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The Bigs 2 review

Excellent
AT A GLANCE
  • Looks amazing
  • Two major single-player modes
  • Gobs of variety
  • Few online options
  • Can be really challenging
  • Hyper-repetitive commentary

Your typical baseball came doesn’t come packed with fireballs, explosions, powerups, and character-building, but chances are you already knew The BIGS 2 isn’t your average hardballer. In fact, it celebrates not being a staid old sim; yes, it sports MLB licensed-players, stadiums, and teams, but in reality it’s got more in common with a good ol’ action RPG than anything else. While the language is spoken in fastballs and double plays, games are won and lost with strategic usage of scarce resources and tactical decision-making. It’s also the most fun we’ve had playing just about any sports title in this generation.

The gorgeous visuals and highly stylized gameplay stand out from the first pitch, but what’s more remarkable about The BIGS 2 is the tense back-and-forth chess match that unfolds with each game. Choosing when to use hard-earned turbo boosts at the right time – not to mention executing even tougher-to-get Big Heat pitches or Big Blast at-bats – will have you scheming and planning from the get-go. The development gang at Blue Castle did a tremendous job making sure that games played in either single-player mode deliver the goods, but there’s no doubt that head-to-head matches against a friend ratchet up the fun factor exponentially.

Vets of the original game will be able to jump in pretty quickly, as the core mechanics remain the same. However, just about every aspect of on-field gameplay has been tweaked or upgraded, and there are boatloads of new additions that add a lot more flavor to the mix. The most prevalent of these is the batter’s wheelhouse, which can work in both players’ favor. Hitters can cause major damage if they get a hold of a ball in their hot zone, but pitchers get more turbo boost if they’re able to blow one through the spot. This immediately adds more drama to each at-bat, as a healthy store of turbo is a key to victory.

The core of The BIGS 2 is the Become a Legend mode, a meaty single-player campaign that allows you to take a created character and from a rehab assignment in Mexico all the way to the Hall of Fame. While the structure is virtually the same as the original title’s Rookie mode, there’s a wider (and notably tougher) variety of tasks to accomplish this time around. New to the fold is a full 162-game season, featuring trades, stat tracking, and other accoutrements you’d expect. There’s also online play for head-to-head matches and in Home Run Pinball, but surprisingly there’s no leagues or tournaments – definitely a bummer.

While we’ve got a small list of complaints – you get no instant replays, pitches are tough to pick up in Home Run pinball, and the commentary gets repetitive really quickly – they don’t really impact the overall awesomeness that is The BIGS 2. In fact, it’s our favorite baseball game of the season, even if it’s really just an action game dressed up in pinstripes.

Jul 13, 2009

More Info

Release date: Aug 25 2009 - DS
Jul 07 2009 - PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP (US)
Jul 17 2009 - PS3, Xbox 360, Wii (UK)
Available Platforms: DS, PS3, PS2, Xbox 360, Wii, PSP
Genre: Sports
Published by: 2K Sports
Developed by: Blue Castle Games, Sensory Sweep Studios
ESRB Rating:
Everyone 10+: Mild Violence, Mild Lyrics, Mild Language
PEGI Rating:
Rating Pending

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5 comments

  • WouldYouKindly - July 17, 2009 8:37 p.m.

    I LOVE this game with a passion. re captcha: hohokam sym
  • darthpat - July 14, 2009 6:05 p.m.

    lol and i love doctor strangelove
  • KillDrone - July 14, 2009 2:35 p.m.

    Looking forward to the Bigs 2, hopefully it will be better than MLB 2k9. P.S. barrage7667 when you make a comment about being first, don't follow it up with a stupid excuse for posting a comment... the game doesn't come out until July 17th.
  • BEASTMODE1236 - August 6, 2009 10:59 p.m.

    this is a pretty good game but its not realistic at all
  • barrage7667 - July 13, 2009 10:35 p.m.

    first yea this game is hard at times

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