|System: DS||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Deep Fried Ent. / 2K Sports||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: 2K Games||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 3, 2009||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
On the presentation front, Fantasy All-Stars uses its MLB license somewhat sparingly. Sure, all the teams and players are represented via roster lists and numbers, but the jerseys are devoid of detail, players' likenesses are so poorly rendered that only skin tone is recognizable, and official stadiums have been dropped in favor of fantasy environments. While placing the games in alternate settings is understandable considering the theme of the title, the half-hearted, cel-shaded look is decidedly poor.
Moreover, player animations, especially when approaching the batter's box, are painfully repetitive - you'll see the same break-dance and giddy-up bat move over and over. While ambient sound effects, including pitched balls, the crack of a bat, bells tolling, and homerun celebrations are competent, there is no off the wall commentary or uppity music to keep the game aurally stimulating - just the occasional organ refrain and stoic "You're out!" from the umpire.
After all, Major League Baseball 2K9: Fantasy All-Stars is an unpolished sports title attempting to cash-in on the widespread success of the DS and the game of baseball. Even though this title was obviously intended for a younger audience, there is no reason for anyone of any age demographic to pick it up. This game tries to emulate the wacky fun of Mario Super Sluggers, only with the MLB license rather than the characters from the Mushroom Kingdom. Disappointingly, that ho-hum Nintendo title seems like a Big Leaguer compared to this bush-league offering.
CCC Editor / News Director