MLB 2K7 First Look

We get in some early scouting on 2K Sports' upcoming hardball game.

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It may be the dead of winter, but baseball fans are already thinking ahead to the opening of Major League Baseball spring training. With the regular season still a few months out, details are beginning to emerge on this year's crop of baseball games, including 2K Sports' MLB 2K7. We haven't had a chance to play the game yet, but we do know about several of the new features that will be included in this year's version.

Though the series was brought into the next generation with last year's MLB 2K6, it seems like MLB 2K7 is taking the player models to a new level, based on what we've seen of the game so far. The game will sport a new visual engine that looks to bring more detail and accuracy to the players than ever before. Take a look at the teaser trailer for the game and check out those virtual representations of Ichiro and Pujols for a taste of where the visuals are heading. Pay close attention to the cloth physics on the uniforms and the details on the players' faces--both of which look to have upgraded from last year's game.

The players don't just look good in MLB 2K7; thanks to the game's signature style animations, the players move well too. Fans of 2K Sports' NBA 2K7 might remember the signature style animation that seeks to re-create the kinetic quirks of real hoops pros as accurately as possible--the same thing will be happening in MLB 2K7. Be it Dontrelle Willis' pitching motion or Nomar Garciaparra's obsessive-compulsive batting ritual, MLB 2K7's 150-plus player-specific animations will look to bring that much more authenticity to the game's look.

Another feature introduced last year--the Inside Edge scouting feature--will return in MLB 2K7. This year user batting will work into Inside Edge data, and though details are scarce, it sounds like the CPU-controlled pitchers will adapt to your tendencies as a virtual batter. In addition, when you're at the plate, playing to your batter's strengths (and against your pitcher's weaknesses) will result in a batting boost. The Inside Edge scouting feature was one of the best, most in-depth features in last year's MLB 2K game, and we're curious to see how it will evolve with the next game in the series.

Spring is still several months away, as is the release of MLB 2K7, which is currently scheduled to hit store shelves on March 5. We'll be keeping you updated with more information on the game in the coming months, as well as plenty of screens and movies to keep you occupied until Opening Day.

Discussion

63 comments
killahblacc
killahblacc

damn 2k7 got some hot games and they need to bring back nfl 2k's

bdahmen03
bdahmen03

R.I.P. MVP Baseball. Everyone is awaiting your resurection. Hopefully it will come sooner than later. Damn licensing agreements!

_Sam_
_Sam_

I won't be getting a ps3 in a while, so I'll check out a different version

bigboy31
bigboy31

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sargentpepper
sargentpepper

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menzialey
menzialey

did he say spring is 7 months away caue ittl by mid summer by then. hope the fielding is better than in 2k6 and i also hope the bring back classic button batting

linknprkfan
linknprkfan

they r good graphics how about what they look like when your playing or what about the gltches from ther last game

nfl123kid
nfl123kid

my the graphics are soo good. the jerseys flaping all loose. its scary

weiler4733
weiler4733

what amazing beastly graphics i thought they were real lol

imbacon
imbacon

"ll rather much have MLB 07: The Show.", Well of course YOU would, you're a Sony boy.

McBorisJr
McBorisJr

o yeahh, i gotta get this one. btw, go Barry Zito!!

sinx1971
sinx1971

Are they gonna have the mascots like Mr. Met. They should make an achievement that requires you to hit a line drive foul and knock the mascot off the dugout roof! That would rock!!

donscrillinger
donscrillinger

this game should be sick ,now where is the news of 2ks new football game

Nefarious13
Nefarious13

The head gameplay designer of Mvp baseball (Ben Brinkman) is cracking heads over at KUSH Games. Let's keep our fingers crossed. MVP 05 IS STILL THE KING.

Decoy123
Decoy123

wow this game looks amazing

Staryoshi87
Staryoshi87

Woo! After NBA 2k7, I'm stickin' with the 2k7 franchise ;) Baseball rocks, too.

DaBears45
DaBears45

Just so you know, Kush hired the head of the MVP Baseball series to head MLB 2K7 and beyond.

Halorocks111
Halorocks111

I wish MVP Baseball was still here. it was by far the best baseball game on the market.

ReaperXxxx
ReaperXxxx

MLB 2K6 was an utter disgrace to the game of baseball. It was by far the worst baseball game I have ever experienced. I wanted to like it, I tried to like it, but the game was a bug riddled joke and no amount of slider tweaking could fix it. I really hope that 2K7 is much improved, or at the very least properly tested. It's a shame that MLB: The Show is a Sony franchise because last year it completely killed 2K6.

