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MLB 2K12

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Game Platform: 
Xbox, PS3, Wii, PC, PS2, PSP, DS
Visual Concepts/ 2KSports
Star Rating: 
8 out of 10

Good looking, muscled and full of bats, just like A-Rod likes his women.

The Pitch: Consoling your lost dreams of playing in Yankee Stadium, 2K Sports’ MLB makes its annual return, bringing big league pitching and batting to your living room like never before.

What It Really Is: A tightly executed, thoughtful implementation of America’s past time with a mode for every kind of fan out there. What it’s not is a vast improvement over last year’s edition. Yes, MLB 2K12 is a great game, batting is a realistic struggle every time you step into the box and pitching has received some improvements this time around, from hints buried in the vast commentary to refined visual cues to intricate scouting reports, but this is not an evolution as much as a refinement.  We have to admit we were impressed with the MLB Today Season mode where you’ll pair up with your favorite (real) team and play alongside them for the whole season. Problem is, this mode is directly tied to your team’s season, so when the last pitch of the World Series gets hurled across the plate, this mode is effectively dead and won’t start up again unless you concede to buying 2K13, we assume. Ready-Made Press Blurb: “If you don’t pick up this game you’ll MLBe sorry.” –

Fun Fact: MLB and 2K12 have offered up another million bucks for this year’s Perfect Game Challenge and this time it’s built into the game, no external video equipment necessary. Get going because you only have a month to pitch the most perfect Perfect Game.

Who’s It For: Right now, it’s for starry eyed gamers who want to tell their Moms to shove it by winning a million bucks playing a video game. In April, it’ll be for baseball fans who aren’t satisfied by the dozen MLB games to watch on TV every day. By June, it’ll be for downtrodden Mets fans who realize their playoff hopes are about as slim as pancake’s tongue.