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If there's a flaw, it lies in the "power blast" swing power-up, which predictably results in a long homerun off the scoreboard or foul pole. The "Rookie Challenge" offers an addictive season mode, but don't forget to try the "Baseball Pinball" mode as well. It's a trip - letting you knock out lighted billboards in the middle of Times Square! Had this mini-game been developed a bit more, it could almost stand on its own! The Bigs is so good that it makes me want to lower the grades for all of my other baseball games.
The game's brisk pacing is commendable, but you will have to watch the 2K logo spin for a second or two between batters. The teams, players, and stadiums are totally real and they look great. The graphics are scaled back a bit from the PS3 version, but on the small screen you'll barely even notice. The commentator does a fair job, but his play-by-play can become fragmented at times. The "rookie challenge" mode will keep solo gamers occupied, and you can play a friend via wi-fi. A lukewarm "homerun derby" mode is included, but sadly, innovative "baseball pinball" mode did not make it onto the PSP. Still, it's highly unlikely you'll find a more enjoyable baseball game for your PSP.
(Jun 25, 2007)
It's the nature of arcade sports games to be a fun time, but I didn't expect this one to be so deep. The Bigs has the bells and whistles -- without MLB SlugFest-style BS like punch-throwing or loop-de-loop curves. Thank heavens. The cocky presentation is fantastic, it looks great (especially the crowds), it plays great, and it just might make you smarter than a session of Brain Age. The Bigs isn't just an absolute hoot -- it's also the best current-gen baseball game money can buy.
Overall, The BIGS is a very fun alternative to the generic sports games we are used to. This has to be one of the better "alternate" sports games. The Street and Slugfest franchises all seem to take it too far over the top, when just a few extra abilities and some cool graphics and cutscenes is really all it takes. Anyone who enjoys baseball should find this fun, and those not so hot on baseball could use this as an entry point to the sport.
The BIGS is great stuff. It's not imposing -- despite the stature of the players in the game -- it's not overly technical, nor is it terribly shallow. No, the game won't give any baseball sims a run for their money, but it is a blast.
The Bigs is a solid arcade styled game that brings fun and even some depth to a sub-genre that tends to offer minimal options to make it worth its asking price. For $60 on PlayStation 3 you get Rookie Challenge, online play, Home Run Pinball, and all that combined is actually a good value, especially if you play both single and multiplayer games. The gameplay isn't drastically different from the real game, and thus can win over purists looking for something simple to play, and it's also accessible enough so the baseball fans intimidated by the simulation games can enjoy without having to memorize hundreds of things or do tedious (for them) micromanaging. It's certainly a “safe” game that doesn't aspire to be insanely innovative or anything, but it does its job well and that's all that's needed to be a fun game. Expectations were low, and it was feared to be a quick cash-in, but The Bigs is a great little arcade-style baseball game that's a pleasant surprise.
2K Sports’ ‘heroic’ tag for The BIGS is appropriate. You won’t hear about any controversy regarding steroids or violence in this game. Instead, The BIGS is more of a nod to the positive side of America’s favorite pastime. 2K’s arcade baseball experience serves as a hybrid between Wii Sports (easy-to-learn controls) and a traditional sim (largely untouched mechanics of the sport) with your occasional over-the-top play thrown in. While the presentation is not as crazy as NBA Jam or NFL Blitz, The BIGS provides its own spin to professional baseball that will keep your friends entertained for hours. It lacks the depth of a masterpiece, but for a first-time venture, The BIGS knocks expectations out of the park with emphasis.
360 owners may have gotten the fuzzy end of the stick when it came to next-gen baseball sims this year. Sony's PS3-only MLB: The Show 07 was far more impressive than 2K's release. That said, if you like your sports action a little on the lighter side, definitely take a look at The Bigs. It's a little thin on game modes, but the career mode is a kick, as is going head-to-head against a buddy or two. There are far worse ways to spend your summer.
With its sense of humor and over the top plays, The BIGS proves to be a baseball game that is accessible to just about everybody. If you're sick of learning complex controls and memorizing player stats, then The BIGS has been made specifically for you.
A baseball video game that will appeal to many casual gamers as well as hardcore baseball guys. If you're looking for a sports game but don't like sims, try The Bigs on for size.
(Jul 16, 2007)
Baseball-loving PS3 owners have had it all over their rival next-gen console owners this year. Not only can they swing away at the year's best MLB sim, MLB: The Show 07, the machine's ability to play import games also lets them play the world's best baseball sim, Konami's Japanese-league Baseball Spirits 4. (Check it out if you can.) Now they can now add The Bigs to the list of cool ways to play baseball on a $500 toy. It's a little thin on game modes, but the career mode is a kick, as is going head-to-head against a buddy or two. There are far worse ways to spend your summer.
