It’s another year, and come March 8th we’ll have another iteration of 2K Sports MLB series. With the demo now live on PSN/XBLA and the full game releasing next Tuesday, how are things looking?
The big thing this year is 2K Sports’ commitment to the MLB experience. Everything from control to presentation has been rethought and fine-tuned. Every player model has been completely redone along with faces/expressions. While both 2K11 and The Show have introduced a set “Pure Analog” systems for pitching, fielding, and batting, these vary quite a bit between the two.
On the pitching front, 2K has taken a more cinematic approach. With the camera centered behind the pitcher, and pitches controlled with analog-based gestures, firing off a perfect slider is a great feeling. As good as it feels though, when the pitcher is under pressure you feel it. Nailing a pitches gesture becomes almost impossible. Bases loaded with a full count? Good luck. This isn’t to say that you will never throw a good pitch under pressure, it’s just a LOT tougher and that much more satisfying when you do. Batting with the analog control is simple: push the stick forward to swing. For a power hit, pull the stick back prior to the swing. Simple and easy.
As far as the game’s exciting Dynamic Player Rating System goes, it’s hard to say whether or not it’s being put to work in the demo. If it is, there’s no noticeable difference. But that’s something that will really shine later in the MLB season.
Visually, the game is pretty much stunning (by sports game standards). Player models and animations are fantastic, and the stadiums are gorgeous.
Look for our review when the game launches next week.