take me out to the ballgame, when the ballgame can
now come to me? by
21, 2006 - Major
League Baseball 2K6 is a solid baseball game. It's
not big on frills but it is loaded with modes, including
online play. There are some instances when this version
actually outshines the console.
you don't mind a little compromise, Major League Baseball
2K6, makes a very playable portable baseball game.
This is easily the best baseball game available for
a handheld system. It may not have the same "broadcast
quality" features of the console versions but
the core of the gameplay is very much intact. The
AI plays a very convincing game with plenty of realistic
nuances that makes the scores, plays and number of
walks, fouls and homeruns appear randomly natural.
The controls are responsive and offer plenty of variation
for batting, catching and throwing. There are also
less bugs in this version than you'll encounter on
all aspects of the game have been simplified, from
the interface to the lifeless crowd of spectators.
There isn't much in the way of flash with the presentation.
There are few replays and the few that are shown are
repeated. Cutaways are limited to homeruns, strike
outs and the end of an inning with the team walking
off the field. It's enough to give you a whiff of
the real thing but what you really want is a big bite.
Sound effects are also very minimal, with little more
than the crack of the bat and the thud of the ball
hitting the glove. The commentary is provided by John
Miller and Joe Morgan, and they are the ones that
bring some life to the game by providing some very
personable play-by-play. They have recorded lots of
dialog and while it's not always perfect for every
situation it's a hell of a lot better than dead air.
There are virtually no crowd or ambient sounds and
there are no calls from the ump. To some of you this
may sound like nitpicking but I want this to feel
like a day at the ballgame or at least like I'm watching
it on TV. Instead I'm reminded of playing a game on
a handheld system and making excuses for why it lacks
number of modes in this game are outrageous. There
are 10 single-player modes alone, with two multi-player
modes that include Exhibitions and Home Run Derby.
The single-player modes include Quick Games, Season,
Manager Showdown, Home Run Derby, Home Run Derby Career,
World Baseball Classic, Playoffs, Situation, Franchise
and GM Career. Now you might be thinking that most
of these modes are variations on a theme and since
the gameplay mechanics are the same, they really aren't
that big of a deal. However the GM and Franchise mode
are every bit as good as those found on the console
versions. They are deep and a lot of fun if you're
looking for a behind-the-scenes sim of running a professional
baseball team. There are a variety of stats and even
a minor league roster which will assist you to make
draft decisions. Players can be traded, contracts
are negotiated and because of the built-in fatigue
system, you can schedule time off for star players
so they can be in peak form when you really need them.
you know the control systems for baseball games vary
from year to year. So far they have not reached perfection
but they're getting better and deeper. The trick is
to have a deeper control system without it being too
complicated to operate. The learning curve in this
game is not very steep at all. You'll get plenty of
practice just by playing through the various modes
but there is an excellent feature that acts as a coach
with psychic abilities. The Inside Edge is an in-game
tutorial of sorts that gives you hints and tips after
each pitch whether you're pitching or batting. It
takes into account the other players' stats and scouting
data and will give you predictions as to what kind
of pitches to expect or what kind of pitches to throw.
It's well implemented into the gameplay and doesn't
act like a cheat device, it gives you the same relative
information that would be available to all Major League
is relatively easy. Choose your swing with the analog
stick and then press the X button at the perfect time
to execute the hack. You can hit flies, grounders,
bunts and hopefully homeruns if you get the right
pitch and the timing of the controls down. You can
increase the speed of base runners and fielders by
mashing the action button. If you're attempting to
catch the ball, pressing the X button will execute
a dramatic dive or wall climbing animation. All of
the animations are very smooth, even the transition
animations. The players' faces look generic and the
crowd looks like a flat painting - and reacts like
one. At least you can always keep your eye on the
may at first appear to be a more complex affair but
that's just the nature of the interface. It gives
you a lot of control which makes for a more strategic
game. Use the nub to aim and press a button to select
a pitch and hold it down. While you're holding it,
the targeting circle will expand, indicating a greater
power level. Let go of the button when you have the
right amount of break or power selected for your pitch.
The circle will then shrink into a crosshair. Tap
the button one more time, preferable when the circle
is at its smallest as this will increase the accuracy
of your pitch. It only take a few moments to learn
how to use this system but it can take some practice
to get really good at it.
are controlled with the nub and can throw to any of
the four bases by pressing the corresponding face
buttons. When you're up to bat, you can pre-select
specific base runners and command them to steal a
base. You can also adjust the catcher's position by
using the shoulder button. If you manage to line him
up perfectly and he catches the ball without having
to move you will earn some points that can adversely
affect the opposing team's morale.
League Baseball 2K6 is a great game as far as the
gameplay mechanics go but it really skimps on the
razzle and dazzle. We are most likely to be forgiving
considering that this is a handheld game but we can't
help but expect more because we know it's possible.
I don't want to have to be making excuses for a game
and if things aren't improved for the '07 season then
the crap is really going to hit the fan.
Baseball Classic Mode The epic new
international baseball tournament is exclusively
captured all sixteen teams, logos, and uniforms,
as well as the authentic all-world tourney structure.
Perfection Experience Major League Baseball®
in its purest form, as next generation graphics
create true-to-life player models, breathtaking
diamond details, and stunningly accurate stadium
Edge - Three years of actual scouting reports
and analysis literally built into every player,
every pitch, and every swing of the bat.
Stick - Analog stick batting brings baseball
video games to a new level. Control power swings,
check swing and bunts all through simple and intuitive
Motion Physics An all-new physics engine
brings running, throwing, fielding, tag outs, and
player-to-player collision animations to life with
more detail and variation than ever before.
(Virtual Identity Profile) The popular 2K
Sports exclusive feature is now available in our
MLB franchise! Save your friends profiles
to compete when theyre not available! Learn
their tendencies, moves, & logic for more heated
battles. Get the upper hand in online tournaments
by downloading other players VIP profiles.
Player Morale System Successful team decisions
and well-balanced team brings optimal performance
to the field and the plate. Your teams morale
now hinges on every franchise move you make at any
time in the year.