The Grapevine: MLB 2K9 and MLB 09: The Show

With the release of both MLB 2K9 and MLB 09: The Show, this week marks the start of the virtual baseball season. Look for GameSpot's full review of both games in the coming days but, for now, here's a select sampling of what people are saying in the forums about both games:Provokt tells us about...

With the release of both MLB 2K9 and MLB 09: The Show, this week marks the start of the virtual baseball season. Look for GameSpot's full review of both games in the coming days but, for now, here's a select sampling of what people are saying in the forums about both games:

Provokt tells us about his first online game in MLB 09:

The game was insane. I guess you could say I had a little fun. I was down 5-2. Came back and tied it 5-5. Went up 8-5 and lost the lead in the bottom of the ninth when he tied it up with yet ANOTHER HR 8-8. Went up 10-8 in the top of the tenth with a Schumaker HR (sigh) then lost the lead again in the bottom of the 11th when...you guessed it...another HR. This one by Swisher (his 2nd). Top of the 12th I went up with a 3 run shot (ugh) 13-10 then he forfeited. Kinda lame as I was getting into it. We each had 17-19 hits for the game.

MLB 2K9 is growing on kaneNsharp:

At first I was disappointed in this years MLB for the fact that I was hitting 10 HRs a game and absolutely destroying the opponent. Sure the Glitches like the first baseman taking his foot off the bag for an easy out at first or the rare occasion the game play slows down so that my outfielder cant make the running catch but I get over that. But with the sliders called Guru 2.0 my game play has been a lot better with a more realistic experience which is what I was looking for in MLB 2k9. So if your are interested in purchasing this game I would say go for it, if your having any doubts you could always rent it.

Like many others, JHahN812 has seen the "first baseman bug" in MLB 2K9:

I get this a lot when I play, and it would appear as if I am making a good throw but a lot of times when I field a grounder and throw to first my first baseman will leave the bag and the runner will be safe. Anyone else having issues with this? Any ways to prevent it?

maddcow11 might have a solution for JHahN812's problems:

I've read that if you release the left stick while throwing it helps. I just played a game trying to do this and it didn't happen at all.

MLB 09's stadiums have impressed LeapPipeCinche:

some of these ballparks are just beautiful to look at.
im really having a hard time trying to pick 1 NL team i want to spend all that time doing a chise mode with for the long run. i dont want to get part way into a season and then start thinking about doing a chise as someone else. i dont want to start over again.

Kronikon16 is already adjusting sliders in MLB 2K9:

Now for the game play. I'll [say] this till I'm blue in face. Adjust your sliders people. I played around with it from inning to inning for the first half of 3 games, and once I found the right setting, I played a full game and was very happy. Some gamers will complain that it's too much work to figure out where to set them, but once you do, it's well worth it. My first full game was a classic 3-2 victory for my Braves over the Phillies. No homeruns aloud by either side, and pitching that would make any baseball sim fan happy.

trenken isn't happy with the batting in MLB 09:

I traded 08 in a month ago and I regret it. The batting in 09 is awful. It was much better in 08. I've played 10 games, no home runs, not more than 4 hits in a game, and only 5 hits over the last 3 games, and just 1 hit in the game I just played. That is not a realistic game of baseball at all.

Npo86 has some tips for MLB 2K9 pitching online:

First of all you must change speed...I cannot stress this enough!!!...you have to dictate the at bat with changes of speed...it may take an inning or so but you must figure out what your opponent is gearing up for...to do this throw a variety of pitches out of the strike zone. For instance, throw a curve low a fastball high and a changeup outsside close enough that he can make contact but too far to do anything...trust me these hitters can make contact as if everyone is freakin vlad....this will show you if he tends to think fast ball first or off speed first.

So, you've heard what other folks think. Let me know which baseball game you're playing and what you think of it in the comments below.

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107 comments
africia
africia

how do u download this stuf????

ilbtits
ilbtits

MLB09 is grate ..and it just for the PS2 need to get a PS3 just wish the new graphic's was in the PS2 game . And see where someone put that he did not like the hitting. yes its harder ..but you have to watch the ball a lot more. to get good hits ..more like real life.

jimbo19691
jimbo19691

Where can we find worldwide ranking?

ex-mercenary
ex-mercenary

I can't say I dislike either series, I think they're pretty awesome series. But, I have to go with The Show online.

scottb512
scottb512

Like MLB09 But it needs some fixes: I tried both as demos before going with MLB09, game play and graphics being the biggest factor. I have been playing RTTS in MLB09 as a center fielder. Fist Diving and Jumping are near impossible using the sixaxe on the PS3. Second base running is hard when using the right stick as its not always the same direction as more as were you are looking then flips around and you look like an idiot. Third, Hitting is terrible, its hard to carry an average and the sliders don't work. I played a whole season and not 1 HR and i hit .304 in the minors. Fourth, goals during game play are not consistent. Example; I had a hit and run on and the guy tried to make it to 3rd but got thrown out. I succeeded in the hit and run but it said i failed, note to the designer. When the base runner attempts extra bases i still get a hit you moron.

