While we don’t have as many choices as we did in the early part of the 2000s, there are still some decisions to be made when it comes to buying a baseball game. If you are just jumping into the fray, here is some basic information and buying recommendations for the budding baseball enthusiasts.
While the Playstation 3 has more baseball choices than the 360, it also has the annual favorite here at OS. With all of its gameplay enhancements and the interesting Diamond Dynasty mode, MLB 12: The Show should really be the game of choice for PS3 owners.
Other Options:If you haven’t tried the MLB 2K series lately, you may want to give MLB 2K12 a whirl, especially if you’ve grown tired of The Show’s admittedly stale presentation. Despite what you may hear, there is a lot to like in the 2K series, especially the pitching mechanic and MLB Today features.
Also of note is Pro Yakyuu Spirits, which is an excellent simulation of the Japanese game, if you have the patience to translate everything and the funds to import it from Japan.
There’s only one current option on the 360, and that is MLB 2K12. The series has been up and down, possibly peaking in 2010. But, as stated above, it has come a long way from its debut on the platform six years ago.
If you’ve been sticking with the series, you should look forward to gameplay enhancements and improvements to the stellar MLB Today.
Other Options:If you haven’t tried out [i]MLB Bobblehead Pros[/b] on the Marketplace, it’s a great update to the popular MLB Power Pros, a cartoony but solid Wii/PS2 baseball simulation.
Also, if you want to dig a little deeper, visit (or revist) The Bigs 2. This arcade game featured a number of innovative and interesting mechanics. In essence, it stripped a game of baseball down to its most exciting plays, without sacrificing strategy.
If you can only buy one baseball game for your PC, it should definitely be Out of the Park 13. This award-winning text sim is tackling a number of issues that should make it easier and more enjoyable to get into, especially for newcomers. If you are at all interesting in setting lineups and making trades, this is the game for you.
Other Options:MLB 2K12 is releasing on PC, so if you want a more action-oriented game, give it a try. Also, there is a strong community committed to updating the classic MVP 2005, from rosters to graphical overlays, if you can find a copy.
If anyone is still gaming on this platform, I’d really suggest you find a copy of the aforementioned MLB Power Pros. Despite the heavily stylized players, this game plays a very good game of baseball. It is pretty difficult to update the rosters, so you won’t be able to stay on top of the current season without some tinkering. Still, it is a great game to add to your collection.
Other options:MLB 2K12 is releasing on the platform, surprisingly, but this version has been a shell of its “big brother” in past seasons; this trend may not hold true this year, but "buyer beware." Also worth mentioning is Mario Super Sluggers, a unique take on arcade baseball.
This is only one humble writer’s opinion; be sure to visit our forums for a wider range of user advice. That said, what game will you be buying this baseball season, and for what platform?