The much-anticipated MLB 2k10 by 2k Sports was released today. So, I’ve spent the past few hours toying around with the features of the game and whatnot.
Franchise Mode, Yankees:
It’s quite obvious that the Yankees would have far-and-away the highest ratings for all 30 teams. (90 pitching, 95 batting, 97 overall). The Red Sox have the second-highest rating with a 96, Phillies a 91. The MLB Yanks player ratings look like this:
Batters: Rodriguez: 95, Teixiera: 92, Jeter: 91, Granderson: 87, Cano: 87, Posada: 84, Johnson: 84, Swisher: 82, Gardner: 78, Winn: 78, Thames: 78, Pena: 75, Cervelli: 70
Pitchers: Sabathia: 94, Rivera: 94, Vazquez: 88, Burnett: 84, Pettitte: 81, Aceves: 77, Hughes: 77, Chamberlain: 76, Park: 70, Robertson: 69, Marte: 68, Melancon: 63
Alex Rodriguez is an ANIMAL in this game, as long as you can hit with the power stick, he should have a very large number in the HR category. Franchise mode actually gives you a budget, but it’s hard to go over it. It has a full scouting report of all teams, and the trade feature now offers a “trade finder” or trade block. Also, DROP NICK JOHNSON; everyone I know that has played with him knows he is the worst hitter, by far. He’s good trade bate, I got Nelson Cruz for him in my franchise.
Like MLB The Show, many key minor league players are not on the minor league rosters in the game. Here’s the actual player ratings..
Batters: Mike Rivera: 69, Juan Miranda: 68, Greg Golson: 68, Jamie Hoffmann: 67, Reid Gorecki: 67 (Note** all 3 outfielders here are listed as CF, so make sure you make adjustments or else they won’t play). (Note Again** NO JESUS MONTERO. I found this pretty lame, but there’s also no Stephen Strasburg. We’ll probably see the big rookie/minor league names added to the game later on in the season).
Pitchers: Chad Gaudin: 71, Sergio Mitre: 70, Dustin Moseley: 66, Edwar Ramirez: 62, Jonathan Albaladejo: 62, Boone Logan: 61, Zach Segovia: 61 (The reason why Gaudin and Mitre are in AAA is because the game bases the pitching staffs on 5 starters and 7-8 relievers).
My Player Mode:
In my one day of playing, I must say that after being an MLB The Show man (Playstation) all my life, I like this mode better than Road to the Show. Although I find many similarities, such as earning points to improve skills and moving through the farm system among them, they are also very different.
- My Player has pitching sessions during the week to give you points
- The point values in My Player are much higher than RTTS, but also require more to be spent to increase skill
- In My Player, your agent talks to you after a game to tell you what you need to work on.
- Simming is MUCH faster
- The player creation is My Player is much more vast and detailed compared to RTTS
- Of the many main screen options in My Player, you can see what you must accomplish to be called up to the next level for your team
- There’s more obviously, so you’ll have to buy the game to find out what it is.
•Black Crowes “Go Faster”
•Black Keys “Your Touch”
•Black Sheep “The Choice is Yours”
•Boss Martians “Hey Hey Yeah Yeah”
•Cage the Elephant “Judas”
•Daughtry “Every Time You Turn Around”
•Hotel St. George “It’s the Blues”
•Iggy Pop “Lust for Life”
•Jet “Start the Show”
•LCD Soundsystem “Time to Get Away”
•Pearl Jam “The Fixer”
•Ryan Adams “Magick”
•Social Distortion “Bad Luck”
•Tantric “Down and Out”
•The Sugarhill Gang “Rappers Delight”
OVERALL GAME RATING: A+, the graphics are amazing, the player stances are incredibly realistic, there are classic jersey choices, a greatest team quick play option. Games aren’t easy but aren’t impossible. And with MLB Today on XBOX Live, it gives you all the day’s games and news. THE ONLY WARNING I HAVE is that the default setting is joystick hitting and pitching. otherwise, buy it!