First MLB 2K10 Preview

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Posted January 13th, 2010 at 4:00 pm

Earlier I posted up the full features list for MLB 2K10. Now IGN has released the first hands-on preview of the game.There is a distinct tone of discouragement carried throughout which is not typical of most previews which tend to be glowing or give the benefit of the doubt on issues.

Included in the preview is talk about the My Player mode which appears to be primarily focused on clutch situations, the formula for pitching with the right stick being made more accessible, a defensive swing addition, and “hurry-up baseball” option which removes all the presentational elements. Also new is the “Batter’s Eye” which intends to provide the more talented hitters an advantage.

Just as in real life, standout hitters in MLB 2K10 can see certain pitches coming as the ball is released from the pitcher’s hand. You’ll get a quick text pop-up that says “fastball,” “breaking ball” or “changeup” depending on the pitch and the hitter.

Of note is the commentary which has added John Kruk while keeping Steve Phillips along with Gary Thorne. The decision to hold onto Phillips will be somewhat controversial considering the circumstances of his firing from ESPN and that he is currently without any employment or association with baseball. Given that he remains it comes as little surprise that 2K did not advertise the commentary team in the features list.

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  • Lafayette

    Im looking forward to it but then again that's because I have an XBOX360. I think the game will be much better then last years even though I enjoyed last years after the update fixed it (not all of it). The game will be much better since it's Visual Concepts 2nd year, they'll only make it better.

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  • 888

    sounds like he had to keep himself from being honest and saying the game wasnt any good

  • 888

    sounds like he had to keep himself from being honest and saying the game wasnt any good

  • t daley

    2k sports latest advertising slogan: "IF WE BUILD IT THEY WILL COME".

    No truer words spoken with regard to 2k fanboys world wide. If 2k builds it the fanboys shall certainly come. Even no the past 2 versions of MLB2k were utter pieces of broken crap, fanboys stll wasted 60$ on these games. There is no reason to expect anything but a broken game this year as well since it has been proven that 2kfanboys dont care one bit.

    • Jamin

      What do you expect. There is only one game on the 360 and if you like baseball you are going to want to get MLB 2k.

  • t daley

    2k sports latest advertising slogan: "IF WE BUILD IT THEY WILL COME".

    No truer words spoken with regard to 2k fanboys world wide. If 2k builds it the fanboys shall certainly come. Even no the past 2 versions of MLB2k were utter pieces of broken crap, fanboys stll wasted 60$ on these games. There is no reason to expect anything but a broken game this year as well since it has been proven that 2kfanboys dont care one bit.

    • Jamin

      What do you expect. There is only one game on the 360 and if you like baseball you are going to want to get MLB 2k.

  • Bob

    “The new pitching mechanics (in MLB 2K8) are the best we've seen in any baseball videogame.”-Sports Illustrated

    "2K Sports is known for innovative ideas in the sports genre, and Major League Baseball 2K8 is no different."-USA Today

    “All across the diamond, (MLB 2K8) is an incredibly well-made game that is a true test of player skill.”-Game Informer

    These were just a few of the reviews for a solid games only 2 years ago and now this game has only gotten better. If people say that The Show is the reason to get a PS3 then MLB 2K is the reason to get a 1080p high definition 50" plus TV screen. I use to play a bunch of game but then I sold them all just so I can devote more time to a title that truly cares about it's fans and deliverers a sim quality product. After all this is the game that the pro's play so they can't be wrong.

    • sdot

      Gimme some quotes on 2k9 bob. Not a game thats 2 years old you idiot.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/darkfudge darkfudge

      Actually Bob,

      If people say that The Show is the reason to get a PS3 then MLB 2K is the reason to get a …PS3 even quicker.

      No offense to your company but 2K Sports knows basketball and Football, and even knew Hockey…but when it comes to Baseball, they havent had a realistic and completely entertaining baseball game since World Series Baseball 98 on the Saturn. (And they might have actually been Sega back then…so I dont even know if that would qualify as 2K Sports!)

