Major League Baseball 2K12
What other choice do we have?
I haven't owned a baseball game in ages. After hearing all of the bad reviews for older versions I've just held off. This year I just had to take the plunge. The gameplay is decent, but the hitting could use work. I've never seen so many ground balls in a real game in my life. The biggest issue is the graphics. When developers have had years working with the 360, this is just inexcusable. I think the MLB game I had on my ps1 looked at least as good. Graphics aren't everything though. Commentary is good, gameplay is ok and since there are no other options for 360 owners - its ok. I will continue to play and enjoy, but 2k clearly is ready to stop MLB ges. They should have actually tried to make a great final version, but this seems like they slacked a bit. It shouldn't take much to make a. Eautiful baseball game - the sport hasn't changed much and we've had these games for about 30 years. Oh well. EA will hopefully make one next year. Wait for the price to drop before buying.
This isnt as bad as people make it out to be
I read reviews on here and because of them I was very reluctant to buy this game. I did play last years and I really liked it. For some people on here are just looking for too much from a video game. One day we will reach those heights but not on these systems. This game is a HUGE improvement from last years and I recommend it to anyone. I found mine for 42.99 at a local disc replay used and I think that is a good price for it. I read a couple reviews where people hate the commentary, there are 1000s of players in the MLB and minor leagues, The voices you hear are actually people in a studio recording them for certain situations and pronouncing most last names.. Cmon now, do we really think the commentary is suppose to be unique to every situation we encounter on MLB2k12? if you answered yes then youre an idiot haha. Without constant updates and the announcers taking countless hours out of their day to record their voices, that wont ever happen even on next generation systems. The gameplay was very smooth and one bad review I read was that it glitches before it throws the ball, well if you anticipate which base the ball needs to be thrown to before the actual catch then it will run just like its suppose to. Its all about anticipation in this game. Just like real baseball. Just like last year. Its also really cool that the COMMENTATING goes into details about the pitching in this game. During the game they will break down your count, let you know what pitches people hit, and let you know if youre throwing like theyre use to that perticular pitcher throwing. I really like that feature. I HAVE A POST ABOUT THIS GOING INTO FURTHER DETAIL IF YOU SCROLL DOWN. I RECOMMEND THIS GAME TO EVERYONE BUT I WOULD WAIT UNTIL THE PRICE IS AROUND 42.99.
Vast Improvement Over 2K11
I wanted to get a review up for those who are on the edge of buying this or not. I will start off by saying the bug-infested gameplay is history. While some animations may not be perfect, nothing is game-changing. The graphic overall from last year stands out pretty well as well as the commentary, which is probably the best baseball video game commentary I've heard. While this game still isn't MLB 12 The Show, Xbox 360 gamers like me will have better luck this year than last. I always found the 2K Games a bit more realistic than MLB: The Show, but generally as a rule I would have more fun with The Show. However, those looking for a great pitching experience will have a lot of fun with this. 2K Games incorporated a neat little twist on pitching - batters begin to pick up on what your throwing, where, and how often. I've probably spent about twenty minutes more per game this year just to weigh my pitching options. There is a lot of adrenaline for a video game; and while I found the composure thing a little extreme this year, the pitching is my highlight. Hitting has an overhaul - more ball physics a animations were added, but much hasn't changed from last year except of how smooth it became. I really haven't enjoyed a 2K Baseball game since 2K7, but I believe 2K12 is the best of the 2Ks since it got an overhaul in 2K8. Buy it used - if you still don't like it, return it for a refund. Simple as that.
I like how the rosters are up to date. The commentary is a bit repetative from the last years but there's always something new they say. I like how they have the new uniforms for teams like the Braves who are styling in new uniforms this year. I don't have a PS3 but I have played the Show 11 and all I did was the RTTS which was boring to me. This game is really good. I do wish though EA Sports would bring back MVP or College Baseball at least. But I'm going to stick with 2K. Granted, 2K6, 2K8 & 2K9 were horrible. I do believe that it has improved since those days!
