode.

MLB Life Mode, like Success Mode, is a mix of sim gameplay, relationship building and "out of baseball" life RPG moments, as well as traditional play. Following 20 years of a major league career (your favorite pro, or your own created character) you’ll trade out the homework, studying, and overall school-based challenges in Success Mode for things like donations, car/house shopping, relationship building (both with the team, and a potential cutie-pie girlfriend) and more. There’s a whole new system in place for upgrades to your player, practice and stat boosting, special MLB powers to make your pro more of a superstar, and "moment to moment" gameplay during games, where you control only your player as they determine key moments in the game on both offense and defense. Success Mode is still included, and it’s a big as ever (continuing the story from the last game), but MLB Life is another 75+ hours of gameplay you could dive into should you choose to. 20 years is a long, long time in this mode.

 



 
4/26/2012 - Ting Tings 'Sounds From Nowheresville' CD Review
Borrowed from SPIN and because I hated the first album I love hearing about a terrible second album.

 
4/16/2012 - Fort Lean - Fort Lean 'EP Review
If there is a complaint is that it's ONLY 4 songs.

 
4/15/2012 - Mrs Magician - 'Strange Heaven' CD Review
Suddenly your transported back to the 60's in California.

 
4/15/2012 - Delta Spirit - 'Delta Spirit' CD Review
Beautiful hooks and walls of sound make this the summer LP of 2012

 
4/12/2012 - Spiritualized - 'Sweet Heart Sweet Light' CD Review
Wait no more, Jason Pierce recovers from a near death illness to record what has become a standard for Spiritualized - A MASTERPIECE

 
4/12/2012 - 2012 Sees Us Change The Way We Review Music
Tired of long boring self serving reviews that only seem to serve the music elitism?

 
3/6/2010 - Alice In Wonderland - Movie Review
In 2010 we are doing all our reviews in 100 words or less - I mean after all do you really care what we think?

 
6/23/2009 - Lemonheads - 'Varshons' CD Review
After covering over a dozen songs The Lemonheads decide to release a whole album dedicated to the art

 
6/1/2009 - Phoenix ready to rise in the U.S.
The French band hits the States with a new album and a new label

 
5/5/2009 - Ben Harper And The Relentless Seven - White Lies For Dark Times Review
If You BUY one LP this year, Ben Harper's 'White Lies For Dark Times' must be it.

 
3/20/2009 - Peter Doherty - 'Grace/Wastelands' CD Review
The album Libertines fans wanted Pete to make.

 
3/20/2009 - Super Furry Animals - Dark Days/Light Years' - CD Review
God Show Me WONDERFULNESS!

 
1/27/2009 - Andrew Bird - Noble Beast CD Review
Multi-Instrumentalist shows vocal range on 'Noble Beasts'.

 
1/27/2009 - Metallica - Death Magnetic CD Review
Here's to a band not look forward or backwards.

 
1/24/2009 - Bruce Sprinsteen - Working On A Dream CD Review
Sounding more and more like Dylan everyday is not always a good thing.

 
11/1/2008 - Matt Nathanson - Some Mad Hope CD Review
Come On get Higher With Matt. He has taken his music to the next level and selling out everywhere as a result.

 
11/1/2008 - Ben Kenney - Distance And Comfort CD Review
Stepping out of his bass shadows, Kenney shows he is a talent that can stand up on his own.

 
11/1/2008 - Ryan Adams & The Cardinals - Cardinology CD Review
Perharps Ryan believes the key is releasing as much music as possible. Thank God for us if that is what he thinks.

 
9/5/2008 - Ra Ra Riot - The Rhumb Line LP Review
Broken band make beautiful music.

 
8/12/2008 - Newton Faulkner is something fresh.
Newton Faulkner is something fresh.

 
8/4/2008 - RATM - AMAZING!
There is a single word that can be used to describe the performance by Rage Against The Machine, the headliner on Saturday night of Lollapalooza in Chicago-Amazing.

 
6/1/2008 - Spiritualized - 'Songs In A & E'
Jason Pierce returns from a near death experience and the result is a near perfect album.

