I am not a big sports fan when it comes to gaming. But, having played MLB 2K9, I have yet to be swayed as to how fun they can be. This years MLB is a bit of an upgrade from '08, but still miles away from being perfect let alone exciting. Many small flaws in the controls add up to a frustrating time doing the basics like fielding and batting. The analog swing can be very inaccurate for something as simple as batting. You cannot adjust your player's position in the batting box. So when you push back to swing and follow through, it makes it harder to judge where you want to hit the ball. After much trial and error playing with the LA Dodgers, I found that I hit 10x more foul balls than actual hits. More precision in the batting for next years game please. The pitching is decent and I like how every pitch is given a specific motion on the analog stick. Allowing you to adjust the angle of the pitch helps give you more accuracy. The fielding and base running are mapped out on the controller quite well, but it seems that the players do not move fast enough when fielding a pop fly or ground ball. Having each button correspond to a certain base makes things a bit confusing when you have bases loaded and someone hits a grounder into left field. It would have been better if there was one button designated to throw and we got to use the analog stick to choose where to throw to. The commentary does get a bit stale and the graphics get a bit blurred when the camera pulls out to the outfield. The overall graphics are nice and the player models are large and detailed. Maybe its just me, but I miss the simpler baseball games where the controls where as simple as pressing a button. If you like baseball, then MLB 2K9 is worth a look at, but with a new one in the works, I would put of buying the game.
Unlike its cousin NBA 2k9, this game does not upload the recent rosters for you to use in the franchise mode. The game basically sucks in general. Hope to get MLB the show 09...very happy with MLB the Show 08