Just wasted 60 dollars
I thiink this game is terrible. My favorite sport is Baseball, nd even know I had some fun, It has much needed improvments. I own both a PS3 and Xbox 360, It doesn't compare to the Show at all. But I think for Gameplay it's pretty good, they took out some big glitches they had in 2011. I think they failed at the graphics in the players. I personally thought 2K11 was better, but i do say they did improve on the stadiums in MLB 2K12. I like the idea of th color changing if you throw to many of the same pitches I find that helpful, but I think it doens't compare to just regular, since after a while, that gets annoying. I think the commerntry is about the same as MLB 2K11 as they didn't add too much more for the announcers to say this year. But it still makes that a relly good part in the Game. I don't like My Player mode that much.,Since you Start in AA and then go straight to the MLB after, where in the show, you play AA then AAA then the show.
Game isn't worth $60, but $30-40 is do-able.
Okay first off, some of you need to calm down before you write another review.
To all of you who are considering this game: most of the reviews on here are
rantings from an upset teenager/a supposidely young adult. This game doesn't
anything lower than a 7; anyone who did so was simply proving my previous
point. The first thing everyone needs to realize before you buy this, NO THIS
GAME IS NOT THE SHOW; however, luckily it tells you that on the cover(yes,
that was a jab to all of you who bought thinking it would compare). Due to all
the previous installments of this franchise, everyone should realize this game
does not compare to MLB The Show; however, if you are a 360 owner like
myself, and refuse to spend nearly $300 just for a good baseball game, this is all
you have(hopefully this will change next year seeing as the MLB/Microsoft did
not renew their contract with 2K - hopefully they will bring back EA's MVP
Now onto the game itself... While most people say 2K did nothing new in this
game they are highly wrong. If you play about 5 gays through Franchise Mode,
you will see all the changes they made. The game no longer suffers from lags
between the AI releasing the ball and you swinging. Also, the hit stick and the
pitching process has been improved(better repsonse); however, if you do not
like either process you can now choose the simple "A" button swing. All players
now appear smoother during fielding situations(the game is about timing just
link real life - if you want to prepare a throw you will be rushed an make errors
- trust me a I played baseball for 10 years, every position except catcher). Also,
outfielders can now actually through to bases without the ball bouncing or the
ball being off target(left or right of the bag). While on that fact, THIS GAME
HAS A VAST AMOUNT OF DIFFICULTY SLIDERS TO CHANGE. If you
believe the you or the cpu does anything to quick, slow, often, or not enough
you can change it. The game is great once you get the sliders to meet your
expectations for a baseball game! You can also edit any player you want... So if
you think one guy is not rated correctly, change them. You can even go as far as
wipe someone out and create yourself(choose someone with a Computer
Generated Picture). Well back to issues 2K addressed in this version: 2K also
fixed the issue where players do not react to homeruns(not taking a homerun
pose even though you hit the ball 450+), Another great addition this time is the
ability to change defensive players in the midst of a play(if you need that
infielder and not the outfielder just press "A" - yeah I know this should have
been there from the beginning, but at least they FINALLY LISTENED).
Another thing that was somewhat fixed was the Hit N Run in My Player. Now
you will still have the instance where you are required to Hit N Run(CPU batter
must swing while you "steal" your next base, the idea is to have the batter hit a
ground ball where the 2nd Baseman/SS would be had they not been covering
the steal attempt by yourself) with a 0-0 count and No Outs; however, it doesn't
happen to every batter after the first anymore. Laslty, they also added appealing
homerun celebrations for players(no more getting a grand slam to run right back
to the dug out - now your "RBIs" wait to congratulate your excellent
achievment whether it is a 2-Run Homer or a Grand Slam).
Now keep in mind there are still hiccups in the game. The main one I see is
before the inning starts or during a wrap-up of the previous at bat in which, the
batter coming to the plate is invisible; the bat is there swinging, but there is no
player in sight. Also, after you attempt to steal a base, you cannot press "A" to
hurry the game along. You must wait until the batter waves his little bat around
and the pitcher gets the catchers sign. There are others that others mentioned,
however, this is all I have seen.