 
5/3/2008 - Scarlett Johansson - 'Where I
not your typical Actor-turned-

 
4/28/2008 - Alkaline Trio - ’Help Me
Band has refined sound and off

 
4/28/2008 - Weezer - Pork And Beans&rsquo
Adorable Title Makes for quirk

 
4/8/2008 - Tokyo Police Club - 'Elephant
Prepare yourself for 28 minute

 
3/8/2008 - MGMT - 'Oracular Spectacular'
First great album of 2008

 
3/8/2008 - Gutter Twins - ’Saturnal
Grunge Gods Lanegan and Dulli

 
2/10/2008 - Sweeny Todd - Movie Review
This movie speaks to people on

 
2/5/2008 - Jack Johnson - ’Sleep Through Static’
Review Coming Soon

 
2/5/2008 - Lenny Kravitz - ’It’s Time For A Love Revolution’
Review coming soon

 
2/2/2008 - Matchbox Twenty hits the Palace
Let's see how far they've come...back.

 
2/1/2008 - Various Artists - ’Juno Soundtrack’
The best Movie soundtrack in 10 years.

 
1/21/2008 - Charlie Wilson’s War - Movie Review
This film is based on true events that revolve around a U.S. official and his efforts to prevent the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan. Charlie Wilson loved whiskey and he loved women, but they didn’t stop him from accomplishing something that should have been impossible

 
1/21/2008 - I Am Legend - Movie Review
In the year 2012 what was supposed to have cured the world from the horrible ravages of Cancer has mutated into a virus that has eradicated mankind from the planet. Dr. Robert Neville who appears to be immune from this biological agent roams the empty streets of New York in search of a cure.

 
1/4/2008 - Radiohead - ’In Rainbows’
This is a fantastic album which returns Radiohead to their roots of creating solid melodies woven within great music.

 
11/26/2007 - Eddie Vedder - 'Into The Wild'
Pearl Jam Fans may likely delight in the transition and maturation of Vedder, however the album has too many holes

 
11/21/2007 - No Country For Old Men Movie Review
Forget that this was "Oprah-Approved" and go see this movie.

 
11/21/2007 - No Country For Old Men (2)
A hunter by the name of Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) captures the ultimate bounty when he stumbles upon 2 million in cash. Of course when 2million goes missing there will always be those in search of it.

 
11/21/2007 - American Ganster Movie Review
Denzel Washington and Russell Crowe give their usual brilliant performances, but the movie falls a bit short. Crowe's character is given too much screen time and the masterful mind of a drug lord is not explored enough. American Gangster is a good film but you leave feeling like one of Lucas's junkies, desiring a bit more.

 
11/20/2007 - Zookeeper - 'Become All Things'
Become All Things is a nice album of piano-bar sing alongs with deep mood swings. It will not go down as one of the best of 2007, or live up to the hype, but the songs shoud find a nice place on your IPOD

 
11/19/2007 - Saturday Looks Good To Me - ’Fill Up The Room’
The Great news is the threatened "Opera" record has not yet been made. SLGTM return to their 70’s roots.

 
10/26/2007 - Dropkick Murphys - 'The Meanest Of Times'
Despite gaining mainstream exposure on last year's soundtrack to 'The Departed' as well as singing the National Anthem (repeatedly) for The Boston Red Sox, The Dropkick Murphys haven't softened their rough edges

 
10/26/2007 - The Cult - 'Born Into This'
The good news for Cult fans is that Ian Astbury who split to front the re-formed Doors is back

 
10/20/2007 - Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine - 'You Fat Bastard'
The years have not been good

 
10/20/2007 - Jimmy Eat World - 'Chase The Light'
Emo Fingerprints almost gone as band evolves into Pop Rock stars.

 
10/16/2007 - Fenn Valley Wines
A Review of the Vineyard

 
10/15/2007 - R.E.M. LIVE
Shiny Happy Old Tracks

 
10/15/2007 - Sid Lives
This collection would have Sid rolling around in his grave.

 
10/11/2007 - Various Artists: 'Control'
The truth is 90 per cent of the music here originates from albums that, if you don't own already, you should.

 
10/5/2007 - 3:10 to YUMA MOVIE REVIEW
In OLD West fashion blood is spilled in the streets as one man faces off against many in an attempt to honor his word

 
10/2/2007 - TRANSFORMERS
For 30 something males who are looking for a memory from their childhood, a movie has been made.

 
10/2/2007 - THE BOURNE ULTIMATUM
The third installment of the Bourne series once again finds Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) searching the globe in order to find his true identity

 
10/2/2007 - THE BRAVE ONE
The Brave One is a film about how pain can transform a person into something that they did not know existed within them.

 
10/2/2007 - THE KINGDOM
(Director) Peter Berg taps into an American Consciousness that has become filled with concern over the Middle East.

 
10/2/2007 - SUPERBAD
In their attempt to make things happen the two stumble all over themselves and learn a few things about themselves as well.<

 



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