Less than a month until The Bigs hits stores

Posted May 27th, 2007 at 5:01 am

The Bigs CoverWe’ve now crossed over the one month mark until the release of The Bigs. This is something I’m really looking forward to and have high hopes that it will deliver a fun experience. The overwhelmingly positive buzz has even been somewhat of a surprise especially when you consider it falls into the “arcade” category of sports games.

I still have the baseball gaming itch. This is especially so due to the disappointing problems that caused me to lose interest quickly in MLB 2K7 such as the lack of hit variety, the homerun heavy scoring, the all too often robbed homeruns, and broken leagues. One of the enjoyable things about games like The Bigs is you don’t have to worry about replicating real life. The homeruns will be dominant in the game, but that is part of the appeal. It doesn’t disguise itself as a simulation.

I felt similarly about NBA Street: Homecourt. That was a very good game, and had some longevity even though the online play lacked depth. I am hoping for The Bigs to be even better especially when you look at having online co-op (2 vs 2). That is something I’ve been waiting for. 2 vs 2 or 3 vs 3 could work great in sports titles.

The Bigs should be a game that you can just pop in and have fun. Sometimes it seems people just pick apart games so much that they forget the point is to have fun. There are no sliders in a game like this, and you don’t have to listen to people accusing others of cheesing. That alone can increase the value of the game. There is very little that I hate more than hearing others complain about opponents who throw too many balls in baseball games. Get over it. That is the sport. Learn some discipline and don’t swing.

It has been a rather dry time in sports gaming since the release of MLB 2K7 in late February. The Bigs looks to represent the kickoff of the best time of the year. After The Bigs comes out titles such as All Pro Football 2K8, NCAA Football 08, Madden 08,  NBA Live 08 and more all within the matter of a couple of months.

The Bigs will be in stores on Tuesday June 26th.