Excerpt: Playing Major League Baseball 2K11 feels reminiscent of days spent taking in a game at the local Minor League Ballpark. It delivers a sufficient level of baseball that are fun while they last, but much of what is on show comes across as equally unambitious. It remains a series that has always dreamed of playing in the big leagues one day and continues taking the necessary steps towards achieving that goal. The problem is in the series' batting average.
Conclusion: At the end of the day if you're desperate for a baseball game, this one will likely satisfy your fix but you'll have to put up with a lot of crap. IMO, if you absolutely have to have a baseball game, go with 2k10 which the other reviewers say is virtually identical at 1/3 the price and you'll get 5 avatar awards which 2K11 is sorely lacking.
Excerpt: Part of my issue with Major League Baseball 2K11 may simply be that I played Sony’s MLB 11: The Show before popping-in 2K’s annual entry. Sony implemented a host of upgrades this year — most notably analog fielding, hitting and pitching — but 2K Sports doesn’t appear to have had that same sense of urgency to improve their 2011 game.
Excerpt: 2K Games, have produced here a superb simulation of professional baseball, every ballpark, player and club that participate in the American and National Leagues are represented. This game also allows for Dynamic Player Rating System (DRPS), which updates a players ability with the last four weeks of a real player's activity, this will include form lapses and also purple patches.
Excerpt: Admittedly, it’s been awhile since I’ve played a baseball game. But, I felt it was fitting to write my review on the opening day of the 2011 season. If you’d asked me a few years ago if I’d like a sports game I probably would’ve laughed in your face but over the last few years 2K has improved their sports games by quantum leaps and MLB 2K11 is no exception to that.
Conclusion: As mentioned earlier, you don't have any other choice for a baseball game on the 360 this year. Major League Baseball 2K11 is a poor effort in updating last years game by 2K and it feels like they are cashing in on the lack of competition on the Xbox 360. I'm also scratching my head on why it was even developed for the PS3 with the stellar MLB 11 up against it. When you add in the bugs, you have a game that's probably best left on the shelf this year.
Conclusion: A handful of minor refinements combine to make the diamond action more realistic in MLB 2K11. At-bats have been tweaked in subtle ways to provide more authentic pitcher-batter showdowns. It's easier to read pitches this year in the batter's box. AI pitchers are more authentic and can't paint corners as robotically as they did last year. In other words, they throw more balls.
Pros: Some tweaks to batting and pitching make for more-realistic at-bats, Improved fielding with better animations and a new throwing meter, Dynamic player ratings let MLB Today fans stay current with the real bigs.
Cons: Few significant changes from last year's version of the game.
A Game Where Bugs & Glitches Are Just As Common As Base Hits
17 March 2011
Conclusion: Concept: Fail to capitalize on last year’s promising foundation by adding more bugs than anything else
Graphics: Transitional animations across the board are still a mess, though fielders move better than they have in the past
Sound: The commentary team does an outstanding job of contextualizing play and providing a smattering of talk from around the league
Playability: The batter/pitcher duel is solid as usual, but MLB 2K11’s gameplay often breaks down outside of that...
Summary: It's often hard to tell the difference between one year's MLB 2K and the next. Just about every aspect of this year's 2K Sports take on the national pastime is the same as last year's 2K Sports take on the national pastime. Some minor improvements on the field make for more realistic games, the player-ratings system has been upgraded, a new throwing meter is used when fielding, and some of the visuals have been fine-tuned.
Pros: Some tweaks to batting and pitching make for more-realistic at-bats, Improved fielding with better animations and a new throwing meter, Dynamic player ratings let MLB Today fans stay current with the real bigs
Cons: Few significant changes from last year's version of the game