Thursday, March 26, 2009

MLB 2k9 Xbox 360 Review

Deke whined about it enough, so here it is.

First things first, I dislike the opening screen. There always should be a landing page, but this takes you right to a quick game.

The menus are retarded. 2k's menus are almost always retarded, but this takes it to another level. Like for the roster screen, where you used to be able to compare between MLB and AAA, now you have to go to a separate menu just to switch between rosters. Everything seems designed to be as difficult as possible to navigate.

The first thing I do with a new sports game is create a player. The 2k9 system is fine, but it's too involved. There are sliders for neck depth, eye spacing, nostril flare, jaw curve and about 50 other things. And that's just the appearance page, wait 'til you hit equipment.

So onto franchise play. Here's another menu I'm not fond of. 2k has tried to model the franchise page after a webpage. It was a poor attempt. A franchise feature I do like is the lineup optimization tool. Sure, it's stupid and creates an awful lineup, but it's trying, and it makes it easier to fill things in after you've moved a bunch of people. Here's a feature I don't understand...you can edit players while you're in franchise mode, including their contracts. This led me to cutting Soriano's years and money in half and boosting his speed. Seemed like the right thing to do. Trading is probably too easy. I offered the Rich Harden, Fukudome and Paul Bako to the Giants for Tim Lincecum and they accepted. I'm pretty sure in real life they wouldn't take that. Another thing: the fatigue system is ridiculous, 3 games in a row and guys are at 85% stamina. And they don't recover nearly anything on off days.

Now to the only thing that actually matters, the gameplay. Here is where I start to think this might actually be a good game. The presentation is actually very good. It feels exactly like a TV broadcast. I was pleasantly surprised. Gary Thorne and Steve Phillips are a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGEEE improvement over Jon Miller and Joe Morgan. The stats that pop-up are nice, but for some reason, anyone that won an award in 2008 is said to have won it in 216. Pitching is smooth. Easy to learn, but hard to master, in a good way. Picking off is really easy. I've thrown out like 15 players in 7 or 8 games. Fielding is pretty much the same as last year, point with the right stick which base you want to throw to. Diving for balls is a little different but it's still fine. I really like the new directional batting system. Point with the left stick where you want to try to hit the ball and swing with the right stick. Players faces are atrocious, they look nothing like the should. Baserunning is terrible, it is almost impossible to steal a base. But overall, the gameplay is pretty good, minus the very occasional, but very noticeable glitches.

This is noodle arm trying to make a defensive play. Clearly he's just not cut out for it.


Mike Cameron running around center field.


Would I recommend this game? I really don't know. The gameplay and presentation have a lot of potential, I guess I just have to hope they will put out a patch to fix the bugs. It's the only MLB game for Xbox 360. So yeah, if you only have a 360 and you want a current baseball game...it's not the most terrible thing in the world. But definitely don't buy full price. Scour for deals or used.

Can't think of anything else to say, if you've lasted this long and still have questions, you know where to ask.

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spaceman spiff said...

"And that's just the appearance page, wait 'til you hit equipment. "

TWSS

spaceman spiff said...

chicago style pizza throwdown. chicago guy is kind of annoying and bobby flay is playing the part of EP

spaceman spiff said...

chicago guy was on pizza paradise i think

El Padrino said...

seen that one

El Padrino said...

damn freak i was gassed for this game, i'm a little disappointed now

tem said...

ncaa basketball for xbox is horrendous. waste of money.

El Padrino said...

oh really

El Padrino said...

tent-city lives on

tem said...

"California, home to one of every eight Americans"


erroneous.

i just axed 8 people if they lived in California and they all said no.

California is not home to 1 in every 8 Americans.

tem said...

"California home prices dropped 41 percent last month from a year earlier, more than double the U.S. decline"

yeah and two years earlier they rose like 100%, 10 times the national average.

california real estate is fucked up. pretty much has been for the last 100 years.

tem said...

McFaddens just invited me to watch the 1st round of the NCAA tourney and participate in a beer pong tourney on the 19th and 20th.


wft McFaddens? get your email shit together.

Jugdish said...

Darren?

tem said...

maybe.

it is some "Irish" bar on campus.

tem said...

there is nothing Irish about it other than the name.

Jugdish said...

Darren McFadden doesn't even look Irish either.

tem said...

maybe it is his bar then.

Jugdish said...

there is nothing Irish about it other than the name.



probably true for most irish bars in the US...aside from the occasional shamrock on the wall

Meiz said...

