Major League Baseball 2K9
THIS IS BETTER THAN THE SHOW!!!!!!!!! LIKE THE SHOW IS NOT RIGHT 2K IS RIGHT I LIKE 2K BETTER THAN THE SHOW COMMENT WITH YOUR THOUGHTS
THIS IS TERRIBLE
Why are so many people saying this is better then The Show? If anything The Show should be re-named The Best. The graphics on this game are good...for the PS2! The uniforms look stuck to the players. What's all that about. Gary Thorne and whats his name keep repeating everything. If you're pitching a no-hitter in like the 7th inning an easy fly ball isn't even caught. When you hit the ball makes this loud, fake BAM! Get The Show unless you have a 360.
First, I just want to say this is a very poor made baseball game. If you compared this to MLB 09 The Show, nothing is as good as The Show. Anyway, the camera angle is nice. When you are pitching it is actually just like what you see on TV. However, when you are batting the camera angle is not the best. For me, sports games have to have the broadcasting experience, so the camera angle has to be good; for 2K9 it just does not feel real. Next, is the challenge is not so challenging, however it is very hard to hit home runs. Third, the controls at FIRST when you just opened the game and you go to play a game stink. For batting, I think at first you have to put the right joystick down, then up; however when you put the batting controls back to classic it is all better. However for the pitching controls are probably the most bizarre controls ever. Say, if you want to throw a fastball you have to flick the joystick down, then up. Next, the graphics: the facial animations are very good; however some players like Manny Ramirez, the facial graphics are horrible. However 2K Sports does not pay much attention to the details. Like sometimes, dugouts son't have those protector things, and it makes the game even worse. If graphics are not good in a game, I don't buy the game then. Next the interface is good, but sometimes the game gets glitches. Sixth, the sound is great when it comes to the crowd, and announcers.But when you hit a home run, it makes this obnoxious, loud crack of the bat. Seventh, the statistics are really good. It shows everything, and more than a baseball card does. Last the team/player variety are not that good.Some players that are in the major leagues are in the minors,so you have to send them up to the majors. If I were you, I would not buy this game.
2K9 or The Show, my thoughts
Well I have played both MLB 09: The Show, as well as MLB 2K9, between the 2 I like 2K9 the better for a number of reasons:The Pro's: Pitching is a challenge to learn, but once you have it down you're good to go. Also the pitching control seems much more realistic in 2K9 then it does in The Show. You have to manipulate the ball to get it to do different things with the Right Analog stick, just like a pitcher has to hold the ball different. If you hit your power and accuracy the pitch goes where you want it. If you mess up, your pitch will go wide, or even drift right down the middle, just like a real pitcher, if they mess up, the pitch goes somewhere they regret. In The show, you can max your accuracy and the pitch goes wherever it wants. There is no logic behind the pitching and it seems really far from realistic. I know pitchers don't always hit their spots, but they are at least close 75% of the time and in The Show I was never close to where I wanted even when being 'perfect' on the pitch meter.Another Pro of 2K9 is the trading format. When trading players you can make multiplayer deals, trade 3 guys for 2, and generally build your team the way you like if you have the patience, money, and can work out the deal. It falls on the teams to manage their roster so that if the trade exceeds the roster size they will have to make the cuts and release people on their side. This is a great feature, and it can be alot of fun racking your brain to figure out what a team needs, how to get it, and then make the deal to get the player your want. In The show, the trading format sucks, you have to trade the same number of players, 2-2 or 1-1, 3-3 because you are not able to exceed the roster limitations. Teams start with a full roster and will not exceed their roster limitations even if it's a ridiculously crazy deal for the other team, example I tried just to experiment, Albert Puljos, and Manny Ramierez for Tim Lincecum, Computer wouldn't do it cause it exceeded their roster limits which is ridiculous and makes the game very unrealistic in my opinion.Batting is about the same in each game, and I can not see a major advantage of one over the other.Cons: The biggest and most glaring con of 2K9 is the fielding. You can have a player standing right in front of a rolling ball and it rolls by him cause he will not put his glove down. The fielders for the player do not run full tilt in 2K9 and alot of balls are hit that shouldn't. Also routine grounders in the infield result in errors as the first baseman doesn't have his foot on the bag.The Show is much better in this aspect, the fielding is realistic, if you get to the ball they put the glove down and pick it up on the rolling grounders, the first baseman is on the bag on the throws as long as it's accurate. All and all the game depends on your style of play. if you like to just fire up the game and go, then The Show is for you, if you like more behind the scenes building of teams and more challenge then 2K9 is the better game.
