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post #31 of 74
"Mildly interested"?

I am now! I like the demo! It does seem smoother, and improved. It actually seems like this is the game that should've followed 2K7. The player models look good, again. I was a total worry-(insert appropriate name with a W here). That is, until I switched to Classic control. Now, the demo feels good.

I haven't noticed any major bugs, or glitches yet, thankfully. And since I'm not a total baseball "fan", I don't know exactly everything to look for. But, it definitely seems up to the task of delivering a quality baseball sim experience. I'll wait for reviews, but I think it's a go, for me.

Sports games are my first love. And although my favs are football, and basketball, 2K's effort this year has inspired me to give baseball another shot! Yes, I only have a 360.

Since I'm not heavy into baseball, do any diehard fans actually have any helpful tips on batting? A novice like myself tends to swing at nearly everything.
post #32 of 74
I tried out the demo last night and I was mostly disappointed (and I didn't even have high hopes going into the demo).

I think they've made improvements. The pitching was entertaining. The batting camera angle was good.

But the fielding and speed of the game was horrible. The timing is all off. Maybe there will be sliders to adjust this to make it more realistic but I wasn't digging it last night.

I'm really very close to just buying a PS3 just for MLB The Show. My brother has a PS3 and The Show and it's probably the best baseball game I've ever played.
post #33 of 74
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Tuesday can't come sooner!
post #34 of 74
I haven't played this series in a couple years because in 2K7 and 2K8, I would get to a certain spot in the season and the game would freeze.
post #35 of 74
A friend of mine picked this up, and I played a game with him. A couple things that have bugged me in the past don't appear to be rectified. There's no way to see what side of the plate people on the other team bat from in the middle of a game, which sort of screws up pitching matchups and warming up lefty specialists if you don't know when there's lefties coming up exactly.

The menu system with "2K Nav" is probably the worst designed thing I've ever seen, and yet they've been sticking to it lately.

When you pinch hit for a pitcher, it brings the pinch hitter to the mound before asking you if you want a replacement for them. Wouldn't it make more sense to ask you about a replacement before your backup second baseman or whatever walks out to the mound?

There's a couple other, but I can't remember them.

But the hitting and pitching is much improved, I just hope that same amount of work goes into fielding and baserunning next year. (Amongst other things, cycling through the base runners instead of a direct button for them is pretty unacceptable.)

Edit:

And then of course there's the fact that the out of the box rosters suck. I mean, I know they'll be improved closer to Opening Day, but as an example since I'm a Cardinals fan... anyone who thinks that Schumaker won't be leadoff hitter for most of the year is crazy, but they have Rasmus leading off, and Schumaker 2, when Rasmus should probably be 6, and Schumaker will definitely be 1.

Sure, a lot of that's guesswork at this point, but there's probably 4 spots that are mostly a given right now for the Cardinals, and that's Schumaker 1, Pujols 3, Holliday 4, Ludwick 5. They've only got 3 of the 4 correct.
post #36 of 74
F!! Based on IGN's review, looks like another year without baseball on the 360

7.0

http://xbox360.ign.com/articles/107/1073239p1.html
post #37 of 74
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Ehhh, Operation Sports has a review up.

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Just got my retail version of MLB 2K10 and played a quick nine inning game with the Rangers against the Royals. Here are my quick thoughts, I'll have further thoughts later tonight with a buyers recommendation.

The Good

This game is clearly much improved- There is no doubt that playing through my first inning left that impression on me. This game is so much better than last year, I can't even begin to describe it. Much more polished.

No graphical problems- The framerate issues from last year didn't pop up once while playing. That's a win. And for those of you freaking out about the bad demo graphics: I told you so. They're just fine in the retail version.

Smart AI- The AI was smart. It pitched around guys like Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. I didn't see any bad decisions or anything like last year.

Pitching/Hitting are solid-2K stressed they wanted this part of the game to shine. I've never been a fan of zone hitting, so 2K's system really is a breath of fresh air. I didn't hit a single home run during the 3-2 game but I did get 12 hits off of Zac Greinke. The pitch counts were good though and the computer will try to work the count if you aren't throwing pitches over the plate.

Defensive Swings- They are cool, they work and they're effective in the sense they offer a low risk/low reward type of swing.

The Bad

Outfielders Arms- They're way too strong I think. It feels like the outfields either aren't big enough or each outfielder has a rocket for an arm. I haven't checked on a slider for this, but if it can be fixed by a slider then awesome.

Lack of help menus- This will only be a problem for newcomers of the series. I haven't really played much MLB 2K (since I have always played The Show), but the lack of help menus did have me scratching my head on how to do a few things. However, this is a very nitpicky complaint.

