Generally favorable reviews - based on 31 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 31
  2. Negative: 1 out of 31
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  1. The BIGS 2 comes through huge. It's still the game that it was meant to be, it's got a season mode and it's still baseball as opposed to a sideshow. The new version is deeper and a little more polished, and that's more than can be said about most sports games.
  2. From the excellent blend of both arcade and pro-accurate MLB components, to the strength of the audio and graphics, The Bigs 2 is a player.
  3. While we’ve got a small list of complaints – you get no instant replays, pitches are tough to pick up in Home Run pinball, and the commentary gets repetitive really quickly – they don’t really impact the overall awesomeness that is The BIGS 2. In fact, it’s our favorite baseball game of the season, even if it’s really just an action game dressed up in pinstripes.
  4. Bottom line, The Bigs 2 is everything a sequel should be, a game that adds to the previous edition while retaining its magic. Unless you despise unrealistic and arcade style sports, we highly recommend it.
  5. 89
    With easy to learn controls, great arcade gameplay and some fantastic catches, this game should be played by any baseball fan.
  6. The Bigs 2 offers an enjoyable and arcadish take on baseball. It may not offer enough depth for purists, but for players like me, that like a little bit of arcade fun mixed in, it delivers in spades. A worthy sequel this game is indeed.
  7. The baseball lovers shouldn't think twice about buying this game: it gets everything people like about this sport and makes it even more spectacular. Too bad for the online multiplayer, made of too few play modes and plagued by serious technical problems.
  8. It's never easy to mix arcade and simulation in a good sport game. The Bigs 2 makes it and is another high level-game from 2K Sports. Singleplayer is funny with the Become a Legend and in multiplayer the game reaches the maximum of his quality. If you like baseball and are not a maniac for the simulations, this is a must buy.
  9. 80
    The Bigs 2, like its predecessor, is bringing fans an action-packed experience with the same over-the-top gameplay that made the first so enjoyable - and it's doing it with far less glitches.
  10. 80
    There’s no doubt that The Bigs 2 is an improvement over the original with bigger and louder mechanics built into the gameplay that help enhance things on the field.
  11. The excitement of arcade-style supermoves, combined with the deep mechanics of the real sport, makes The Bigs 2 a thrilling baseball game.
  12. Enjoyable arcade-style baseball that is just deep enough to keep you interested and not overwhelmed in the minutia of management.
  13. X-ONE Magazine UK
    Fun for everyone, fans or not. [Issue#49, p.91]
  14. Games Master UK
    Even being unfamiliar with the sport, we still found The Bigs 2 an entertaining distraction. [Oct 2009, p.79]
  15. More options, tighter defense, gameplay sliders, and added variety across play modes would spell the difference between a big leaguer and a candidate for Cooperstown.
  16. Crass, bombastic, ridiculous? Perhaps. Fun? Definitely.
  17. The BIGS 2 won’t have the longevity to last the rest of the summer. The lack of fresh gameplay improvements and additions keeps The BIGS 2 as a rental.
  18. A more rounded approach would have been welcome and perhaps a lesser emphasis on giving the computer dozens of legendary catches a game would let some players just enjoy the Bigs 2 and play baseball for fun, which is how it should be.
  19. Though the game does feel a bit unpolished and unbalanced, there's still a lot to enjoy. This franchise has a ton of potential, and we'll be interested to see how it evolves in the coming years.
  20. Overall The Bigs 2 is fun in short doses for those who prefer an arcade-style baseball game, and very over-the-top arcade play at that.
  21. Doesn't make any earth-shattering changes to its predecessor, but it also doesn't break anything, either. [Aug 2009, p.76]
  22. If you’re willing to play the game of “try, try again,” you can have fun with The Bigs 2’s career mode. However, if you’re looking for a multiplayer game or an experience based on skill, the unbalanced run scoring and Big Slam will drive you crazy.
  23. It's not a simulation but it is the only semi-serious baseball game with a chance of appealing to non-fans.
  24. In the end, The BIGS 2 is just a logical sequel to The BIGS. It complements the game with a variety of modes like Become a Legend and Season. Although both are fun to play, they aren't really fleshed out. Even the addition of minigames and new gameplay-elements can't change that. This doesn't change the fact that, despite some quicktime events, the game plays surprisingly well. Both veteran and novice baseball-players will be surprised about the combination of accessibility and depth.
  25. Great fun but over-the-top style can wear thin. [Oct 2009, p.93]
  26. It's not the game it could have been. Fans of The BIGS 1 will come to this game with high expectations, and unless those expectations are as simple as the addition of a season mode (or something equally minor), they're going to be deeply disappointed.
  27. 68
    The BIGS 2 is a fine looking game which is fun to play for a while. However, the single player mode will get boring too fast and it's very frustrating to keep doing the same thing over and over again. The multiplayer mode compensates a lot, but it's not enough to collect a great score.
  28. 67
    An unfocused baseball game that neither excels as an arcade experience nor as a baseball game -- it's only an average player in the bigs.
  29. Enjoyable for a bunch of afternoons. That's all: and old style arcade game; easy to play, but without dept and far away the thrill of simulation.
  30. Xbox World 360 Magazine UK
    Effects-laden baseball that's a bit of a solo slog but a big hit with two players. [Oct 2009, p.93]
  31. Irregular, often frustrating, boring, not technical enough for simulation addicts, not fun or crazy enough for arcade lovers, despite a few positive aspects The BIGS 2 gives off a lukewarm feeling by taking a middle-of-the-road approach.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 38
  2. Negative: 11 out of 38
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    The Bigs was an extremely fun game (except for Home Run Pinball). The Bigs 2 - not so much. It's like they (the developers) looked at allThe Bigs was an extremely fun game (except for Home Run Pinball). The Bigs 2 - not so much. It's like they (the developers) looked at all the things that made The Bigs fun, and then eliminated them in The Bigs 2. Things like getting to choose which path you want to take with your "superstar". You don't get to decide if you want a speed demon or a slugger in the early portions - the path now is fairly linear. Another gripe is the way they programmed the batter's "power-up". It's fairly useless in The Bigs 2. You actually hit better not pulling the trigger and forcing the opposing pitcher to throw a strike. I have no idea why they changed that aspect - it was a fairly stupid decision. (The Big Blast & Big Heat are still fairly good though.) There are going to have to be some seriously good reviews for me to shell out the dough for The Bigs 3. As for The Bigs 2 - my recommendation is to skip it, or at the least buy it at a steep discount. Full Review »
  2. Jan 1, 2019
    This game is supposed to be fun, don't take it seriously. The game is fun by yourself or with others.
  3. May 19, 2013
    They were not lying when they said baseball players use steroids because in the Bigs 2 its more fun have you ever imagine a baseball playerThey were not lying when they said baseball players use steroids because in the Bigs 2 its more fun have you ever imagine a baseball player jumping of the side wall of the baseball field to catch a ball which was intended to be homerun well in the Bigs 2 that is possible! some how but its way fun when it happens. In the game there are three modes number one is the play ball mode which is basically just an exhibition game then there is become a legend mode this lets you make a character from scratch and then watch him improve as you pick his team and play games in America all the way to Japan and Mexico and really it is a very fun mode then there is home run pinball which puts you onto the streets of New York, Japan and many others the rules are your going to have to hit the signs on the buildings (or the buildings themselves) to score points it is a fun mode but not one to waste time with overall the bigs 2 is a very fun time waster and if you enjoy baseball players jumping unrealistically far try it!! i doubt you will be disappointed Full Review »