MLB 2K9 Features List

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Posted January 8th, 2009 at 7:53 pm

I’ve gotten my hands on the features list for MLB 2K9. This represents the first real info for the game which is set to be in stores on March 3rd.

As expected it appears that they’ve attempted to simplify several aspects of the game. The trading card system looks to have been improved and more has been done to add to the authenticity of the experience. Providing the basics such as a smooth framerate and solid online performance are a necessity for this year, but other than those things is there enough here to deliver the game consumers have been hoping for?

Continue on to check out what is in store for this year and leave your thoughts in the comments!

Homerun Derby presented by State Farm

  • New best of the best mode. Test your skills against the top 20 HR hitters.
  • Classic mode streamlined for faster gameplay

New Playoffs Mode

  • Jump right into a playoff scenario without having to play through a whole season.
  • Get all of the rewards of the World Series celebrations if you win.

Topps Trading Cards

  • Greatly simplify the user experience to unlock trading cards. Better players are harder to unlock.
  • Unlock them both by playing with and against the player
  • Build trading card teams with no budget restrictions and take them online.
  • Review the trading cards in books anywhere in the game.

Reelmaker

  • Add SFX and graphic overlays to in-game replays to create your own highlight reel.
  • You can have the game digitize the reel and upload it to 2KSports.com to share with the world.
  • Rate reels and directors through our simple 2Krating system

VIP Viewer

  • View all of your user stats in one place.
  • Your abilities are graphed out, displayed in chart form, and comparable against league averages.

Trophies

  • Implement the new Sony PS3 trophy system
  • On 360 each time you unlock an achievement you get a new trophy added to your display case.

Pitching

  • Pitching – Unique pitching controls with increased accessibility for pick-up-and-play users.
  • Improved pitching controls – Simplified controls to 2-step pitching – hold and gesture
  • Catcher’s will call for pitches according to the hitter’s weaknesses

Hitting

  • Influence hit – The users will be able to influence a fly ball or groundball with new controls.
  • New bunting controls – Improved bunting will make it easier to lay down a bunt.
  • Zone hitting – Users will be able to put the bat on the ball with our new zone hitting feature.
  • Hit distribution – Improved hit distribution for a wide variety of hits.

Fielding

  • Fielding – Upgraded fielding system with new ability to quick throw when in a rush.
  • Fielding AI – Improved fielding AI will highlight the player’s true ability.
  • Quick Throws – Quick throws will allow the user to throw on the run or start a double play quicker.
  • Hold the ball – Users will be able to cancel a throw and throw to a different direction on the fly.

Baserunning

  • Simplified controls for the user for stealing and baserunning.

Signature Style

  • More than 300 new signature animations, making MLB2K9 the most realistic baseball sim to date.

Real-time Living World

  • Anything that happens in a baseball stadium happens in 2K9 in Real Time.
  • Players will move from the dugout to the batter’s box and from the bullpen to the mound.
  • Players warm up by throwing around the horn, bat swinging practice, etc.
  • Umpire, ball boys, coaches – All onfield personnel will be moving naturally to and from their positions.
  • Celebrations – Players will react properly to a regular end-game to walkoff home run, to no-hitter and World Series celebration.
  • Vendors move in the crowd
  • Fans react to home runs and foul balls
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  • IIII 47 IIII

    Nice list. We dont need gimmicky features, just update/improve on what ya got. Looking forward to trying this out.

  • IIII 47 IIII

    Nice list. We dont need gimmicky features, just update/improve on what ya got. Looking forward to trying this out.

  • Billy

    Pro Yakyuu Spirits > The Show > 2k. Pasta you should really look into covering it. We need more people playing this game! Although I do like the small comunity! Check out Pro Yakyu Pasta!

  • Billy

    Pro Yakyuu Spirits > The Show > 2k. Pasta you should really look into covering it. We need more people playing this game! Although I do like the small comunity! Check out Pro Yakyu Pasta!

  • Tim

    Haha Pro Yakyuu Spirits is terrible. It's a huge waste of time to play. I'm sorry but playing with players that nobody has ever heard of is stupid. It goes 1) The show—2 and a distant 2) 2K and—-3) Pro Yakyuu Spirits. Nothing baseball-related tops the show. End of story.

