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There is so much depth to MLB2K9, and so many options and settings, that it was simply impossible to get to explore them all in my time with the game. For example, you can receive in-game scouting reports on hitters so you know where NOT to pitch them. This is beyond necessary in my opinion, but when you're shooting for the most realistic baseball game in town, you've got to have a few things like that. The point is, MLB2K9 looks amazing, is pretty enjoyable to play, and is a great representation of baseball down to almost every last detail. There's definitely room for improvement, but it's still a winner.
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On its own, Major League Baseball 2K9 is simply a good time when playing on the Wii. In comparison to last year’s debut, MLB 2K9 hasn’t separated itself enough from its predecessor. It also doesn’t show significant improvements on graphics, controls, or other previously occurring flaws to make it worth the asking price for people who already own 2K8. This point is driven home by the lack of online support for the second year in a row. Though this game is far from perfect, it is at the very least a fun title that doesn’t take itself as seriously as other next-gen MLB 2K9 offerings.
2K’s second-year offering is nearly identical to what we saw in its rookie campaign with a few minor tweaks here and there. While I was pleased to see trading cards introduced in 2K9 and I think that making batting tougher was the right thing to do despite the fact that it makes the game tougher to pick up and dive right into, I was disappointed that two aspects of the game that needed to be addressed in a glaring way were left untouched – graphics and online play. While this game doesn’t look bad, it certainly isn’t going to win any beauty contests, and given how few changes the developers made from last year’s offering to this one, it’s really inexcusable that they didn’t include online play in 2K9. Still, there’s no getting around the fact that this is a fun game that should offer hours and hours of entertainment over the course of the baseball season as you build your franchise into a dynasty and piece together your own dream team using your unlocked trading cards.
MLB 2K9 for the Wii isn't a great baseball game, but superior controls and animation make it a bit better than its 360 and PS3 siblings. Nevertheless, considering that you have to accept some serious trade-offs when it comes to the ugly graphics, difficult batting, and a more limited feature set that lacks online multiplayer, it's arguable whether this is really a step up. Like Chicago Cubs fans say every September: Wait till next year.