Major League Baseball 2K9
Don't waste your money !!!!
I bought this game on march 19th, it looked real good on the tv advertisement, but soon as I started the game, I was already disappointed, I picked the dodgers, but their were missing several key players, manny ramirez, randy wolf, and orlando hudson, the graphics were above average for a PS2, but most of the players faces did't even look like them, they looked more like blotches of paint on their faces. The next thing was the controls, in the past I used the x on the controls for hitting, 2K9 using the analog stick, very hard to control, once you swing the bat even though the pitcher hasn't pitched yet, you automatically get a strike on you. The circus catches are unrealistic, the turbo feature showing players doubling their speed on the bases or catches thats not real baseball. In the end, like they say you get what you pay for, the developers need to re-tool this game, if you are a serious gamer this game is not for you, for me I'm exchanging it for MLB The Show.
the worst game i have ever played
if you like real baseball games i could tell you a thousand reasons why you should not buy this hideous terrible most worst baseball game ever made. it is the easiest game i have ever played in my life it will not let you throw a ball and if you are a patient batter and don't hack at everything you'll jack it every time terrible awful piece of nothing. the graphics bring you back to 99 when the ps1's graphics made you think you were thinking you were watching a animated cartoon. you can not loose on this game no matter how hard you try it's terrible the franchise mode is descent that is the only good thing i have to say about this crappy piece of video game the commentary makess them sound like retards because they'll say 2 out nobody on and you'll have the bases loaded 0 out. i'ts terrible don't waste your money
What a joke!!!
So, I saw the commercial for MLB 2K9 on tv with that pitcher from the San Francisco Giants and his character from the game, and I was impressed. They made it look just like him. So I went to GameStop 2 days ago, and was torn between "The Show 09" and "2k9". I have played "The Show" since it game out and love it, but decided to give "2k9" a try, plus the price was $** less. Well, I found out when they say "you get what you pay for", that saying is true. I definitely should've spent the extra $** and got the real deal! First of all, unless there's a close-up of the fans in the stands, they look like a blur. The players are not updated. Some are, don't get me wrong. I'm a Mets fan, and was surprised to see K-Rod on the roster and J.J. Putz, but then I saw that Damien Easley was still on the Mets and Duaner Sanchez and since when has Daniel Murphy ever had a beard? Now, as far as the broadcast, its great to hear Gary Thorne call the game, but when you hear the same lines over and over, well it tends to get annoying. Now, I haven't had a chance to go through all the ballparks, but the Mets ballpark comes up as SHEA STADIUM even though the layout is Citi Field and another thing when a player swings and hits the ball so Non Realistic and the soundtrack BORING! So spend the extra $** and get the real baseball game, MLB The Show 09, because this game sucks!
Not what I expected!
I thought this would be good but it is so- so. The reason why is because the controls suck and it is too confusing! Although it gets boring and I hate that there is barely anymore excitement from the crowd if you hit a single. But you hardly even get a home run. It is just better to buy the game on Wii because it makes more sense and that it is funner when you actually swing your arms. Don't get this.
a very re playable and fun baseball experience.
last years baseball game from 2k studios might fall short of a home run for some, but will be a grand slam for others. If you're looking for a fun pick-up-and-play game, this is a real blast. If you're looking for a true baseball experience with realistic game play and solid graphics, look elsewhere to other baseball series'. Overall, a fun, long lasting baseball experience.
why does 2k9 have to be crappy on ps2?
So I got 2k9 for my ps2. I know I should have gotten it for wii when i have one but ps2 costs less so i took the deal. I start out simply by having an exhibition with the red sox and the yankees. The player's pitching is no problem and easier to do but batting is hard. You have to use the right analog attack an pull it back to prepare a step then you release to swing but timing the ball is what makes it hard. Defense is same old story just decent. The commentary of jon miller and joe morgan was fine from 2k4 to 2k8 i think it was fine the way it was. Instead of keeping them 2k replaces them with gary thorne and steve phillips. Honestly, do they know how to describe plays because when the first out was called gary thorne says that the final out was made and the ballgame is over? I wanted to play another exhibition a couple days later with red sox and giants. I had tim lincecum be starting pitcher for the giants but i was like "are you kidding me?" He's on the cover of the game but his face photo is the shadow type and then when i saw his pitching, he was kicking with style 1 and not his front foot kicking toward second base. That was completely pathetic. Oh yeah, what's wrong with these batting stances. I had kevin youkilis up and he wasn't even putting his bat above his head and separating his hands. David ortiz especially was wrong, all he does is stand straight and slit his feet apart not crouching low. I'm lucky i have both mlb 09 the show and 2k9. I am totally trading this for wii and having gamestop put the ps2 one back on the shelves. Do not buy this! Only get it if it's for ps3, 360 or wii. Otherwise, get the show cause this is crappy!
Its really bad because the hitters only have 1 standing position so do pitchers only 1 stance, also the graphics are pretty bad i woudnet recommend it.