saad663
saad663

i just ordered that game do u thin i made the rite choice what's soo bad bout the game any ways

saad663
saad663

i just ordered that game do u thin i made the rite choice what's soo bad bout the game any ways

Eife8
Eife8

I LOVE MLB THE SHOW

noshad
noshad

i think this game was going to be flop

alc322
alc322

The timing for batting is not user freindly. In MLB 08 I was able to place the ball all around the field. Even home runs were easy as well. I keep popping up in the outfield or line drives go right into an infielder's glove. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!! MLB 08 still the BEST!!

lenoncarlos
lenoncarlos

Depois do MLB 2005, 4 anos sem um jogo de baseball, até que enfim volta aos PC's um gênero abandonado. O jogo é fantástico, parabéns aos criadores e desenvolvedores.

dksix66
dksix66

Happy that baseball is back for the PC and this one is soo good. Real baseball fans will enjoy this one.

N_Grech
N_Grech

I just installed 2k9 for pc. Very happy with it. Great graphics along with good gameplay. Glad to have something other than mvp05 haha. Plays awesome on the ol projector :)

babykiller56
babykiller56

the hame is going to br crazy. who the showed it im going to bay it

lastshot77
lastshot77

I owned MLB08 and now 09 the Show. I am very happy with it. The games actually challeneges you to make the right adjustments with how you run your pitching staff, and when to sit on just the right pitch. I will admit that the hitting is more challenging, but if your not swinging at every pitch thrown the cpu does eventually leave one in the sweet spot. I had 2 homeruns with Andre Either of the Dodgers, and since his stats say he hits better in night games, well it proved true. Once you become mre patient with batting thats when the home runs and hits will come.

monanri
monanri

I have PC, The problem is that there hasn't been a good baseball game for PC In a while. Now finally MLB 2K9. EA Sports does a bad job on PC. I hope MLB 2K9 is better on PC than the Video Game Console versions, & The EA Sports PC versions.The reason: someone needs to give EA Sports a kick in the a^^^, for their job they have done on PC. Too many EA Sports games are only acceptable for 06 only.

nyranasaurus
nyranasaurus

2K games are the Production publishers behind NBA 2K9, The Only basketball game ever made that almost feels like a real game of basketball. They are also the production company behind some pretty amazing games. Bioshock fro 1 and heaps of others. Its not the fact 2K Games are backers of sht games, THEY ARENT. BUT obviously they arent too good at teh Baseball thing yet. It took tehm awhile to grasp Basketball too but once they got it ill never ever turn back to NBA live until it matches NBA 2K9 realistic look and feel of the sport. However it still has alot to learn about the making of Baseball games.

lhsjazzman
lhsjazzman

Worst article I've seen on PCGamespot ever. So disjointed and difficult to read.

empath22
empath22

IT'S NO MVP BASEBALL FROM EA SPORTS.

Janzybaby
Janzybaby

The Show is sick. I bought 2k8 last year and traded it in for The Show and it was amazing the difference. I do like the analog stick controls of the 2K games but there were so many glitches I couldn't stand it. 2K9 has taken the ball and ran, a long long ways. The graphics are amazing, the game play is smooth, just all around great. The franchise mode is so indepth. A couple things for next year might be maybe EXPANSION mode??? ala All-Star baseball, I used to love that mode, building a team from the ground. Also the build a stadium like MVP 05, which I still think is probably the #2 baseball game after The Show 09. Also a pitching practice mode in RTTS. Over all amaing game

royalrockies
royalrockies

I have a PC so am limited to buying MLB 2K9 if I get a baseball game. I heard that you have to have a 360 gamepad to play the game even on PC. I do have a dual analog Logitech gamepad. will that work with the PC version of this game? Also where can I find this downloadable demo of the game I hear of. And, no I will not buy a expensive game system as this isthe only game I would even consider playing. Thanks lots

royalrockies
royalrockies

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bite215me
bite215me

i think this says it all- gamespot gives the show 09 a 9.0 and an editors choice, they gave 2k9 a 4.5

MFDOOMED
MFDOOMED

I am playing MLB 09 and loving it!!!!!!!! I have not played MLB 2K9 yet and doubt I will.

