Major League Baseball 2K7 Review
Xbox 360 | PS3 | PSP
Major League Baseball 2K7 box art
System: X360, PS3, PSP Review Rating Legend
Dev: Kush Games 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: Feb. 26, 2007 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-4 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Everyone 3.5 - 3.9 = Good
MLB doesn't knock it out of the park, but it doesn't strike out either
by D'Marcus Beatty

MLB 2K6 made a lot of missteps when it debuted on Xbox 360 last year. Kush games must have paid attention to the complaints about the last game, because they've definitely made improvements. Although Major League Baseball 2K7 still isn't the best baseball game on the market, it has still made strides to become a decent ballplaying experience.

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Major League Baseball 2K7 has a lot of features to try to simulate the game of baseball as accurately as possible. One example is in the pitching. Before the throw, the player has to designate an area where he wants the pitch to go, then press a button to determine speed and another button press focuses the accuracy. The catcher tries to lead the direction of the pitch, and for the most part, he does a good job, although not always. The pitchers also usually get tired quickly, even despite their stamina ratings.

On the batting end of the spectrum there are a few ways that you can hit. You can bat by a simple button press, or you can pull on the analog stick to bat. Batting takes a while to get used to, with a fairly steep learning curve for the first timer.

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The fielding in the game is fairly well done. The setup of the buttons corresponds to the base, so after the ball is caught, a touch of a button determines where the ball is thrown. There is also the option to throw to the cutoff man with the touch of the trigger button. This year the outfielders are much more responsive and move quicker, so fielding as a whole is a much more enjoyable experience.

Major League Baseball 2K7 screenshot

Visually, the game looks great. Most of the character models are very detailed and resemble their true-life counterparts with few exceptions. The player animations are all realistic, and the Signature Style helps the players feel more their actual doppelganger. Each player has the same batting stance, movements, and celebrations as the person they represent. This extends also to their uniform, as the uniforms fit as their supposed to, with loose and tight fits on the appropriate players. Although it doesn't seem as thorough as NBA 2K7's Signature Style, it still adds a nice touch to gameplay when the player can recognize a person simply because of their movements and mannerisms.

Major League Baseball 2K7 also sounds great. All of the sound effects are well implemented and in place, and the commentary between Jon Miller and Joe Morgan is very well done and interesting to listen to. There is also a decent soundtrack with lots of different tracks to listen to.

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Beyond simple exhibition games, Major League Baseball 2K7 offers quite a few different modes of play. Obviously the player has the option to play a quick game of baseball in addition to season games and franchise mode. Franchise mode is pretty in-depth, allowing the player to set ticket prices, decide trades, negotiate contracts, and keep an eye on the mood of your players. The player can also play career, manager challenge, and home run derby.

As always, Major League Baseball 2K7 comes with a lot of online options too. The player can play in ranked and unranked matches and even start or participate in a league game with up to thirty teams. However, the online gameplay can become laggy at times, which makes the game both unfair and unfun.

Major League Baseball 2K7 screenshot

In addition to the noticeable lag in online games, MLB does have its fair share of problems. There is an unusual amount of clipping when players collide during plays, as sometimes baserunners can clip into the fielders. The framerate is also slow, especially for a next-gen game. The fielders sometimes have problems catching or picking up the ball in the outfield, which can obviously lead to some unnecessary scoring from the opposing team, scoring that occurs not because of bad choices but because of bad programming.

All in all, Major League Baseball 2K7 is a pretty good baseball game with a few noticeable flaws. It hasn't quite caught up to its 2K Sports brothers, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. Lovers of America's favorite pastime may enjoy picking up this title, but for others, it may be a hit or miss situation.

By D'Marcus Beatty
CCC Co-Site Director

Features:

  • Signature Style - Batting stances, waggles, home run celebrations, step-ins and step-outs bring each player to life like never before.
  • True Fielding - Fielder positioning, relay and cutoff A.I. has been redesigned to allow for better, more authentic Major League defensive play. Defensive alignments are now based on who is at the plate.
  • Dynamic Throwing System - Responsive throwing mechanics coupled with unique animations for infield, outfield and situational throws brings your command of the ball to a new level.
  • Inside Edge - Updated for the 2007 season, Inside Edge data is now tied into USER control at the plate. Playing into your pitcher's or hitter's strengths will now reward you with a boost in hitting power.
  • Next Generation Player Models - 2K7 player models are brought to life with exquisite accuracy. Now body type, player faces, accessories, uniforms and hats match their real-world counterparts down to the minutest details.
  • Franchise Finance - Team news, attendance, ticket prices and fan "buzz" will all play a key role in the success of your franchise. Each of these elements can affect your seasonal profit or deficit, affecting budgets for subsequent seasons.
  • Unprecedented Commentary - All-Star duo Jon Miller and Hall of Famer Joe Morgan return to the broadcast booth to deliver the best commentary in the business.
  • Hi-Def Baseball - Seamless camera work, new crowd audio and stunning replays keep you in the moment through the duration of a game.
  • 2K Sports Online Play - Go head-to-head and compete in leagues and tournaments against the best players on the planet.
  • Soundtrack - Nirvana, Sublime, The Stooges, Pixies, 311, Wolfmother, The Specials, Tapes 'n Tapes, DFA 1979, Thermals And more.

    Rating out of 5
    Rating Description
    3.5
    Graphics
    Pretty good visuals overall, although some character models look odd up close.
    3.5
    Control
    The controls are sharp, although with a sharp learning curve.
    4.0
    Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
    Great sound effects and commentary and good sountrack.
    4.0
    Play Value
    Tons of different modes as well as online play.
    3.1
    Overall Rating - Fair
    Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

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