Could I be Irish in Columbus?

tem said...

yes you could.

tem said...

just say your name is O'Meiz.

tem said...

super hot chick interviewing in the small conference room right now.

good lord.

hottest interviewee i've seen here yet.

El Padrino said...

haaahahaha forgot to set my linup in fnba

and it's playoffs

hahahahaaa

El Padrino said...

"hottest interviewee i've seen here yet."

make the "hire her" hand signal

tem said...

hmm, hot chick has a bigger than desired nose.

damn.

tem said...

"make the "hire her" hand signal"


i might just go in there ask her what position she is interviewing for and tell her she got the job.

Beth said...

i might just go in there ask her what position she is interviewing for and tell her she got the job if she'll put out...

*fixed

El Padrino said...

nice

Meiz said...

We're discussing whether or not the US should/will liquefy North Korea if they test launch that alleged nuclear warhead they have out on their launch pad.

tem said...

MINNEAPOLIS (March 21, 2009) Over the last four days, the Kenyon College Lords won eight events, set four national and eight College records, and captured their thirtieth straight NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving title. The Lords' extraordinary streak is the longest in the history of the NCAA, including all of its programs and all of its divisions.

Kenyon's streak was launched in 1980 and is older than those who sustain it. It may be an accomplishment that will never again be attained. In fact, the next longest streak, in any NCAA division, was set at 17 by the Kenyon women's swim team (1984-2000). The next longest active streak belongs to the Methodist University women's golf team, which has won 11 straight Division III titles (1998-2008).

tem said...

"tell her she got the job if she'll put out..."

i am sure i do not have the balls to go in there and say that.

tem said...

i might go keef sanchez her.

El Padrino said...

"We're discussing whether or not the US should/will liquefy North Korea if they test launch that alleged nuclear warhead they have out on their launch pad."

were just interested in what dummy has to say about that

Meiz said...

"were just interested in what dummy has to say about that"


Guaranteed she has no clue where North Korea even is.

tem said...

it's north.

Meiz said...

Like by the north pole?

tem said...

relatively yes.

El Padrino said...

you guys know i'm posting a music video daily on LOM right?

Meiz said...

EP could give Mr Jones a run for his money in the SSP department

El Padrino said...

does Liriano return to form?

if you had to choose one guy, Liriano or Volquez who would you keep?

El Padrino said...

"EP could give Mr Jones a run for his money in the SSP department"

::flank stare::

Meiz said...

GODDAMN, my boy's got one ugly fuckin' girlfriend. I just cannot get over this, day in and day out.

Meiz said...

"::flank stare::"


Shameless Self Promotion

El Padrino said...

i'm promoting the lov brand shitstain

Jugdish said...

SSP = Space Shuttle Program in jug's world

kodiac said...

What I read was 14 business days and we can get twice the deposit if we take it to court.

-AZ law allows 5 days for mailing...so it's 19 (although they can't hand deliver it to you on day 15 through 19)

tem said...

is it country music?

tem said...

kod knows law.

El Padrino said...

forget it i made up my mind, Liriano it is.

El Padrino said...

made a trade

Meiz said...

Too early to be making trades, unless they're no-doubters

Beth said...

"-AZ law allows 5 days for mailing...so it's 19 (although they can't hand deliver it to you on day 15 through 19)"

In Georgia it's 3 days for mailing. GA mail is clearly better than AZ's.

tem said...

that may be, but we all know NYC law is the best.

El Padrino said...

mcphee/tyra grabbing boobs, sfw

Meiz said...

You fucking maniac.

El Padrino said...

hunting is stupid

Beth said...

"hunting is stupid"

Yet another reason why it's a good thing you don't live in the South EP. That's an opinion you have to keep to yourself mostly down here.

El Padrino said...

"Yet another reason why it's a good thing you don't live in the South EP. That's an opinion you have to keep to yourself mostly down here."

I hunt Quail Jeremy. They are overpopulated in the area!

kodiac said...

In Georgia it's 3 days for mailing. GA mail is clearly better than AZ's.

-3 days? wow

AZ Landlord/Tenant Code

-Keith, check out section 33-1313 which deals with notice and mailing. It's 5 days both ways (your mailing, and your landlords mailing) unless actually received sooner.
-My earlier statement was incomplete. The landlord technically could have 24 days (if you mailed it to them, the mailing took 5 days (or the landlord lies and says it took 5 days and you can't prove otherwise) and they mailed it back to you)

tem said...

haha movie reference.

Beth said...

EP, you should go snipe hunting.

El Padrino said...

not sure what that is but el pad only hunts beer and tits

kodiac said...

