Conclusion: If you’re not sure the game is for you, rent it and play through the story mode, you can save it to your harddrive anyway, so it isn’t like you’ll be wasting anything. If it grabs you, purchase it for the season mode and homerun pinball.
Excerpt: With baseball games it's always feast or famine, or famine or feast, depending on which side of the arcade vs. sim divide you prefer to reside. The Bigs 2 may appear to be trying to strike a balance between the two with its modeling of each MLB player's stats and hitting hot zones, but this is a game that is thoroughly arcade all the way.
Excerpt: As much as I like the sport of baseball I haven’t really enjoyed a baseball video game since Triple Play ’99, a time way before the original The Bigs shipped last summer. I’m guilty of buying too many sports games that I play religiously for the first couple of weeks only to see them collect dust for 10 months before I trade them in advance of the next instalment.
Excerpt: Every once in a while a sequel to a sports game lives up to expectations, The Bigs 2 is one of those games. The Bigs Series is both and arcade and a baseball game and has a good representation of both elements. The basic elements of baseball are there with pitching, hitting, fielding, and base running but they have been infused with quick time events, flashing lights, and motion effects that highlight superhuman feats of athleticism.
Conclusion: The visuals in The Bigs 2 look good at first, but they have some weird quirks as well. The player models are large and detailed, and the stadiums do a good job of bringing the real landmarks to life, even letting you destroy pieces of them with well-placed home run blasts. But the animations of the players, especially when they are in the field, look freakish. Another distraction is the grass, which undulates like an ocean when you get close to it.
Pros: Pitching and batting mechanics are thrilling, Skill points add some strategy to the arcade action, A full Season mode lets you trade and keep basic statistics, Become a Legend mode has lots of different minigames and objectives to keep things interesting.
Cons: AI baserunning and fielding are lousy, Statistics cover just the basics.
Summary: In real life, performance-enhancing drugs have tainted the national pastime, giving ballplayers an artificial means to get more power and bigger heads. But what if there were a way to make baseball players throw flaming fastballs or leap 20 feet in the air to steal a potential home run without the stigma of cheating or any grotesque side effects?
Pros: Pitching and batting mechanics are thrilling, Skill points add some strategy to the arcade action, A full Season mode lets you trade and keep basic statistics, Become a Legend mode has lots of different minigames and objectives to keep things interesting
Cons: AI baserunning and fielding are lousy, Statistics cover just the basics