Excerpt: This is the fifth release of 2K Sports' Major League Baseball franchise for the next generation. Needless to say, it has not been very successful so far. A brief history: 2K6: In the Xbox 360 version (the only one available since the Wii and PS3 weren't out yet,) a game killing bug caused the system to lock up at about the second inning. A patch was eventually released to fix the issue but the damage was already done.
Summary: Major League Baseball 2K10 celebrates baseball's core battle: pitchers vs. hitters. Improved pitching mechanics and right-stick swing controls let you pound the strike zone and rake like a pro, along with a totally revamped fielding system, hundreds of new signature animations and a star player rating system that brings the action to life like never before.
Excerpt: There comes a time in a mediocre franchise’s life when the developers must decide whether or not to keep making the same game over and over again with few changes, or to shake things up, and drastically revamp their game in an effort to make it more popular or playable. Sadly, MLB 2K10 falls into the former category, and this year’s attempt, while a bit more polished than 2K9 , is a meager effort put out for fans that deserve so much more.
Conclusion: I really think MLB 2K10 falls short this year in comparison to MLB 10: The Show. The batting and fielding is certainly easier and less of a burden in comparison to SCEA's game, but the offense is incredibly unbalanced (in your favor), which makes the game less realistic. If you're a serious baseball fan then you may want to try MLB 10: The Show, but if you're looking for something to jump right into then this might be up your alley.
Excerpt: Developing a great videogame simulation of one of the world’s most complex professional sports is not as easy as one might think, as evidenced by the numerous baseball titles that have seen ho-hum critical reception throughout the years. For the franchise’s tenth anniversary, Visual Concepts and 2K Sports have set out to rectify whatever failings MLB 2K games have suffered from in the past with an overhauled product, and one that succeeds in bringing the series back to...
Summary: MLB 2K10 is a great improvement over its predecessor. Baseball fanatics are sure to enjoy progressing a character in My Player, the vast knowledge in the commentators, and the new batting and hitting mechanics.
Pros: The revamped batting and hitting, The sharp commentators, Progressing a character in My Player
Cons: The annoying visual and animation glitches, Positions other than pitcher are boring in My Player mode, Some fielding and gameplay errors
Conclusion: Another potential issue with My Player is the starting ratings for hitters when it comes to contact and power. Getting good wood on the ball and muscling it into the outfield is not easy during the first two or three years of your career. Rookies are woeful, even for AA ball, with very little pop.
Pros: Vastly improved in almost every possible way from MLB 2K9, Much more realistic diamond action, especially in the pitcher-batter duel, Superb and challenging pitching interface, My Player adds an RPG flavor to the standard modes of play.
Cons: Fielding is a little too quick and twitchy on default slider settings, Baserunning is off on the default slider settings, Playing as anything other than a pitcher makes My Player mode less fun, Problematic online play, Lots of jaggy visuals.
Still Can’t Catch A Ball, But It Can Role-Play With The Best Of Them
2 March 2010
Conclusion: Concept: Visual Concepts’ slugger makes progress, but is still playing .500 ball
Graphics: The new lighting effects change the conditions of play. Transitional animations don’t always line up, which can sometimes turn a beautiful slow-motion replay into a comedic moment
Sound: John Kruk is the god of stats. The other commentators could learn a thing or two from him. It still sounds like you are hitting the ball with balsa wood
Playability: Fielding is still weak.