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MLB 2K12 review

AT A GLANCE
  • Great pitching mechanics
  • Impactful stats galore
  • Best sports game commentary
  • Choppy framerate at times
  • Dated, ordinary visuals
  • Feels phoned in

Baseball is all about the details, and MLB 2K12 is all over the map. There were a couple of niceties we picked up; for example, a first baseman’s uniform was filthy when he came up to bat right after making a diving play in the dirt to end the previous inning, while bunting was draped in the ballparks along with special postseason logos on the infield for the playoffs. On the other hand, when we hit a walk-off single to win a 14-inning playoff game, there was no on-field celebration; the players were shown ambling off the field as if it were an ordinary half-inning. We also had a bizarre in-game situation occur when a smash up the middle bounced off a pitcher then magically warped right to the second baseman.

The commentary, however, is mostly outstanding. MLB 2K12 is drenched in statistics, and the three-man booth does a good job calling the action based on what’s happened and what the numbers say. Occasionally we’d hear Steve Phillips make a reference that didn’t quite mesh – such as saying it was still early in the game when in fact we were in the 8th inning – but these were the exception rather than the rule. Inside Edge does more than provide the announcers a great basis to talk from as well; based on the plethora of information available to you, there’s more than enough data to turn you into a Moneyball-esque on-field game manager as well as front office expert.

My Player mode has received a few updates this year, mostly around defining your role before your career begins. As seen in past games, it suffers from two problems. First, it’s extremely menu-driven, which means tons of loading and clicking instead of enjoying games. Secondly, if you’ve spent much time in it last season, there’s little appeal to repeating it again. To be fair, though, the different roles provide a nice variety and no two careers should play out exactly the same.

The early stages of online play have been decent, but we’ve experienced some slowdown when the ball is in motion that helps cause fielding issues. Because our timing was thrown off, we wound up committing lots of throwing errors, and so did our opponents. When there are runners on the basepaths, things slow down even more. None of this is game-breaking, but is definitely annoying. On PS3, online has seen even more issues. In addition to the aforementioned issues that also afflict the Xbox 360 version, we also had a game in which the commentary started echoing badly for some bizarre reason (which hasn’t happened offline). As of week one, there are some issues that could use a patch.

We’ve been unable to play the all-new MLB Today mode, but we’ll have in-depth reports on that (as well as more on My Player) in upcoming Box Score columns and podcasts once Opening Day comes and that mode takes on relevance.

Despite its many issues, MLB 2K12 packs a significant punch when it comes to the nuts-and-bolts of big league baseball. We’re excited about taking a couple of teams through the season. Unfortunately, it’s just too ordinary-looking and choppy-playing to appeal to a wider audience. For all its good points, a game of this stature should be more polished at this stage of the franchise’s existence.

This game was reviewed on Xbox 360 as the lead platform. We also played through sections of the PS3 version to see if there were any distinct differences, and any technical distinguishments are noted above.

More Info

Available Platforms: Xbox 360, PS3, DS, PSP, PC, Wii
Genre: Sports
Published by: 2K Sports
ESRB Rating:
Everyone

3 comments

  • bron1417 - March 13, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    shame for 2k baseball =/ oh well. luckily i have both PS3 and 360 so i'll be getting The Show.
  • Meneley25 - July 30, 2012 3:25 p.m.

    I am honesty a huge MLB 2k fan, but this game SUCKS!!! Seriously, Its not realistic at all, the way the players swing looks aweful, it doesn't even look like they are swinging, it just looks like they are just sticking the bat out there. Even worse, I constantly have to keep changing the difficulty of how fast the players run or how hard the position players throw, they should all throw/run the same speed relative to how they're ratings are in real life. And the worst part is that there is choppy frame work at time, Its truly a shame to how this game turned out, why is it that NBA 2K12 is 10x better when they are made by the SAME EXACT PEOPLE. Look at MLB 2K7, NOW THAT GAME WAS AMAZING!!! They're jersey moved as they were playing and relative to the weather patters, it rained during the games sometimes, the players looked as real as they can be and it was completely better than MLB The show by far, ever since then the only good game you had was 2k10, that game was good but not as good as 2k7. The only good asset this game has is MY PLAYER ORGANIZATION. That is the only fun part about the game, I play it all the time and I do not stop. Please step it up next year or you guys are going to loose your fan base, and all your going to sell is the SHOW, which is only for PS3 and I only have a 360
  • Meneley25 - July 30, 2012 3:34 p.m.

    and also, the way the ball moves when it comes off the bat shouldn't be slow, it should move the same speed as relative have it is in real life. Also the make the all-star game more realistic, During the game make the players wear the same jersey as the team they are representing, not an American League Jersey or a National League Jersey, make it look similar to how it is in real life

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