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A big step up from 2K9
on March 2, 2010
Okay, so before I begin, I am not going to make any comparisons to "The Show" for PS3, because that game is not available for the XBOX so, although everyone seems to think it is better, it's not an option for XBOX owners, so the comparisons are useless.
That being said, I happen to think that MLB 2K10 is an overall above average game. The main thing keeping last years version from being a good game was the pitching controls, it was just terrible. This year it is much better, and actually makes the game more enjoyable. The pitching has been completely redone. Each pitch now has its own particular motion that you must do with the joystick. In a way it is similar to doing a special attack in a fighting game. For example, for one particular pitch, you must first push forward and then do a half circle from 3 o'clock to 9 o'clock on the joystick. The success of the pitch is determined by the timing and motion of your movements. They even do a pitch analysis after the pitch so you can see what you did right or did wrong. The new pitching structure is a great feature of the game.
The graphics are decent but they are actually a slight down grade from last year.....however this is a welcome change because the gameplay is alot more fluid than last year. I'll take a slight drop off in graphics if it makes the game run smoother and cleaner. The players really don't look anything like they do in reality but when it comes to playing a sports game, graphics are second in my opinion to smooth gameplay. The stadiums are very accurate and detailed and do a nice job of giving each field its nuances.
The presentation in this game is really good. The announcers (Steve Philips, John Kruk, and Gary Thorne) have more varied and insightful phrases than ever before. It makes you feel that they are really there calling your game. For example, I was playing the game on a Tuesday night, and when the game started, they said "welcome to tuesday night baseball." They also have alot of information to say about every player and team and their performance last year, even vs the particular team you happen to be playing. Another aspect of presentation I like is on stolen bases. When its a close play at second, they slow down the play and zoom in on it so you get a really nice view of the tag. They also do pitch and swing analysis after the pitches and swings. This is really helpful at first when you are trying to learn the game, but can get annoying once you don't want to see it anymore. That's ok though because it can be turned off. I am stats guy and another thing I like about this game is that when a batter comes up, they will show his last years stats vs the particular pitcher he is facing, a nice touch. The batting view in default mode is way too low to the ground in my opinion, but it can be switched in the options menu.
The gameplay itself is alot more fluid on swings and also once the ball is in play, but no real major changes here from last year. One particular bug that bothers me and wasn't fixed from last year is that the players body position and arm motion don't necessarily match up with where he is throwing. For example, I took a cutoff throw to shortstop and then threw to second base, however the player was facing towards third and his arm motion was to third, but the ball came out to second base. Not a huge deal but it is something that should have been fixed.
Overall, MLB 2K10 is a pretty nice game that is really fun to play. I happen to be a gamer who is not overly critical of a game and try and have fun when playing. Any casual to advanced baseball gamer will find this game enjoyable. If you are someone who gets really bothered by bugs and such, you may have your gripes with this game but in my opinion, this game is alot better than 2K9 and worth a play. If you found 2K9 okay, minus the pitching structure, then you will really like this version, but however if your dislike of 2K9 was for other reasons, you may not find something you like here because little else was changed.
Upon playing this game more I have noticed a bunch of more bugs than when I originally wrote the review. The check swing has either been taking out of the game or is impossible to pull off, this is a big draw back in a baseball game. Also, if you switch to classic batting, the controls are inverted...for example, if you want to hit the ball to the left side you have to push right on the joystick and vice versa. Also, in classic batting theres only one swing, not a power and a contact swing, so I have no idea how it decides if you hit a little bloop or a long drive. Finally, the game is a bit off in its stats record keeping, it charges RBIs and ER to the wrong player sometimes. Hopefully these will be patched. I would have to give the game 3.5 stars if I could.