MLB 2K8 on deck for March 4

2K Sports' annualized baseball sim swinging onto 360, PS3, PS2, PSP, and Wii next week; Wii controls detailed.

Baseball all-stars emerged from their winter slumber this week to once again hit the spring-training diamonds in preparation for opening day in late March. As is customary, 2K Sports is greeting those players with their digital likenesses in its annualized Major League Baseball franchise. The publisher announced today that MLB 2K8 has unfurled its pennant and will arrive on retail shelves for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, and Wii on March 4.

This year's improvements to the MLB 2K series focus on giving more control to the players. 2K has overhauled several of its core gameplay mechanics for this year's installment, including the implementation of a new pitching interface and baserunning controls, as well as an update for the game's batting controls to create more realistic hitting situations. Players looking to make it big in the minors before being called up will also be able to assume the role one of 90 minor-league clubs in franchise and exhibition modes.

2K Games also today took the wraps off of the Wii edition's motion-sensing controls. Unsurprisingly, pitching and batting will mimic true-to-life motions. Pitchers will be able to tweak ball velocity and movement by changing the speed at which they flick the remote, and batters will be able to adjust the placement of the ball by timing their swings.

The Wii Remote and Nunchuk will also be used for fielding and baserunning. Players will control their fielders with the Nunchuk and use the remote to throw the ball to their base of choice. Likewise, baserunning involves shaking the remote and Nunchuk, and slides are performed by pushing both controllers forward.

For more on MLB 2K8, check out GameSpot's hands-on previews of the game.

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40 comments
submissions72
submissions72

ANY DATE ON THE DEMO?? The game's coming out tomorrow where's the demo ben?

georgeorjose
georgeorjose

i dont know which one to choose because both players on the cover are my rivals so i dont think im getting a baseball game this year. oh well ill just keep playing MVP 2007.

ROLLTIDE06
ROLLTIDE06

They should scrap the "official license" crap and let 2K and EA make a baseball game. Although, I'm actually a little frightened at what EA might do to a baseball game if they have the only license for an MLB game ... Their first next-gen attempts at football, basketball and soccer sucked. Personally I don't want to wait 2 years to get a decent baseball game if EA buys Take Two out. The song "Why Can't We Be Friends" comes to mind ...

Falconsfan60
Falconsfan60

random wtf r u talking about. the wii will have online play. it says it in an article on here

randomfan234
randomfan234

srapp002 2K is trying to extend the MLB License for 5 more years but we may see MVP 2010 if EA buys Take Two and 2K out after the release of Grand Theft Auto. There probably won't be enough time to make MVP 09

srapp002
srapp002

I like how the interviewer on the video says "demo coming soon when does the game come out" cuz we can't read the date that is posted on the site! An earlier interview with Ben said that the demo would come out in early feb. well now it is early march and still no demo....bs, this is the first year they have a thowing meter for the fielders?! MVP had that in 05, i'm sick of it, does anyone know when EA will be able to get the license back?

randomfan234
randomfan234

dont get this for the Wii. What they failed to tell you in this is that the Wii won't have minor leagues, online games/roster updates, and the card system.

Yeager20
Yeager20

nirvana is absolutely correct about MVP. I was sad when I found out EA sports lost the license to 2K.

bceagles358
bceagles358

also is 2k8 coming out march 3rd or 4th... this article says the 4th but everywhere else says the 3rd

bceagles358
bceagles358

yea hunter, tecmo super baseball was some good sht

arikkot
arikkot

i know i wasnt talkin to u just to all the fanboys hollerin bout the show about a 2k8 news release. @hunter8 have fun with yo SNES lol...

hunter8man
hunter8man

Why can they not get the animation right? From the previews it looks choppy, and that's something that's been going on with the series since the PS1 days. I'd rather go back through my old SNES copy of Tecmo Super Baseball.

bceagles358
bceagles358

I didn't say it wouldn't be good for PS3... I just don't see how it'd be good on the Wii.

