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If you're a baseball fan and the only game console you own is Nintendo's GameCube, then by all means, go out and grab Major League Baseball 2K6. Its portrayal of the sport may not be exciting, but the underlying gameplay is deep and satisfying.
As a game, MLB 2K6 feels more than competent, but it fails to excel. Much like last year’s Cubs, it has its shining moments, but in the end you’re left with the distinct feeling that it could have been so much more.
MLB 2K6 is a game of nice touches, but it's still only a three-tool player. You'll love gripping and ripping with the Swing Stick, and the new pitching system is enjoyable thanks to pressure situations and payoff pitches. Inside Edge is the most significant addition to the game, and we hope to see scouting play a part in the genre in the future. But control problems with baserunning and fielding, along with a lack of general polish, keep 2K6 from being the great game it's trying to be. It's a smart game off the field with the Inside Edge and intelligent franchise mode but, in the end, MLB 2K6 is a decent baseball title and a strong base to move forward with the MLB license.
Major League Baseball 2K6 for the GameCube has reaped some rewards thanks to the additional development time, resulting in a more bug-free, technically sound release than the previous releases for other platforms. On the other hand, the graphics just aren't as attractive as the previous versions, and some big key features were stripped out. Considering the lack of hardball competition on the GameCube, you'll have to decide for yourself whether something is better than nothing. Unless you're desperate for a baseball game on your 'Cube, MLB 2K6 is probably worth passing up.