Major League Baseball 2K9 review

Slapping balls is always fun

GamesRadar+ Verdict


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    Quality graphics and gameplay

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    Commentary is exemplary

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    Tons of modes


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    Controls are too complicated

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    Basically requires a gamepad

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    Training and control listing doesn't help

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Just like with the other recent 2K Sports title NBA 2K9 the sheer quality and sheen on display here is superb. Despite all the efforts EA Sports have made to make their games feel like TV broadcasts, they’ve never come anywhere near 2K’s level of presentation. The graphics are spot on, the sound and commentary is exemplary and the whole thing just feels like you are participating in a game of baseball.

The usual spread of options is available, with one-off fixtures, franchise modes and Home Run Derbies all playable. There’s also a non-atrocious soundtrack to keep you interested (although, 50% of it is still complete toss). There’s also a reasonable practice mode to get into the swing (pun intended) of things with. However, the interface problems that were the only real problem with MLB’s basketball counterpart are back in full force, and are even more pronounced than before.

Couple this with the fact that the controls are so complicated that it’ll take a fairly long time to get to grips with them. You really do need a pad as well, because so many of the controls are tied to the analogue stick.

The training help screens don’t actually aid players too much, as the button numbers often don’t match what they are on the controller. But, if you can struggle past the interface, the game itself is baseball gold. And this is coming from someone who has no interest in baseball whatsover. But if you do, snap this up as quick as you can.

Jun 23, 2009

More info

DescriptionHitting, pitching, and fielding are (mostly) easier than ever, making 2K9 much more accessible than its predecessors. Sadly, the scads of visual hiccups keep it from legendary status.
Franchise nameMajor League Baseball 2K
UK franchise nameMajor League Baseball 2K
Platform"Xbox 360","PS2","PS3","PSP","Wii","PC"
US censor rating"Everyone","Everyone","Everyone","Everyone","Everyone","Everyone"
UK censor rating"","","","","",""
Alternative names"MLB 2K9"
Release date1 January 1970 (US), 1 January 1970 (UK)