  • Tim

    Haha Pro Yakyuu Spirits is terrible. It's a huge waste of time to play. I'm sorry but playing with players that nobody has ever heard of is stupid. It goes 1) The show—2 and a distant 2) 2K and—-3) Pro Yakyuu Spirits. Nothing baseball-related tops the show. End of story.

  • Ok, I'm thrilled with the update at least…. but what about franchise mode?

    Will franchise mode be deep? It's very scary that there was no mention of it by 2k sports. Xbox users really might be screwed if they drop the ball this year.

  • Ok, I'm thrilled with the update at least…. but what about franchise mode?

    Will franchise mode be deep? It's very scary that there was no mention of it by 2k sports. Xbox users really might be screwed if they drop the ball this year.

  • Billy

    Tim, I won't even comment! That is a very, very ignorant comment! Just because you don''t know Japanese players, doesn't mean other people don't. What do you think they watch over in Japan? And for your info, Pro Yakyuu has been rated higher then the show on numerous sites, included in the opinions of players who have played both games.

  • Billy

    Tim, I won't even comment! That is a very, very ignorant comment! Just because you don''t know Japanese players, doesn't mean other people don't. What do you think they watch over in Japan? And for your info, Pro Yakyuu has been rated higher then the show on numerous sites, included in the opinions of players who have played both games.

  • Luis

    i cant wait to this game comes out i didnt get 2k8 because i heard it wack but im deffenitely getting 2k9

  • Luis

    i cant wait to this game comes out i didnt get 2k8 because i heard it wack but im deffenitely getting 2k9

  • Duncan

    *sigh* better franchise and some sort of 1st person/Superstar mode like the show has is what i was hoping to see something about. i'm not buying a dang PS3 just to play the Show. if i had money to burn i would.

  • Duncan

    *sigh* better franchise and some sort of 1st person/Superstar mode like the show has is what i was hoping to see something about. i'm not buying a dang PS3 just to play the Show. if i had money to burn i would.

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  • Ryan

    The signature styles seem cool, but it seems like most of the new features are focused toward online play. I agree that the online play really sucked last year and needed improvement. With all due respect to all the people who love to play online, I am more interested in the gameplay. Why do we need new controls every year.

  • Ryan

    The signature styles seem cool, but it seems like most of the new features are focused toward online play. I agree that the online play really sucked last year and needed improvement. With all due respect to all the people who love to play online, I am more interested in the gameplay. Why do we need new controls every year.

  • Well hope the new Stadiums will be in Tact for this game

  • Well hope the new Stadiums will be in Tact for this game

  • codyblahblahdump

    THIS WILL ROCK

  • codyblahblahdump

    THIS WILL ROCK

  • Joe

    About time they included real-time environments! Just hope they have the bell swing in Phillie’s stadium!

  • Joe

    About time they included real-time environments! Just hope they have the bell swing in Phillie’s stadium!

  • Wow this is pretty good. Great presentation but no game trailers or picture to prove it, The Hitting seems to have been revamped but no demos to show us, No mention of the Franchise mode, Superstar mode or Online mode but they give us the Manager walking around, No visuals of the graphics but they tell us about the signature style. I wonder if 2K sports knows that when you say "making MLB2K9 the most realistic baseball sim to date." that means that playing the game feels like playing Baseball? I wish Microsoft would just buy out the MLB rights and give it to EA because if 2K9 suks they will lose alot of Baseball fans going for the Show. Its simple marketing but i'll hold my judgement till March 2nd or March 3rd when they release the Demo (Clowns).

  • Wow this is pretty good. Great presentation but no game trailers or picture to prove it, The Hitting seems to have been revamped but no demos to show us, No mention of the Franchise mode, Superstar mode or Online mode but they give us the Manager walking around, No visuals of the graphics but they tell us about the signature style. I wonder if 2K sports knows that when you say "making MLB2K9 the most realistic baseball sim to date." that means that playing the game feels like playing Baseball? I wish Microsoft would just buy out the MLB rights and give it to EA because if 2K9 suks they will lose alot of Baseball fans going for the Show. Its simple marketing but i'll hold my judgement till March 2nd or March 3rd when they release the Demo (Clowns).