Yet another reason why it's a good thing you don't live in the South EP. That's an opinion you have to keep to yourself mostly down here.

up here as well; although I hated hunting before coming up here (I still don't do it, but I'm ok with it now)

Meiz said...

"hunting is stupid"


fool

El Padrino said...

your face is a fool

Meiz said...

Crazy AZ bitch is back in here giving us headaches that we don't need right now.

El Padrino said...

poor deer

Meiz said...

"poor deer"


Crazy fucking liberal

kodiac said...

hey Meiz, does killing a defensless animal make you feel like a big man?



















sssss

El Padrino said...

unfortunate bear hunt

El Padrino said...

meiz doesnt hunt anything other than bacon on sale at the local general store

tem said...

"EP, you should go snipe hunting."

"not sure what that is"

hilarity

kodiac said...

hilarity

tem said...

"does killing a defensless animal make you feel like a big man?"

they aren't defenseless. they can run. running is a defense.

kodiac said...

hilarity was re: Deke's bacon hunt

kodiac said...

they aren't defenseless. they can run. running is a defense.

ok, um, *offensless animal

tem said...

they have antlers sometimes.

Jugdish said...

I hunt Quail Jeremy. They are overpopulated in the area!



hilarity


...or maybe a fucking human being!

Beth said...

Snipe hunting explained for EP.

Jugdish said...

I was stationed in MS for 8 years. Before being stationed there I lived in NH and CT for 8 years. Upon arriving in MS, I had this convo:

him: do you hunt?
jug: Nahh
him: do you fish?
jug: nahh
him: what do you do?
jug: uhhh...nothing

El Padrino said...

sly fox you are beth

El Padrino said...

"...or maybe a fucking human being!"

love the whole dialogue

something cool like with talons

Beth said...

I find it interesting that here it is 11:30 and no one's started talking about the NCAA tourney yet even though there are 4 sweet 16 games being played tonight. Not that I'm complaining but I just find it interesting.

kodiac said...

I find it interesting that here it is 11:30 and no one's started talking about the NCAA tourney yet even though there are 4 sweet 16 games being played tonight. Not that I'm complaining but I just find it interesting.

-go Purdue; my last chance to gain ground in the LOV pool

Meiz said...

There ain't much to say about it

spaceman spiff said...

tonight is the possible return of 'suck it, haterz'

El Padrino said...

all night games if i remember correctly

El Padrino said...

LOVAD will be jumpin'

kodiac said...

too much chalk

-I usually end up rooting against teams more than for teams at this point. Nobody I really care about left

WOE

kodiac said...

and Steve still needs to come up with a SFW name/pic change for me

kodiac said...

saw some good suggestions (a few of them NSFW though)

Beth said...

Hey Tem, got any Hilton Head trips planned anytime soon? I'm heading down there with the fiance a week from Saturday for almost a week.

El Padrino said...

is it warm there now?

Jugdish said...

I find it interesting that here it is 11:30 and no one's started talking about the NCAA tourney yet even though there are 4 suite 16 games being played tonight. Not that I'm complaining but I just find it interesting.

fixed

spaceman spiff said...

beff said head

Jugdish said...

I need nova and memfis to win tonight

Meiz said...

"I need nova and memfis to win tonight"


OMG!!!!! Me2!!! BFF????

Jugdish said...

for my work money league...settle down beavis

Beth said...

"beff said head"

Hell, I'll say blowjob if you want, I'm not shy.

Keith S said...

"you guys know i'm posting a music video daily on LOM right?"

You posted something from American Idol. You lose your posting privileges

Jugdish said...

keef sanchez his access

Meiz said...

"for my work money league...settle down beavis"


Jug's not hip to how the kids talk these days

Jugdish said...

that sucks

spaceman spiff said...

that's hilarity

*fized

El Padrino said...

"You posted something from American Idol. You lose your posting privileges"

posted something twice, the underwood one was the first live performance of that song and she wails

the second i couldnt find anything other than that for the song which is great

you know nothing

Keith S said...

Fargo needs more dikes

Jugdish said...

the story + the pic is funny

Keith S said...

"you know nothing"

OK Simon

Keith S said...

"the story + the pic is funny"

That guy looks happy

El Padrino said...

kod your boy is doing an internet town hall

spaceman spiff said...

ex hubby will be hitting that again in no time

Jugdish said...

kod...we want a running diary of that.

tem said...

"-go Purdue; my last chance to gain ground in the LOV pool"

how's my bracket doing?

Jugdish said...

ex hubby will be hitting that again in no time



poor bastard

tem said...

"Hey Tem, got any Hilton Head trips planned anytime soon?"

going down there a week from Saturday.

