This game got good reviews. It's a fairly deep game--feature-laden--to be sure. But the gameplay is baffling. Perhaps i needed an instruction book to fully understand how to do x, y, or z. Maybe i should've looked it all up on the internet.
I gave this game so many chances, however. After playing the demo off of PSN (and loving it), i was convinced i was just having a series of bad games. Nope. I can't tell you how many times i've nailed my pitches only to have world-class pitchers throw the ball a ridiculous distance from the place where i spotted the ball. I can't tell you how many times i've hit the ball solidly with "perfect" timing and gotten a base hit. Wait, maybe i can: 5 times out of 8 games.
I suspect many people have played this game and not ran into the same problems. Others might shout back that there are plenty of sliders provided for me to fiddle with until i'm happy. But does that actually address, or better yet, fix my issues? By no means!
Of course, i'm always open to the idea that i stink. But i'm ok playing games i stink at (really, i am!) However, i cannot stand playing a game that tells me i'm doing well, but punishes me anyway.
2 games on Rookie: 2-0 (Ryan Dempster throws a 1-hitter, Zambrano a CG)
6 games on Veteran: 0-6 (three of which turned off prior to completion)
Do RENT it, though. It's just not something i could imagine buying.
The only thing harder that getting a single in the actual big leagues is getting a single in this game. The hitting is way too frustrating for the casual gamer. Pick this one up if you want to spend a Sunday afternoon frustrated.