      • Bob

        Actually both major consoles are ok when it comes to baseball as they xbox and PS3 have MLB 2K. As I've said before I play my version of MLB 2K on my PS3. I rented The Show and the mechanics are too "arcady" for me. I like the true representation of the game and the little additions that most people seem not to notice. Like for instance a real batter pitcher duel and announcers commenting on a players game the day before. MLB 2K delivers to consoles like "The Dark Knight" delivered to the theaters. I bet hose guys at the 2K factory worked their butts off and it's nice to see a game that delivers on all accounts.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/chonch84 chonch84

          DUDE never compare a movie that broke records to anything 2k sports does, i cant say 2k as a whole sucks because thats just not true, they make decent games but none of them involve sports. A better comparison to the dark night and a 2k game would be the last GTA. they both broke many sales records and such. But mlb delivers an expierence like the dark night, no way dude you are dreaming. you must live in gotham cuz the stuff you think up is out of this world

  • Bob

    “The new pitching mechanics (in MLB 2K8) are the best we've seen in any baseball videogame.”-Sports Illustrated

    "2K Sports is known for innovative ideas in the sports genre, and Major League Baseball 2K8 is no different."-USA Today

    “All across the diamond, (MLB 2K8) is an incredibly well-made game that is a true test of player skill.”-Game Informer

    These were just a few of the reviews for a solid games only 2 years ago and now this game has only gotten better. If people say that The Show is the reason to get a PS3 then MLB 2K is the reason to get a 1080p high definition 50" plus TV screen. I use to play a bunch of game but then I sold them all just so I can devote more time to a title that truly cares about it's fans and deliverers a sim quality product. After all this is the game that the pro's play so they can't be wrong.

    • sdot

      Gimme some quotes on 2k9 bob. Not a game thats 2 years old you idiot.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/darkfudge darkfudge

      Actually Bob,

      If people say that The Show is the reason to get a PS3 then MLB 2K is the reason to get a …PS3 even quicker.

      No offense to your company but 2K Sports knows basketball and Football, and even knew Hockey…but when it comes to Baseball, they havent had a realistic and completely entertaining baseball game since World Series Baseball 98 on the Saturn. (And they might have actually been Sega back then…so I dont even know if that would qualify as 2K Sports!)

      • Bob

        Actually both major consoles are ok when it comes to baseball as they xbox and PS3 have MLB 2K. As I've said before I play my version of MLB 2K on my PS3. I rented The Show and the mechanics are too "arcady" for me. I like the true representation of the game and the little additions that most people seem not to notice. Like for instance a real batter pitcher duel and announcers commenting on a players game the day before. MLB 2K delivers to consoles like "The Dark Knight" delivered to the theaters. I bet hose guys at the 2K factory worked their butts off and it's nice to see a game that delivers on all accounts.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/chonch84 chonch84

          DUDE never compare a movie that broke records to anything 2k sports does, i cant say 2k as a whole sucks because thats just not true, they make decent games but none of them involve sports. A better comparison to the dark night and a 2k game would be the last GTA. they both broke many sales records and such. But mlb delivers an expierence like the dark night, no way dude you are dreaming. you must live in gotham cuz the stuff you think up is out of this world

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/chonch84 chonch84

    Over the top Batter's Eye feature= arcade type feel. I really hope that is a feature you can turn off. Shooting you a quick text on screen saying "fastball" or "breaking ball" could be the video game version of steroids, takes away part of the what makes baseball so great. Sad to think in a game thats suppost to be sim that the developers would actually think hardcore fans would like such a feature.

    • Bisett

      Shut Up

      Fuck your spam!

      I dont care who he fucked neither should u

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/chonch84 chonch84

    Over the top Batter's Eye feature= arcade type feel. I really hope that is a feature you can turn off. Shooting you a quick text on screen saying "fastball" or "breaking ball" could be the video game version of steroids, takes away part of the what makes baseball so great. Sad to think in a game thats suppost to be sim that the developers would actually think hardcore fans would like such a feature.

    • Bisett

      Shut Up

      Fuck your spam!

      I dont care who he fucked neither should u

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  • pete

    I don't know if you know how to interpret an article Pasta, but it seemed like a pretty good preview for the game. It didn't seem discouraging at all. I hated last years game but this one could be different. I know this is your blog and you don't have to be impartial, but you might want to give it a shot.

    • Bob has Bitch Tits

      Sounded to me the previewer was holding back on saying all the bad things he wanted to say. And had to keep himself in check cause it is a preview.

      • pete

        Bob, it sounds to me like you need to go back to psychic shool

        • Bob has Bitch Tits

          You need to stop grasping at strings, this game series is shit, and the new one will be the same turd.

          • pete

            Take it or leave it mang. The only reason you post is to boost your pathetic life up by posting anonymously on some blog trashing stuff everyone else likes. geat real!

  • pete

    I don't know if you know how to interpret an article Pasta, but it seemed like a pretty good preview for the game. It didn't seem discouraging at all. I hated last years game but this one could be different. I know this is your blog and you don't have to be impartial, but you might want to give it a shot.

    • Bob has Bitch Tits

      Sounded to me the previewer was holding back on saying all the bad things he wanted to say. And had to keep himself in check cause it is a preview.

