|System: X360,PS3, PC, PSP, Wii, PS2||Review Rating Legend|
|Dev: 2K Shanghai/Visual Concepts||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: Mar. 3, 2009||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|
Those familiar with the classic face-button pitching may actually prefer this game to its next-gen version as well. Without incorporating the right analog pitch controls, which for some reason still lack accuracy in 2009, the face-button pitching of the PS2 version allows you to select your pitch of choice with either the Circle, Square, X, or Triangle button, depending on the pitcher.
Those who have played an MLB 2K game in recent years will pretty much know the drill, and those who felt that analog pitching mechanisms have ruined the series may actually see this PS2 version as a pleasant alternative.
Of course, the batting scheme continues to utilize the Right Analog as the virtual bat for the player to swing back and flick forward to mimic the motions. It feels pretty much unchanged from last year, for better or for worse. It is equally as difficult to control where you are aiming your ball upon making contact, and it pretty much comes down to perfect timing to successfully nail a pitch. Where it goes from there is up to the game gods.
While MLB 2K9 for the PS2 does not offer any solid, new features to those who own last years edition, it is in some ways better than the PS3 or 360 version when comparing price to playability. What this PS2 version of Major League Baseball 2K9 does do is offer little reason for serious baseball gamers who do not already own a PS3 or 360 to upgrade their console. All the entries in the Major League Baseball 2K series are going to have to significantly step up their game next year if they want to win back their audience.
CCC Freelance Writer