rulo13
rulo13

All these people talking about hitting issues, there are no issues!! Hitting in MLB 09 it is like in real life; patience is very important (getting deep in the counts) so you can time every pitch, hitting a pitch you are looking for, a hitters pitch not a pitchers pitch. If you step up at the plate and try to hit the first pitch coming at you (Slider 88 mph) pfft......., it will be hard believe me!!! Patience People.... By the way MLB 09 is outstanding!!! peace

halls1030
halls1030

I can't post reviews here on the gamespot site as I don't have a paid membership. But, I have to give my 2 cents for what I believe, really IS the best baseball game of all-time: MLB09. I am a 35 year old, married father of two boys and I can freely admit I love video games. I have played them my entire life. From Atari, Nintendo, Sega, PS, PS2, XBOX360, and now PS3. I initially bought the PS3 for the Blu-Ray player. I have a home theatre in my basement and at the time the PS3 was rated as the best Blu-Ray player - if it just happens it comes with a game console as well...then that's just icing on the cake! As for some gaming background, I spend most of my time playing FPS's on the XBOX360 - and can admit to being frequently frustrated with glitches, small gameplay errors, and plenty of unrealistic events during the gameplay that even the most popular games contain: (COD4 & COD5). This is on top of the fact the XBOX360 platform itself has been unreliable and quirky (I had to send my unit in twice for repair!) For starters, I downloaded the demo of MLB2K9 for the XBOX360 to see if it would be worth buying, unfortunately it's your typical baseball game with some fun factor loaded in but so-so graphics and more like an arcade baseball game as most of them tend to be. Fast forward to seeing the memorable commercials of Dustin Pedroia and the MLB09 game ads - which their tag of "The most realistic baseball game ever". I decide this might be worth a try for the first game to purchase for the PS3...man, what a decision that has been. I am roughly 15 hours in on this game, and let me tell you - this game really is realistic. This is coming from a guy that got drafted out of college and spent 4 years in the Rookie, A and AA systems for Toronto & Philadelphia. First off, the graphics are simply amazing. There are no frame rate problems or lags that I have noticed to date, the visuals match up perfectly to the commentary, and the game is hard for a reason - baseball at the higher levels really isn't easy to be quite honest! I am reading some of these reviews complaining about "only a couple hits and impossible to hit a HR". The truth is that is fairly realistic. Most major leaue players only hit 15-25 HR's in 575-600 at bats. People seem to forget most players are NOT as talented, strong and blessed with hand-eye coordination of the likes of Matt Holliday, Justin Morneau, Ryan Howard or Josh Hamilton. I saw and learned things first hand in the minors that simply were never talked about or taught in high school or college - things that casual observers at a big league game don't realize. That being said, MLB09 simply gets EVERYTHING RIGHT! The fielding is fairly straight forward and easy to grasp, the pitching is very neat with your catcher helping call pitches and location. Even the pitching meters are great. Depending on how well your man on the bump is doing has an effect on your pitching meter - making it easier or tougher to hit your spots. The batting again is simple, but the variety of pitches and the AI ability to change things up and not throw every ball straight down the pipe like some games do actually makes for a challenge...if you're not disciplined at the dish, chances are you're going to be grabbing some bench after chasing a third strike curveball in the dirt. Again the graphics are simply something to behold. The stadium renderings are amazingly accurate. Even the shadowing which it took some time for me to notice the subtle changes over the course of a game...amazing. The ability to slide differently into bases depending on where a throw is coming from, the ability to put one in a guys ear if frustrated and also be ejected if you abuse it...all nice touches. The truth is, if you want a great game for quick sit and go gameplay, this game can give you that too. The overall learning curve on the game is not hard to grasp - but being able to play the game well - is a different story. The additional features really add to this games package, as well. I have spent a good amount of time playing the "Road To The Show" (RTTS) mode. I have gone through 5 players (all modeled after myself - a bit narcissitic I admit) in a variety of positions: Pitcher, SS/2b, CF, and C, and not once have I made it up to the "bigs"...initially after spending 4 years in the minors and playing through the seasons, doing the training to increase my skills, and feeling like I am so close only to get traded and then be back at the bottom of the barrel...after being frustrated initially, I sat back and realized...this really is realistic - it's so much like what goes on everyday in the game itself people have no idea! It is so hard to ever get a shot at the major league level...there are so many kids toiling away in the farm systems that will never see a major league field/game other than in the stands...again, MLB09 got this right. I'll keep playing to MLB09, trying to get that call up, something I never got and still wish I did years ago as a twentysomething kid chasing a dream...those of you that think this game is too hard you have NO idea. On the other hand, if you want a great game that is visually stunning, has amazingly intuitive commentary, requires some time and patience but has overall amazing replay value...look no further: MLB09 is all that...and a bag of chips! Hope my review helps some of you that may be on the fence as it relates to picking this game up...seeing that as of today there's still no real editor's reviews on the site for this game.

ztron370
ztron370

I plan to buy MLB09 before the end of this week.