arikkot
arikkot

the show sucks balls. how the hellcould you say its better than 2k8? 2k8 has new better controls than the show will ever have, and 2k7 had much smoother graphics and you bet yo asss 2k8 will too. The only thing the show has to counter a real baseball game is career mode,but with their cracked up controls its just as whack as the rest of it. Think i give a sht if the show is a sony exclusive? im getting 2k8 for my ps3, ill tell u that right now. The show isnt even a baseball game compared to 2k! but go ahead, fanboys, gimme a thumbs down, see if i give a sht.

bceagles358
bceagles358

MVP was definitely the best baseball game they've made. The show is really good too... unfortunately the Wii only has 2K.... and to tell you the truth, the controls for 2K on the Wii look like a pain. How are the motions realistic if you need to hold both the Wii Remote and Nunchuk to pitch? That makes no sense. Also, does anyone remember Tecmo Super Baseball for SNES? That game was sick.

Nirvana0511
Nirvana0511

Cypher: I agree 2K1 wasn't perfect, but it really paved the way for baseball games in terms of options and realistic touches within the game. It was far from perfect, but most baseball games are much worse. Some have bad controls that make you scream from incompatibilty. Some have annoying announcers that keep repeating the same phrases (although you could just shut it off) and some have either been far too easy or vice versa.....where either way it gets old quick. 2K1 was a hard game, but it wasn't like MLB for the NES where you get blown out every game. Frank Thomas Big Hurt Baseball for the SNES/PS1 was extremely challenging too. But that game really started evrything in terms of options for baseball games. If I'm not mistaken it was the first baseball game (or at least console) where you could warm of pitchers in a bullpen and intentionally walk a batter, or bean him. That game was expensive way back when, I paid 85 dollars for it new, and it was the last SNES game I ever bought (new anyway). I had the PS1 version too, but it wasn't as good. The loading times were ridiculously long as were most PS1 games, and the graphics were actually worse if you can believe it. I think I'm gonna wait and see what the reviews say on both The Show and 2K and make my choice. But Gamespot gave The Show a good rating last year and the game's controls were weak. It was a waste of what otherwise was a good game with graphics and features. But you gotta take some serious points off for controls: even if the game was deserving a 10, it's an automatic minus 5 points for bad control setups. Rbop: I never played those games to be honest, I should've said "the best of the games I've played" I think the worst baseball game series was the Triple Play series, man were those games bad.

Pablo620
Pablo620

The only baseball game that matters is MLB The Show. Oh sorry Xbots its for Sony by Sony. Enjoy MLB 2kcrapfest.

ocdog45
ocdog45

how can people evne play this crap. mlb the show is 10 times better some say who cares, but in sales and ratings the show has dominated over all abseball games.

cypher787
cypher787

nirvana i agree mvp is the best baseball game ever i had 95 for ps2 but to say world seris 2k1 for dreamcast was good WOW that game was terrible that was probably the worst baseball game i ever played you couldnt even play defense on your own it played d for you it was sickening but yeah the show sucks but i have 360 and they dont make the show for it anyway so i might haveta buy this game im scared!!!!!

Padrepride
Padrepride

I hope they don't take franchise mode out for the wii version.

gnbfd
gnbfd

So when does MVP come back again?

mmofnbs
mmofnbs

Believe it or not I'm probably getting both...

airbo0309
airbo0309

No demo, no sale. If it has the same problems as last years game then F 2ksports let EA have the licence back.

rbop
rbop

@Nirvana0511... You forgot - High Heat 2004 (Xbox) Baseball Stars (NES) RBI Baseball (SNES) ...my 2 pennies.