  • Rob

    okay so i guess 360 users still have no " road to the show" mode or career mode or whatever you want to call it… guess im buying the show on PS2 then. Why is it that they are jacking around with trading cards and vendors in the stands but NOT adding one of the best play modes in sports games. I LOVE baseball and I LOVE baseball games, but after playing a full season it gets a little old, but when you are only doing your at bats and trying to make the allstar game or the hall of fame, you can make it through multiple seasons and the replay value stays high. oh but wait i can add special effects to replays!!! priorities, gotta love em

  • Rob

    okay so i guess 360 users still have no " road to the show" mode or career mode or whatever you want to call it… guess im buying the show on PS2 then. Why is it that they are jacking around with trading cards and vendors in the stands but NOT adding one of the best play modes in sports games. I LOVE baseball and I LOVE baseball games, but after playing a full season it gets a little old, but when you are only doing your at bats and trying to make the allstar game or the hall of fame, you can make it through multiple seasons and the replay value stays high. oh but wait i can add special effects to replays!!! priorities, gotta love em

  • Tim

    Outside of the real life real world movement which sounds cool as hell it's so far behind The Show it's unbelieveable.

  • Tim

    Outside of the real life real world movement which sounds cool as hell it's so far behind The Show it's unbelieveable.

  • Mike

    2K Sports must concentrate on the basics more. Create a solid game of baseball, then add all the special effects.

  • Mike

    2K Sports must concentrate on the basics more. Create a solid game of baseball, then add all the special effects.

  • Double r

    Are U kidding that's like March madness without Dickie V, They make the game. " Keeping the ball dooown' Some players like the ball middle of the plate in"

  • Double r

    Are U kidding that's like March madness without Dickie V, They make the game. " Keeping the ball dooown' Some players like the ball middle of the plate in"

  • duckington

    no create a team???

  • duckington

    no create a team???

  • jared

    hey what button u push to move your outfielders faster when u try to catch a ball please let me know i have the 360 my e-mail is jayrod232007@yahoo.com

  • jared

    hey what button u push to move your outfielders faster when u try to catch a ball please let me know i have the 360 my e-mail is jayrod232007@yahoo.com

  • Baseball fan

    Not a big fan of 2K9…2K7 and 2K8 destroy 2K9. 2K you've managed to make the game worse then make it better. Why did you change the pitching view from 2K8? My 12 year old brother has more of a break on his curve ball then 2K9 pitchers do (thats with me creating a pitcher and making his attributes all 100)? The camera view in the field sucks, all of the outfielders look like dots moving around the field! It looks like the blimp view on the old Maddens.

    On a postive note, i do like the batting. You guys have done a heck of a job making it more realstic because now you can actually walk. Before (2K8) if you were a batter and you tying to be patient at the plate you would have to get lucky hell to get a walk.

    My opion if you would take 2K9 batting and put it with 2K8's pitching and fielding, you would have a hell of a game.

  • Baseball fan

    Not a big fan of 2K9…2K7 and 2K8 destroy 2K9. 2K you've managed to make the game worse then make it better. Why did you change the pitching view from 2K8? My 12 year old brother has more of a break on his curve ball then 2K9 pitchers do (thats with me creating a pitcher and making his attributes all 100)? The camera view in the field sucks, all of the outfielders look like dots moving around the field! It looks like the blimp view on the old Maddens.

    On a postive note, i do like the batting. You guys have done a heck of a job making it more realstic because now you can actually walk. Before (2K8) if you were a batter and you tying to be patient at the plate you would have to get lucky hell to get a walk.

    My opion if you would take 2K9 batting and put it with 2K8's pitching and fielding, you would have a hell of a game.

  • geogia
  • geogia
  • they need to have somtan for u can create a crowd chant and creats a stadium that wuld be awesome

  • they need to have somtan for u can create a crowd chant and creats a stadium that wuld be awesome

  • mlballday

    the show is good but i always liked the 2k series bettter its just funner for me the show doesnt have homerun derbys during season play it does not have any rain delays. i like the 2k series because it is more realistic so i think the little things they touch up on is going to make this game good.

  • mlballday

    the show is good but i always liked the 2k series bettter its just funner for me the show doesnt have homerun derbys during season play it does not have any rain delays. i like the 2k series because it is more realistic so i think the little things they touch up on is going to make this game good.

  • j dawg

    does anyone else have the ps2 version? on mine i got the game and the stances weren't set to the players and the all stars weren't last years all stars. anyone else have the same problem?

  • j dawg

    does anyone else have the ps2 version? on mine i got the game and the stances weren't set to the players and the all stars weren't last years all stars. anyone else have the same problem?