MVP 14 BASEBALL
by dennisjames71 & daflyboys
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Presenting a full conversion mod to bring the MVP Baseball experience into the 2014 season.
Based upon the success from the last 2 season's mods (MVP 12 & MVP 13), this mod heavily focuses on realism of not only the major league rosters as well as the minor leagues. This is thanks to the superb talents and painstaking dedication of daflyboys and his rosters along with heavy collaboration with ENCBase13 and his tremendous contributions. A huge thanks goes out to Oscar Morales for his constant updating of the Player ID list which ensures accuracy and uniformity. Rising Son’s cyberfaces and portraits have been a great contribution to the community and this mod as well.
Graphically, this has been a pet project of mine since Spring Training of this year and I was lucky enough to get a large majority of the work compiled by around April/May. After a lengthy layoff...I decided to revisit the project and finish what I started. As I mentioned, daflyboys' excellent and accurate rosters was a huge motivator for me in this project. Behind the scenes, the comments and kind words from people like Y4L, Jim825, daflyboys, and bctrackboi11 helped me tremendously in even bringing this to the table in the first place. To be honest, if it wasn't for these good friends, this project would not have seen the light of day.
Anyway, what we have here is a considerable modification from my own personal MVP 13 from last season which not only updates the experience, but also adds some unique touches to the game. First of all, this mod focuses on the modern game. I have eliminated all classic stadiums and have repurposed/modded a set of 24 minor league and/or spring training ballparks to play in. From the stadium select screens, it’s obvious that some stadiums are team specific but there are also some "generic" minor league parks to play in too. Of course there are versions of all MLB stadiums and you'll find the night version of Target Field among the minor league parks (just scroll through and you'll find it).
Updated and new custom uniforms are there for MLB and minor league teams. The only team that I did not update to the 2014 season was the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA) and I will do those and release them at some point when I get a chance as an add-on. Now the question will come up with the blank/blacked-out slots in the uniform-select screens. Yes, there are SOME blanked out slots for SOME teams and the reason why I did that was to try to eliminate the stock throwback uniforms that just are not up to par with the rest of the uniform sets. Also, the other main reason I blanked some of those slots is because each team has “hard-coded” attributes for their uniform sets such as “Classic Tight”, “Classic Baggy”, etc. The problem is if you take a modern or baggy uniform and try to place it in a “Classic Tight” slot, then the uniform looks warped…in other words, it looks horrible. I combed through many of my Total Classics uniforms in order to fill as many slots as possible but I wasn’t going to waste my time looking for Classic Tight uniforms for the D-Backs for example, when they never really existed in the first place. Overall, there is a tremendous collection of uniforms here to choose from and I have tried to label them as completely as possible. Otherwise, just pick one that looks good and go with it.
The core of this mod comes from daflyboys & ENCBase13’s roster set which is based on current rosters as of September 14, 2014. Unlike many baseball video games, these rosters are not based on stats and ratings from last season; these are based on THIS season. The painstaking work and great attention to detail is what’s going to make this mod an enjoyable experience. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the sim results as well.
I have tested this method and the game itself on 3 different PCs running Windows XP and Windows 7 64-bit. This works on a gaming desktop PC (Win 7), a standard desktop PC (Win XP), and a 2 year-old standard quality PC laptop (Win 7).
With that being said; I’m sure there will be “My Game Crashes when I try to start a game” issues. To minimize some of these possible problems; please try some common sense, troubleshooting tips so that the support forums will not get flooded unecessarily.
- Re-boot the computer and try to start the game from there.
- Make sure that you don’t have multiple programs, browsers, media players, etc. running at the same time.
- Check your in-game resolution. When I test this game on a laptop, I make sure I’m running it at 1024 x 768. If it’s running on a system with a larger monitor; I use the 1280 x 1024 resolution.
- Make sure your video card drivers are updated.
- Run the game in Windows XP Compatibility Mode & Run As Administrator. Just right-click the .EXE file, click the Compatibility Tab, and then makes sure to click Apply.
Download the BigGUI Tool:
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Open your Models.BIG (in your DATA folder) with BigGUI, click File and then click Rebuild...after a few seconds, the program re-organizes the Hex Addresses of all the components...more importantly it brings the Models.BIG file down from 819mb to around 760 mb. I have had ZERO crashes since doing this on all of my installs of MVP 14. I would highly recommend anyone having crash issues to give this solution a try. It's quick and easy.
I know the requirements for the original MVP 2005 Baseball were quite low; but keep in mind that with all of the conversion mods, the requirements are a bit steeper. Resolutions of uniforms and stadiums primarily are doubled or quadrupled but still, almost any modern PC will run this fine. For example, my laptop cannot run NBA 2K14; but it runs MVP 14 with no problems. I’ve made sure to properly compress and rebuild (in biGUI) all stadiums so that the file sizes are minimal. When I tested this, I started 8 exhibition games in a row on my gaming desktop and I started 5 games in a row on my laptop with no crashes.
Now, the only operating system I have not tested this on has been any version of Windows 8 (8.1), etc. All I could recommend is to make sure you are running the game in compatibility mode/administrator mode.
I’ll be creating a support forum thread for MVP 14 where questions can be addressed; but again, please review the trouble-shooting tips I posted above to see if that doesn’t solve your problem.
Most of all, enjoy the game!!
Clicking the green "download" button contains daflyboys' collection of 3 Roster Sets.
- (1) The Original database folder / roster set that came with the MVP 14 game.
- (2) BaseUp! Rosters MVP 14 CPU v CPU Ver. 4.0: Sit back and watch your favorite teams compete against each other in realistic games! Everything you need is contained in the zipped file.
- (3) BaseUp! Rosters MVP 14 Alternate Phase 4: This roster set reflects season-ending injuries (with the injured players placed elsewhere in the organization).
MEDIAFIRE (alternate): http://www.mediafire.com/download/vnter4f97p4s9g7/data.7z