      • pete

        Bob, it sounds to me like you need to go back to psychic shool

        • Bob has Bitch Tits

          You need to stop grasping at strings, this game series is shit, and the new one will be the same turd.

          • pete

            Take it or leave it mang. The only reason you post is to boost your pathetic life up by posting anonymously on some blog trashing stuff everyone else likes. geat real!

  • Scott

    Why does The Show suck so bad? I get bored after playing 2 games. The outfields can't throw home to get anyone out at the plate. The players look boxy. The outfielders slow down when near the balls landing spot. Button pressing sucks and boring. So people complaining about 2k uh complain about The Show. The Show is not the best sports game ever. Also I hear people saying 2k10 is stealing stuff from the show, well The Show stole real-time atmosphere for this year. 2k10 will be great this year. I think the show people are geting alittle jealous over ther

    • Bob

      It's always hard to compete against simple arcade games which is why pacman , Q-Bert and iPhone ap games are so popular. It is also why there were arcade games in Pastas top10 list. True sim games like MLB 2K will always be judged more harshly than the Arcady sports titles.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/sroeland sroeland

      Haha…The Show players, jealous of MLB 2K players? I needed a good laugh. MLB 2K9 was the reason I, along with many other baseball fans/game players, bought a PS3. I don't think there's any jealousy.

      "The outfielders slow down when near the balls landing spot." – Have you played 2K9? This is MUCH more of an issue in that game than in The Show. In fact, I have never had a fly ball issue like that in The Show…hmmm.

      Thanks for trying…

      • Scott

        Like I said, I never has those issues when everone was complaining. I guess I had a good copy. The Show is more better looking but I get bored after 2 games. 2k9 had real time amosphere now The Show is stealing that, can;t they come up with something on thier on. I have a PS3. I play 2k9 way more then the show.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/sroeland sroeland

          "I guess I had a good copy."

          You're the only one then…

          GameSpot – "Either MLB 2K9 shipped in a half-finished state or the developers have never seen a baseball, much less thrown one around."

          1Up.com – "…a game that tries so hard to prove that the series is progressing, but ignores fixing the issues that have plagued it for years: poor defense, sloppy animations, and catering to the home run…"

          Metacritic – MLB 2K9: 65%, MLB 09 The Show: 90%

        • Fuck Bob

          The Show is stealing real time atmosphere ? You fuckin' fag.. You ever think The Show is implementing a real time atmosphere to be more realistic. I don't think The Show's creators sit around saying, " Man, we gotta make our game more like that pile of shit MLB 2K9. " MLB 2K is stealing Road to the Show and I bet it's gonna suck cock like everything else they try to do.

        • fucking Bobs ass

          Nice try Elvis(2k board name) The show is soooo much better than 2k's version of baseball, i think the baseball game for the atari 2600 was better, at least your outfielders in that game could catch a ball, go back to perfect 2k world and come back after they release 10 and see what a load of shit this years is.

          2ktard

  • Scott

    Why does The Show suck so bad? I get bored after playing 2 games. The outfields can't throw home to get anyone out at the plate. The players look boxy. The outfielders slow down when near the balls landing spot. Button pressing sucks and boring. So people complaining about 2k uh complain about The Show. The Show is not the best sports game ever. Also I hear people saying 2k10 is stealing stuff from the show, well The Show stole real-time atmosphere for this year. 2k10 will be great this year. I think the show people are geting alittle jealous over ther

    • Bob

      It's always hard to compete against simple arcade games which is why pacman , Q-Bert and iPhone ap games are so popular. It is also why there were arcade games in Pastas top10 list. True sim games like MLB 2K will always be judged more harshly than the Arcady sports titles.

    • http://intensedebate.com/people/sroeland sroeland

      Haha…The Show players, jealous of MLB 2K players? I needed a good laugh. MLB 2K9 was the reason I, along with many other baseball fans/game players, bought a PS3. I don't think there's any jealousy.

      "The outfielders slow down when near the balls landing spot." – Have you played 2K9? This is MUCH more of an issue in that game than in The Show. In fact, I have never had a fly ball issue like that in The Show…hmmm.

      Thanks for trying…

      • Scott

        Like I said, I never has those issues when everone was complaining. I guess I had a good copy. The Show is more better looking but I get bored after 2 games. 2k9 had real time amosphere now The Show is stealing that, can;t they come up with something on thier on. I have a PS3. I play 2k9 way more then the show.

        • http://intensedebate.com/people/sroeland sroeland

          "I guess I had a good copy."

