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2KSports Major League Baseball 2K7
A much improved sophomore effort...
Last year's effort by Kush Games and 2KSports was something to be forgotten -- if you could actually forget it -- due to bugs and obvious signs of having rushed the game out the door without an adequate level of quality control and testing. (Somewhere in my prior articles you should see my comments on the game actually).
This season it seems that things have been righted and an adequate amount of time was taken -- perhaps all of the time since last year's horrible effort -- and the product is much improved because of it.
This article isn't meant as a full review. Please check other sites for that. This is just a quick first impressions type article with some comments on the game.
Some reminders of last year's problems:
Last year the game would literally crash 99.9% of the time, at least as it was released. Until a patch was released, it was a virtual certainty that you'd not be able to complete a game. Even when the patch was released, there were still game stopping problems and workarounds were required before you could actually play a regular game. Some modes had to be completely ignored as they were guaranteed to crash/lock the game up.
Those problems do seem to have been resolved this season.
How is the eye candy?
Last year the player models looked ok, this year they show obvious improvement. Overall the graphics for everything seem a bit crisper and better. Not worlds better, but better. Enough to notice. For the player close-ups quite noticable in fact.
The stadium graphics also have been improved, and there's been a very noticable improvement to the crowds in the stands. They still look a bit too much like cartoon characters at times, but not nearly as bad as last year.
About the audio:
The game still features play-by-play calls from the great Jon Miller (of ESPN) and color commentary by Joe Morgan. It also features a studio voice from Jeanne Zelasko and analyst commentary from Steve Physioc. All of these folks seemed to have recorded a fairly deep selection of audio for their roles in the game. Of course, over time it can get repetitive, but such is the nature of the beast with most of these sports games (football, hockey, baseball all included).
Is it worth my money?
Well, if you want Major League Baseball, in the current season, then your choice is 2KSports' game or no game at all. (Thank Electronic Arts for starting the battle of the exclusive licenses ) EA is prohibited by license/exclusive contract from releasing an MLB baseball game. They instead release an NCAA College baseball game using their previously developed (and improved over time) baseball game engine. Personally I like 2KSports' baseball better anyway -- at least when it's "on" and right. When it is "off" or screwed up like it was last year, it really doesn't deserve anyone's support.
This season seems to be worth the money. It has lost it's rough edges and problems related to being rushed to market last year, and has gained enough little improvements and fixes to be worth your gaming dollars.