With its simple, yet exciting gameplay, The BIGS has gotten off to a great start. It's a bit shallow, with some room for improvement in regards to how it plays in the field and on the base paths, but anyone looking for a fun, arcade-style baseball game would do well to give The BIGS a shot.
(Jun 26, 2007)
There might not be a Season or Franchise mode, but the arcade style of The Bigs is an extremely fun way to play a quick game or two of baseball. Extremely accessible and engaging, The Bigs captures the excitement of the big time plays that dominate baseball highlights perfectly. The games are quick to get into and complete, and the action is fast and enjoyable. Plus, the ability to take your own rookie from his first swing to the World Series is a lot of fun. If you're a baseball fan, you really should check out The Bigs.
Taking that into consideration, 2K Sports designed The Bigs to complement its MLB franchise, not compete against it. They follow similar baseball rules, but both of them offer their own unique experience. Just don't spend $59.99 for it. Despite the off the wall shenanigans and gorgeous special effects, The Bigs doesn't have enough features to justify its high price. Wait for a price drop, or make it the perfect weekend rental.
The BIGS has a lot going for it, so much that every Street and Blitz fan should take home a copy as soon as possible. The intense home runs, stadium interactivity, slow motion passes and hard-hitting slides – that literally thrust one player into another – are a must-see and a must-play. I don’t think of video games as a spectator form of entertainment, but you will have fun watching The BIGS, whether you’re the one playing or just waiting for a friend to pass you the controller.
The Bigs puts tons of great ideas to life to give players a much more fast-paced and turbo induced game of baseball that everyone will surely enjoy. While the fielding and base running could have used a little more fine tuning, the overall package is fun enough for all fans to enjoy a game of baseball without having to labor through hours of gameplay.
The Bigs has a lot going for it. The game plays a good game of baseball while still keeping some unique arcade elements. The game is a lot of fun, but the blistering difficulty makes the game frustrating at first. The Home Run Baseball mode is a lot of fun and you can find yourself playing it for hours on end. If Visual Concepts can make the learning curve a bit easier and include a training mode in next year’s version, I could see this as a great series that would be a great inclusion in any sport fan’s library.
Getting to the heart of the matter, The Bigs is a fun arcade-style sports game that suffers from just enough shortcomings to keep it from being great. While Rookie Challenge and Home Run Pinball are fun, the lack of a proper career or franchise mode is practically unforgivable. Also, the graphics and sound are terrific, but they're marred by sloppy controls. However, if you're tired of the stats-driven, hyper-accurate baseball games that have dominated the market in recent years, The Bigs delivers a very enjoyable experience that almost anyone can quickly pick up and play. It may not be pure baseball, but with all the steroid controversy surrounding the game these days, it could actually be better than the real thing.
The Bigs delivers engrossing arcade-styled gameplay, but there’s little here that you can really wrap your mitt around. There’s a good chance that you’ll grow disinterested in this game faster than you threw Jose Canseco’s book into the trash.
I like The Bigs a bit, but the reality is that it may not be worth the $60 price-tag. You may want to rent it to see if perhaps you feel its worth the cash for you, but I'd personally suggest waiting until its worth a little less. A $40 price-tag would've suited the game much better, and I'd have been able to easily recommend it for some quick arcade gameplay and fun online matches. Ultimately, The Bigs disappoints as it may be a little too shallow, even for an arcade game. A.I. sliders and fielding features are sorely missed, especially because of how inconsistent those two fields are. Likewise, a proper long-term gameplay mode would've been nice. Rookie Challenge is decent, but some extra meat is needed to justify the price-tag. Hopefully the next iteration makes up for the first one's setbacks - there's a lot of potential here.
PSP owners have had no shortage of ways to go deep this season. And while Sony's The Show is the game to play if you want a more sim-like experience, The Bigs offers a less serious way to hit the long ball. While it does do a lot of things right -- the game's fast pace and the addictive Rookie Challenge mode -- it's not without its problems. There are some slight control issues, for one thing. Secondly, one of the knocks I had against the larger console version of the game is the thin line-up of game modes. Here, not only are you reduced to just one other mini-game, but the online play is very limited. That said, if you're up for a lighter -- and far less deep -- take on the National Pastime than either 2K7 or The Show deliver, you may want to check out The Bigs.
(Jun 28, 2007)
It still doesn’t have Season or Franchise modes, and it might not be as impressive as the PS3 and 360 versions of the game, but The Bigs still plays well, if you can overlook some of its flaws. The game packs a lot of fast paced action into the title, with dramatic big play moments dominating the gameplay. However, some of the visual hiccups show that this game was easily stretched to its limits when it landed on the PS2.
