Major League Baseball 2K11
Major League Baseball 2K11 or,
in short, MLB
is a MLB licensed baseball simulation
video game published by 2K
available for Microsoft
Games, have produced here a superb simulation of professional baseball,
every ballpark, player and club that participate in the American and
National Leagues are represented. This game also allows for Dynamic
Player Rating System (DRPS), which updates a players ability with the
last four weeks of a real player's activity, this will include form
lapses and also purple patches. The DRPS will only affect the batting
and pitching; it will not affect a player's fielding ability.
included, is the chance to win $1,000,000 USD for pitching a perfect
game on the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions of the game. A ‘perfect
defined by Major
League Baseball as
a game in which a pitcher (or
combination of pitchers) pitches a victory that
lasts a minimum of nine innings and
in which no opposing player reaches base. Thus,
the pitcher (or pitchers) cannot allow any hits, walks, hit
or any opposing player to reach base safely for any other reason. It
happens as rarely as hat-tricks or even double hat-tricks in test match
area which I found a little tricky getting used to initially was the
pitching. In previous baseball sims, you would simply select the type of
pitch, such as a fastball or curveball, then all you would need to do
was place where you would want the ball to go. In this game, you need to
select the type of pitch, and this varies on the ability of the pitcher.
Then you need to aim the pitch using your left stick and finally in an
attempt to recreate the actual wind-up, the right stick is used for
example a basic fastball, straight down then up. For a curveball you
push the stick forward, then rotate it clockwise from 12 o’clock to 3.
The display will show you a diagram on the right stick motion depending
on the pitch you choose. By mucking up the timing, it can affect the
strength and thus speed of the throw. If the motion of the right stick
is wrong, you will get a wild pitch and the ball will fly out of reach
of the catcher. You can go with selecting pitches yourself or allow the
catcher to tip you on which pitch to throw as the game is quite tactical
and certain batters are better suited to certain throws. This method of
simulating the pitch is quite engaging and I have always found in
baseball or cricket games the bowling or throwing a pain. I always
preferred the fun part of batting.
whole defensive or fielding aspect of this game is quite good and
enjoyable as you have good control of the fielders. You can easily chose
where to throw a ball from the outfielders by moving the left stick to
the right and hitting throw button, this automatically goes to first
base. When a ball is lofted high into the outfield, you take control of
the nearest fieldsman. As you close in on the ball, a circle appears
around where the ball will land. The better the fielder, the bigger the
circle, and once you are close enough the fielder will automatically
make the catch.
batting, the swinging motion is controlled through the movement of the
right stick. If you push it forward, you will swing a contact swing, but
if you move it back and then forward, you will pull off a power swing.
One fun part of this game to allow you to get into the swing of batting
MLB2K11 style is the option of the Home Run Derby. Basically you just
attempt to knock balls over the outfield fence and score points for
you are unaware, baseball is quite similar to cricket in that a major
interest to fans is the statistical aspect. In this simulation it goes
into incredible levels of detail that makes it hard for the casual
watcher to comprehend but is quite useful. The game will pull from real
life data, and show the projections for each pitch you might
throw–including where the batter is weakest–and give you recommendations
based on actual statistical probabilities. The same goes for batting,
although it is not as helpful to predicting a pitch that you are likely
to deal with.
online component of sports games is bog standard nowadays, The MLB Today
feature is an intriguing game mode. MLB Today will offer you a look at
the real scores and games being played in real time, and you can jump
into any game you want and play it yourself. As I have mentioned
earlier, it also incorporates the DRPS which brings down the real life
stats of the players and also the chance at winning the million USD.
Graphically it is what can be expected from a major sport’s games
publisher like 2K Games. It looks and feels like a tv broadcast of a
game. The player’s are recognizable and between balls, you get different
camera angles to really recreate the look and feel of the game to
transport you to the ballyard. All the stadiums are beautifully
recreated as well.
sound is what you are likely to hear on a television broadcast of a
baseball game. The commentators chit-chatting away and the noise of bat
on ball and the unique din of a baseball stadium, such as the crowds and
the organist playing in the background.
you are a baseball fan, or even if you want to learn the vagaries of
America’s summer pastime then you could do a lot worse than to get this
game. All aspects are fun to play, the batting is addictive, the
pitching and fielding requires more input from the player than what has
been traditional in batting and fielding games in the past.