I’ve been playing the 2K line of baseball games including, The Bigs, and the previous Major League Baseball titles for past six years. Each year I am mildly entertained but mostly bored or annoyed from all the bugs and glitches in the game by the second or third week of playing. This year’s Major League Baseball 2K10 by Visual Concepts, distributed by 2K Sports is another hit-and-miss baseball game, at least for my money.
All the Major League Baseball titles from 2K Sports lack something fundamental to long term play, something that MLB 09 The Show gets so right. This year 2K Sports/Visual Concepts tries to merge the gap between a really good baseball game like the MLB The Show series and basically any other baseball game out on the market.
The first thing 2K Sports did, was announce a $1 million dollar award for anyone who purchases the game and throws a no-hitter, there are other rules that apply, read them here. Marketing ploys like this could only mean the game is full of bugs and glitches yet again, and they need something to keep another baseball title from tanking.
The good things with Major League Baseball 2K10 are the beautiful graphics, really well done, nice stadiums, players, etc… 2K also added a My Player mode where you essentially create your own player similar to EA’s Be-A-Pro in NHL 10. This is a much needed mode, although the 2K version is lacking in depth and longevity it does make playing a season more worthwhile and something to keep you playing for a couple seasons and beyond.
Now for the bad things, the My Player mode isn’t fun unless you are a pitcher, and even then it becomes tiresome, especially with the new pitching mechanics, which are insanely difficult to master, at least for me. Being any other position is almost ruined by the amount of bugs and glitches with everything from hitting to fielding, but any die-hard 2K Major League Baseball fans will dig the new mode.
If you are a big fan of baseball games and play on the Xbox this is really your only choice this year, which is a huge bummer. I almost want to go buy a PlayStation just to have a good baseball game again, something the Xbox has been lacking since 2005-2006.
I have to give 2K’s Major League Baseball 2K10 a 4.25 / 5 and recommend renting this title unless you are hard up for a baseball game on the Xbox or a fan of the series.
5 – Graphics
4.75 – Sound (Really good commentary)
4 – Controls (You’ll either love or hate the new pitching mechanics)
4.5 – Online Play (Decent league set-ups and easy to play friends)
3.75 – Replay Value
3.5 – Video Game Magic*
*Video Game Magic is the video game’s ability to transport you the player into the game experience – usually the effects this has on the human condition are, severe loss of time management, extreme video game jonesing, and an extended altered state of reality.