Major League Baseball 2K9 Review
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Major League Baseball 2K9 box art
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. 03, 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

The new broadcast team of Gary Thorne and Steve Phillips liven things up slightly with some notably smooth commentary, while sometimes sounding as though they take a bit of time to register. Those looking for new modes won’t find any in 2K9, as single games for up to two players, GM Career, Franchise, and Season have all gone untouched.

Major League Baseball 2K9 screenshot

The Home Run Derby is exactly the same as last year and continues to be one of the most enjoyable features of the game while playing with a group of friends looking to test their skills at the plate. While updated rosters and statistics make this game somewhat more current, the lack of anything substantially new and exciting may not provide more casual gamers with enough reasons to replace their 2K8 title.

What is new is the inclusion of over 150 unlockable trading cards, which reward users for winning games and completing different mini-challenges in the game such as hitting a number of homeruns or stealing bases. Those who want to create their own fantasy teams may only select players whose cards have been unlocked, though the inability to share them with anyone due to lack of online support makes doing so a lot less meaningful.

On its own, Major League Baseball 2K9 is simply a good time when playing on the Wii. In comparison to last year’s debut, MLB 2K9 hasn’t separated itself enough from its predecessor. It also doesn’t show significant improvements on graphics, controls, or other previously occurring flaws to make it worth the asking price for people who already own 2K8. This point is driven home by the lack of online support for the second year in a row. Though this game is far from perfect, it is at the very least a fun title that doesn’t take itself as seriously as other next-gen MLB 2K9 offerings.

By Pete Richards
CCC Freelance Writer

Seemingly unchanged from last year, MLB 2K9 looks just as angular and graphically dated as its predecessor.
Pitching and fielding see no notable improvements. While successful batting can be difficult, the pull-back and swing mechanic is among the highlights of playing this game on the Wii.
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
Great stadium ambience, commentary, and energetic rock soundtrack make this game fun to turn up loud.

Play Value
With few improvements from last year, only those new to the MLB 2K series on the Wii may find great value in this game.

Overall Rating - Good
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Pinpoint Pitching: Use the Wii Remote to control every pitch. A Flick of the remote, as you pitch, will increase velocity and movement on your pitches.
  • Precise Hitting: Use the Wii Remote and Nunchuk for total control of your hitting. The Wii Remote allows you to place your hits in relation to your swing timing, swing speed, and swing angle.
  • Signature Style: Individual MLB player-specific batting stances, step-ins, step-outs, home run celebrations, windups, and deliveries create a real life game experience.
  • New 2K Beats featuring Judas Priest, Cheap Trick, Coheed & Cambria, Ted Nugent, SR-71, The Romantics, Boys Like Girls, and Europe.

  • Screenshots / Images
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