gamers (69%) found this review helpful
First off, I have been in love with this franchise since the beginning. The road to the show feature is just plain fun. These days it seems like if there isn't a game where the player has an option for customization, the game doesn't seem to appealing. Besides the revamped RTTS mode, playing against the computer with a very in depth franchise mode (finally) provides its own challenges as well. The Show keeps getting better every year and this year is the best yet. Look out for me online. Peace.
The game is rich in detail and has beautiful graphics but the learning curve is to hard without a tutorial. Probably a great game if you are a baseball fanatic who has a deep understanding for the game but way to hard even on rookie mode. Understood timing but kept popping out and hitting grounders that resulted in immediately getting thrown out at first. Would occasionally hit a home run and think I was getting the hang of it but would go another 6 innings without anything but popouts, foul bowls and getting thrown out at first. Pitching was just as big a nightmare as I would finally get the timing down, well sort of, but still would give up hits constantly. Way to hard even on rookie. Returned the first day.
The road to the show mode is a lot like it was in 2008 with refined batting and base running. The fielding pretty much remains the same. A couple problems that I found were little things like if you get caught in a rundown say between first and second your player will stop halfway between the baseline this is due in part to the PS3 thumbsticks having 2million directions so it has a hard time reading exactly which way you want to go. Another flaw is when you complete all your required goals you do not advance as you did in MLB'08. For instance if you are in AA and you complete all of your achievements in MLB'08 you would move up to AAA so on and so forth. Not in MLB'09 you get a pat on the back and you are still a bench warmer. I am sure if I owned the game I would have been in a lot better position to sit down and play it for a lot longer but I would rather go lay the beat down on noobs in Killzone 2. In conclusion the game is very nice looking and the game play is smooth. The collision detection in this years model is a lot better than last years and is worth putting in the time an effort if you are going to actually buy the game.