Mikelikescy05
Mikelikescy05

mlb the show is pretty sweet but i do miss EA sports MVP though that game was awesome.

dmbdissr27
dmbdissr27

it really pisses me off that 2k buys the rights from ea and then makes peace of crap games that no one likes, i wish they'd just sell it back, one of the funnest games ive ever played is ncaa baseball (07) i believe, with the lsbu dirtbag on the front, ea has and always will be better at making games then 2k

maverick_76
maverick_76

When will the review for The Show be posted? Aggghhhh I have been waiting in agony.....ok not really agony, lol.

markeverett
markeverett

I dowloaded the demo for both '09 the show and 2k9. I took one look at the baseball mitts in 2k9 and thought the game was a joke. Not to mention when the camera is panning through the stadium, the lines look HORRID. The Show has the bad lines as well, but not to the extreme that 2k9 did. I will probably trade in The Show '08 for '09, but I still miss EA's MVP 2005. :(

bacinbiz
bacinbiz

Well all I have to say is that I'm an old school gamer and I will always prefer fun factor over graphics any day. MLB the show looks beautiful as far as graphics but I find myself having more fun on 2k9, using the swing stick for batting and pitching, I find it much more rewarding than pressing x button for contact and square for power contact, been there, done that for far too long already. I own a ps3 and played both demos and I choose 2k9. eat me !!!1

Luck
Luck

Unfortunately, it is a disgrace to the Show 09 for even mentioning 2k9 in the same category. To compare the two titles is apple and oranges, its not even close. The Show blows 2k out of the water.

systemfan1188
systemfan1188

How the **** is batting in The Show 09 harder than before? Most my games I get around 6-8 hits a game..sometimes less and sometimes more. Theres usually at least one HR per game for my side. SO - your obviously having difficulties with the game period. Don't blame "new batting mechanics" for the fact you can't hit.

metalgear-solid
metalgear-solid

MLB 2K9... 4.5/10 MLB 09: The Show... 9.0/10 That pretty much sums it up. The PS3 has a fantastic baseball game in The Show, whereas the X360 has an average (at best) baseball game in 2K9.

Zaibach
Zaibach

I just think its funny that the best baseball game is exclusive to a Japanese machine compared to its American counter-part, such is life.

Capt_wowwie
Capt_wowwie

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lnknprk8912
lnknprk8912

(I currently own mlb 2k8 for the 360) I have tried to play these 2K baseball games and they are just not cutting it. For having exclusive 3-party rights they should be at least improving every year, and they're not. The commentary is atrocious, the games frame rate is god awful, everything is out of sync. The only thing i like is the pitching mechanics, but with the frame issues it can be annoying. I find myself sometimes going back to my gamecube (yes my gamecube) to play EA's MVP Baseball 2005, and its sad to say but it is more fun and smooth than any 2k baseball game that i have ever played. (graphics compared to the 2k titles of that year) I dont know what their excuse is. It almost as if its painful for these people to make this game, and the "oh we rush it cause one comes out every year" thing shouldnt apply. EA can put out an AMAZING NHL, and other numerous titles out every year and i never find frame rate issues. And personally i shouldn't have to buy a PS3 just so i can play a good baseball video game. So the bottom line, 2K should hang it up and sell the rights back to EA or start making a fun, well made baseball game.

ThisIsntLeonard
ThisIsntLeonard

The Show 09 is for baseball what NHL 09 was for hockey last year. Innovation through pure simulation in every way. Who knew that a sports game could be such a crucial PS3 exclusive? (And I used to play the 2K series up through 2K7.)

Units420
Units420

Well, all I have is an 360 and a Wii. I bought 2k9 and I like it. I haven't had any of the problems with the glitches many are mentioning. Not saying they aren't there, but I just haven't encountered them. I also think the game looks alright.

punkologist
punkologist

I bought the PS3 just for MLB 08 last year and haven't regretted it for a second. I should have 09 any day now, can't wait!

costlywar
costlywar

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redzed24
redzed24

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decaff907
decaff907

As usual 2K9 will be terrible, and the show will be great. I bought on mlb 2k game (I believe it was 2K6) and it was attrocious. The Show kills it in every category

MrPuerta
MrPuerta

I'll admit that I was always a fan of the 2k series up to last year. I went out and bought a PS3 just for the show. Then my condo was broken into and my 360 and ps3 (among other things) were stolen. That same night I went back out and bought me another PS3 and a copy of the show 08. Thanks to the show I no longer have a desire to replace my 360. As for the tards who stole my stuff....I hope you got the red rings of death....

DaddyWarbucks
DaddyWarbucks

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