MLB 2K11 (360)

By Chip Tamplin

Published on Thursday, March 31, 2011

Graphics: 9.00
Sound: 9.00
Gameplay: 9.00
Replays: 8.00
Gamelength: 10.00

Admittedly, it’s been awhile since I’ve played a baseball game. But, I felt it was fitting to write my review on the opening day of the 2011 season. If you’d asked me a few years ago if I’d like a sports game I probably would’ve laughed in your face but over the last few years 2K has improved their sports games by quantum leaps and MLB 2K11 is no exception to that.

As you boot up the game, you’re immediately greeted by the MLB real-time scoreboard (if you’re connected to Xbox Live), great for catching up on how your favorite team is doing. It’s also a great way to play quick matches, as you’re given an option to quick play every game scheduled for that day.

Once you delve further into the game you’ll notice that not much has changed in the world of baseball game play modes. This game has the typical styles: “Franchise”, and “Home Run Derby” while also giving you options to practice (“drills”), compete in online leagues and skip straight to post season play.

Franchise mode is exactly what it sounds like – pick a team and fight your way through 162 games to make the playoffs. Frankly, I got through about 6 games in my franchise before quitting. Not because the game was bad but because I just can’t sit in a chair for a few hours and feeling like I’ve accomplished nothing.

You can also choose to do “My Player”, where you create your own player and work your way up from the minor leagues. There seems to have been a lot of effort put into this game type and was easily the most enjoyable for me. It took a little while to get adjusted to the pace of it, but once you get the hang of it you should be able to breeze through it.

Still, MLB 2K11 did a great job of improving graphics, playability and optimizing the feel of how the game is played making it feel less like a video game and more like you’re actually playing in the big leagues. 2K also did a great job of compiling songs that fit with the flow of the game for their annual “2K Beats Play list”. The list features great music from We Are Scientists, Five Finger Death Punch, Pearl Jam and more.

Overall, I was very impressed with how MLB 2K11 played and the obvious leaps forward 2K took over the last few installments to take on EA Sports for kings of the sports game genre are apparent.

Full Disclosure: Review copy provided by 2K Sports

Overall Rating: 9.00

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