|System: Xbox 360Z*, PS3|
|Dev: Visual Concepts|
|Pub: 2K Sports|
|Release: March 5, 2013|
|Screen Resolution: 480p-1080p|
“The most interesting part, however, is how insightful the commentators actually are. New players will especially appreciate the ongoing dialog because they're force-fed information about how to improve their performance. I was specifically treated to several derogatory remarks about the way I insist upon swinging at every single pitch. Apparently that's not how a major leaguer should play. Screw you, commentators.”
The only thing that MLB 2K12 really had to brag about was the introduction of the MLB Today Season Mode. This mode allowed players "to play a major league season at the same pace as their favorite teams," and Visual Concepts was generous enough to include the mode again in 2K13.
But this year's edition has nothing of its own to brag about. Though, if you really loved the "Franchise" and "My Player" modes in 2K12, you’re in for a treat. They’re identical.
The problem is that MLB 2K13 doesn't feel like it was made by people who love baseball. It feels like it was made by a company who used to love baseball and is trying to milk a couple of extra bucks out of fans before Major League Baseball takes their contract away.
And this is probably fairly accurate.
2K has lost over 30 million dollars on the MLB franchise thus far, so it's unsurprising that this year's edition doesn't have a lot of heart. But, by releasing a string of semi-passable titles year after year, 2K is really accomplishing nothing aside from forcing baseball fans to sell their Xboxes and pick up PlayStation 3s. After all, The Show doesn't seem to have the same level of disregard for fans.
For all of its faults, though, MLB 2K13 isn't an unplayable disaster. It’s definitely hard to look at, but the mechanics make up a little ground. However, you may want to listen to my advice from last year:
Considering how little 2K Sports has changed the title from last year's edition, you'll probably get more bang for your buck if you just check out the bargain bin at your local retailer for a copy of MLB 2K11.
Date: March 6, 2013