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Major League Baseball 2K9 - PC

by 2K Games
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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Platform: PC
  • More Signature Style - 2K Sports adds to its impressive library of player-specific animations with more than 300 new signature animations, bringing players to life at the plate, on the mound and in the field, allowing you to play ball like never before.
  • Franchise Mode - Take charge of your franchise and enjoy the all-new presentation style, a new level of CPU customization, multi-player functionality, and player ambitions.
  • Inside Edge 2009 - Inside Edge produces remarkably accurate player tendencies. With more than 6 years of scouting reports infused into the action on the field, Inside Edge ensures that players react to in-game situations as they would in real life
  • Brand New Commentary - Gary Thorne provides the play-by-play calls alongside color analyst Steve Phillips, giving a new perspective and more depth for a true-to-life, insightful broadcast
  • 2K Beats - Featuring Judas Priest, Cheap Trick, Coheed & Cambria, SR-71, The Romantics, Boys Like Girls, and Europe

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Platform: PC
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001SV818I
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Release Date: March 3, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,530 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: PC

Major League Baseball 2K9 captures the essence of baseball down to some of the most minute, player- specific details including batting stances, pitching windups and signature swings. 2K Sports has gone above and beyond the call of duty to deliver this in true major league fashion. Additionally, gameplay enhancements in pitching, batting, fielding and base running promise this year's installment to be user-friendly and enjoyable for rookies or veterans. New commentary and presentation provide the icing to this ultimate baseball experience. If you really want to Play Ball this is the game for you. Minimum PC Requirements - CPU - Pentium 4 2.4 Ghz Single Core processor or equivalent (2.8 Ghz for Vista); RAM - 512 MB or more (1 GB for Vista); Disc Drive - 8x or faster DVD drive; Hard Drive - 9.5 GB or more free space; Video - DirectX 9.0c compatible; Sound - DirectX 9.0c compatibleInput - Keyboard or dual-analog gamepad; * Video card with 128 MB or more memory and one of the following chipsets is required - ATI x1300 or better | NVIDIA 6600 or better | DirectX 9.0c compatible card with Shader Model 3.0

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Flimsy attempt to sucker PC gamers April 6, 2009
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
Have been playing baseball videogames on consoles since the last good PC game was available(MVP 2005). MLB The Show 09 (for the PS3) is clearly the current standard of excellence for baseball videogamers(see my PS3 review for that game). I decided to buy a copy of MLB 2K9 for the pc just to see how it compares, and because I've been wanting a good pc baseball game for 4 years now (and it only costs $20 bucks)- so, I was ready to like this game a lot- but unfortunately, it doesn't meet even minimal expectations.

First of all, it does have a number of good aspects, even in comparison to MLB The Show 09. The announcing, for one thing, is far superior to The Show, and the ESPN style presentation is done very well. The stadium and gameplay sounds are also very good, and serve to create the MLB ballpark atmosphere very well.

Graphics are a mixed bag: while a few of the player models look like the real thing, most are just generic models, and some don't resemble the real life players AT ALL. For instance, Alexei Ramirez (White Sox) is a dark-skinned/black Cuban player- in this game version he looks Mexican- not even the correct skin tone, let alone looking at all like the real guy. Likewise, while some of the batting stances and pitching motions look just like the real players, many more do not, and unlike MLB The Show, are not editable. Stadium graphics are better, though nothing too special. Player ratings seem a bit skewed, particularly towards power ratings being way too high for most players, and pitcher's control ratings also generally way too good, though these are at least editable. However, you can't edit certain things, like types of pitches for real-life pitchers....
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
The good: It's a baseball game for the PC! Good graphics. Amazingly good commentary that is better than some of the announcers that you will hear on the radio for real baseball games. Great sound in every respect.

The bad: Very steep learning curve to figure out how to control the game. I use a keyboard and it took me over a week. I still haven't figured out all the controls. Unfortunately the instruction book doesn't really help, nor does the official website. Partly because of the controls, I find that I have to set the game on rookie settings to have any chance of winning.

I still have fun playing it, and for the low price it is worth it if you really want a baseball game. But don't buy it unless you are ready to be patient with the learning curve.

Here are a couple hints: Use the [] keys to navigate menus. Sometimes you have to use the right mouse button to navigate menus too, even though the instructions on screen tell you to press escape.

The keys to use for pitching are numberpad 0 (down), 4 (left), 8(up), and 6 (right). To hit the ball, press 0 THEN 8.

