Summary: MLB 09 The Show continues to set itself apart from the other MLB games on the market with its attention to detail and unparalleled gameplay. Looking to build on that reputation, the game has added several new features and subtleties that play a huge role in bringing the baseball experience to life.
Excerpt: Every year, Sony gives baseball fans something to look forward to with its MLB: The Show series. While the PS3 version understandably gets most of the attention, the PS2 version has managed to quietly chug along and give PS2 baseball fans something to enjoy. Although MLB 09: The Show delivers a good game of ball, it is clear that the PS2's limits are beginning to show. MLB 09 does a lot with a little.
Excerpt: It is too bad that the sport of Major League Baseball has got such negative press over the past few years. With all the drug scandals, and the lack of the league doing too much about it, it tends to tarnish the rich tradition of such an endearing sport. That why it is good to know that there is at least one constant that baseball fans can look to, Sony's MLB: The Show series.
Excerpt: As with MLB 09: The Show on PlayStation3 and PlayStation Portable, the PlayStation2 version builds on a solid foundation while also suffering a couple of newly introduced hitches. Still, as the least expensive of the three, it's well worth a looksee.
Conclusion: MLB on PS2 needs to be permanently benched. The series is far better on Sony’s other platforms. The overall game is still enjoyable, with a robust franchise mode, an engaging Road to the Show, and online multiplayer, but the omissions ultimately bring the package down. The visual and gameplay problems that continue to show up prove this series has found a new home on the PS3. Playing MLB 09 on PS2 proves one thing; it’s time for every baseball fan to upgrade to a PS3.