Before anyone flames me, please realize I have played both of these games, and I have good things and bad things to say about both. 2nd I only play baseball games when there is nothing else to do.
1. Pitching: edge MLB2K8 Both games have a nice variety of pitches available. The ability to paint corners in 2K8 is a very nice plus to Sega's game. In my opinion (and maybe I was doing it wrong) the only way you can strike out the AI in the Show is to edit a players ability and bounce a pitch over the plate. I can see no reason why a strikeout pitcher (in real life) can't strike out the back up shortstop batting less than .200 at least once in a game. It seems like every player in the Show turns into Ted Williams with 2 strikes 2. Batting: edge EVEN Both games are relatively accurate for the ammount of hits they players get. 2K8 is a little to generous with the HR's, but who wants to win 1 to 0. The Shows cavernous outfield makes for a lot of hits falling in is ok, but frustrating while on D. 3. Running & stealing: The Show 2K8 makes stealing a little to easy, and the frustrating baserunning with two runners on makes The Show an easy choice. 4. Presentation & Extras: EVEN The Show has more bells & whistles but in my opinion leads to too many distractions. 2K8 has it's annoyances as well. Too much and not enough, no happy medium. Summary: While both games have their merits, one thing stays equal. The online play of both games is terrible. Graphics are a matter of preference. 2K8's player models are a bit to linbacker looking, while the Shows players while more fluid seem to be missing something. When it comes down to comparing the two games, it's really a matter of preference. If you want a deep sim go with the Show. If you just want to play baseball without having to over analyze everything, and occasinally strike out an opposing batter, take 2K8.
posted by nutbuster (NORTH TONAWANDA, NY) May 18, 2008
Member since Feb 2008
gamers (50%) found this review helpful
If you ever liked a baseball game in your life...even just a little bit...You gotta play this game! This is by far the most fun sports game I played in a while! Compared to 2k's game, this blows it out of the water...2k's "game" is probably the worst game I played in a while, graphics, hitches in frame rate, pitching...probably the stupidest thing I've seen in a game. It's like NHL 2k but with baseball...You would think with sega having the license for MLB it would be better but they probably spent more $ on that than it took to develop the game...Anyways RENT THIS GAME or even BUY IT!!! Great online play and long lasting appeal, ow yea, the Graphics are unbelievable too!!!
with the other baseball game being unplayable....this is the one to get ..even if its only for the road to the show career mode. If only this game didnt randomize the players contracts before every season you start ..the franchise would be playable too..I wrote and told them to fix it last year but nobody reads my mail.