I have played both 2K8 and The Show, and I must say that 2K8 is more realistic than The Show, because let's face it, The Show turns into a HR Derby more times than not.
The Graphics in 2K8 are very sub-par, especially for NextGen. The Player Models are pathetic, and there are some frame rate issues at times during fielding. Plain and simple, The Show is a far more visually satisfying experience, especially with the Player Models, which are top notch.
With that said, there has never been a better Batter/Pitcher interface in a baseball game than there is in 2K8. And that is where you spend most of the game, is it not?
Is pitching difficult? Yep. But guess what, pitching in real life is no cake walk either. It is so immersive that I feel like I'm back on my H.S. baseball team, taking the mound. Success and failure will ultimately depend on whether or not you can hit your spots or not. If you can, and not throw "Meatballs", then anyone can EASILY keep teams under 5-10 runs a game. But if you just start throwing them down the middle, expect to get lit up. (Duh)
Then batting, like in real life, is all about timing. If you got it, you will hit, plain and simple. Also, in 2K8 you can also "direction" hit (as in to move a runner over to 3rd by hitting to the right side of the infield), which is something I still can't do in The Show.
If you TAKE THE TIME TO LEARN HOW TO PITCH, the game is flat out realistic. If you hit your spots, more so then just throwing fast, you will get outs (Look at Greg Maddux's career).
But if you give up because the pitching is too difficult, I guess the face button method of batting and pitching interface is more suited for you anyways. Not that that is a bad thing though. It just suits some better, that's all.
But for me, I like sub double digit run games, like in real life, than having HR Derbys every other game that you can get with The Show.
Only the sub-par graphics keeps this game out of a 10.
posted by treelo99 (CAMDENWYOMING, DE) Mar 24, 2008
Member since Oct 2005
Count me in the minority on this one, but I actually like this game. A lot of people are praising The Show, and granted I have only played that on the PSP, but I think 2k8 is not as bad as everyone says. All the complaints have been about the new ptiching mechanics. You need to take more than 5 minuted to learn how to pitch. My first few games I was giving up runs in double digits. After spending time with it, and learning how, my game scores are more normal and I find it very enjoyable. Gamelplay is solid, especially the fielding and throwing meters. I am still working on hitting as that takes some practice. Graphics are good, not great. I have not noticed any frame issues as it seems to run very smooth. Commentary by Jon Miller and Joe Morgan is very good. Their calls are spot on and have some interesting comments as well. Solid presentation as well. Overall, I'd give this game about an 8. Sure there could be some things better, but I find this a solid baseball title worth investing a little time and effort into.