SBurns22
SBurns22

This game is gonna be great, the graphics looked amazing except for at the end having matsui's number toward the bottom of his back

buzzguy
buzzguy

Word. They should really improve on gameplay this year. From everything I've read, this game was poop last year.

sinx1971
sinx1971

Who the heck cares how good it looks, I am sick of tire of games looking good but plays like crap. They are probadly gonna renamed this game to "Glitches 2K7" for all the suckas out there! (me included)

ijunc
ijunc

God as long as they don't have the glitches and the game freezes it's gonna look damn good. Oh yea Halo 2 SUCKS SO BAD SOOOOOOBAD.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

guitarking1313
guitarking1313

I think (more like hope) that 2k has learned from their mistakes and will make this game much more complete. With the addition of the guy from EA and also with more time for the developers to work out the kinks, I doubt this release will be anywhere close to as bad as last year's.

datniccah187
datniccah187

I love 2k7 and all, but The show is where its at. I don't think the show is going to be on 360 so i'll prolly get 2k7 for 360 and the show for ps3. But in any event if 2k baseball is on the same level as 2k basketball, then it should be an awesome game.

GameNutts
GameNutts

I haven't played a baseball game for a few years now and I'm getting the itch for next year. So hopefully, 2K nails this one like they did with the NBA 2K7.

mikegio58
mikegio58

I'm still playing MVP 05 on PS2. Thinking about buying a 360 (Gears of War sold me) but if 2K7 gameplay is not near The Show, I'm sticking with PS2. The preview seemed to focus on realism of uniforms and players. What about in game realism?. I would also do with a bit less player detail in order to get game play realism. MVP still the best.

earl5265
earl5265

Yeah hopefully between this or "The Show" (I didnt like that either as I thought the fielding did not feel very responsive) we have a viable baseball game to play. Damn Im still playing MVP 05 on the PC because there is no worthy alternative. These excusivity deals really screw us over as gamers. And though Im happy they are improving the graphics, animations etc...they better focus on the gameplay because I will gladly play a bad looking but realistic bball game (oh High Heat I miss you) but wont even consider a great looking baseball game that has big gameplay flaws and shoddy controls.

jbeen
jbeen

This game better not be just better than 2k6, it better change the the way the game is played. I played 2k6 twice, and both times I got just far enough into the game (Before it froze up) to know it was not a very good baseball game. So they need to do more than just make it look better, the need to reinvent the way it plays to get me back on board. Othwise I will just have to dream of the days when MVP Baseball was good and have another year without a baseball video game.

jrescan
jrescan

MLB 2k6 sucks!! How I miss MVP!!

EnigmaNemesis
EnigmaNemesis

"That trailer looked really good but 2k7 better be more realistic (gameplay wise) than 2K6 or i'll have keep playing the 989 series (which is still very good)" Agree 100% 2K6 sucked so bad on the 360 I returned it the same day for a full refund and bought a slim PS2 and MLB06: The Show (great game) the same day. Pretty bad how the PSP version of The Show was leaps and bounds over the 2K game animation and gameplay wise. Lets hope the ex-MVP lead designer gets this playing great. I am slightly excited.

Gastric_Juice
Gastric_Juice

looking forward to this has to better than 2k6

musicalmac
musicalmac moderator

I am really looking forward to this game. I hope they fixed some of the more annoying problems...

jclary14
jclary14

what's up with the yankees uniforms? the interlocked NY on both their hats and uniforms looks way too thin and not anything like it looks in real life. also, the numbers on the back are way too far down, suggesting that the players' names should be above them. it doesn't matter if you like the yankees or not, this inattention to detail isn't what i'm looking for in the ONLY third party MLB game.

dandoc2
dandoc2

can anyone tell me will this game be released in europe cos im a big baseball fan and the only bball game ive ever had over here is wii sports baseballl

porkchopxp
porkchopxp

Word is that the head director of the greatly-loved MVP series has come to Take-Two's rescue. Look for the gameplay animations and player models(which were the chief problems with this series for years) to be much improved. That said, we all know how promises are made about the direction and potential of a game and then when its released there's major disappointment. Hiring that guy from EA was the best news I've heard though. 3 more years and counting until those stinkin' exclusivity contracts disappear and we get MVP and the NFL 2K series back . . .

bxgt
bxgt

after what sony did i will never trust trailers agian, so until they show me a gameplay video i cant justify anything

Lauryn2000
Lauryn2000

Let's hope it's better than 2k6 which was just hideous,in both gameplay and graphics! I bought it for my 360 last year as was greatly disappointed. Probably one of the reason's why I picked up a slim PS2 to get MLB:The Show '07....not going through another baseball withdrawal this year. "Fool me once shame on you 2k7,fool me twice shame on me."

DeltaSpirit
DeltaSpirit

That trailer looked really good but 2k7 better be more realistic (gameplay wise) than 2K6 or i'll have keep playing the 989 series (which is still very good)

bpmurr
bpmurr

Hopefully the gameplay is as good as the graphics. These sports games are starting to look REAL!

cajunsniper
cajunsniper

Well i hope one day these baseball game can re-fresh in real life time thru Xbox live and that the player get the same power as they do in real life this game look good on grafics but i think its still leaving some details behaind.. but it look good looking foward to buying it !!!!

SGreen15LA
SGreen15LA

I really hope MLB 2K7 is worth it because I'm suffering from Baseball withdrawl after not getting 2k6

casualtyk
casualtyk

it will be A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME

Viper_GTS-R
Viper_GTS-R

Let's hope its really A WHOLE NEW BALLGAME