With its simple, yet exciting gameplay, The BIGS has gotten off to a good start. It's a bit shallow, with some room for improvement in regards to how it plays in the field and on the base paths, but if the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions aren't an option, anyone looking for a fun, arcade-style baseball game would do well to give The BIGS a shot on the Wii.
The Bigs is generally a fun experience, but is extremely shallow. The game can be fun, but the entertainment value may wear off by this year’s All Star Game, and that’s not a ton of bang for your buck. Whether you’re a sports nut or not, we suggest a rental before purchase, as The Bigs is very hit and miss.
Baseball in Verbindung mit Remote und Nunchuk scheint ein himmlisches Paar zu sein. Dieser Meinung von 2K Sports, die der ausschließliche Grund für die Entscheidung gewesen sein muss, diesen Titel in Deutschland wenigstens auf Wii zu veröffentlichen, schließen wir uns an. Versteht mich nicht falsch: Die Kulisse könnte besser sein, geht aber unter dem Strich in Ordnung. Auch die Pitching- und Batting-Mechaniken sind intuitiv und gleichzeitig mit vielen Möglichkeiten ausgestattet. Doch das alles entscheidende Feldspiel sorgt immer wieder für Missmut: Eigentlich geklärte Situationen, laufen plötzlich dank der vollkommen übersensiblen und ungenau reagierenden Wurfmechanik aus dem Ruder. Angesichts der sparsamen, aber grundsätzlich unterhaltenden Modi frage ich mich, wieso das sportspielerfahrene 2K Studio diese Probleme nicht in den Griff bekommen hat.
It's summertime, and to be without a baseball video game is like drinking a warm glass of non-alcohol beer. Even this one.
In the end, The Bigs offers exactly what it claims to: arcade style baseball with no frills attached. The issue is that after years of feature-crammed titles, what is offered here becomes old hat far too quickly. The multiplayer is entertaining but only for so long. The single player feels like it ends too fast. The lack of statistics tracking means this game is not for fans of baseball games in general. The game ultimately fails to do what it set out to do: revolutionize baseball games by streamlining and taking out all the aspects that can be boring to casual fans. It seems, ironically, that some of those features are necessary to make a game like this worth purchasing. Perhaps another year will do this game justice, but for this season, The Bigs just feels minor league.
Overall, my impressions of The Bigs slant overly negative. What could have been a fun and appealing title to non-gamers and the hardcore alike is an overly complex and involved experience of what is supposed to be an arcade game. A simple control makeover would be sufficient to address these issues, as well as adding both season and online play.
Overall, my impressions of The Bigs slant overly negative. What could have been a fun and appealing title to non-gamers and the hardcore alike is an overly complex and involved experience of what is supposed to be an arcade game. A simple control makeover would be sufficient to address these issues, as well as adding both season and online play. As it is, The Bigs is a disappointing effort at what could have been a more realistic alternative to Wii Sports.
The Bigs isn’t a bad addition to your Wii lineup, regardless of if you’re a hardcore baseball fan or someone who doesn’t know a single player on any roster. The controls can take a bit of getting used to, and I have to say it’s pretty limited options-wise for its price, but I had a lot of fun with and can’t wait for the sequel!
Wii owners have had some decent ways to enter the world of professional sports. Both the Madden and Tiger Woods series have had success on the system. Unfortunately, baseball fans will have to wait until next year for a quality take on the National Pastime. 2K Sports' The Bigs is a step in the right direction, but it's an inconsistent product. Controller issues still have to be ironed out. At the plate, the thing rocks. And on the mound, things aren't bad. It's everywhere else that you'll be frustrated. The career mode is fun, though. And since you'll all have to deal with the controls, going head-to-head with a friend or two is also pretty cool. The Bigs is more fun than its hardball counterpart in Wii Sports, but not by much.
Despite the failings of the arcade style boosts, what’s left over isn’t a bad baseball game. It’s pretty accessible, with simplistic interfaces and beautiful eye candy all around. But considering that those arcadey enhancements are what’s supposed to make this game unique, we can’t help but feel casual fans would be better off playing MLB 2K7 on easy difficulty.
The graphics are modest at best. The stadiums look jaggy, and the non-blinking, expressionless players look like zombies. Once we grasped the controls, my friend Steve and I had some fun with The Bigs, but I don't know if it had more to do with the gameplay or the sheer absurdity of it all. There's a fun, arcade-style game buried here somewhere, but good luck finding it under the smoldering mass of misguided controls and last-generation graphics.