I got MLB 2K8, and first I would like to say that yes their is some weird frame rates on things, but I have not noticed it to mess my games up yet.
I really like the fact that this years game gives me the options to drive the ball while batting. Yes - I can drive the ball down the line.. hit it into a gap ...etc. This same thing can be said for the computer, and they will do it mercilessly unless you -actually use defense- (drop the outfielders back.. or shift em etc).
The fielding is also a lot smoother in my opinion, and the meter (throwing meter) is pretty cool. It makes it much more realistic, and it will cause errors if you don't learn how to use it. I would also like to point out that their is no miraculous speed burst in this one that allows you to pull of crazy long catches or throws.
The sound track is upgraded..and I know.. not many of you like Joe Morgan, but I think these two do a pretty good job, and some of it is pretty funny, and informational.
Holds are now counted.
I haven't found that I can hit a home run every time.. and I play with the Tigers (Cabrera and Ordonez could murder the ball in 2k7 everytime).
The graphics are improved.. but not terribly different.
The biggest problem I have is with the pitching.. my hand is actually sore. The whole thing about pitching this year is that it is done on the right joystick (you still aim the ball with the left joystick). So this is what happens:
On the right joystick for a Fastball you will hold down until the circle goes as far out as you want it (before it starts to reverse back in on itself). At which point you will then press up and watch the circle go back in, and when it reaches the green in the center you let go. This pitch is fairly easy.. as is the Changeup, but then we have the Slider, Curveball, and any other pitch with movement that takes much more precision.
The Slider and the Curve are pitches that got some pitchers to where they are.. so for example.. I use Justin Verlander, he uses his 12-6 Curveball as his devastating pitch.. to do this pitch in game it requires you to start at a diagonal on the joystick (down and to the left) and then rotate it all the way around (almost 360 but not quite). If you mess this up just a little in the movement it will result in what the game labels as a meatball.. and will immediately be crushed for a huge play (HR or otherwise). It is so hard that my hand gets sore.
I am not saying I don't like a challenge, but I simply am not sure I can deal with it (I may have to just go back to the classic A, B, X, Y). Don't get me completely wrong, it is fun when it works good (and I'm sure that's how real pitchers feel lol) but for god sake it is rough lol.
Also they now allow you to make trades for the CPU -EVEN IN FRANCHISE- making it really realistic, and everything else that was good about Franchise is back and expanded a bit more.
They also added a cool Baseball card thing like Madden had back in the old days.
AND if you want to be hardcore you can play and manage the A, AA, AAA and MLB teams. That's right.. you can play and manage all of this.
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