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Buy. Clear your schedule, break up with your girlfriend and quit your job, then buckle up for a 162-game season in your own personal field of dreams.
Game Informer Magazine
Outside of this, through its array of innovations, Major League Baseball 2K6 blows the doors off of what you could expect from a baseball game.
At the core, MLB 2K6 has the makings of becoming a very successful franchise, especially with EA banished to the college ranks. Hitting and pitching controls are excellent, but improved defensive movement and base running control are still needed.
Major League Baseball 2K6, however, is the only major MLB title we have for the Xbox (PS2 owners also have Sony's impressive MLB '06: The Show), and it's still a damn fine game. The gameplay touches and improvements in realism make it that much more delectable, and the general manager and online modes still entertain. It just needed a little more push in presentation and detail to keep it definitive, like last year's. Oh, well, 2K's got the license for a while, and as Steinbrenner says, "There's always next year."
Game Informer Magazine
The exclusive baseball license is in good hands, but that unfortunate touch of buggy unpredictability keeps it from greatness.
Digital Entertainment News (den)
In many ways, MLB 2K6 is a very solid game. It’s enjoyable, offering plenty of game modes and general likeability. But thanks to a features list that just isn’t as rich and flexible as it ought to be, and some serious ugliness on the graphical front, it’s just really hard to give MLB 2K6 the pennant this year, especially when PS2/PSP owners still have a choice. If you’re looking for more options, more variety, more control and generally good game play, Sony’s game takes the pennant this year. If you can overlook the graphical ugliness and the slimmer set of options and features, there’s still a lot to like about MLB 2K6, especially the new Swing Stick batting controls. Maybe next year, 2K!
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.
Cheat Code Central
Major League Baseball 2K6 is a great game as far as the gameplay mechanics go but it really skimps on the razzle and dazzle. We are most likely to be forgiving considering that this is a handheld game but we can't help but expect more because we know it's possible. I don't want to have to be making excuses for a game and if things aren't improved for the '07 season then the crap is really going to hit the fan.
MLB 2K6 tries a lot of new things, and it's bound to happen that some, such as the physics, don't succeed. We applaud the effort. But most games will have you shaking your head (if not cursing) at the fielding. That's a huge letdown when the pitching and batting interaction is as strong as that of MLB 2K6. Inside Edge is such a fantastic addition that fans have to see it in action. Just don't expect this one to be knocked out of the park.
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.
Here's hoping that 2K Games will beef up the presentation and atmosphere in next year's installment to match the already rich gameplay and features. Major League Baseball 2K6 is by no means a bad game, but its portrayal of the sport is apathetic compared to other recent console baseball sims.
In the offing, 2K Games has made a comprehensive, deep baseball sim that just isn't much fun to watch. The fact of the matter is, unfortunately, that every baseball game out right now is equal with regards to features and gameplay. The ones that go the extra mile are the games that duplicate all of the little plays and all of the myriad broadcast cutaways and replays that fans would see in an actual ballpark or during a major-network TV broadcast. Major League Baseball 2K6, unfortunately, doesn't go that extra mile. As such, it's tough to recommend it over the more polished products on offer from Sony and EA Sports.
At its core, though, this game contains some very interesting ideas and a great hitting mechanic. It takes risks, which we love, and builds off the risks of yesteryear, which is even better. However, little in this game is streamlined or intuitive, the fielding is awful, and some of the lapses are unforgivably sloppy. As it stands, this game is earns its base on pure balls.
It's interesting that in this batch of baseball games, the owners of current-gen systems, specifically Xbox and PS2 owners, end up getting the more stable, and ultimately more enjoyable version of this game. The graphics match up favorably to the Xbox 360 version, all things considered, and are more impressive on the last generation of hardware. While you still have some glitches and issues with poor AI, they in no way make the game unplayable, and this is a safe bet for a solid game of baseball.
MLB 2K6 is a potentially great game with flawed execution. Still, the Inside Edge scouting reports are the best addition to any sports franchise ever; they should drive sim fans wild. The game's taken a step forward with this year's edition, but it still has a long way to go before it can call itself the ultimate baseball title. The Inside Edge feature itself makes MLB 2K6 worth a rental, but if you're looking to buy, go with MLB 06: The Show.
Despite all of these issues, you can still see that there is a great game in here—somewhere. In fact, playing online is a lot of fun because you can remove the silly AI from the equation, but when you add up all of the game's problems you are left with a very sloppy effort on the part of 2K Sports and Kush Games; if this is what we're going to see after the exclusive license was inked, then Xbox baseball fans are going to be worse off because of it.