Computer doesn't take many strikes- At least from my experience in game number 1, the computer didn't take very many first strikes. If the ball was a strike, the AI typically swung and connected which leads me to another complaint....

[b]There were 25 combined hits with Grienke/Harden pitching against each other[b]- I had 12 the Royals had 13 and there were a total of 5 runs scored. The game could be a bit offense heavy in that regards, sliders might work.

Extra base hits were absent-Despite the fact both teams got 25 hits combined, there was only one extra base hit and it was on a stalled ground ball in shallow center with a CF playing way back. The rest were literally singles. Maybe I was that good of a pitcher and that bad of a hitter, maybe I wasn't. Further info will have to be gathered.

Conclusion

I can say one thing with total confidence: MLB 2K10 is a solid game. It has a chance to be a good game and it is light years ahead of last year's effort. I'm going to try to get a couple more games in tonight before really recommending a buy/no buy on the game, but right now I think XBox gamers finally have at least a serviceable baseball game to call their own.

http://www.operationsports.com/MMChr...t-impressions/
post #38 of 74
This one seemed more promising. Keep the reviews coming...the more the better.
post #39 of 74
"serviceable", there is a word that does not sell games.
post #40 of 74
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Originally Posted by tgable View Post

"serviceable", there is a word that does not sell games.

I love even the favorable review is like man sure hope the sliders can fix this.... yeah that is what I've been hearing forever with the 2K series, the sliders the sliders!!!! fix the game yourself!

why not just give us the whole dev kit with the game guys. I'm sure the customer base can churn out something better. Hell let's just open source this thing!
post #41 of 74
have the show on the way but would be interested in reviews of the 2k game
post #42 of 74
I'd suggest trying it out yourself. As I mentioned, batting and pitching is much, much better. Fielding and baserunning needs improvement, but I did still have fun while playing.

Not nearly as bad as last year in that aspect, for example.
post #43 of 74
played the demo tonight, hitting and pitching was fun, can't seem to get past the graphics compared to the Show...on a funny note, the 1 game I played I won 2-0 on an Arod homer, at the end of the game it said my clutch performer was Nick Johnson 0-1 with a strikeout
post #44 of 74
Anyone pick up the game? I played and enjoyed the demo, I will be getting this. However, I will wait until the final, or close to final, rosters come out, just before opening day.
post #45 of 74
I have been historically very, very skeptical of this game... mostly because previous iterations really sucked. The first night I tried the 2010 demo I wasn't overly impressed but I gave it a second try the next night and I'm not sure what happened but I loved it the second night.

After reading the feedback on Operation Sports I went out and bought the game last night. I played the damn thing until 1am!

I thoroughly enjoyed it. I mean, it's got its issues but so does every game. This game can compete with The Show (in my opinion). So far I'm very impressed. It's just plain fun and it accurately captures the baseball atmosphere.

I won't repeat everything that's been said at Operation Sports - go there if you want details galore because they've got 'em. But I will say that you need to give this game a try! Rent it first if you're skeptical but if you're like me and you've nearly bought a PS3 every new baseball season because the 360 doesn't have a worthy baseball game then this will give you what you've been looking for.
post #46 of 74
I ended up buying it after playing that game with my friend the other night. It's definitely not a perfect game, but it's way better than last year, and as I said it's fun.

As I mentioned, fielding and baserunning need work, there's more singles than I'd like (and not as many doubles or triples), everyone seems to have a rocket arm in the outfield, etc.

But, I'm enjoying it almost as much as I enjoyed MVP (which despite being the best baseball game I've ever played still, wasn't a perfect game either).

I think a patch should help some of the issues, and I bet sliders will help other issues in the next few weeks as well. All in all though, it's a pretty solid effort, in my opinion (especially compared to last year's). And like I said, I hope next year that the rest of the game gets overhauled as much as pitching and batting did this year, because their mechanics are excellent.
post #47 of 74
Thanks. Not sure if you know this, but in years' past, if you adjusted the sliders, your game setting went to "custom" instead of "pro", "all-star", etc., and therefore, you wouldn't get the achievements. Do you know if this years' game is the same?
post #48 of 74
Hmm, no idea on that one, sorry. I bet they'd probably have a better idea on OperationSports though.

Personally, achievements don't matter too much to me, so that's just really not a concern for me anyway.
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post #50 of 74
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Originally Posted by oktoberrust11 View Post

Thanks. Not sure if you know this, but in years' past, if you adjusted the sliders, your game setting went to "custom" instead of "pro", "all-star", etc., and therefore, you wouldn't get the achievements. Do you know if this years' game is the same?

