Really, these sports game developers need to step it up big time. Having spent about a year and a half playing the ps2 version of this game, then getting last year's version, I was disappointed at how similar they were. This year's is more of the same. Obviously the graphics have improved, but is that what we want at this point? No, we want a game that's closer to the real thing, and this aint it.
Baserunning is still a painful experience. Really, the controls are different for road to the show versus season play? Why? Be prepared to get picked off every time you get a hit for the first few hours, or watch your tubby catcher try to swipe second and get thrown out by ten steps.
I was excited about being able to make a catcher for road to the show, but talk about painful! Minor league pitchers NEVER hit their spots, so any strategy there is out the window. "Hey, pitcher, let's give this guy a fastball low and outside, a waste pitch." Ok, let me just throw it up and in and nearly hit the guy. Sorry. Also, you get no "points" for calling a good game. You could have Helen Keller throw a shutout and still get no points because you didn't drive in a run. Guys, put some more thought into it!
Really, if you've never played the earlier versions and want a decent baseball game, this is decent, but if you've played any recent incarnations of the Show, beware...
This game is almost identical to last year which is both good and bad. The gameplay is good just like last year. the pitching and hitting model is very effective and fun. The game is loaded with so many players custom pitching windups and batting stances it's unbelievable.
We finally have a homerun derby and it is run just like the real thing which is a definite upgrade. As I said the gameplay is pretty enjoyable just like last year with a couple of minor glitches but it's not a big deal.
The negatives really hurt the game though. Onlline is UNPLAYABLE. In baseball with the pitching meter and the timing with hitting any glitches ruin the game. Unfortunately there are alot of glitches(and i dont experience them with other games) . I dont understand why this hasn't or can't be fixed it's 2010?? so basically you can't play online.
For baseball fanatics the franchise mode is the next thing you will want to dive into too after you realize online is horrible. Everything will be fine throughout your first year. until you reach the off-season.
The player progression is BAFFLING. some players have horrible potential that should not (mark reynolds, grady sizemore, jose reyes). the progression is NOT performance based which is incredibly frustrating. I simulated a season with the d-backs and reynolds batted .290 with 53 hr's 130 rbi's and 20 steals and he lost 7 points in all of his ratings for the following year! I almost returned the game. this is the norm and you will get tired of manually editing your players to reflect what they did the previous year.
Another negative for me was the fact that every new player has the default batting stance. WHY how hard is it to assign a random batting stance from the hundreds they have?? by year 4 or 5 more than half of the league has the same batting stance, LOL.
for casual fans this game will be fun. for hardcore baseball fans you will be extremely disappointed. I wish EA came back with Triple Play
posted by bigwill55 (GRANITE FALLS, WA) Mar 3, 2010
Member since Dec 2009
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
The first thing that really stood out to me in this game was the realism. It was as if I was watching a real baseball game. The thing I love most about MLB 10 that was not present in past versions was the addition of new camera angles when you were batting. On ground balls, flyouts, home runs...the angle would change whenever contact is made, giving you a different look at how the ball is fielded each time.
The crowd in the game looks better than ever before, with fans falling onto the field of play when balls are hit into foul territory. It's great. I could go on and on about how great this game is, really. I have been waiting since October to get this game and it was well worth the wait. If you're a fan of The Show, then you need to get this game. Heck, if you're a fan of baseball, you need to get this game.
If there was one thing wrong with this game, (and I'm nitpicking a bit here) it is the stealing of the bases. I found that my baserunner would hold his arms in on a head first slide, which enabled him to get tagged out shortly before making it to 2nd or 3rd. It gets frustrating, but it's probably something that takes getting used to. With this small issue intact, this game still deserves a perfect 10.