When they say this is the most realistic baseball game ever made, they must have been talking graphically, because the gameplay at times is completely un-realistic. Take the computer-controlled batters, for example. You'll be rolling along, with your team in the lead. You'll be pitching a great game for 3 or 4 innings, then all of a sudden, your pitcher will not be able to get an out. The computer batters will start hitting with pinpoint accuracy, and nothing your pitcher throws will get past them. They will go on a 6 or 7 hits in a row rampage, and take the lead from you and then some. The computer also will hit doubles CONSTANTLY!! And, your fielders will start making idiotic errors, adding insult to injury. It's ridiculous. '08 was a much better game than either of the past two versions. Please fix the AI for next year!!
This year's game didn't show much change from last year. With that said, RTTS is still alot of fun to play. Online play is boring and almost impossible to hit the ball if you have an opponent who knows how to pitch in the game. RTTS gets rather old once you max out all the attributes.
This game was visually very well made. The graphics are excellent with the ability to turn off replays and player information for a faster game if you need to. A major turn off for me was that the game is extremely difficult to pick up for a beginner. Of course this is supposed to be an ultra realistic version of baseball and I understand that I'm not gonna be hitting homers every at bat but... I played about 25 games before shipping this game back to gamefly and I didn't win a single one. I even turned down every thing to the lowest difficulty level and still lost by a lot. I started out not being able to hit the ball at all but by the time I returned the game I was hitting very well. The problem was, I could never get base running down and this was detrimental to all of my losses. I would get guys on base and couldn't get one to stop and one to run. They either ALL stopped or ALL ran... it was very frustrating because I could have won about half the games I played if I had been able to move one runner at a time. Again it's very difficult to pick up if you haven't played any of the previous MLB:the Show Games. I think for the person that has a lot of time on their hands (by the way I played about 4-6 hrs a day) and really loves baseball or has played the previous games, give it a try. You might pick it up faster than me. If you are looking for a less realistic, more action packed baseball game I suggest MLB: 2k10 or The Bigs (of course someone already won the $1 million though in 2k10) which are both great games for what they are.