Keith S said...

"how's my bracket doing?"

here

isiah thomas said...

I hunt Quail Jeremy. They are overpopulated in the area!

hilarity

red 7, red 7, red s-e-v-en! hot route! hot route!

isiah thomas said...

holy shi.....

holy shirts and pants!

tem said...

i don't know what the means

Jugdish said...

will you just go over there please?

tem said...

i don't know what the rest of the dialogue is.

isiah thomas said...

Hell, I'll say blowjob if you want, I'm not shy.

hilarity

El Padrino said...

I felt like Jodie Foster in The Accused last night.

tem said...

the ryan moats / cop story is interesting.

El Padrino said...

Hey your brother is on the floor again.

What's his deal?

El Padrino said...

WHOA, it's out out there huh?

Yeah, sort of warm.

I think you should have played in your underwear.

Meiz said...

Keep your 80-some year old grandparents off late night tv. Old lady ordered the Total Gym, had her neighbor set it up, and decided that it wasn't what she thought it was.

$82 to send it back.

spaceman spiff said...

dum dum will be sure to do that so you guys cant make any dough off geezers

spaceman spiff said...

"Crazed stalker Robert O'Ryan was arrested after he attempted to break on to the Dancing with the Stars set and kidnap 17-year-old Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson. The 34-year-old Florida man was armed and believed he was destined to impregnate Shawn.
According to documents filed by Johnson, "The LAPD searched the vehicle and located a loaded .45 handgun, a loaded shotgun, and materials classically used for kidnapping including duct tape, zip ties, and a map to the victim.
According to the documents, O'Ryan told police "He had packed all his belongings and permanently left Florida to drive out here to be with [Shawn Johnson], he believes that she speaks to him personally through the television set and through ESP and that they will have a child together, he stated he would be with her no matter what."


jeebus

Meiz said...

"dum dum will be sure to do that so you guys cant make any dough off geezers"


FACT.


Or she'd offer to buy it off the geezer for full price

El Padrino said...

wow, that's a crazy dude

isiah thomas said...

The Rams will wear throwback uniforms in three 2009 games to celebrate the 10th Anniversary of their 1999 Super Bowl title.

jeebus chris

isiah thomas said...

17-year-old Olympic medalist Shawn Johnson.

anyone watch that show? how does she look in real life?

El Padrino said...

like a minor

El Padrino said...

No more Blender Magazine

isiah thomas said...

fucking rednecks

condolences is already linked

isiah thomas said...

like a minor

fatherhood kilt* EP

RIP

in his pre-kidlet days he'd be talking about burritoing up this chick.

now its all about homework and curfews.

El Padrino said...

cnn with the homeless stories, just enough already i also love how all of a sudden everyone has saving money advice

El Padrino said...

eat for $10 a week!

spaceman spiff said...

"how does she look in real life?"

not great, she's buff, no waist

isiah thomas said...

I've been enjoying "happy stock broker" pictures every afternoon on CNN.

spaceman spiff said...

from last night

"taco and burrito night"

would have been awesome if this was EP's comment

El Padrino said...

"like a minor

fatherhood kilt* EP"

honestly i just never seent her yet

Blue said...

yeah, she's pretty thick...a lot cuter than she was as an olympian though

Jugdish said...

The 34-year-old Florida man was armed and believed he was destined to keef sanchez Shawn.


fixed

Blue said...

i tuned in the first night because i was sitting in the hospital...and i wanted to see LT try and dance...dude needs to lose some waight

Blue said...

snow day today...no firings

and i'm off tomorrow, so it might have to wait a week

spaceman spiff said...

LT needs to get back on that cocaine

know what i used to have for breakfast? cocaine
know what i had for lunch? cocaine

El Padrino said...

i'm off tw assswell

isiah thomas said...

yeah, she's pretty thick...a lot cuter than she was as an olympian though

just peeped game on some picks on wwtdd.com

she looked more butch than she did in the O-lympics.

spaceman spiff said...

"
and i'm off tomorrow, so it might have to wait a week"

fuck it man, just text her already, this is gonna eat your brain

Blue said...

by cuter i meant, hair not all pulled back in a tight ponytail

isiah thomas said...

fuck it man, just text her already, this is gonna eat your brain

do it "deal or no deal style"

Jugdish said...

Tomorrow is my last day at this job, but I am leaving voluntarily.

Jugdish said...

I thought about pulling a Zeke and not telling them. I'll just come into work one day and say I'm out". Then I'd show up 3 months later like I'd been working there the whole time.