More pro's than con's
I'll start out by pointing out some of the bad parts of this game. When controlling outfielders, there are a few glitches in running speed and errors. Also, the "shortcut" menu is really annoying. You find yourself going through a sequence of 5 or 6 menus simply trying to quit a game and start another. The online interface is also pretty bad, and the games are incredibly laggy. On the other hand, this game contains many great qualities that put it ahead of The Show. The graphics are amazing, and are accompanied by terrific, smooth-flowing commentary. The pitching interface, while difficult at times, is really fun once you get used to it. Instead of simply pressing the x button, you actually move the right analog stick in accordance to the style of pitch. Sometimes, you mess up and throw horrible pitches, but this is a fun, innovative method of pitching. The batting interface is fine, but I haven't heard many complaints about it anyway. Franchise mode and home run derby are both fun, and the idea of earning cards by accomplishing certain tasks for specific players isn't too bad either. Overall, once you get past some minor glitches that can be avoided by simply playing the game more, the better aspects of this game shine through and provide for a fun, realistic baseball gaming experience.
As a baseball fan, I have to say that I'm happy with MLB 2K9. Plenty of teams, player variety, fields, and, probably my favorite part of the game, the awesome, smooth commentary. As a gamer, however, I must say that this game is probably one of the bigger letdowns I've had in a game in a while. And the reason is the gameplay. When the game starts, with you being your favorite team and facing off against a rival, (for me it was my Tigers vs. those Indians), you get excited by all of the noise and the atmosphere. I must say that this game does a very good job of capturing the atmosphere of the game. But, when you very first go to pitch, you begin to scratch your head. Problem number one, the pitching is way too complicated. It requires that you flick the right stick in a bunch of directions in order to throw different pitches. For me, this seldomly worked, and caused me to throw a slow one right down broadway. This led to an ungodly amount of contact, and also exposed the next problem. The fielding in this game is terrible. This is mostly due to bad controls and terrible glitches. Twice I hit inside the park homeruns because opposing fielders couldn't pick up the ball. And I can't count the number of times that I've fielded a routine infield grounder just to throw it to the first basemen and not get the out because he somehow forgot to put his foot on the bag. If the controls were better, this gae might be able to compete with the Show, but as it is it's just not worth the time and money.
A different Style
It is a pretty distinct difference between the 2 available games. I prefer 2K9 simply because I enjoy having to do more than press a button to hit and pitch. As far as graphically this game is not as nice as The Show, but I think in their own right they both "cover all the bases" so to speak. They both contain glitches in the animations, so when you make your decision you have to choose, do you want a game or a simulation. 2K9 is a definite simulation type game where The show is a game. Then again I never enjoyed The Road to the Show either. You really can't go wrong with this game, you actually have to try and learn new stuff in order to play well. So go buy 2K9 or even better just go rent them both and make your decision. I can tell you though, this game takes skill and practice, much like the real game, in order to do well.
Good Baseball Sim !!!
This game is a baseball sim. It is a really good game. The graphs are great and the controls are awesome too (easy to use but challenge) . The interface was great. The statistics were enough and good. The challenge is good and close to real baseball game. The sound only is good. The best way to test if a sport game is realistic, is in CPU Vs. CPU games; MLB 2K9 pass this test (with some adjusts to sliders). Another feature I looking in sports game is the spectate mode (Madden and NCAA FB). This mode let me watch (CPU Vs. CPU) or play any game with any team in franchise or season mode, independent the team I choose to manage and play in the start.(NHL, NBA Live and FIFA dont have this mode; please give this note to EA Sports) I recommend this game to any baseball fan.
Best game ever!
This game is the most realistic baseball game next to the MLB 09 The Show. I just got this game yesterday for playstation three and it is a really good game. The camera angle is great, it is also very clear. The controls are awesome too. I like them because they are extremely easy to use. The interface was great. I loved it like any other baseball game. The statistics were good too. Not as good as the camera angle, but very good. The challenge was great. It was just like a real baseball game. I felt as if I was really there in the game. The graphics were great. Not only was it on a playstation three, the graphics were good alone. The sound was great too. I could hear all those people screaming and cheering for the baseball players. Last, the team/player variety was great too. I would recommend this game to any baseball fan
i dont no why everyone is downing this game..
i have played the show 09 and 2k9 and i prefer 2k9, the commentating is like being at a real game, i like using the analog stick to hit and pitch the only thing i thought the show did better in was graphics, other then that 2k9 was over all more like a real game on tv to me...a few buddies over who where watching said the same thing that it seemed like an actualy game with the broadcasters and stuff, the show is a excellent game also, but i just like 2ks atmospher more because it feels like a game on tv, the show basicaly bored me to death, i cant play 11 innings of a game thats putting me to sleep, i am 1 of the ps3 users who have actualy brought mlb 2k9 instead of the show and im happy with my purchase, for a game that is suppose to suck, the gamestop i go to had no used 2k9 in stock, and 2 used the show 09 in stock so you tell me...