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MLB 2K10: Why do you bother

An attempt to replicate the success of the NBA franchise

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As a former college baseball player I have a pretty high tolerance for games that focus on my sport. MLB: The Show is a strong game that brings a realistic feel to the sport. However, despite the ?Shows? high quality it fails to attract the mass audiences like other sports franchises such as Madden and NBA 2K. The reason for this is the inability for a baseball game to blend realism and fun, and no its not impossible.

Evidence of such is MLB 2K10, a game that features sub par graphics, bad animations, and pretty much the most unrealistic sports game in recent memory. A pitcher rarely misses their spot and fielders always make strong chest high throws to their targets. The coordination required to switch fielders is also very weird. At least once a game an infielder can make the accurate jump throw made famous by Derek Jeter. On the offensive side base running is extremely difficult against a human opponent as catchers throw even the fastest runners out routinely. 2K must also think home runs are routine as there are no celebrations or special animations for a home run. On top of weak gameplay the game is plagued by bugs and sub par graphics. The one highlight for MLB 2K10 is there franchise feature, which does its best to replicate its NBA brethren. However, where the NBA franchise triumphs, the MLB flounders. Trading superstars for prospects is way too easy, and the game does a horrible job of recognizing age as a negative to a players career.

I know 2K has MLB rights to develop a game for all three consoles, but seriously this needs to end. Bud Selig allow EA to restart the MVP franchise or make 2K consult Rockstar San Diego as to how they made Griffey fun, but please do something. 2K is killing America?s past time.

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