          You're the only one then…

          GameSpot – "Either MLB 2K9 shipped in a half-finished state or the developers have never seen a baseball, much less thrown one around."

          1Up.com – "…a game that tries so hard to prove that the series is progressing, but ignores fixing the issues that have plagued it for years: poor defense, sloppy animations, and catering to the home run…"

          Metacritic – MLB 2K9: 65%, MLB 09 The Show: 90%

        • Fuck Bob

          The Show is stealing real time atmosphere ? You fuckin' fag.. You ever think The Show is implementing a real time atmosphere to be more realistic. I don't think The Show's creators sit around saying, " Man, we gotta make our game more like that pile of shit MLB 2K9. " MLB 2K is stealing Road to the Show and I bet it's gonna suck cock like everything else they try to do.

        • fucking Bobs ass

          Nice try Elvis(2k board name) The show is soooo much better than 2k's version of baseball, i think the baseball game for the atari 2600 was better, at least your outfielders in that game could catch a ball, go back to perfect 2k world and come back after they release 10 and see what a load of shit this years is.

          2ktard

  • Mac

    I was hoping they'd at least get rid of that quack Steve Phillips. I thought the sex scandal would have guaranteed his removal. I guess not.

  • Mac

    I was hoping they'd at least get rid of that quack Steve Phillips. I thought the sex scandal would have guaranteed his removal. I guess not.

  • Scott

    Pasta you fucking EA homer. There isn't a "distinct tone of discouragement carried throughout". I read the entire article, and he isn't negative at all

    • Bob has Bitch Tits

      Your blind.

      • pete

        How did he read it if he is blind? You need to go back to school son!

        • Bob has Bitch Tits

          Braille, Hellen Keller

  • Scott

    Pasta you fucking EA homer. There isn't a "distinct tone of discouragement carried throughout". I read the entire article, and he isn't negative at all

    • Bob has Bitch Tits

      Your blind.

      • pete

        How did he read it if he is blind? You need to go back to school son!

        • Bob has Bitch Tits

          Braille, Hellen Keller

  • Jlipps

    I am cautiously optimistic for 2k10. I like the addition of MLB Today and My Player, but neither of those things mean anything if the CORE GAMEPLAY isn't fixed. Being a 360 owner, 2k is my only choice and I want nothing more than for 2k to produce a quality baseball game. The reason I am optimistic is that last year 2k switched developers and 2k9 was the first year for the new developer. 2k7 wasn't bad, 2k8 was ok, but 2k9 was a complete joke and anyone who says otherwise has NEVER watched or much less played baseball. I'm ashamed that I spent 60 dollars on 2k9. The amount of bugs and glitches was ridiculous. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r66RuVoNmMw Hopefully 2k10 will be a step in the right direction.

  • Jlipps

    I am cautiously optimistic for 2k10. I like the addition of MLB Today and My Player, but neither of those things mean anything if the CORE GAMEPLAY isn't fixed. Being a 360 owner, 2k is my only choice and I want nothing more than for 2k to produce a quality baseball game. The reason I am optimistic is that last year 2k switched developers and 2k9 was the first year for the new developer. 2k7 wasn't bad, 2k8 was ok, but 2k9 was a complete joke and anyone who says otherwise has NEVER watched or much less played baseball. I'm ashamed that I spent 60 dollars on 2k9. The amount of bugs and glitches was ridiculous. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r66RuVoNmMw Hopefully 2k10 will be a step in the right direction.

  • crimsonvoodoo

    Well, a couple things here ….. One, I agree I didn't that the article didn't seem particularly negative to me, but I guess that's open to opinion. The other item is that the relentless fanboy bashing on this front – and with the NBA games, Madden, etc. just makes me embarrassed to be an adult gamer

  • crimsonvoodoo

    Well, a couple things here ….. One, I agree I didn't that the article didn't seem particularly negative to me, but I guess that's open to opinion. The other item is that the relentless fanboy bashing on this front – and with the NBA games, Madden, etc. just makes me embarrassed to be an adult gamer

  • Anonymous

    wow the graphics still need to step up bigtime. All I can notice is there are shadows and there is new lighting now. Something that both 2k6 and 2k7 had done and it was removed in 2k8 and 2k9 for some reason? MLB The Show still looks much better graphically. I hope I don't have to buy a PS3 just to enjoy realistic baseball. Please 2k, step up the graphics…

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/deepen03 deepen03

    wow the graphics still need to step up bigtime. All I can notice is there are shadows and there is new lighting now. Something that both 2k6 and 2k7 had done and it was removed in 2k8 and 2k9 for some reason? MLB The Show still looks much better graphically. I hope I don't have to buy a PS3 just to enjoy realistic baseball. Please 2k, step up the graphics…

  • Fuck Bob

    To all you people who think 2K is gonna somehow excel this year and make a good baseball game..

