This maybe the worst baseball game ever made. Its very confusing and hard and non realistic. Ive like 2k9 baseball games in the past but this is just the worse. Whatever you do... do NOT get this game and if you do, you will be sorry!
When I first got 2k4, and 2k5 right after the Sox won their first series in 90 years, and Manny was on the cover.
It was a great baseball franchise. They had IMO resurrected Baseball as a viable gaming sport (compared to Football and Basketball which with EA dominate).
The trading elements, the stadium design control and management (i.e. manager abilities, like ticket prices, setting up extra seating, making your franchise into a profitable baseball business).
They've gone completely backwards.
It's impossible to make a good pitch on this game. You have no idea when you're in the sweet spot. The CPU will hit off you at will your pitching is so bad. Throwing equally as bad...because they start your meter "after" you start pressing the button, which screws you up. Directional hitting is terrible. The bat concept is terrible. Franchise is terrible.
I just don't see how they could go backwards from the pitch meter, and excellent controls they used to have. They've made base running complicated instead of good. Yes, you should at features, but not at the cost of good game controls.
i bought m.l.b the show first. Downloaded 2k9 from the network demos, and really liked it. It does not look as good as the show but does play better. Its more realistic then the show, An the game play is more fun. You use the right stick to do differnt pitches and bat. It just makes playing more intresting an fun. I'm not saying to rush out an buy it, but you should atleast rent it. The game is worth a shot. Plus 2k9 has home run derby the show does not.