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Major League Baseball 2K12 Preview

Every year it’s the same story. 2K always seems late to the party.

While there has been some info released, one can’t help but wonder if 2K is holding something back. 

Very little information has been released so far, but what we do know is this year's focus is on pitching. It makes sense because this is far and away MLB 2K's strong suit. This year, hitters will adapt to your pitching tendencies, which will force you to make the necessary adjustments to get hitters out. Any improvement to the already refined pitching engine is a welcome one.

2K is also touting improvements to their popular MLB Today mode. You can play along with the season as it unfolds as they say in their short feature list. If this is like last year’s feature it would mean that players hot and cold streaks would carry over from real life into your game. Another great tidbit to this mode, which I assume will be returning, is having lineups and injuries updated every day. I personally love playing through my seasons as close as I can get to reality. I’m not sure what will be different from last year, but I will definitely be interested to see the improvements first hand. 

Another feature which looks to bring improvement to fielding, is a new throwing mechanic. You will have to set your feet before making a throw if you expect it to be on target. This is a classic risk-reward feature. Throw on the run, or while moving and your throw will be less accurate. Set your feet and your chances of that perfect throw increase exponentially. 

One of the most popular modes, My Player, looks to be getting some upgrades as well. A recent trailer showed cover boy Justin Verlander sending a player making his major league debut back to the pine. While it looked, and sounded cool (best commentators in the business), it remains to be seen the actual new features that this mode will bring. 2K says there will be new player types that will let you decide your path to the majors. What this means is anyone’s guess at this point. 

Another theory on the lack of information and features listed so far is that 2K is pouring all their efforts into gameplay this year. If this is the case, that’s great. I just hope they listen to what the fans have been wanting gameplay wise. They need to implement some sort of zone-hitting mechanic. This has been wanted by fans for years. Timing alone just isn’t the challenge many players are looking for. Options are always a good thing for gamers. It would also appease a lot of fans to finally have check swings back in the game. We could go on all day when it comes to gameplay improvements. That’s not a knock on 2K, either. It's just the nature of the business of sports games for the most part. This is why a total focus on gameplay would be a much welcome breath of fresh air, and something we don’t see in the age of back of the box fluff in today’s gaming industry.

With such a small feature list you have to scratch your head a little. I hate to speculate, but could this be 2K baseball’s swan song? It was already stated by a 2K executive that the MLB third party license they own was a losing proposition. 

No matter what the verdict will be with this year's game, I personally don’t believe the license will be renewed, but I don’t necessarily think it will be the last game in the series. Either way of thinking is just pure speculation at this point. I would really hate to see the game suffer the same fate as NFL 2K and NHL 2K. Competition is always a good thing. I think we all know that by now.


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# 1 xBravesx @ 02/09/12 02:48 PM
This read covers the basics. Hoping for more info..
 
# 2 Blitzburgh @ 02/09/12 02:59 PM
Good article my friend...From the trailer they just released today a lot looks improved game play wise to me. I seen quite a few new animations, running, tags, slides, swings, catches, catcher and more... I love the MLB today's feature as well since my time is very limited that is all I play!

I don't have time for franchise stuff any more and could care less about trades and contracts. Give me real updated/current living rosters and cool pitching mechanics like 2k gives and I am content for baseball. It may not be pretty but if it's animations are improved and well as other game play stuff then it will be a FUN game again. That is all I look for in a game is if it's fun.
 
# 3 pistolpete @ 02/09/12 05:26 PM
I'm just getting into 2k11 at the wrong time. I may have to give this title a try.
 
# 4 tril @ 02/09/12 05:35 PM
I thought 2k already had zone hitting? and isnt the dual analog stick a form of zone hitting.
 
# 5 canes21 @ 02/09/12 05:50 PM
I'm kind of hoping that they still have one big feature(Online Franchise) to release, but I have a feeling they went strictly gameplay changes this year for the most part. That's not bad, but online franchise would definitely make this one of the greatest sports games of all time for me.
 
# 6 PVarck31 @ 02/09/12 05:50 PM
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Originally Posted by tril
I thought 2k already had zone hitting? and isnt the dual analog stick a form of zone hitting.
To the best of my knowledge the left analog stick only influences the direction of the ball not where the bat goes through the zone.
 
