Sorry 2k but this game is not an improvement. There are new pitching mechanics that are an improvement over last years game, however this does not over come the same silly views during home runs (which seem to be almost everytime you hit the ball). The baseball card feature is along the same lines as what Madden did in football. Neat for anyone under age 12. However not really a improvement for gameplay. Basically if you liked last years game this is almost identical. If you bought last years game dont bother with this one! I personally don't think this game is worth buying and barely worth the rent. I pray for the day when pro leagues will quit giving exclusive licenses for games, it seems to breed apathy in making improvements in sports games.