Glitches but fun at times
Major League Baseball 2k9 for lack of better terms just falls into the decent category. It is not a horrible game of ball but if you have a PS2 or PS3 go out and get the Show this year. 2k9 does so many injustices its actually quite funny. I am not sure if it is really a glitch but why does a lot of the instant replays have a horrid camera angle. The batting is good but expect to hit a lot of home runs. Pitching was about the best thing about this game. The biggest mistake and it was in part to the developers laziness and thats in the sound department. The announcers are really quite good its just to bad the developers did not know how to sync up the announcing with what was really going on in game. For instance I would get the first out in the inning and the announcer is calling it the last out of the ball game. Or how about when I am playing as the Chicago Cubs and Koyie Hill is up to plate and there saying it is Alfonso Soriano. This does not ruin the game but it sure does hurt the overall experience. Anyone complaining about graphics needs to realize its old hardware your playing on and there not going to spend a lot of time making the graphics prettier on a dying console. Basically all this year is updated rosters and a few minor tweaks.Gameplay - Its solid on most fronts but so many glitches it just hampers the overall experience.Graphics - Not the greatest I have ever seen but what really can you expect on a console thats a decade old. Character models do not always look like the actual players and a lot of players look alike. The stadiums look decent for the most part but nothing really stands out.Sound - This is the biggest killer for me. When the announcing does not fit what is actually going on in the game its pretty much pointless to have an announce team for the game. And its pretty much an insult to the announcers because Gary Thorne and Steve Phillips are excellent at commentary in real life.Replayability - This years game is an update with nothing really new to it. The game has all your standard baseball modes. The game is at least worth checking out.Verdict - Moderate RecommendationScore - 6 out of 10
Not one of the best
Talk about rushing a game. There are several little things that if you are a fan, you will be annoyed with. Rookies have a faceshot for their player profile, yet a pitcher in his second year in the majors doesn't, but is still in the game? Besides that, there are still plays that the CPU can make that you will never see. They are plays that physically, not even the most fit players could make. Never will you see 5 homers taken away in one game. No one can jump up on the side of a wall and launch their body over a wall to take a homer away, it's just something that can never happen. And then some of the diving plays that the CPU makes, never would be made by an actual player. How can you jog over to a fly ball in the outfield and then suddenly jerk down to make a catch? And you can't have a ball falling and then it jumps up about a foot and into the glove of the CPU player. And then CPU homers versus your homers, what's up with that? The farthest one I have hit in a game is 406 feet, most are about 350-380. But here comes CPU, 415-420, why are they so special? They can take away 5 of your homers, but when they are up to bat you can't make the jump to take one of theirs away. And then why would you go and change the broadcasters? That was one thing I did not like, I had to mute the tv, don't change something like that when there are other aspects of the game that need to be addressed. Take more time correcting problems that need to be addressed rather than worry about how fast you can get the game out. It is sad when there are so many players who do not have a faceshot for their profile and newer players do not. Example: Armando Gallaraga has no faceshot, and he is starting his second year in the majors this year. Dust Ryan, a catcher on the same team, rookie last year, brought up at the end of the year and has a face shot? That is just direspectful. Armando is one of the better pitchers in the game and no face shot, that is horrible. 2K10 better be gone over with a fine toothed comb before it is released, this game still has bugs that need to be worked out and rosters that are messed up. I was disappointed with it. Highly disappointed.
2K9......Stick with what you know.
If you liked 2K8 then 2K9 will not disappoint. I was a bit perturbed by the loss of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan as the announcers, but Steve Phillips and Gary Thorne are not a disappointment, but I was surprised that the script was not updated. Steve and Gary regurgitate the script that Jon and Joe made so unique and believable. Oh well, 2K Sports get a big thumbs down on that one. 2K9 is still rocking the swing stick which I always turn off for the classic control which makes the game more playable and enjoyable and not a "simulation" which really isn't needed. I do have 2 major complaints that have not been fixed through the past 2 games. One being the short home runs. Rarely can you get a home run to get past 400 fett as a majority of them fall between the bare minimum of clearing the wall and 390, but 400 plus is not uncommon in the MLB and should be addressed in the next game. The longest I have hit in the past 2 years of games is 450 ft thats with major wind assist and the power and contact maxed. So thats a bit of a bummer, but I am sure that its becasue of my next gripe. I have at least 5 outs a game where I am robbed at the wall by a leaping outfielder catching a ball that jumps off the bat and seems to die at the wall. At least 5 a game are robbed and I know its because of the 2K highlight replays, but the homes should be the highlight, not the 5 plus outs that are made by outfielders that neither have the athleticism, or ability to make some of these catches. Pretty lame 2K. As for the good, it a familiar feel and play that has not changed in god knows how many years. It is the bare bones basic baseball game that will not disappoint if all you want to do is play ball and makes some trades to have your own perfect fantasy team. Its reliable and easy to play. Also, the game play is smooth with very clean graphics and excellent sound quality. I definitely recommend this to anyone who likes baseball and baseball games and doesn't want to get involved with unnecessary game features to take away from the fun of just playing a game. Oh yeah, 2K, what the hell is up with this soundtrack, it all geezer rock and unknown artists. Unless your actually playing a game mute your t.v., this music will bore you to sleep. Enjoy.