Example of how to use the onscreen pitching instructions: If the instruction tell you to start with left, and then sweep around counterclockwise to the top, you should actually press 4 (left) THEN 0 (down). You just start the sweep, but you can't finish it, at least not on the keyboard. But it will give you the proper pitch.

Hope that helps. Would have been nice if the instruction booklet would have explained it, though.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very confusing contoller system April 28, 2009
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Having owned several of the old 3DO High Heat Baseball games I was looking forward to a new, more real baseball simulation. I bought 2K Sports NBA 2K9 and after figuring out how to use my game pad with my PC I really enjoyed it (although I still can't figure out why 2K Sports didn't explain how to use a PC game pad with the game). Although I had read several of the reviews about the game that were unfavorable I bought it anyway.
My first frustration was with the pitching mechanism. It seems that it is extremely hard to pitch to spots in the strike zone. Therefore, the hitters get hits most of the time even when facing excellent pitchers (even if they are lousy hitters in real life). After the hitter hits the ball to the field you can't hesitate or the hitter gets extra bases. I would like to see options to allow the computer to take over fielding and throwing, allowing the gamer to concentrate on hitting, base running and pitching. While the graphics are excellent it is frustrating not to be able to play the game because of very poor documentation and virtual no computer assistance. If I were you I would wait to buy this game until 2K Sports remedies the problems that have been mentioned in my review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars money down the drain May 4, 2009
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
first off, let me say that i bought this for the pc, a brand new high powered Dell; this is arguably the best looking baseball sim out there; however, there are so many flaws that make it virtually unplayable; outfielders unable to move to make a catch, sometimes having the ball hit their head,firstbasemen taking their foot off the bag before the runner arrives,inability to swing at pitches,and, certianly not least,inability to properly control pitches; stay FAR away from this turkey
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Don't wait something like MVP from EA sport April 19, 2009
Platform for Display:PC
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
Good images, but complicated to play. My gamepads didn't work, I tried with two of them: Saitek and Nostromo, and they didn't work.
Bad in alternatives of game, very poor the manual of instructions. Not recommended.
The play is slow, works in real time.
I prefer my old MVP 2005 updated 2007, and waiting for another updates in PC version.
I don't know why EASport stopped with the MVP Baseball for PC, If I am wrong let me know it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars problems with game
I have the version of the game for the PlayStation 2, and it works fine in that format. However this game in the PC format won't follow keyboard, or X-Box 360 controller set... Read more
Published on August 11, 2012 by gamming vet
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good but glitchy
This is the first baseball game i had played in 4 years. It is very fun and the various modes are complete and entertaining. Read more
Published on September 5, 2011 by thephoenixking
1.0 out of 5 stars NEVER GET THIS GAME!!!!
This game is not only bad but the person selling it says that it works on windows XP but it actually does not. Read more
Published on April 4, 2011 by H. J. Sandberg
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless, stay far away from this crap
Let me start off by saying this: which decent company would release such a horrible peice of crap? The controlls are terrible, the commands are not responding, I am owning it for a... Read more
Published on March 11, 2011 by “The Grand Canyon State”
3.0 out of 5 stars A Decent Experience
I'm a huge baseball fan and bought this game to pass whatever free time I had in Afghanistan. This isn't a gaming experience that will keep you up into the wee-hours of the morning... Read more
Published on January 1, 2010 by EchoesIE
2.0 out of 5 stars MLB 2K9
I have been having problems with the speed of this game from day 1. Technical support has tried to help me but basically they want me to eliminate everything in my computer and use... Read more
Published on December 24, 2009 by Ernesto Gonzalez
1.0 out of 5 stars Just Don't
If you are like me and have waited a number of years for a PC baseball will wan't to buy this. But just don't. Read more
Published on October 8, 2009 by Barry Morrison
1.0 out of 5 stars No Instructions -- No Use
Just a terrible disappointment. It's breathtaking that a company would release a game onto the market without providing instructions on how to control the play with either PC... Read more
Published on September 1, 2009 by Chip from MA
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to control and needs lots of computer power
My son loved the old 2005 baseball game and since he had just saved up his own money to get a better PC to a high-end HP, I thought I'd surprise him with this. Read more
Published on August 27, 2009 by LHN
3.0 out of 5 stars Minor defects
The Game has complete information of all the players including their records up to 2009. You can manage the team and be the GM as well. Read more
Published on August 26, 2009 by William A. Rico
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