Now, I am not saying this game is the baseball game for the ages. I am simply
saying it deserves more credit that what is being given. Most of the small issues
in the game have been addressed to my knowledge. Also, unlike an earlier
statement this game has "Personalized Batting Stances/Pitching Motions" for
days. I played all the previous versions of MLB 2K as well as its predecessors
(MVP Baseball(EA), MLB Slugfest(Unsure of Creator), Allstar Baseball(Unsure
of Creator)), so believe me it does lack in this aspect. This game is not great and
is not worth $60; however, with the correct difficulty sliders it is worth at least
$40(maybe a little less to some). The game has plenty of modes to satisfy all
your needs; however, keep in mind most are very simple and not very in depth.
Example: As stated earlier, My Player(2K did start you out in full game this year not just throwing you into a "1 at bat winner or final inning hold" like the previous versions. Just another "they didn't do anything different or listen to me moments.) gives you need reason to advance to
Majors like NBA 2K12 does. You don't have any post game interviews or
endorsements. You are also limited what you can do in Franchise mode.
Everyone who hasn't played previous installments of MLB 2K should
rent/Redbox the game before purchasing. For all of those die hard baseball fans,
with the right settings this can satisfy all your baseball cravings. I hope this helps all of you who were on the edge of whether to puchase this or not. Last thing to keep mind: I was at the point I would never buy any 2K game again due to previous installments of MLB 2K; however, I gave this final game a chance. Just so you know, I am very glad I did so. Anyways, everyone swing level, paint the corners, and God Bless! Also, GO YANKS!!!
Not that bad, but...
Unfortunately I love baseball; Therefore I don't have options to choose from, when it comes to the xbox 360 baseball genre category. Nonetheless, this game isn't all that bad...To me that is. Now I didn't play last years MLB version by 2K; After reading reviews, I decided to wait for this year's. I bought this game this year, on the fact that 2K doesn't have a contract to continue making the MLB 2K franchise past this season, so I was betting/hoping that 2K would go ALL out for this game. Like back in College Hoops 2K8 days. (Man was I wrong) & really wrong! As I said, I did not buy last years version, but became excited for the franchise after playing & owning MLB 2K10, though no errors & no injuries did not sit well w/ me! I was certain that they would have developed My Player mode in almost similar capacity to their NBA 2K12, but again; yet dead wrong. Though injuries & errors are in the game, I like playing the franchise mode, but the presentation from version of 2K10 sounds almost exact. I think if Miami Marlins didn't make their change along w/ Albert & Prince changing, the commentary may have stayed un-changed. The only changes in commentary are based on new pitch track status & update info from last year season end...i.e, Red Sox collaspe & Braves collaspe are talked about repeatedly. The stadiums, though I can't expect exact replicas in all details, are very done well. The shading of the sun from day games to night, is pretty good. No rain & wind helps remind me that I'm only playing a game, & not actual. The crowd is boring. Their like my wife when she watches the game w/ me, she doesn't know when to cheer or boo & doesnt know what is a good play that deserves shouts & claps. The crowd gets excited at times that doesn't seem necessary. And are dull when it counts most. Queing up a throw seems to be one of the most difficult things now...trying to gather a slow roller to throw a runner out at first, takes skill & luck alike. (Amazing though how computer play seems to be able to make "ridiculous" plays w/ no overthrows & dead accuracy. Turning the double play is very difficult if ball is not hit directly to you, rather 2nd base or SS. Their seems to be a delay in the fielders once the ball is hit in the infield for All-Star lvl or higher. i.e, sharp grounder to SS may go right past the fielder, as yours or computer's reaction time is delayed. Wall Climb catches seem to be a lil more tricky, as pressing X seems irrelevant & ball still leaves the park, as OF will be there but never jump for play. (Franchise Mode we're talking about...reminder!) I do like that homeruns are not always hit on mistake pitches. The hot streak stat boost is way too high. On my franchise I have my catcher stats jumping up by 11pts, where he is now a perenial HR threat at every bat. I do like, however, the injuries, playing a factor only to that type of injury & gameplay. i.e, someone w/ sprained ankle, looses