MLB 2K8: Fantasy All-Stars Review
MLB 2K8: Fantasy All-Stars box art
System: DS Review Rating Legend
Dev: 2K Sports 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Deep Fried Entertainment 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: April 14, 2008 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 2 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Speaking of that barnyard. The music in this game is less than stellar, and in stages such as the aforementioned home of Old McDonald, appropriately themed music will play. In that stage, for example, there is sort of a bluegrass tune playing. All these background tracks play on loop, and yes, they are annoying. The only real variance is that the music will speed up if runners are on base. As for the sound effects, there is not a lot to talk about. Whether a runner is out or safe will be pronounced, and you can faintly here a muffled crack of the bat or the thud of a ball smacking onto a fielder's glove.

MLB 2K8: Fantasy All-Stars screenshot

As we touched on a little bit above, All-Stars is controlled almost entirely with the stylus. Doodling different paths towards the batters box will execute a variety of pitches, and slicing upwards will swing the bat. Overall, it is smooth with the main trouble spot coming in pitch variation. Too often you will draw out a change-up only to throw yet another curveball. The designs look different enough, but apparently not enough for the DS to recognize specific commands. Additionally, the sketch for the knuckleball is absolutely ludicrous. The simple control set-up works effectively, so frustrations should be kept low, although there is always room for improvement.

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Unfortunately, MLB 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars needs a bit of tightening up in one too many places to be a long-term travel time solution for all you baseball fans out there. The foundation is in place to build a quality title, and certainly the prospect of next year's offering is bright. Still, for those seeking a good way to take baseball on the road, this is not quite it. A definite pass for the older crowd, but kids will undoubtedly get a kick out it for a short time. Taken as a whole, All-Stars lack of options and depth in gameplay will leave many desiring much more.

By Tom Kelly
CCC Freelance Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
2.7
Graphics
Strange design choices with oddly shaped players and poorly drafted stadiums.
3.6
Control
Smooth stylus controls, too often though it confuses what type of pitch you are trying to throw.
2.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Bland music sets the tone for an ear plugging good time
2.7

Play Value
Solo play leaves much to be desired, but definitely worth a look for those with friends and a lot of travel time

2.6
Overall Rating - Average
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Unique Interactive Experience -- All aspects of the game will be controlled on the Nintendo DS touch screen, including batting, pitching, fielding, and baserunning.
  • Exciting Gameplay Modes -- Exhibition mode will allow players to quickly choose their favorite teams so they can immediately jump into the intense baseball action, while Fantasy Pennant mode will offer various tournaments to compete in. All-Star Training will assist players in learning the fundamental DS control functions wrapped up in a variety of fun and challenging mini-games.
  • All-Star Lineups -- Players can create their own unique baseball teams by choosing from the different starting lineups and putting together their favorite All-Stars.
  • Uniquely Themed Stadiums -- Set in extreme environments that portray the diverse North American environment, uniquely themed stadiums are in locations ranging from the Everglades in Florida to the Frozen North, locations that can only be mastered by the best.
  • Multi-player -- Supports two-player DS Wireless and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection. For added competitiveness, Major League Baseball 2K8 Fantasy All-Stars will utilize DS Wireless and Nintendo Wi-Fi Connections so players can go head-to-head in intense worldwide multi-player gaming.


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