As soon as you move 1 slider you lose the ability to earn achievements.
post #51 of 74
I guess they went after the right marketing by giving away a million bux...

http://kotaku.com/5458520/the-first-...wins-1-million
post #52 of 74
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I guess they went after the right marketing by giving away a million bux...

http://kotaku.com/5458520/the-first-...wins-1-million

I'd be very surprised if anyone actually wins it. The rules for the contest are ridiculous. For example, you have to record your TV, starting with 5 seconds before you turn it and the system on, to show there's no funny business there. Then you go into the game, go into the MLB Today "Perfect Game mode" and have to use that mode. In other words, the game knows you're going for the million, and can do all the cheating it wants. But also, then you can't do any mound visits, can't pause, can't leave the game stopped for more than 30 seconds, etc.

Basically, if they can find any reason to disqualify you they will.
post #53 of 74
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Originally Posted by jhoff80 View Post

I'd be very surprised if anyone actually wins it. The rules for the contest are ridiculous. For example, you have to record your TV, starting with 5 seconds before you turn it and the system on, to show there's no funny business there. Then you go into the game, go into the MLB Today "Perfect Game mode" and have to use that mode. In other words, the game knows you're going for the million, and can do all the cheating it wants. But also, then you can't do any mound visits, can't pause, can't leave the game stopped for more than 30 seconds, etc.

Basically, if they can find any reason to disqualify you they will.

Good point. But, there's gotta be some die hard 2Kers/gamers who simply know all the nuances and strategies of MLB 2K games, no? Just like those Madden nation guys? Talkin' about basement dwellers, I'm almost sure some nerd will win it.

post #54 of 74
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Finally picked mine up today. Will post impressions/review later today or tomorrow. I want to give the game a fair share of time.
post #55 of 74
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This game is solid. I've been playing the My Player since I popped it into the Xbox.

I think this is by far the best mode in the game. There are some minor annoyances with the mode though, but it's really fun.

I decided I want to try to be a catcher for my first career. Some of the minor bugs I occasionally run into are when I'm going for a pop fly in foul grounds, the pitcher will come out of no where and snag it away from me. Kind of unrealistic IMO. You never see a pitcher chase down a popup.

Another bug I've run into is sometimes the runners will not tag up if you've hit a sac fly. I had a guy just stay there when he could've ran home. Maybe the runner was held up, but I've only had this situation once.

So far through 30 games, my guy is hitting .243 with 3 home runs, 14 RBI, and 3 steals. I started out horrible and hit around .091 through the first 12 games or so. I've finally got the hang of it. I kept hitting popouts instead of just swinging normally.

Will try out the franchise mode later today, but overall this game is very good.

Finally a decent baseball game for the 360.
post #56 of 74
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Originally Posted by LAKE4742 View Post

Good point. But, there's gotta be some die hard 2Kers/gamers who simply know all the nuances and strategies of MLB 2K games, no? Just like those Madden nation guys? Talkin' about basement dwellers, I'm almost sure some nerd will win it.


That guy looks cool to me!!
post #57 of 74
Finally got around to playing the demo last night (just got my E74'd Xbox back) and I must say I had a lot of fun with it. Every other year I'd play 1 inning and quickly come to the conclusion of "no 360 baseball again this year". But with 2K10 I ended up playing two demo games in a row right before bed, and realized this is worth a purchase.

Couple of questions for those that own it:

1. Is check swing fixed and/or actually in the game?
2. Is there an update for rosters?

Thanks.
post #58 of 74
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Originally Posted by Beeron View Post

Finally got around to playing the demo last night (just got my E74'd Xbox back) and I must say I had a lot of fun with it. Every other year I'd play 1 inning and quickly come to the conclusion of "no 360 baseball again this year". But with 2K10 I ended up playing two demo games in a row right before bed, and realized this is worth a purchase.

Couple of questions for those that own it:

1. Is check swing fixed and/or actually in the game?
2. Is there an update for fosters?

Thanks.

1. Not yet. Rumors are that the first major patch (there was a tiny release day one) is coming soon though.

As for rosters, if you want a really good one, you'll probably have to wait until opening day.
post #59 of 74
Thanks for the reply. Any other issues out there that I should be aware of before playing?
post #60 of 74
How about the invisible batter walking up to the plate from the dugout that looks like nothing but a floating bat. Or the music in the game menus skipping. I like the new way of pitching. The graphics are ok, however to be quite honest, The Show blows it away. If all you own is an Xbox, you're kinda stuck. If you have both, get the show for sure.
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