speed, but still has great throwing abilities in fielding. more or less.. etc. Pitches no longer go exactly where you want them to consistently, they will sometimes, but only the best pitchers can spot the corners consistently & even they miss. This I do like, because just as I've seen Roy pitch the no no, I've also seen him get rocked! .Not being able to sign or negotiate contracts w/ multiple years or cant "restructre" contracts is still disappointing since 2K preaches being authentic. My Player mode is dangerously addictive, yet still off & almost identical to my 2K10 version. There seems to be no contract value for your player. The only few things that I've noticed that've changed in the past couple of years w/ this, is instead of commentator telling you everygame what you did good & not so, is that they send it in emails. The screen are nearly identical. ETA to Majors may take a little longer, but not by much really. Weird thing about this is that you begin to deter/regress on some of your stats w/i your first month, I'm assuming a hot streak would fix this. Hitting is very easy in My Player mode. Still confusing to throw to opposite controller buttong when you're use to Franchise Mode. (playing backwards!) I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but overall I do like the game, just as I like Red Dead Redemption, or Madden 10, or even Fabled 2 or 3...what am I saying...just because I like the game, doesnt mean it keeps my interest in playing for a long time. I really wish they would have more to do & options in Franchise mode. I like the college hopps concept, we're you could actually get fired, even if you did well in a season based on history & other decisions. In real life things change daily, Franchise should be able to keep my interest for long hours, if I'm expected to play 162 games in a season. My Player Mode is soo disappoint it bores me to play, as nothing has really changed. (Naming myself a role doesn't excite me...) Giving a Hall of Fame speech or negotiating for contract perks, benefits, skill sets, commercials etc...like NBA 2K...now that's exciting. Either way, I do like this game, but it's probably more that I like baseball overall & sports. I would recommend this game to anyone who have not played any of the previous versions of this game, as it would be very enjoyable to you & hardcore baseball fans should appreciate the game as I do. But man there is a lot of work needed, & fan feedback need to be heard...But since this may be the last one from MLB 2K, I wish they would've went all out & hold nothing back. Nowadays, everyone saves things trying to keep something for the next year, & sadly many development teams change & those ideas are lost...I wish someone would just say "Now's the time we move" Instead of, we'll get that out in our next patch, or creating a forum or blog asking for feedback to count the number of people who respond, instead of taking to heart what is actually being said. I digress...Fair game, but still needs attentionto detail work! (is anyone going to actually read this..haha) probably not....they got to want to buy the game to take the time to read this..lol..I still like the game even though I may seem like I don't. BTW (By the way) the music is annoying & makes you sleepy. If I'm going to play one game that takes 60mins to play, at least give me something that motivates or inspires me, come on already...sports are emotional...i should hear something emotinal & motivating!
I can't wait until this game comes out. I'm hoping that it is better than 2K11, which had some problems with the AI. During shallow outfield fly balls, you'd have the infielder break off more often than not, resulting in a base hit. Not too bad, until you're playing the my player mode with a pitcher, and you're going for a perfect game.
This game was great. I got it the day it came out. I dont know why people are rating this game so low. It is very fun. Of course it is not mlb the show, that doesnt mean anything but it is still very fun. Buy this game. It is worth it!!!!
Improved and fun...
I have play the 2K baseball series since 2k6....the series has certainly had its ups and downs, some would argue mostly downs, but I think this version is the best of the series. First off it plays without any glaring issues, freezing, glitches that plagued past years versions. Gameplay improvements include a changing pitch rating system, when a pitcher has success with a pitch the rating improves and likewise when they get hit with a certain pitch. 2K always addresses initial issues with a game patch, so despite few issues now, they will fix the small problems and in my opinion have a very solid baseball game for XBOX users this season. I highly recommend this game.