|System: X360, PS3, PC||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: Visual Concepts||1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid||4.0 - 4.4 = Great|
|Pub: 2K Sports||2.0 - 2.4 = Poor||4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy|
|Release: March 2, 2010||2.5 - 2.9 = Average||5.0 = The Best|
|Players: 1-2||3.0 - 3.4 = Fair|
|ESRB Rating: Everyone||3.5 - 3.9 = Good|
Along those lines, fielding is hit or miss. For starters, both AI and user defenses make unbelievable throws time and time again. I can't tell you how many times the CPU or I made leaping, off-balance throws from the third base line across the infield to get the runner at first without the first-basemen having to stretch (or even move an inch for that matter). Also, both infielders and outfielders consistently make web-gems. Whether it's over the shoulder catches, picking up hotshot liners, or making diving grabs, fielders are almost superhuman in their ability to pick the ball out of the air. In stark contrast, when balls are hit to gaps and seams, fielders are incredibly slow to react, often turning hits into extra bases.
Still, the game can be a lot of fun regardless of its foibles. I really couldn't ask much more from the pitching, and learning to deal with the wonky bits isn't too frustrating. Playing with a buddy on your couch is a good time, and extra modes such as MLB Today (which follows the season in real-time and updates your rosters constantly), Franchise, Drills, Home Run Derby, and My Player (create a pro and take him from the Minors to the Majors) offer some variety, even if there's nothing particularly fresh or innovative. Disappointingly, the multiplayer online offerings are weak at best. Sure, you'll be able to participate in online leagues and Postseason tourneys, but getting connected to players is painful; it takes a long time to find enough players, getting connected to a game is spotty, and connections are constantly dropped.
Presentation in MLB: 2K10 is also inconsistent. I really enjoyed the 16-song menu music setlist, crowds sound good, balls leave bats with a nice crack, and Gary Thorne does an excellent job with the play-by-play, though color commentating by Steve Phillips, while informative, is extremely repetitive. Visually, the game is not very good looking. Animations are smooth, but there are too few of them to make each play feel distinct - "it's déjà vu all over again." Also, stadiums, crowds, and on-field action aren't as crisp as they need to be. The graphics simply don't hold up under scrutiny. That said, I really like the swing analyzer and the use of the K-cam.
Major League Baseball: 2K10 is a good title that video game baseball enthusiasts should enjoy. The pitching, in particular, is a whole lot of fun. It's too bad the other aspects that make up the game fall so short (e.g. batting, fielding, and online play), holding it back significantly. Nevertheless, it seems like the MLB: 2K franchise is headed in the right direction - hopefully, 2K11 will be a breakout year.
CCC Editor / News Director