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  • Summary: While attending the University of Washington, MLB 2K9's cover athlete Tim Lincecum won the coveted Golden Spikes Award which is given to the nation’s top college baseball player. He was drafted 10th overall by the San Francisco Giants in 2006. Known to fans as "The Franchise" and "The Freak", Lincecum was named to the National League All-Star team this past season while putting up astonishing numbers and leading the Majors™ with a remarkable 265 strikeouts. Lincecum also led the National League in other key pitching categories including win percentage (18-5, .783), opponent’s batting average (.221), and strikeouts per nine innings (10.51), along with ranking second in earned run average (2.62). For all of his historic accomplishments, Lincecum won the Players’ Choice Award as the National League Outstanding Pitcher this season, along with the National League Pitcher of the Year Award from Sporting News. Both awards were voted on by his peers. More significantly, Lincecum today was named the National League Cy Young Award winner, given annually to the top pitcher in both the American League and the National League, and voted on by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. [2K Sports] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 29
  2. Negative: 5 out of 29
  1. Although MLB 2K9 offers entertaining base-rounding thrills for both Xbox 360 and PS3, these issues prevent it from topping Sony's higher-quality MLB 09: The Show.
  2. What is presented in MLB2K9 is more than sufficient in terms of an enjoyable baseball game. The level of detail and depth in the title is impressive, as is the overall presentation and quality. Certain aspects may be somewhat disappointing, but overall, this one is a winner.
  3. I was hoping that 2K would build on last year’s foundation. Instead, the foundation has been altered to be more appealing to the masses. That’s difficult logic to argue with, but 2K’s approach is way off the mark.
  4. Major League Baseball 2K9 is really rough around the edges. Smoothing out the frame rate has improved the fielding, but this game really needed a visit from the exterminator before it shipped.
  5. The laundry list of annoying little problems is too substantial. [Apr 2009, p.76]
  6. 60
    You have four major game options when online: quickmatch, play a friend, custom match and home run derby. On top of single game options you have what amounts to be the best online function any sports game could have, leagues.
  7. 2k Sports swings for the fences, but ultimately drops the ball.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 7 out of 14
  1. YermakirumY.
    Mar 26, 2009
    10
    Very good game.
  2. AndyN
    Mar 9, 2009
    9
    Although this offering from 2k Sports took a bit to get use to, I managed to get a hang of it after a couple of games. I'm not sure as to why this game is getting such a bad wrap. Predetermined dislike perhaps. As of my writing this the game already has a patch applied that was not present for previous reviewers. I'm also reviewing this as a baseball fan that just wants to enjoy a game and doesn't care about the little details. I don't get into the trading and all that, I'm just playing a season as my favorite team. My experience has been a little bit of a mixed bag, but enjoyable. Once you get the hang of pitching some real battles can be had. Batting is also well done once you learn to aim and control your contact points. Sliders are also important, as I customized mine right away. My first season game, not my first game as I played some quick games to set up my season sliders, was a very good one. I played as the Red Sox versus the Jays. The Jays took a 1 to 0 lead in the first and it was a battle from there on out. I finally got the bases loaded in the 6th scoring 2 runs by the end of the inning. Final score 2 to 1 in my favor. In the end and after many more games I can say that the assessment of this game by other reviewers just seems wrong. Once the game is set up the way it should be ("sliders"), and any real baseball game fan knows this, it plays very well in the end. Expand
  3. Joba
    Jan 17, 2010
    9
    where am I?I really cant believe these completly wrong reviewers.They now have a patch for the game but come on.Your all just 2K haters with your ooow ea and sony people.This baseball game is really awsome and I have 2k7 and I was playing now and --no,no,no.MLB 2K9 is the best baseball game made to this date 1-16-10.If you want to know a 2nd place its not the show,its world series baseball 2k3.I'm right and there are thousands that agree with me and thousands that are so upset cause they love there "the show"or"mvp baseball 2004,2005.Well like I said 2k in right on the money with there baseball and basketball games they just need to change a few things with there hockey title then 2K will have this locked up.They made an awsome tennis game "Top Spin 3"I commend you 2K for great work and for your baseball title I give it a 9.6 Expand
  4. BrianL
    Jul 12, 2009
    4
    Good lord have they learned nothing?? This game had the potential to be decent, but the ridiculous amount of minor issues make it unplayable. I was playing through franchise mode with myself the new star shortstop of the redsox, and was really looking forward to the game. As it turned out, at least 5 times a game, there is some sort of glitch that makes me want to throw my controller at the screen. Either a fly ball will bounce off my star outfielder's head without him even trying to catch it, or I'll be chasing down a grounder and the runner will stop, etc etc. Usually those stupid glitches will cost me a hard fought game. The new menu system is terrible, its hard to get a simple stat like pitch count, can't change face or stance of create a player, the list goes on and one. After playing MLB09: the show for PS3, this game is crap. Too bad sony makes that one because I'd much rather play that on my xbox Expand
  5. DavidT
    Jun 17, 2009
    3
    I bought this game without checking the Metracritic reviews first. BIG MISTAKE! The game contains several bugs, including players not catching easy fly balls, excessive home runs, and players running through each other when you run the bases. This game was huge disappointment. Next time I will read reviews before buying a game for 60 bucks! Expand
  6. WarrinP
    Mar 23, 2009
    3
    I am very disappointed in this title. If you are looking for baseball simulation with realistic game play, you will be disappointed. The hitting is clumsy, I've hit 25 HRs in 3 games and I've have a pick off rate of almost 100%. In all fairness, I haven't played online yet, but I don't see how it can swing my opinion too much. Get it because it is the only baseball game for xbox360, but it is not a good one. Expand
  7. LyndonV
    May 9, 2009
    0
    This is one of the worst baseball games ive ever played, some aspects are realistic yes, but what counts, is not. The fact that I can throw the ball away, and then it skips to the next batter while the ball is rolling around, or the fact if i just skip right to when i wanna bat, and not wait for the pitcher to get all ready, all the sudden my runner on base, is no longer at the lead i had him at. There are many other glitches in the games, as well as how the game is mapped out for player performance. I am a diehard baseball fan, and its sickening this is the best xbox has to offer for a baseball game, someone please help!! Make something good!!! Expand

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