WADR of course

isiah thomas said...

I thought about pulling a Zeke and not telling them. I'll just come into work one day and say I'm out". Then I'd show up 3 months later like I'd been working there the whole time.


WADR of course

I'm zeke and I approve this message.

Blue said...

fun times

Keith S said...

"snow day today...no firings

and i'm off tomorrow, so it might have to wait a week"


You're too nice. She's just going to take advantage of the place. Nice guy finish last

isiah thomas said...

You're too nice. She's just going to take advantage of the place. Nice guy finish last

you'll be temmarried in no time.


s

spaceman spiff said...

blue, is that one chick still on vacation whilst in the office

El Padrino said...

beth say

I like braciole

Keith S said...

JW

El Padrino said...

i have to write something soon

El Padrino said...

what is russian food, i have to look up some russian food

isiah thomas said...

Mitch Albom developed a multi-million-dollar career writing about dead people you meet in heaven, dead people who offer amazing advice in concise, quotable blurbs and professional basketball players who plan to attend Final Fours.

that....just...happened

Beth said...

"beth say

I like braciole"

Here I went and googled that, figuring it was some sex thing, only to find out it's Italian food.

You need help EP...

isiah thomas said...

what is russian food, i have to look up some russian food

used to work with a russian dood, he brough in some chicken liver dish one time and it was fan-tastic.

Keith S said...

"i have to write something soon"

Aren't you doing the AL preview tomorrow?

isiah thomas said...

brajole is a common euphanism for penis.

like: pecker, twig, love meat, dong, hang-low, peepee, etc.

isiah thomas said...

Euphemism

Keith S said...

EP ♥s brajole

El Padrino said...

"Aren't you doing the AL preview tomorrow?"

season starts the 5th no?
i got next friday for that

Blue said...

"blue, is that one chick still on vacation whilst in the office"

no, she just came in for yesterday...weird as shit

isiah thomas said...

We've been reading these exposes for decades now, and nothing changes. In 2003, when New Orleans hosted the Final Four, The Times-Picayune fired a shot at squeaky-clean Duke that missed solely because the Blue Devils got eliminated in the Sweet 16 round. The Times-Picayune wrote a story detailing how Chris Duhon's mom and Carlos Boozer's dad just happened to find lucrative jobs in Durham or at companies run by Duke basketball boosters.

suck it haterz!

Jugdish said...

no, she just came in for yesterday...weird as shit


blue...does your company do drug tests on potential employees?

El Padrino said...

"EP ♥s brajole"

i do but the food version

El Padrino said...

hilarity at beth on the braciole thing

El Padrino said...

beth you should use urban dictionary to look up terms i say

Beth said...

"beth you should use urban dictionary to look up terms i say"

Google failed me this time.

El Padrino said...

"like: pecker, twig, love meat, dong, hang-low, peepee, etc."

wedding tackle, johnson, sword, weenie, baby arm, etc.

Jugdish said...

and...pedro

Blue said...

varsity blues

Keith S said...

"season starts the 5th no?
i got next friday for that"


El Padrino said...
oh i forgot you have mondays now, last year you didnt

nevermind, i'm posting minez 3/27
i assume you go the next monday

Keith S said...

Doesn't matter to me, though

El Padrino said...

"nevermind, i'm posting minez 3/27
i assume you go the next monday"

that was when i thought the season started april 1st

Keith S said...

"that was when i thought the season started april 1st"

Gotcha

El Padrino said...

SI >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
espn the mag

El Padrino said...

by a landslide

Keith S said...

"the ryan moats / cop story is interesting."


Just read that. Crazy

Keith S said...

been married a month today. goddman. I didn't think it would last that long

Beth said...

"been married a month today. goddman. I didn't think it would last that long"

1 month knocks a lot of people out of the LOV/Keef marriage pool. Personally I had 3 weeks.

Keith S said...

I think I had 2 weeks

spaceman spiff said...

""the ryan moats / cop story is interesting."

would have been better if the chick got hit by a car or some accident and was gonna die unexpectedly. they knew she was gonna die, probably visited her alot already

spaceman spiff said...

by better i meant worser*

Keith S said...

Need Purdue, Nova, Memphis, & Pitt today.

Meiz said...

New guy's getting me amped up to go shooting with him

isiah thomas said...

New guy's getting me amped up to shoot him

*fized

Keith S said...

"New guy's getting me amped up to go shooting with him"

Is that pedro?

spaceman spiff said...

gonna be shooting protein at each other?

Keith S said...

ha

isiah thomas said...

gonna be shooting protein at each other?

AITCH

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