|System: PS3, Xbox 360*, PC, PS2, Wii, DS, PSP|
|Dev: Visual Concepts|
|Pub: 2K Sports|
|Release: March 6, 2012|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
The only genuinely new feature that MLB 2K12 can brag about is the MLB Today Season Mode. This mode allows players to play a major league season at the same pace as their favorite teams. As they progress, players will be able to compare their own stats against those of their real-life counterparts. It's a neat trick, but it will be rendered pretty useless once the 2012 season is over, which, I suppose means that we'll all have to buy next year's copy as well.
Graphically speaking, MLB 2K12 leaves something to be desired. The stadiums are impressive and realistic, but when you take a closer look, the field is rife with torn textures and jagged edges. And, I don't know about you, but I wish that Visual Concepts had dedicated a little more development time the player's faces. I'm not exaggerating when I say that everyone on the field looks like a serial killer.
Just in case you were worried, MLB 2K12 does include the Home Run Derby and the online leagues. However, much like the multiplayer, nothing has really been tweaked for this year's upgrade.
All in all, Major League Baseball 2K12 is a solid title that will give baseball lovers a respectable alternative to Sony's MLB 12: The Show. However, considering how little 2K Sports has changed the title from last year's edition, you'll probably get more bang for your buck if you just check out the bargain bin at your local retailer for a copy of MLB 2K11.
Also, it's worth noting that MLB 2K12 will be the last title ever released on the PlayStation 2. So, it might be worth owning, simply based on its historical value. Then again, since when do gamers care about history?
Date: March 13, 2012