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Overall MLB 2K8 is a good entry in the PSP library of baseball titles. If faced with the option of buying this or MLB 08: The Show, do yourself a favor and choose The Show. Not to say that 2K8 doesn’t have redeeming qualities, but there’s no question that the best baseball experience on Sony’s portable system resides in the first-party edition. If MLB 2K8 wants to keep up with the competition it’ll need to bring more to the table next year than improved gameplay and a new view for pitching.
We applaud Major League Baseball 2K8 for bringing all the familiar elements and game modes from the console version to a portable format but what is featured here is a game that’s far too flawed to be fun. This is too bad really seeing as all the teams, extras and interesting game mode types are present but they just don’t mean a thing if the gameplay lacks style and user-friendliness. We can expect better from a franchise that has shown us that it can improve and here’s hoping the next round will give the already reigning champ a run for its money.
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Unless you are some kind of a freak who needs to own every Major League Baseball title for your PSP, it may be a good idea to consider MLB 08: The Show as your first option. While the PSP version of MLB 2K8 is not a terrible game by any means, graphics and the inability to provide smooth animations in player movement and camera work just seems somewhat disappointing. And unfortunately, with Sony's solid baseball offering this year, comparing the two is inevitable: This is definitely not the best baseball experience on Sony's handheld. Unless you are an avid baseball gamer and like different options or a 2K diehard, you may want to play this game for yourself before purchasing it.
MLB 2K8 is more of an obligatory title than a passionately crafted offering, and it feels like it most of the time. Luckily, 2K Sports is very good at what they do, and even a halfhearted effort offers plenty of good times - so long as you’re willing to overlook a few warts.
Now that 2K sports has wrapped up the 3rd party license for Major League Baseball, you’re only going to have 2 choices on your PSP, just like last year. Unfortunately, just like last year, 2K sports fails deliver. I had a bad feeling about the game when I opened the case and the manual was only 4 pages long. This game screams rushed port and the sad part is it screams rushed port of the non-existent Playstation 1 version. If you are able to look past the sub par graphics then the sound problems will surely have you screaming. MLB 2K8 for the PSP reminds me of an American League pitcher at the plate during an inter league game, it’s a complete waste of time.