# 7 PackerBacker123 @ 02/09/12 06:03 PM
nice new catcher gear
 
# 8 rudyjuly2 @ 02/09/12 07:02 PM
2K does not have zone hitting. You can use the analog stick but it's still a timing system (which I prefer) although more options are always good.

Other the individual pitcher confidence and the AI adapting to pitch sequence we really haven't learned of any other significant gameplay features. Those things are cool but I'd like to hear a lot more. The game releases in less than 4 weeks! There is a feature on Spike TV tonight. I just hope it's not more filler.
 
# 9 SkillzKillz719 @ 02/09/12 09:30 PM
Either way, the game is basically finished. I just hope it's a step up over 2k10 which is the last one I played.


I'm excited to start my franchise!
 
# 10 nolesfan69 @ 02/09/12 10:36 PM
I intend to buy 2k12 because I need by baseball fix. But the only thing I want is close to a bug free game as possible. And a fun game to keep my attention till the football games come out.
 
# 11 dodgerblue @ 02/10/12 12:15 AM
Looks pretty good. I never understood the outfielder head turned away from the infield animation while running toward the wall though. I've already decided to get both games.
 
# 12 mwjr @ 02/10/12 10:25 AM
The fact that they're packaging MLB 2K12 with NBA 2K12 for only $10 more than a regular game strongly suggests to me that this is it for 2K12.
 
# 13 AftershockFx @ 02/10/12 10:36 AM
Nice review of 2K12. The good news is I already made my decision to switch to the show because 2K sports is a complete joke. The best baseball game they released was 2K7 and since then it's went downhill considerably every year. 2K10 wasn't bad but, then again I played it on the PC, adjusted the rosters, recreated the correct uniforms, added players and player portraits ect which made it playable. If you wasn't to read another interesting review that's spot on with 2K12 check out game informer's review.
 
# 14 tvman @ 02/10/12 10:48 AM
I'm really hoping that fielding works as good as it sounds.

Having to set yourself before throwing to ensure accuracy sounds like a lot of fun and realistic.

Maybe the days of simply preloading (this goes for both games) and throwing a strike across the diamond off one foot are gone!
 
# 15 knighthawksfan @ 02/11/12 04:13 AM
we will see what's up
 
# 16 Wavebird99 @ 02/11/12 10:27 AM
well see how good it is. as always, these games usually do a couple of things really well but have 1 or 2 missteps. hopefully those will be gone in this years version
 
# 17 metal134 @ 02/11/12 09:19 PM
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Originally Posted by mwjr
The fact that they're packaging MLB 2K12 with NBA 2K12 for only $10 more than a regular game strongly suggests to me that this is it for 2K12.
Perhaps. But it could also be that they are trying to use the NBA 2K franchise, which is their strongest money maker, to prop up the MLB 2K franchise, getting it into more homes and establishing more of a fan base. It's hard to tell whether it's a white flag or a last ditch effort.
 
# 18 ajs41072 @ 02/11/12 10:16 PM
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Originally Posted by metal134
Perhaps. But it could also be that they are trying to use the NBA 2K franchise, which is their strongest money maker, to prop up the MLB 2K franchise, getting it into more homes and establishing more of a fan base. It's hard to tell whether it's a white flag or a last ditch effort.
I see your point, but they've been losing money on baseball and the license is expiring, so there's no future for 2K baseball so it wouldn't be to establish a fan base. It's to sell more copies because no one would buy this game on it's own. The real thing to do would've been to package it with NFL 2K5, then MLB 2K12 would've flown off the shelves.
 
# 19 buckeyedawgtribe @ 02/11/12 11:07 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by SkillzKillz719
Either way, the game is basically finished. I just hope it's a step up over 2k10 which is the last one I played.


I'm excited to start my franchise!

Totally agree..Been burned before with 2K so I refused to get 11. As long as 12 is a polished version of 10 then I will be happy.

2k6- a joke
2k7- awesome but many issues. a nice base to begin with and better than the Show at that time
2k8- a step back from 2k7..did not even purchase after playing demo.
2k9- most glitch filled disapointment of game in the history of video games. gamestop actually gave me store credit for this massacre..
2k10- Great game..a step in the right direction again..
 
# 20 Trojan Man @ 02/16/12 07:09 PM
When does the game actually come out?
 

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