Near perfection is always warranted from fans of New York Sports teams. We expect our teams to go undefeated in every sport, especially when you have a team like the Yankees who are the most successful franchises with 27 titles (and counting), so it must have been difficult to see a “left coast” team win the World Series, even though their roots are from New York. If you didn’t get enough of the San Francisco Giants last year, this year 2K Sports’ MLB 2K11 has thrust Brian “The Beard” Wilson , closer for the Giants, in our faces for their new baseball installment with some very entertaining TV commercials.
Why the emphasis on perfection you ask? If you are privy to 2K Sports baseball titles, last year they had a $1,000,000 contest to the first gamer to pitch a perfect game. If you haven’t heard, there was a winner the very first day the game launched. This year, the contest is back, but it does not officially start until April; the game releases March 8, alongside MLB 11: The Show (check out MLB 11: The Show here).
This year’s 2K Sports installment boasts a new fielding system which gives the player smoother control when chasing down a fly ball and better throwing indicators when you’re trying to throw out that speedy runner heading to first. Similar to MLB 11’s: The Show right control stick revamp, 2K11 has similar batting and pitching controls that are purely dedicated to the right analog control.
One neat feature in this year’s game is the real time player rating update. 2K11 has dubbed this feature “Dynamic Player Rating” in which, for example, CC Sabathia strikes out Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez, and David Ortiz back-to-back-to-back, with Dynamic Player Rating, CC’s real time stats and rating will translate into the game and will improve the pitcher rating in the game! Better hope he doesn’t give up back-to-back homers.
2K11 has also made some improvement to player models; Wilson’s beard will look true to life, even though we’ve probably seen enough.
If good old fashion baseball fun (and a chance to win a cool million) is your cup of tea, 2K Sports’ MLB 2K11 will surely not disappoint. However if you’re looking for a more pure baseball experience (with crisper graphics) MLB 11: The Show would be your best bet.
MLB 2K11 – $59.99, 1-2 players
Release Date – 3/8/2011
Rated – E for Everyone, BA for Beard Approved