Nirvana0511
Nirvana0511

shtetlman : What are you talking about? The MLB: The Show series is terrible thus far. 07: The Show was awful in the gameplay side of things, the controls were arguably some of the most aggravating in baseball video game history. I hope that this year is better because when a simulation sports game has a bad control scheme, it is a total waste of money. You can't salvage anything from it beacaue nothing is fun to play, just irritating. The MVP series was the best baseball series. MVP Baseball 2005 for X-Box was without question THE BEST BASEBALL GAME EVER MADE. It has no competitor. Any baseball fan who's played it should tell you the same thing, it was perfect. I'm hoping that this round of baseball games is better than last year's. The only one that stood out was MLB Power Pros for the Wii. The Home Run Derby in that is sick. Best baseball games (In No Order): MVP Baseball 2005 (X-Box) MVP Baseball 2004 (X-Box) Ken Griffey Jr. Presents MLB (N64) MLB 98 (PS1) Frank Thomas's Big Hurt Baseball (SNES) MLB Power Pros (Wii) World Series Baseball 2K1 (Sega Dreamcast)

ROLLTIDE06
ROLLTIDE06

Who cares if you think The Show is better or 2K is better? Some people prefer 2K and others prefer The Show... Either way, both games are going to sell and the competition is more helpful than you may realize. "The graphics look all nice, but apart from that MLB 2K8 is just another roster change." Please, have you read the previews? I think they implemented an entirely different pitcher/batter interface. I'm not sure though. Maybe I'm wrong. Oh yeah, they also fine tuned throwing, fielding and baserunning to give the game a much smoother feel. Important bugs from last years game have been fixed and while there will probably be a few new bugs -- the fact that they have fixed last years bugs is enough for me. What about the new player cards? I don't know what to think about them but it could be a cool side game. Who cares if they ripped it from Madden? Everyone should take notes from MVP and rip their "Swing Stick". Every baseball game made should be required to have the Swing Stick, in addition to the classic batting style. Finally, they added minor league teams and a few minor league stadiums... but yeah, MLB 2K8 is merely a roster update.

buzzguy
buzzguy

The wii controls sound a little, er, "funky"? I guess the hardcore sports gamer will be buying it for a different console anyway, so it's a mute point.

RLJSlick
RLJSlick

Awesome I can't wait!!! Maybe the last of the 2KSports Baseball before the Evil Empire buy them out!

Gamebox88
Gamebox88

4 everyone who is saying the show is better, you have your own opinions and that's fine but why dont we wait until both games are released before we rush to judgement of them

dadeisvenm
dadeisvenm

@ shtetlman My issues with The Show are: * Two batting buttons (power swing and regular). Whats the point of a "power" swing if you can hit homers with the normal swing? I hit a home run with Elsbury from Boston with a normal swing and not a power swing so... whats the point of the other button? * Too many buttons * Baserunning isn't 3rd person controllable like 2K * 2K can be played entirely with 2 buttons and both analog sticks. And the analog sticks are the main sources if input

magicaldropking
magicaldropking

*sigh* no no no no NO! We do NOT like using the remote for throwing, nor do we like 'drumming' for baserunning. those aspects are what made the Wii version of The BiGS suck, but apparently 2K has NOT learned their lesson. Motion for pitching/batting = good Motion for throwing/running = bad.

Uptown
Uptown

I'LL be getting the show...its much better

Corrosion
Corrosion

Baseball nowadays is mostly fake. Anyone who hits over 40-50 home runs or throws 95 mph fastballs probably took steroids or other performance enhancing drugs. I'm not interested in any further reiterations. The graphics look all nice, but apart from that MLB 2K8 is just another roster change.

Dreski83
Dreski83

I'm real interested in this year's addition simply because the last few games seem like they been working towards a perfect one... hope this is the that one :roll: @ ApocalypseXIVV best avatar EVER!!

ApocalypseXIVV
ApocalypseXIVV

I want a demo so i can decide if i should get the Show or MLB 2k8 (i would prefer the online for the 360, otherwise id prolly get the show as ive heard its a lot better)

geofshaka
geofshaka

choco boy there are things from both that are good, they should but never will be combined.

shtetlman
shtetlman

No one who's played the MLB: The Show series cares about the 2k series of baseball games. Am I right? There's another game that also comes out on the 4th, check it out...