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  • Summary: The longest running Major League Baseball franchise returns to the virtual diamond with MLB 2K12.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. While 2K12 plays a solid game and displays improvements over the past version, it doesn't add enough to achieve its lofty aspirations. [Apr 2012, p.85]
  2. Mar 8, 2012
    76
    A fine game that features excellent commentators, a cleaner, slightly more detailed on-the-field presentation, and a challenging yet rewarding pitching mechanic. The hitting and fielding is good, too, but it isn't quite as robust as the pitching, and there are a few remaining production issues. Clipping is obvious, for example, and the camera isn't always your best friend (although this is usually during foul balls). It's just a little too much "been there, done that," despite the positives.
  3. Mar 6, 2012
    70
    MLB 2K12 doesn't step far enough ahead of its predecessor to warrant a great change in the series, but its small polishes represent more distance traveled on the path towards the perfect game.
  4. Mar 28, 2012
    70
    It almost feels like a patched version of 2K11. With another challenger looming in the wings for next year's baseball crown it's likely that 2K will have to step their game up. Note to devs: please fix the shoes next year, too. I beg of you.
  5. Mar 15, 2012
    68
    Visual Concepts has fixed most of the problems that made last year's game such a horrendous experience, and appears to be in a good position for next season (if 2K signs another contract with Major League Baseball). The game is still rough around the edges and can be infuriating at times, but it is a passable baseball experience for 360 players that need their fix. PlayStation 3 owners should stick with The Show.
  6. Mar 10, 2012
    55
    A good pitching mechanic can't mask the many faults of MLB 2K12.
  7. Mar 29, 2012
    50
    MLB 2K12 isn't a terrible game. But if you've played it before...well, you've played it before. If you haven't played it before, it's not a very good jumping-on point due to little to no in-game tutorials, and the animations won't win any new fans either.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. Mar 10, 2012
    7
    As misguided as it might have been I was wooed to the 2K franchise this year by Tiger's Ace Justin Verlander. And having JV on the cover wasAs misguided as it might have been I was wooed to the 2K franchise this year by Tiger's Ace Justin Verlander. And having JV on the cover was a great idea for a game that boasts the best pitching mechanics in the baseball videogame world. Pitching is fun and creative but tends to be a bit too effective in the end. The Tigers have a good pitching staff but boasting a sub 2.00 ERA as a staff during franchise play seems over the top. Further disappointments are found in the AI, baserunning, and fielding. Fielding seems "wonky" as opposed to smooth and natural and allows outfielders and middle infielders make impressive defensive plays too often, baserunning (at least for me) seems overly complicated, and most importantly the AI fails to make good baseball decisions by holding runners when it shouldnt. One more insignificant but annoying problem: the Tigers blue is way off. If you're going to have a Tiger on the cover get the colors right. Overall I am having fun with the game and cant wait to use the real time feature once the season starts to play right along with my favorite team. Collapse