Major League Baseball 2K9

also for
Wii,
PC,
PSP,

The Bad

Lots of little control problems add up to a huge amount of frustration, Hit results can seem canned, Crammed with bugs, Homeruns are much too prevalent, Laggy online multiplayer.

The Bottom Line

Major League Baseball 2K9 offers fans improved two-step Precision Pitching controls, deeper Swing Stick batting and quick fielding responses for even greater control of the game. The improved batting controls provide the ability to influence hits with timing and aim, improved hit distribution and variety to deliver more hit types including spray shots, pulls, line drives and long bombs. With more than six years of scouting reports infused into the action on the field, Inside Edge produces remarkably accurate player tendencies to ensure players react to in-game situations as they would in real life. Major League Baseball 2K9 also features new commentary, as Gary Thorne provides the play-by-play calls alongside color analyst Steve Phillips giving a new perspective and more depth for a true-to-life, insightful broadcast. In addition, Living Rosters has been added this season to provide fresh and active roster updates that guarantee every game is current and automatically updated behind the scenes, so players are never late on a trade and always have the hottest players in their starting lineup.

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Expert Reviews

GameSpot review logo
45/100
score

MLB 2K9 is a deeply flawed funhouse-mirror distortion of baseball.

IGN review logo
68/100
score

MLB 2K9 is an enjoyable game for a casual fan, but those who are really dedicated to baseball are certain to find the bad AI annoying. Let's hope next year 2K Sports can deliver a game worthy of baseball's immense fan base.

Game Specs

Audio/Video
HDTV 1080i, HDTV 1080p, HDTV 720p, In-Game Dolby Digital

Console Link
Ethernet Broadband

Controllers
Dualshock 3 Controller, Headset

 

Memory
5536 MB

Modes
Exhibition, Franchise, Manager Mode, Multiplayer, Practice

Online Features
Leaderboards, Online Multiplayer, PS Network Compatible, Trophies, Voice

 

Controller Functions

BASERUNNING CONTROLS

Right Analog Stick
Up = Send Selected Runner to Second Base. Down = Send Selected Runner Home. Left = Send Selected Runner to Third Base. Right = Send Selected Runner to First Base.

X Button
Select Runner

L1 Button
Advance All Runners

L2 Button
Advance Selected Runner

 

R1 Button
Retreat All Runners

R2 Button
Retreat Selected Runner

Start Button
Pause Menu

 
BATTING CONTROLS

Directional Button
Down = Substitution Menu. Left/Right = Cycle Through Stats. Insider Edge Data.

Left Analog Stick
Move Batter's Eye (Pre Pitch). Up = Attempt to Hit Ball in Air. Down = Attempt to Hit Ball on Ground. Left = Attempt to Hit Ball to Left Field. Right = Attempt to Hit Ball to Right Field.

Right Analog Stick
Swing

X Button
Select Individual Base Runner

Square Button
Bunt

Circle Button
Lock Batter's Eye

Triangle Button
Activate Batter's Eye

 

L1 Button
Increase Base Runner Leadoff. All Base Runners Steal (Hold).

L2 Button
Increase Leadoff (Tap). Steal (Hold).

R1 Button
Decrease Base Runner Leadoff. All Base Runners Back to Base (Hold).

R2 Button
Decrease Leadoff. Back to Base (Hold).

Start Button
Pause Menu

Select Button
Switch Sides (Switch Hitters Only)

 
 
Game Info
Platform:Sony Playstation 3
Release Date:3/3/2009
Publisher:2K Games
Developer:Visual Concepts
Genre:Sports
ESRB Rating:--
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