    Good luck with that because if you have any sense at all, you would know that the developers don't actually care about the game being good. Honestly, the people defending 2K care more about the game than the developers do. You little 2K fan fucks are probably gonna ask how I know that. You want proof ? Put in MLB 2K9 and play that pile of horse shit.

  • Fuck Bob

    To all you people who think 2K is gonna somehow excel this year and make a good baseball game..

    Good luck with that because if you have any sense at all, you would know that the developers don't actually care about the game being good. Honestly, the people defending 2K care more about the game than the developers do. You little 2K fan fucks are probably gonna ask how I know that. You want proof ? Put in MLB 2K9 and play that pile of horse shit.

  • Fuck Bob

    To all you people who think 2K is gonna somehow excel this year and make a good baseball game..

    Good luck with that because if you have any sense at all, you would know that the developers don't actually care about the game being good. Honestly, the people defending 2K care more about the game than the developers do. You little 2K fan fucks are probably gonna ask how I know that. You want proof ? Put in MLB 2K9 and play that pile of horse shit.

  • Fuck Bob

    To all you people who think 2K is gonna somehow excel this year and make a good baseball game..

    Good luck with that because if you have any sense at all, you would know that the developers don't actually care about the game being good. Honestly, the people defending 2K care more about the game than the developers do. You little 2K fan fucks are probably gonna ask how I know that. You want proof ? Put in MLB 2K9 and play that pile of horse shit.

  • nyr2k2

    Hahah, Bob, thanks man. I actually read through all of the comments in the last two MLB2k10 articles just to read your inane bullshit. Props man!

  • nyr2k2

    Hahah, Bob, thanks man. I actually read through all of the comments in the last two MLB2k10 articles just to read your inane bullshit. Props man!

  • kbin007

    First off, Bob get your head outta your a$$ (and your hand out of 2K's pockets), 2K does not really care about it's gamers. I only had one choice as a gamer for a baseball game last year, and it was 2K because I only had a PC at the time. 2K did nothing for the PC users, no roster updates, no nothing. Was the game horrible? No, but it was far from as perfect as you say it was. I'm just happy it only cost me $29.99. Hopefully they did fix what needed to be fixed, just as I hope that The Show fixed their very flawed online game. This year I have a PS3 and I hope that there is actually some competition for my baseball gaming dollar.

  • kbin007

    First off, Bob get your head outta your a$$ (and your hand out of 2K's pockets), 2K does not really care about it's gamers. I only had one choice as a gamer for a baseball game last year, and it was 2K because I only had a PC at the time. 2K did nothing for the PC users, no roster updates, no nothing. Was the game horrible? No, but it was far from as perfect as you say it was. I'm just happy it only cost me $29.99. Hopefully they did fix what needed to be fixed, just as I hope that The Show fixed their very flawed online game. This year I have a PS3 and I hope that there is actually some competition for my baseball gaming dollar.

  • Robert G

    negro players LOL

  • Robert G

    negro players LOL

  • Jeremy

    I just wanted to agree with those of you that had problems with 2K9. It was the glitchiest sports game I can remember playing. From basic things like outfielders not catching flyballs, to infielders not getting tags down even if they have several seconds to do so. It was just bad. Sounds like 2K10 won’t be much better if they haven’t improved on anything and they are gonna tell us what pitch is coming.

  • Jeremy

    I just wanted to agree with those of you that had problems with 2K9. It was the glitchiest sports game I can remember playing. From basic things like outfielders not catching flyballs, to infielders not getting tags down even if they have several seconds to do so. It was just bad. Sounds like 2K10 won’t be much better if they haven’t improved on anything and they are gonna tell us what pitch is coming.

  • BiLLy BaDAs5

    Holy crap are you freaking kidding me?! No black people in the pictures?! That is freaking crazy you are crazy ass black people. Who the hell cares what race they are??? You give black people a bad rep, go play basketball or football, those are sports that you think "care more than racist white baseball people". YOU TWO ARE A FREAKING JOKE!!!

  • BiLLy BaDAs5

    Holy crap are you freaking kidding me?! No black people in the pictures?! That is freaking crazy you are crazy ass black people. Who the hell cares what race they are??? You give black people a bad rep, go play basketball or football, those are sports that you think "care more than racist white baseball people". YOU TWO ARE A FREAKING JOKE!!!

  • mets2010

    seems interesting…

  • mets2010

    seems interesting…

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